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Jamesmelvinmitchell

Jamesmelvinmitchell

Joined May 2016

Home is behind, the world ahead, and there are many paths to tread through shadows to the edge of night, until the stars are all alight.Tolkien
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Dune | Frank Herbert
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A great time to do a great book reread. My favorite Science- Fiction.

BookwormAHN Great picture and a great book 💜 1y
Taylor This movie is about to be 😳 1y
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Beautiful read. I‘m about 2/3‘s of the way through.

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Light In August | William Faulkner
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Gonna start this tonight, it will be my 3rd time but I know I‘m gonna love it. 😊😍

SamAnne It's in my TBR list for this year. Just finished The Sound and the Fury. What a ride that was. 2y
Jamesmelvinmitchell @SamAnne do you have a favorite? I believe Absalom absalom is mine. 2y
SamAnne @Jamesmelvinmitchell it was my first Faulkner! Somehow just had not read him. I will either read your tagged book first since I own it or Absalom Absalom. 2y
Jamesmelvinmitchell @SamAnne I would do Light in August maybe As I Lay Dying then some short stories before tackling ABSALOM ABSALOM. Just my opinion really tough read. 2y
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Les mis?rables | Victor Hugo
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Why did it take me so long to read this masterpiece of literature? This book was fantastic, the interweaving of the characters into the story was beautifully done. The complete story was overall superb. Without a doubt one of my favorite books. 5/5

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An early present to myself, going to end my year with the master. His ability to see inside a person‘s mind and write about what he sees there is amazing.

saresmoore Ooh, great choice! 3y
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A great look at all the history of gaming. I thought it was one of the funnest reads of the my year, I read it in two days.

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Dead Souls | Nikolai Gogol
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Starting this on a reading challenge from Facebook. I‘ve been on a real Russian literature kick this year so this fits right in and it has been a fantastic journey.

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Well I can finally say I‘ve read this. A few words describe my experience, epic, enlightening, enchanting, life elevating. Might sound silly but I feel better for having read this. Gonna take a few days off then find something short. 😁

PurpleyPumpkin Well done! I haven‘t yet taken the plunge with this one. How long did it take you to read it? 3y
Jamesmelvinmitchell @PurpleyPumpkin Thank you. Almost 2 months but The book is fantastic. On a side note I used to have book reading goals and never picked this up because it would take so long to read. My goal now are just to read each day. Read on my friend. 😁 (edited) 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I read it a couple of years ago on Serial Reader (on my phone!) over a few months. I loved Pierre, but Tolstoy was in desperate need of an editor. Glad you enjoyed it! Im glad I read it, but also glad it‘s over 🤣 (edited) 3y
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Jamesmelvinmitchell @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled My friend I love serial reader. Best way I‘ve found to read consistently. 3y
slategreyskies I just started reading this today. I‘m excited!! 3y
Taylor Yes! 2y
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Going to finish out my year with what many consider to be the greatest book Ever written. I‘ve read it before but I was a lot younger and didn‘t comprehend it very well. I‘m also going to try a newer translation. Wish me luck. 😁

EadieB I just finished this a few months ago. I listened to the audio while following along with the book! Great story with great characters! 3y
Caroline2 There‘s a really good Guardian article about translations and it mentions that Tolstoy approved certain versions. It‘s worth checking out! 👍 (edited) 3y
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The Possessed | Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Well instead of a fictional horror this year I thought I would read this by Dostoyevsky who I think is one of the best authors ever. It is based on a true event and for me makes it more enjoyable.

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Absalom! Absalom! | William Faulkner
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This book is truly a fantastic read. It was a very difficult book to follow sometimes but truly worth every moment.

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I‘m a 62 year old man and I still can‘t read this book without having a tear in my eye. I think this book is one of the sweetest books ever. If you‘ve never read it get yourself your own copy because you will want to read it over and over. I‘ve read it At least 20 times over the years and I never tired of it. It is Beautiful.

audraelizabeth I have a feeling my dogs are going to be like that, i hope not but seems that way as they are laying down currently not 8 feet apart. 3y
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At the beginning of May I got hurt at work and knew I was going to be off work for a while so I wanted to read something that I normally wouldn‘t have the time to. Many years ago I got started on this beautiful book and I got halfway through but work constraints stopped me from finishing it. Well I finally got done with it I‘ve read many places that this was the greatest novel ever written my Litsy friends I‘m going to agree with that opinion.

LeahBergen I hope you‘re healed up now! I read this book over the course of a year (several years ago) and yes, it‘s most definitely worth it. 😍 3y
Jamesmelvinmitchell @leahbergen thank for the comment. Yes doing much better. Starting back to work July 1st. I also read The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment. 3y
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Ernest Hemingway Selected Letters 1917-1961 | Ernest Hemingway, Carlos Baker
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Got this as a gift today. I'm off work for a week and hope to enjoy this.

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Poor Folk | Fedor Dostoyevsky
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This was Dostoyevsky‘s first novel. I think it is masterful, this is my favorite author and his works are fantastic. Russian literature is very formal but if you decide to read him don‘t get all caught up in pronunciations and just say it any way you want. The characters are well defined and the story is beautiful. 5/5

Texreader I‘ve only read Crime and Punishment back in high school, having chosen it for a thesis I had to write in advanced English. Probably a bit much for a 16 year old but I liked it well enough. I like your review. I‘ll have to try this one and see what 35 years does for my perspective. (edited) 3y
Lcsmcat I‘ve not read this one, but I love Dostoyevsky. Stacked. 3y
Jamesmelvinmitchell @lcsmcat @texreader I hope you two pick this up it is a very good read. 3y
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Human Comedy | William Saroyan
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An absolutely beautiful book, the story about a family in small town America during the 1940s. The simplicity of the story is what draws me to the author but the characters are relatable and likable.

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To honor the passing of Mr. Herman Wouk I‘m gonna read three of my favorite books written by him. This is my first and favorite. If you haven‘t read this book before you‘re really missing a masterful work of fiction. After this one Winds of War and War and Remembrance to follow. He truly is a master story teller.

GatheringBooks i haven‘t heard of him yet! this does look compelling. stacked! 3y
Jamesmelvinmitchell @gatheringbooks he is fantastic. He‘s written some of the mast compelling books I‘ve ever read. Hope you enjoy. 3y
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Every once in a while I find a book that I just can‘t put down because it completely captures my soul this book did that. So beautifully written it is a book of prose in verse with a lovely story. It is very much a classic, please take the time to find this book and compare to literature from today. Fall in love with a classic.

Libby1 I saw a film version of this at an arts theatre about 18 years ago. I was traveling from the US to Europe, and was so taken with the beauty of the film that I left my passport and bag behind in the cinema! Thankfully, I was able to recover them. 3y
tpixie @Libby1 oh my!! 3y
tpixie Lovely review! Someone else must have liked it- I already have it stacked!! I better get on it! 3y
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Libby1 @tpixie - 😃 3y
Lcsmcat And it‘s an opera also. 3y
Libby1 😃 3y
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Crime and Punishment | Fyodor Dostoevsky
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What a fantastic read. This is not a murder mystery but more along the psychological drama genre. Plenty of people to hate. And some you want to punch in the face. 2 antagonists in here who do you hate the most?

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Cell: A Novel | Stephen King
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While this isn‘t his best book. It was a fun easy read that has a great concept in the plot. People have that cellphone stuck to their ear all day and just can‘t go through the day without it.

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An absolutely beautiful book. I‘ve read this book so many times I don‘t think I even remember how many. Ms. Smith has a beautiful way of writing and seeing into the he life of this one family during very hard times. 5/5 stars

TheLudicReader One of my all-time favourites. 3y
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This book is fantastic. Superbly researched and written it held my attention the whole time. 5/5

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The Running Man | Stephen King, Richard Bachman
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This story is 100% better than the movie, Richards is a better character more believable, more likable, story more realistic. Not a horror story but a great psychological tale.

Suet624 Good to know. 3y
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Black Mad Wheel | Josh Malerman
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Did not enjoy this one at all. Just couldn‘t get into the story or the characters. Bird Box much better.

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Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
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This is one of the best authors in the world today, I haven‘t read anything by him I haven‘t enjoyed. This bizarre story is a stunning work of imagination. Next I‘m on to IQ84 wish me luck.

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This was an absolutely beautiful read. I watched a version on Tv with Dustin Hoffman and liked it so much that I decided to read it so glad I did. I thought the format would be hard to read but it was wonderful. 5⭐️

802Librarian Had to read this in high school. The line “the woods are burning” said by Willy always stuck with me. 4y
Jamesmelvinmitchell @NHLibrarian funny how sometimes things like that stick in your head. 4y
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Creepy bizarre story. So strange and enjoyable, Shirley Jackson is a master.

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This was absolutely fantastic. He was a fascinating man. I love reading about authors and their lives.

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The Stand | Stephen King
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Okay I've read this a few times before but I love coming back to it because the concept of the story and plot are awesome. Salem's Lot and IT are other favorites. Do you guys have a favorite book by Stephen King?

Reagan I‘m with @Slajaunie and I love the short story collections. The Library Policeman, The Mist, The Long Walk 😍 4y
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Jamesmelvinmitchell @Reagan-reads I really enjoy his short stories especially the old stuff. 4y
RachelAmphlett I love his short story collections, especially Nightmares and Dreamscapes 4y
Jamesmelvinmitchell @RachelAmphlett I think most of his short stories are better than his later writing. 4y
Suet624 Definitely The Stand. 3y
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My 12th time reading this trilogy and even better than the last time. I will miss middle earth. It was beautiful. There was much death and sadness, but in the end relief and happiness.

DivineDiana Someday I will reread. A favorite! 4y
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Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens
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This is my next read, starting tomorrow. I‘ve read this before but one of my Facebook groups is doing a group read so here I am. 🙂

Redwritinghood I really liked this one. Might be my favorite Dickens. 4y
Jamesmelvinmitchell @Redwritinghood I‘m looking forward 4y
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Intruder in the Dust | William Faulkner
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This is a book that gets you in the feels. A little like To Kill a Mockingbird with a better outcome. There is a lot of turn of the century language but it truly is beautiful.

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My first read of 2019, what better way to start my year.

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This is my favorite book by my favorite author not an easy read takes some effort but totally worth it. If you‘re just starting on his work try Absalom Absalom it‘s great too. These two books are considered the best books by Southern writers.

AmyG Brilliant book. I had to read it twice to fully understand it. 4y
Jamesmelvinmitchell @AmyG yes this was my 2nd also. I love reads like this that make you work for it. 4y
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Absolutely without a doubt the best nonfiction book I‘ve read in years. Catching this rapist murder is detailed with precision. You just can‘t put it down, fantastic read.

Reviewsbylola I loved this one too. 4y
Jamesmelvinmitchell @Reviewsbylola kinda sad she died before he was caught. 4y
Reviewsbylola Same! That was disappointing for sure. 4y
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I‘ve always wondered what I might see in the mirror. Just starting Two Towers. Merry Christmas my fellow Litsy friends. 🎄🎁

Bklover Merry Christmas to you too!🎄 4y
Jamesmelvinmitchell @Bklover thank you book friend. 😁 4y
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Well I'm getting along in these books and after having read them numerous times is still my favorite. Some beautiful imagery and lovely characters. The guy pictured is not one of the beautiful characters. 😀

Soubhiville Beauty is in the eye of the beholder 😜. I thought the movie crew nailed the Orcs and Goblins perfectly! 4y
Jamesmelvinmitchell @Soubhiville true I thought they were fantastic. And each one different too. 😄 4y
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Well I‘m off on a grand adventure. I‘ve read this book so many times before, but some Facebook friends decided to do a group read so OF COURSE I said yes.

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Let Me In | John Ajvide Lindqvist
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This was my Halloween read and it was fantastic. A scary, sad story of a young vampire who needs an alliance with a young boy in order to survive. So good.

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Night | Elie Wiesel
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Absolutely loved this book, heartbreaking story of Elie his family and the Jews. Hearing the stories of a people torn from their loved ones and have literally everything taken from them is hard to read but this story is one of the best I've ever read. Five stars.

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This book was voted Americans favorite book, I agree it was my vote.

EKonrad It was my vote too! 😊 4y
DivineDiana Wonderful choice! It was one of my votes! 😉 4y
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Frankenstein | Mary W Shelly
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We often hear "The book is so much better than the movie" and in the case of this book it is totally true. So many movies portray the monster in a negative light that it makes you wonder if it was actually taken from the book. It is such a sad tale and you see the monster as a tragic character and truly feel sorry for him. If you've read this did you agree? If not pick it up and enjoy the real story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Smrloomis Finally read this last year since it was the anniversary and all. Completely agree with you. 4y
Balibee146 If you get to see either of the National Theatre films of the stage play... With Benefit Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller alternating in the roles they are excellent.... Both do very different takes on the monster... Cumberbatch based on recovering stroke victims and Miller on his infant son.... Fascinating performances. Not available on DVD sadly.. Have to see at a cinema. 4y
Balibee146 Lol Benedict.. Heh heh 4y
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Dogearedcopy I‘ve read the book three times (and seen the Johnny Lee Miller version) and have come away with different views of Frankenstein and his monster each time. It‘s one of the few books that I see more into every time I read it. The next time I read it, I want to re-read Milton‘s “Paradise Lost” first. 4y
Jamesmelvinmitchell @Dogearedcopy what an awesome idea. 👍 4y
Jamesmelvinmitchell @Balibee146 lucky you I would love to see the play! Btw I think Benedict is awesome. 4y
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Parasite | Mira Grant
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I was definitely surprised by this book, I got caught up in the story the characters are likable and relatable. And happy to see that there are more in the series.

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This is one of my favorite book series I absolutely love Lisbeth Salander she is a great strong heroine. 5/5 stars. One more to go hope her injuries aren‘t too bad. 😬😬😬

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My favorite Halloween read, 10th year I‘ve read it and just as scary as the first time. I had someone ask me what‘s so scary? Demon takes over a little girl nuf said.

CouronneDhiver Yikes!!! 🙈 4y
SaraBeagle Way scarier than the movie! 4y
Jamesmelvinmitchell @SaraBeagle for sure the build up is fantastic. 4y
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An absolutely fantastic read one of the best female characters I‘ve ever read. This was one of the best action novels I‘ve read in a long time too. It‘s gets a 5/5 for me.

ephemeralwaltz Yes!!!👏👏 4y
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Ring (Revised) | Koji Suzuki
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I absolutely loved this book, and I am so happy to know there are so many others. 😁 nice and spooky read.

Clwojick Eeeee. That pic actually gave me the heebeegeebees lol 4y
Jamesmelvinmitchell @Clwojick I know right? The book is freaky strange. 😁 4y
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Long Walk | Stephen King
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I enjoy Stephen King as he writes as Richard Bachman, writing as Bachman here and you can see a little different style that isn‘t like Stephen, I can see why he wrote it Didn‘t like the ending much. Still 3/5

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Boy on the Bridge | M R Carey
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A great sequel to the book called The Girl with all the Gifts. A completely enjoyable story of the end of the world. And if you ever wondered what happened to Melanie (The Girl With all the Gifts) you get some answers at the end of this book. Characters are relatable and a few military jerks thrown in for fun. Great read.

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Fellside | M. R. Carey
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I really enjoyed this book it wasn't scary, (which is why I picked it to begin with) but as I read it I was engrossed completely. Characters are pretty well defined and likable, you get to see the story through there eyes. If I had to classify the book I would say murder mystery, ghost story, and a thriller.

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