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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
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Feb 6, 2019 11:26am
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Has anyone read this?

I am dying to talk about it and determine if anyone thought about it as much after they finished as I did. . . .
Re: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
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Reply to: #971140 by Sleeps In Socks
Feb 6, 2019 2:32pm
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Yes, I read it several months ago and found the whole construct fascinating!
Re: Do I really need this book?
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Reply to: #971124 by Captain Slick Kitty
Feb 6, 2019 7:03pm
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I say
YES, you need Cousin Rachel also.....have you seen the show yet?? https://youtu.be/Gp_8OYkGds0

-Amanda
Re: Do I really need this book?
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Reply to: #971159 by Amanda from Seattle
Feb 6, 2019 8:45pm
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That’s the trailer I saw that has triggered my internal debate..... Rachel Weisz looks like she owns this role. But I have only seen the trailer.

Csk
Re: Do I really need this book?
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Reply to: #971124 by Captain Slick Kitty
Feb 7, 2019 6:36am
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Local libraries are good for these kind of things. ;)
Re: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
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Reply to: #971148 by Yumgirl
Feb 7, 2019 7:21am
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I liked the construct, and I liked that it took me a bit of time to really figure out what was going on. . . a bit like our narrator. I read a fair amount, and I usually am able to jump ahead a bit with a good idea of where the book is going. This book took me some time to sort out.

I also liked that it made me think about my own reactions. I tried to decide how I would react to something like what Anna did prior to heading to the house.

My only frustration was with the inclusion of Silver Tear. It seemed rather late in the story to add that character and possibly like an added obstacle which wasn't really needed.
The Taking of K-129
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Feb 13, 2019 5:54pm
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So I just finished reading The Taking of K-129: How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History. It's a non-fiction account of a very real CIA operation to grab a Russian sub in the early 1970s. I'd never heard of this before--although the operation had been outed decades ago. But to be fair, I was a newborn when the event was made public and didn't watch the news much back then.

Anyhow, as much as I enjoy historical stories, they can still sometimes be dry with unnecessary details or large period of times when nothing really happens, but this one absolutely sucked me in. It reads like a script of a Hollywood spy movie. Absolutely engrossing, close calls, and an engineering marvel.

If you like historical stories (I'm talking to you, Old Blue!), you'll love this one. It's absolutely awesome. *nodding*

-- Ryan
Re: The Taking of K-129
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Reply to: #971423 by Green Tortuga
Feb 13, 2019 9:21pm
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I saw a PBS show about this. I'm sure that the book has many more details, as books almost always do.
Re: Has anyone read about Konmari?
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Reply to: #896593 by The hicks from the sticks
Feb 16, 2019 5:41pm
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I read this book several years ago too. I am committed to doing this now. Finished clothing. Done with cookbooks. The rest of my book collections are next.
Re: Has anyone read about Konmari?
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Reply to: #971603 by speedsquare
Feb 16, 2019 6:24pm
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Good Luck! It got to overwhelming for me. But I did make some huge changes.

~Aurora
Re: Has anyone read about Konmari?
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Reply to: #971603 by speedsquare
Feb 17, 2019 3:12pm
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I pick and choose what works for me. The thought of limiting my books to only 30 or so DOES NOT bring joy!!

But, my closet and drawers are wonderful!

We've enjoyed watching her Netflix series
Re: Has anyone read about Konmari?
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Reply to: #971658 by Mama Stork
Feb 17, 2019 5:01pm
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That woman is laughing all the way to the bank.

And you can go to one of her seminars for $2700 bucks. Yup, alllllll the way to the bank! lol!!
Re: Has anyone read about Konmari?
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Reply to: #971658 by Mama Stork
Feb 17, 2019 5:33pm
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30 books will not work for me either. What I like most about her style is to go through clutter by category. I enjoy the memes out there since we don’t have Netflix.
Re: Has anyone read about Konmari?
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Reply to: #971665 by speedsquare
Feb 22, 2019 11:55am
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I really like her general philosophy. Sure, maybe "does it spark joy?" sounds silly, but I just moved house a few weeks ago, and I got rid of SO MUCH STUFF. I was packing it and thinking about this book, which made me ask myself, "why do I have this?"

Do I really need 7 boxes of crayons? Books I will never read again? A cookie press? No, I do not.
Re: Has anyone read about Konmari?
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Reply to: #971957 by CoffeeSpoons
Feb 23, 2019 5:02am
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which made me ask myself, "why do I have this?"

Watching the NetFlix series really helped me with this concept--I'm learning to ask myself WHY I am holding on to certain things. If it is something with legitimate sentimental value, I am looking for unique ways to display it so that I get the most out of it rather than stuffing everything into boxes.

We're in a transitional stage of our life--kids are going to college, moving out, so we are doing some remodeling and major decluttering. Feels good to see my house become a comfortable home again. Wish I had done this about 20 years ago!
Re: Has anyone read about Konmari?
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Reply to: #971957 by CoffeeSpoons
Feb 23, 2019 4:38pm
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I, too, appreciate her philosophy. I haven't blessed my cast-offs, because I generally look at the item(s) and say, "well you are fully depreciated; time to go!" I donated 5 bags of clothing (and we generally don't have too many to start with). I'm just about done with books. I met an author who wanted to see my cast-off cookbook collection the other day. He offered me $10 for half my bag. Win/Win! Our neighborhood has an annual yard sale. I regularly donate books to the library sale, but I might wait until after the yard sale to donate the remainder. I've set a new boundary - all our books have to fit in the living room cases. I have about 40% free space now. As I uncover books from other rooms, I am able to gather like items to future category sorts. This has been very motivating. If I can make some money from the yard sale this year I am purchasing a commercial vaccuum! I'm afraid my cast-offs that I store in the basement for the next few months will be so numerous, that I'll have to slow-down. Bonus ... DH is quoting KM and seems to be on board.
Re: Has anyone read about Konmari?
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Reply to: #972061 by speedsquare
Feb 23, 2019 6:44pm
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I have read her and I have seen the shows and I always need a nudge to not be on the next episode of HOARDERS......Books are always an issue. But I do get rid of most of them now. I only keep my series books (Nancy Drew etc) and the books I read on a daily basis, they are generally from the library, so they go in and out of the house anyway. I keep very few books just for me. Clothes, I have been getting more KonMari about....cause I used to keep stuff, just cause it was part of an outfit or I might need it for cold weather or camping or whatever, so now, ---oh it does not spark joy, great it goes out!! LOL
Brokeback Mountain - the book vs movie
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Jul 1, 2019 3:46am
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I haven't seen the movie.
Last week I found a copy of the book in an LFL.
Quick read, measured in minutes, not hours.

With all I had heard about the movie, beautiful love story, cherished friendship through the years, etc. I was expecting to like the book.
I find books to almost always be superior to the movie.

I disliked the two main characters. Was I missing something that the movie expanded upon?
Re: Brokeback Mountain - the book vs movie
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Reply to: #976848 by Grrly Girl
Jul 1, 2019 6:22am
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I'll admit that it's been many years since I saw the movie. I saw two men who were troubled. They knew they shared something powerful but truly believed that it was wrong and disgusting, and that they should be ashamed of it, so they were scared and angry. I didn't find them unlikable at all, more pitiable, as we were viewing them at their lowest and most vunerable. I found it incredibly touching and heartbreaking. I've also been a fan of both actors ever since, because I was in awe of the raw emotions, the agony they made so palpable.

I too have always preferred the book versions over movie versions, but I haven't read this book so I can't compare on this one.
Re: Brokeback Mountain - the book vs movie
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Reply to: #976848 by Grrly Girl
Jul 1, 2019 7:02am
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It was originally a short story. That's what you read? I saw the movie but never read the original story or the expanded one. So it's hard to compare.

Ennis Del Mar to me, was portrayed as a very wounded person emotionally, closed up, father was very stoic. The relationship seemed to be very hard for him to accept yet he remained drawn to Jack Twist in spite of that and became angry because Twist had to continue to divide his time between Del Mar and his marriage, family and job.

Twist seemed to always be angry because as the years passed he wanted them to have an open relationship and Del Mar realized that in their world that could be dangerous.

I can't say I disliked their characters for any particular reason. Maybe I'll check out the story.
Re: Brokeback Mountain - the book vs movie
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Reply to: #976852 by MissMoon
Jul 1, 2019 9:16am
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Yes, the book is only about 50 pages.
I'm sure it's not the topic that bothered me.
I think it probably stems from all of the hype the movie received.

Your analysis seems closer to the book than what was said about the movie.

I'll stop by the LFL tomorrow morning to see if the book is still there.
I just dropped it off this morning.
I'll send it to you (or meet you on the LG trail) if I can get it back.
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Reply to: #976863 by Grrly Girl
Jul 1, 2019 9:31am
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I think it probably stems from all of the hype the movie received.

As is unfortunately often the case.
Re: Brokeback Mountain - the book vs movie
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Reply to: #976848 by Grrly Girl
Jul 1, 2019 9:21pm
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This movie came out 14 years ago and the response to the subject matter was quite different than what it would be today. I thought the movie was extraordinarily beautiful and was so pleased that this story not only made it to the screen but was distributed so widely.

When I found out it had come from a short story from one of my favorite writers, Annie Proulx, I read it. I was amazed that the screenplay brought the story to life so well.

I own the DVD and will have to watch it again to see how it sounds/looks in this day and age.

DoubleSaj
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
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Oct 15, 2019 1:48pm
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For my vacation, I decided to bring a book. With reviews like "Who pulls a gun at a bachelorette party? The answers are unveiled with Gillian Flynn-style trickery" and "Read it on a dark and stormy night-with the lights on", I choose In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware.

The story is told between flash backs and present day.

The premise is as followed:

Lenora Shaw is a reclusive crime mystery novelist and she gets invited to a friend's hen's party. But not the wedding. The friend, Clare, is someone she had not spoken to in at least 10 years and Nora, Lee, Leo (depending on who is talking to her) can't fathom why she would be invited since they stopped talking but more importantly they stopped talking after some mysterious "incident" that occurred 10 years prior.

Here I have to pause in my review for some personal insight and critiquing. One, I am totally over the main female character being a novelist. Almost every female protagonist is a novelist. I get the fact that it gives them the flexibility to be a character doing whatever the character is doing, but I am over it. And two, I am completely over the "mysterious incident" authors use as means of a hook to get the reader curious to read further to discover the "mysterious incident". Like the character being a novelist, I am over this method of hooking readers. It's old. Try something new. Now back to the review.

Naturally, after several pages of "hawing and hemming", Nora, Lee, Leo agrees to go with another old chum from the old school days, Nina. Nina is a sassy doctor with gunshot issues of her own.

Together they venture to a country house, with little to no cell phone reception for a weekend of the HEN party, in a place no one has ever been. There they meet the other attendees, Tom, who is gay but cool, Melanie, who also did not know why she was invited, and Flo, who is in short, mentally unstable and SINGLE WHITE FEMALE for Clare.

Then comes the bride, aka the Hen: Clare. As Clare is driving up to the strange glass house, she bumps in to Nora, Lee, Leo. Together they drive up the drive and Clare comes clean about why she did not invite Nora, Lee, Leo to the wedding . . . Clare is marrying Nora's, Lee's, Leo's first love, James.

The weekend goes on and they do stuff, but on the final night, after believing someone has broken into the house, the group bands together and the gun in Flo's hand goes off and sadly it was James, the groom, who was in the house and gets shot.

And that's what Nora, Lee, Leo remembers. What happens next is what she doesn't but needs to because she is the police's main suspect.
Having provided the premise, I'd like to share a brief glimpse into my thought as I was reading it.

Pages 1 to 100: Okay, I always give a book a good fifty pages before I decide to continue. But I stretched it out to 100, hoping to get into it.

Pages 101 to 200: Well, it's either read this or stare out in the Pacific Ocean, as I was on a cruise vacation.

Pages 201 to 308: Well, supposedly there this "Gillian Flynn-style trickery" to this so again, it's either read or stare out in the Pacific Ocean.

So, if you can't already tell, I did not care for this book. And whereas, I would normally give my Kitty Paws at this time, I am going to list just a few of the reasons why I think this book sucked.

Yep, sucked.

  1. 1 With the minor exception of Nina and Tom, I did not give a damn about anyone. They were obnoxious people, who were rude to each other and I, for one, would not stay anywhere dealing with rude, crazy people.

  1. 2 The book was boring. Over 2/3rds is about the hen party and the hen party was boring.

  1. 3 There was no "Gillian Flynn-style trickery". The "mystery" was crap. The suspense was crap. The whole story was crap. Even the "mysterious hook" of why they hadn't spoken in ten years was crap. Foot steps in the snow and an occasional missing phone does not build suspense. The supposed "set up" of Nora, Lee, Leo was crap. It was all crap.

  1. 4 The writer herself irritated me. Well, her writing style. She had a bit of a habit of talking about things that you do not know about. Conversations or car accidents. I guess maybe this was another way to cut down on typing more boring pages or "a hook" for you to keep reading, it's actually confusing because I kept looking back and seeing if I missed something.

And last be not least, I would just like to say, comparing this crap to "Gillian Flynn-style trickery" is a slap in the face of Gillian Flynn. Yeah, I said it.
And, honestly, who paid these "reviewers" for these damn, misleading quotes anyways!!!!

So, if you want to read a boring book, about obnoxious people, that really isn't that suspenseful or mysterious, then consider In a Dark, Dark Wood. And yes, you can read it with the lights on, during the sunlight cuz, it's not spooky either.

But to be fair, I would like to give ole Ruth another chance. I am going to try The Death of Mrs. Westaway. Well, the solid 50 first pages anyways. No more Pacific Ocean, so I will have better options to stare at. ;o)

csk
Re: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
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Reply to: #980311 by Captain Slick Kitty
Oct 15, 2019 4:07pm
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I have been reading Paula Daly.....two of her books were just combined to create an ITV show called Deep Water. I like them, they are fast easy reads with enough twists and turns to keep me happy.

https://www.bustle.com/p/the-books-itvs-deep-water-is-based-on-are-by-paula-daly-well-worth-a-read-18655915

-Amanda from Seattle
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Reply to: #980311 by Captain Slick Kitty
Oct 16, 2019 6:00am
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I almost want to read this now, just because, lol.
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Reply to: #980347 by Mama Stork
Oct 16, 2019 10:45pm
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I recently read an older book by Daphne du Maurier (of which I love the 2 books of hers I have read).
Just a side note before continuing my blurb... I love old movies, especially old movies that were first a book. Also most newer mysteries just do not appeal to me.
So here you go. 1st book is Rebecca.. I love it. The movie is also good (but I like old movies). I love the twist she gives at the end of her books. The last 50-100 pages usually have me shouting "I knew it... I just knew it!"
The more recent book i read & also loved (however the beginning was a bit slow) was My Cousin Rachel. Both of these are by du Maurier.
Similar to her books is The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. It is a good read also, similar style & mystery/suspense theme. Once again, the puzzle pieces take awhile to start coming together. But when they do, wow!
Re: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
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Reply to: #980347 by Mama Stork
Oct 17, 2019 8:44am
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Well, I just listed my copy on ebay, albeit it is not the cheapest one listed. ;o)
Re: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
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Reply to: #980387 by Mama Dee
Oct 17, 2019 4:19pm
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I got the movie Rebecca from the library a few weeks ago. Red Fox and I finally watched a few days ago. I have seen it several times (and read the book after the first time) but he had never seen it.

Have you seen the Carol Burnett spoof? Vickie Lawrence is a hoot!

Rebecky part 1
Rebecky part 2

KuKu
Re: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
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Reply to: #980401 by KuKu
Oct 17, 2019 8:37pm
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Haven't seen them before now... haha! Those were so funny😂😂 thanks for sharing!