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Friday, June 24, 2011

I hate when this happens

There is one downfall to reading a really good book, the next book you read never lives up to expectations.

I just read "The Divide" by Nicholas Evans and it was great. It's not my usual genre but I was really into it. It starts with two skiers finding the body of a young woman buried in snow. Turns out she's Abbie Cooper, a person wanted by the FBI for questioning in a murder and vandalism case. The story then goes into the life of the Coopers, and how this upper class family from Long Island ended up torn apart and with a promising daughter as a fugitive. It jumps around a bit, but I loved it.

Anyway, so I then decided I'd read the highly suggested "Requiem of a Dream". I can't deal with the format in which its written. The story looks so good but there is little punctuation and there is no identification in the dialogue. I've seen reviews where people say to stick with it and you'll eventually get sucked in but I don't know.

So now, I'm looking around my house for something good that I haven't read yet. Sheesh, maybe I'll just reread The Deathly Hallows in anticipation of the last Potter movie.

Any suggestions? I'm usually a thriller/horror kind of guy but I do love a good story. Especially something with a struggle, I did like Kite Runner, A child called It and stuff like that. Oh, I just remembered I do have Angela's Ashes here somewhere. The search begins!


  1. Bryan:

    I think the better choice is to accept each book on its own merits rather than by making comparisons with other books you have read.

  2. Cormac McCarthy writes like that a little; some people think he's the total bomb.

    If you've never read Charles Frazier then you've probably never read his two novels. ; )

    Cold Mountain was his first, describes one man's story (and one woman's) of the Civil War. Thirteen Moons is about a a man who wound up living his entire life, from about 12 or 13, in Cherokee country.

    Both are excellent.

  3. Or you can stop by here and browse through my library :)