Books Compared

This group has become officially dormant. It happens. If you want to revive this group, or create a new group on the same topic, see this page.

Take reviewing a step further. Pick two books and compare them. Did you love one book and hate the other? Or love both despite (or because of) their differences? How was the subject matter similar? Did the authors come to radically different conclusions about the same topic? Were the subjects different but the authors' attitudes or styles intriguingly similar?

TopicTopicMessagesLast Message 
Thomas de Quincey and Dickens18 unread / 18DebbieLoJacono-V5556, September 2021
Slaughterhouse Five / Ode on a Grecian Urn20 unread / 20VLombardi, January 2017
Orwellian vs. Kafkaesque35 unread / 35bluepiano, June 2015
Old-Fashioned Biographical Novels12 unread / 12bluepiano, December 2014
The Book Thief and The Guernsey Litereary & Potato Peel Pie Society4 unread / 4TheWriteRoomPress, October 2013
Jane Eyre/Wuthering Heights51 unread / 51Nickelini, March 2013
fredia kayo and janis joplin5 unread / 5berthirsch, February 2013
The Mysteries of Udolpho & Twilight4 unread / 42wonderY, November 2011
Dumbledore vs. Gandalf2 unread / 2reading_fox, November 2010
How to Compare and Contrast Two Books3 unread / 3KCato, August 2010
Wise Blood / End of the Affair1 unread / 1JimmyChanga, July 2010
The Middle East: Novels27 unread / 27SigmundFraud, June 2010
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People / Moby Dick5 unread / 5slickdpdx, November 2009
Robert Bolano and Jack Kerouac12 unread / 12luxvk, July 2009
Harry Potter/Wizard's Hall16 unread / 16mjreads, July 2009
Villette/House of Mirth2 unread / 2margad, July 2009
Girl,interrupted & One flew over the cuckoos nest6 unread / 6margad, July 2009
Blood Meridian/The Road29 unread / 29berthirsch, June 2009
Dystopian Literature37 unread / 37margad, June 2009
A Handful of Dust / The Cherry Orchard2 unread / 2margad, June 2009
A Virginia Woolf Trio25 unread / 25milprad, May 2009
The Picture of Dorian Gray / Frankenstein6 unread / 6margad, March 2009
House of Leaves/Moby Dick17 unread / 17margad, March 2009
Hemingway and Le Carré (it rhymes!)2 unread / 2margad, January 2009
Alias Grace and the French Lieutenant's Woman5 unread / 5margad, June 2008
Welcome New Members1 unread / 1margad, June 2008
What are you reading?8 unread / 8margad, June 2008
"The Double/Notes from the Underground" Dostoevsky4 unread / 4margad, May 2008
Embers/Gilead13 unread / 13margad, May 2008
Dean Koonts: Early and Late Works3 unread / 3margad, May 2008
Migration - Banks/Levy4 unread / 4margad, April 2008
McCullough, Philbrick (...and a smattering of Larson)9 unread / 9Clueless, April 2008
Austen and Dickens3 unread / 3margad, March 2008
Knight (Gene Wolfe) / Sword of Truth (Terry Goodkind)3 unread / 3lewispike, March 2008
Diary/Rosemary´s Baby/"The Shadow over Innsmouth"5 unread / 5margad, March 2008
Doctor Zhivago and Transit of Venus9 unread / 9islandgalcal, March 2008
The POW Books, "The Special Prisoner" and "Day'4 unread / 4margad, March 2008
The POW books, "The Special Prisoner" and "Day'1 unread / 1michaelbartley, March 2008
The PO'1 unread / 1michaelbartley, March 2008
His Majesty's Dragon (Naomi Novik) / Dragon Rider Series (Anne McCaffrey)3 unread / 3elbakerone, February 2008
Journal of Curious Letters/Harry Potter27 unread / 27margad, February 2008
Handmaid's Tale / Swallows of Kabul4 unread / 4PghDragonMan, February 2008
The Quiet American / Bright Shining Lie4 unread / 4berthirsch, February 2008
Small Introduction25 unread / 25margad, February 2008
Kepler/Joan of Arc12 unread / 12margad, January 2008
Hunger/The Arabian Nightmare5 unread / 5margad, January 2008
On the modernistic in Argentine literature.27 unread / 27margad, January 2008
Shakespeare and Dickens8 unread / 8MyLoveForAugustus, December 2007
City of Saints and Madmen / Viriconium7 unread / 7ragwaine, December 2007
Silence of the Lambs/Heartsick1 unread / 1margad, December 2007
Night / Man's Search for Meaning6 unread / 6maggie1944, December 2007
Jane Eyre/Wide Sargasso Sea12 unread / 12margad, December 2007
Lullaby/My Work is Not Yet Done8 unread / 8CarlosMcRey, November 2007
How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read22 unread / 22margad, November 2007
[A Thousand Splendid Suns] and [Grapes of Wrath]2 unread / 2margad, November 2007
Home Before Dark/Dream Catcher2 unread / 2margad, November 2007
Haunted/Hyperion/City of Saints and Madmen8 unread / 8margad, November 2007
Notes On Mao: Jung Chang and Jon Halliday: "Mao, the unknown story"/Phillip Short: "Mao, a life"2 unread / 2margad, October 2007
Lolita/Silence of the Lambs38 unread / 38margad, October 2007
The Sound of Waves / Their Eyes Were Watching God28 unread / 28keigu, October 2007
Ideas16 unread / 16keigu, October 2007
Crime and Punishment/Tell-Tale Heart/Picture of Dorian Gray3 unread / 3margad, October 2007
The groups ranking7 unread / 7margad, October 2007
Choke / Odd Thomas2 unread / 2margad, October 2007
Suttree/Tortilla Flat16 unread / 16rufustfirefly66, October 2007
Robber Brides & Grooms: Eudora Welty vs. Margaret Atwood3 unread / 3Nickelini, October 2007
'Flowers of Algernon' and 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime'21 unread / 21kiwidoc, October 2007
The Shining/Hour of the Wolf4 unread / 4margad, October 2007
The Dharma Bums/Siddhartha/Altered States/Teddy6 unread / 6berthirsch, October 2007
Dickens/Pasternak19 unread / 19margad, October 2007
Richard Brautigan / Theodore Roethke9 unread / 9TheresaWilliams, September 2007
Hurricanes/Catcher in the Rye5 unread / 5margad, August 2007
Anna Karenina / War and Peace34 unread / 34margad, August 2007
Remembrance of Things Past vs. In Search of Lost Time4 unread / 4jhevelin, August 2007
Dracula/The Woman in White33 unread / 33margad, July 2007
The Dante Club/ The Poe Shadow8 unread / 8Bookmarque, July 2007
Brave New World/ Oryx and Crake11 unread / 11Bookmarque, July 2007
Harry Potter and Animorphs2 unread / 2margad, July 2007
Iran20 unread / 20existanai, July 2007
HP and TP8 unread / 8margad, July 2007
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War / What's the Matter with Kansas2 unread / 2margad, July 2007
Octavian Nothing / Northanger Abbey8 unread / 8margad, July 2007
McEwan [Spoilers]3 unread / 3kiwidoc, May 2007
World War II Novels - Pick two27 unread / 27writestuff, May 2007
Austen and Bronte6 unread / 6margad, April 2007
Ishiguro/Ishiguro/Ishiguro/Ishiguro18 unread / 18emily_morine, April 2007
A Woman in Berlin/Gone With The Wind27 unread / 27Cateline, April 2007
Novels Compared12 unread / 12margad, April 2007
Farthing by Jo Walton and The Plot Against America by Philip Roth9 unread / 9geneg, April 2007
David Malouf1 unread / 1margad, April 2007
Russia in the Stalin years.38 unread / 38kencf0618, April 2007
Nabokov/Nabokov17 unread / 17almigwin, April 2007
Goethe/Nabokov10 unread / 10Cateline, April 2007
[Lonesome Dove] compared to [The Stand] (Spoilers for both novels)8 unread / 8margad, March 2007
MacMillan: Paris-China3 unread / 3John, March 2007
This is a feature balloon