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() It was a tossup between a game-theoretic examination of the toilet seat problem and the UnSuggester, which takes the ... to stay away from "The Devil Wears Prada," whcih is something I had kind of planned to do, anyway. http://www.librarything.com/unsuggester

There were more books on the unsuggester list that looked interesting to me than there were on the suggestion list. I must be too eclectic for them. Eclectic sounds so much better than scatterbrained.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
I'm a little leery of science fiction in general. If the science isn't good, I have a hard time digesting the fiction.

I was about to say that you'd hate Never Let Me Go , but I'm not sure. It is science fiction in that it deals with a bunch of people who are clones created for the purpose of being organ donors, but the book doesn't deal with the science aspect much at all. It's more about what your relationships and aspirations would be like if you were one of those people. That's where the flaws come in. The characters are so beautifully drawn until the reader (this reader, anyway) gets up and says, but you wouldn't respond like that!
What I have liked from Ishiguro is An Artist of the Floating World and A Pale View of Hills, which this doesn't sound like. Next time I'm in the library, I'll read a few pages and see.

I have to read more Ishiguro. Lately I've been taking my writing class so it's hard for me to read anything and just get lost in the story. I keep looking at how dialog is handled or how the author handles the pacing.
Lia
I haven't had time to read anything that can be ... to get around to the Comic pages in The Post.

My lifestyle these last couple of years doesn't allow any deep reading. I need books which I can put down ... hour or a day later. I've gone back to an old standby - historical fiction, and renewed my library card.

I'm never much of a deep reader. I like to be entertained more than educated I guess. I'm a voracious reader, and tend to like series books. Spent years reading romance, am pretty much done with that I've seen it, read it, bored with it. I've also done historical fiction and some mystery, though mystery isn't my favorite genre. At the moment I'm deep into sci-fi, fantasy, etc. especially contemporary vampire/werewolf/whatever stories. I love Kim Harrison, Charlaine Harris, and the early Laurell K. Hamilton novels (the past 4 or 5 have been indescribably bad, a bizarro look at how an author can go completely off the deep end). Right now I'm reading Rachel Caine, I also liked Karen Chance and Patricia Briggs.
For pure Sci-Fi I've truly enjoyed Karen Traviss' series starting with City of Pearl, though it does stray too far to the animal-rights vegan side for me, especially the first book. And one of my all time favorites is Terry Pratchett, who has to be read to be appreciated, a brilliant writer.
and the early Laurell K. Hamilton novels (the past 4 or 5 have been indescribably bad, a bizarro look at how an author can go completely off the deep end).

In the serial killer/forensics genre, the equivalent would be Patricia Cornwell. She never knew how to do a good ending in the first place, and boy did it all go to hell after the first 4 or 5!
Suja
@panix3.panix.com:

http://www.librarything.com/unsuggester

I put in Accidental Tourist (one of my faves) and I am not to read: Systematic theology : an introduction to biblical doctrine Don't waste your life by John Piper

Every single book I entered came back that I should NOT read John Piper.

Ether I'm the polar opposite of everything he's ever written, or this site was built as a secret attempt to undermine his book sales :-)

Tara
and the early Laurell K. Hamilton novels (the past 4 ... how an author can go completely off the deep end).

In the serial killer/forensics genre, the equivalent would be Patricia Cornwell. She never knew how to do a good ending in the first place, and boy did it all go to hell after the first 4 or 5!

Yeah, her last several were real disappointments. I really enjoyed her first two or three novels, and the peek they gave into forensic medicine.
FurPaw

Better dead than Red.
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and the early Laurell K. Hamilton novels (the past 4 ... how an author can go completely off the deep end).

In the serial killer/forensics genre, the equivalent would be Patricia Cornwell. She never knew how to do a good ending in the first place, and boy did it all go to hell after the first 4 or 5!

It was bizarre with LKH. She's actually written a lot of books, something like 14 in the series. And the first 8 or 9 books were just superb. The kind of series that you literally can't put down. Then out of nowhere they turn into hundreds of pages of badly written sex scenes with no plot to speak of. What's totally amazing is that so many people still buy and read them. Apparently plot and character are no longer necessary for a book to sell. Who would think?
I'm a little leery of science fiction in general. If the science isn't good, I have a hard time digesting the fiction.

I'm enough of an engineer to agree. TeeVee is one thing, but before I spend good money and good time on a book, I want it to have some reasonability. That said, I liked the Mars trilogy by Robinson.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
It was bizarre with LKH. She's actually written a lot of books, something like 14 in the series. And the ... buy and read them. Apparently plot and character are no longer necessary for a book to sell. Who would think?

I think it's disbelief, abetted by habit. You read a few books by an author that you really like, and then s/he comes up with a stinker. (Ken Follett was another one, IMO.) You keep reading, expecting it to get better. But by the end, it hasn't. Still, the habit isn't broken, and you buy the next one, only to be disappointed again. It's taken me up to four bad books by a once-liked author before I finally wrote him or her off my list.

But I'm slowly getting better at putting down a book I don't like after the first 50 pages or so, and walking away from the author.

FurPaw

Better dead than Red.
To reply, unleash the dog.
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