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The Hobbit - J.R.R Tolkien

This book was good, maybe even a great one, but I made the mistake to read the Lord of the Rings first and the later had so much more depth that the former seemed like a badly thought short story made too long.

I do get the fact that it's the first (or one of the firsts) published by Tolkien and it was targeted at his own son. I have children myself and understand there isn't always a need for them to understand everything, quite the opposite. That's why I forgive the flaws I found in The Hobbit.

Now with the second part of the movie adaptation just out, I've come to see it in a new light. There are still some parts for which the explanations are shaky at best, especially compared to the average in Tolkien's global work. I think it suffers mostly in comparison to the rest of Tolkien's work, but it still may be a good start for a younger audience into his massive and incredible universe.

Sébastien
11 months, 10 days ago
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The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

I didn't have any expectations about this book, but I found it nauseous with spiritual or wannabe moral directions. I thought the message was too obvious without letting the reader figure it out by him/herself nor without any place for any interpretation, an insult to my intelligence.

If someone who enjoyed it (and it seems almost everyone who read it did) could tell me what they liked about it, I'd be glad to hear it. Maybe there's something in it that I didn't get.

Sébastien
11 months, 10 days ago
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Perfume - Suskind

A friend of mine who has great taste in books bought me a copy of Perfume by Patrick Suskind a few years ago and said I would adore it.

I finished the novel and was quite disappointed by the whole book.

I find the more praise heaped onto something (whether it be a book, film, album etc) the more disappointed I am when I read it.

I think my expectations get raised too highly

Providence
4 years ago
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(11 months, 10 days ago)I read this book after hearing a movie was made out of it and (almost) without knowing anything about the hype, so my expectation was average and I enjoyed it a lot. I thought the way the odors were described made it almost create the smell in the associated brain cells of my mind. Thinking back on it, I think I can understand why high expectations about this book could ruin it. Maybe it's the love-it-or-hate-it kind of book with too many love-it people for it's own good.
Sébastien
(3 years ago)I recently read this book too, I enjoyed it to a point but I also can't quite understand all the hype about it.
ToriB
(3 years ago)I read it while I was travelling, after picking it up from somebody who left it behind, without knowing that it had been made into a movie and without hearing any hype about it. That being said, I very much enjoyed it. I found the topic matter to be utterly fascinating (as the days and years go by, I grow much more fond of my nose) and the passages to be beautiful and thought-provoking. It was an interesting idea and one that was, to say the least, carried out well. I loved the novel.
Miranda
(3 years ago)I too tried it because of the high recommendations and gave up after a few chapters. That was several years ago and I can't remember specifically what I didn't like about it, just that I said, Well, I'm a grownup, there's not going to be an exam on it, so I don't think I'll invest any more time in this one, and traded it back to the used-book store.
Margaret H.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

This is the book I was the most disappointed by. I wanted to read it so badly... but it was nothing special for me. Of course, it's not that bad and has some nice quotations, however, I'd not recommend it to anyone.

Kornelia
1 year ago
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(1 year ago)same here! the movie turned out so much better...
Britt
The Grenadillo Box by Janet Gleeson

I was really looking forward to this author's books, as I like historical mysteries. This first book of hers was a big disappointment: the main character was obnoxiously self-centered, women continually fell over for him for no reason that the author made clear, and the mystery plot was ridiculously contrived and full of holes. For me, there are too many good historical mysteries to waste time on this author.

Margaret H.
2 years ago
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Wuthering Heights

I've just finished WH, feeling that it was one of the canon that I hadn't read and should and can't help wondering what all the fuss was about. Lots of people being angry and selfish and seeing the consequences of that. It's my own fault though really... I expected it to be like Jane Eyre :)

Abi Ireson
4 years ago
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(3 years ago)Perhaps the perople who are saying how wonderful is Wuthering Heights have actually been more impressed by the movie with Laurence Olivier and are projecting him onto Heathcliff in the book?
Margaret H.
(3 years ago)I researched WH because of "Bella" and decided the family dynamic of the authors were interesting. I read Jane Eyre and loved it. then WH and I agree what a huge dissapointment.
Jen
(3 years ago)We must be book twins! I first read Jane Eyre when I was about 13 years old and I loved it. It is still my favorite book almost 20 years later. I'd heard a lot about Wuthering Heights, so I figured I'd read that next; it was written by Charlotte's sister after all. I was horrified and disgusted by the twisted relationships in WH and couldn't understand why I'd heard this book was so romantic. I read WH twice more in HS and college, and I finally can appreciate it as a work of literature, but I still seethe whenever I hear anyone call the book "romantic."
bibliophile04
(4 years ago)@"wondering what all the fuss was about" Part of the fuss may be, currently, Twilight-related, it's named as "Bella's favorite book" if I understood correctly, so you have a horde of fans reading it in droves and declaring to love it. Not that it doesn't deserve the attention, but one may wonder just how much of this professed love is sheer pack mentality, and how many would have really enjoyed it as just some random school-advised reading.
Aude
The Time Traveler's Wife

I had heard so many people talk about The Time Traveler's Wife, and when the movie came out (which I never saw), I decided I should read it. Oh man, I found it sooo boring and I could not get into it at all. The idea of the plot was interesting, but the characters just seemed really distant and unsympathetic to me. I rarely stop reading a book once I start it, but this was one exception. I read about 1/3 of the book when I realized I dreaded picking it up again to continue reading. I figured I was wasting time I could use to read something I actually enjoyed, so I posted the book to give away. I hope someone else is now enjoying it :)

bibliophile04
3 years ago
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(3 years ago)We read this book in our book group and everyone hated it except me. I loved it! It has to be one of my top 10 books ever. I was hooked right into the love story and found the idea of this little boy travelling through time alone so compelling - then to fall in love with someone who, at times, was just a little girl, was such an interesting concept and beautifully handled by Niffenegger. I was engrossed.
Emma
1984

Everyone told me this would be the book for me as i like dystopian blah blah blah. But i really didn't like it. I found it boring and the story felt like it was just a way to get people to read the underlying message. Don't get me wrong, i like books with a message but i also like the story to be enjoyable too. Not a fan of this one and i was really looking forward to reading it.

Mojo88
4 years ago
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A Letter of Mary

Very recently, I picked up the Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King. The first two books were very good, and I was so absorbed by the second that I read it in a day. Unfortunately, the next book, A Letter of Mary, didn't live up to its claim of "a novel of suspense." It was actually fairly boring. I think I will put aside the series for a bit before I return and pick up the fourth.

Susan
4 years ago
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(4 years ago)Wow, isn't that something, how people's preferences differ? This was -- is! -- my favorite in the series.
Elisabeth
Dimiter

I was really looking forward to reading William Peter Blatty's new book, Dimiter and got a copy when it first came out - but I didn't like it at all. I was bored and frustrated with the subject matter and found the narrative confusing. I went on Amazon to check out other people's opinions and some readers gave it very high praise, so maybe it's just me.

I put it in my inventory and it was immediately mooched, so hopefully the next reader will enjoy it more than I did!

Cathy
4 years ago
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