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terryduncan5719

terryduncan5719

Joined June 2021

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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Excellent! I enjoyed the twists and the subtle references to Station Eleven. The book flowed easily. I definitely recommend it!

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This book was so good! The writing was excellent. It made me want to read more of austen' books and her biography! The time travel aspect adds a twist that makes it even more enjoyable!

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I read this book because of my book club. Thank goodness for book clubs! It is definitely dated. It takes place in 1915ish. Zane Grey books were made into TV shows and influenced movies and television long after his death. The author was excellent at describing Utah. The character development was a little over the top for me. Some of the relationship descriptions were a little confusing, but as I kept reading I figured it out!

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The Last Telegram | Liz Trenow
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a WWII historical novel, although with a different perspective. I learned about the silk trade in England during WWII.
I thought the character development was solid. These were flawed but decent characters and thoroughly relatable.

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The Music Shop | Rachel Joyce
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This was a thoroughly enjoyable book. Quirky characters, sad stories, but ultimately a happy ending. Great musical description! That was the real draw of this book. It was easy to read and be in the story.

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A House in the Sky: A Memoir | Amanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett
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I dreaded reading this book. It was a book club pick. Thank goodness for book clubs! The writing was solid, but the important thing is it was a story that needed to be told.

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Amor Towles wrote “A Gentleman in Moscow.“ After I read that one, I had to read another by.him. I wasn't disappointed at all! While I do believe the “Gentleman“ is better, this one was still a page turner.

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A Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles
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Tis book was outstanding! Some people have told me the beginning was slow, but I was intrigued from the beginning. The writing! It read like a classic novel. The author's word choices were outstanding. The character development was excellent. I honestly cannot describe how much I enjoyed this book. I recommend it strongly!

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It was mystical and factual at the same time. Kristen Hammel did not disappoint. It is a historical novel during WWII but it is different from others. The writing was descriptive. I recommend this one.

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This book was outstanding! It is not a book I would have picked up, but I am so glad my book club decided to read it! As I was reading it, I was worried that it would have a very sad ending. I have to I have hopeful and it was beautiful. There are very sad themes... but.. juat read it. The writing was seamless and the story flowed.

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This book was superb. It was thought-provoking. I love sweeping sagas over life spans.. We learn about the Chinese practice of footbinding in excruciating details.

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It was so good! A total of 178 pages. It was descriptive, fantastical and disturbing. I loved it and didn't want to put it down!

nichollinlove The audio is really great too! Let's face it, the man is a STORYTELLER! 9mo
terryduncan5719 This was my first of his. Next I will try American Gods 9mo
Sherlockmarie I‘ll try this one next. I‘m almost finished with American Gods. I‘ll be curious to see what you think. 8mo
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This book was enjoyable. It was a slow starter for me. I thought the main character was interesting, I didn't relate to her in the beginning but I liked her. Later in the book, I got frustrated with her as the story went on but sympathized. The story got more interesting as it unfolded. If you want to read a book that has some depth, but an easier read, this is a good choice.

Sherlockmarie Great review. I‘ll look it up. 9mo
terryduncan5719 I just saw the jacket part they added on here... 😁 I am not sure I would describe the book QUITE like the jacket description... 9mo
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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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I would not recommend this book at all. I disliked all the characters. I am so sorry I read this book. All the characters are shallow. They are evil, but they even do evil pathetically.

violabrain I agree with you completely. I do not understand the appeal of this book at all. 9mo
terryduncan5719 Right? Ugh. I am not alone. I'd like to hear why some people liked it. 9mo
Sherlockmarie I read this one with you Terry and felt the same. We kept telling each other to finish it but not sure I‘d do that now. I‘d also love to hear what people like about it. 9mo
RickW Not sure if I can do justice but the book has so much richness in its character development & odes to classic literature. It‘s also a relatively realistic look at a lot of pretentious college kids who take their social superiority to obnoxious levels.They are unstable kids with a narcissistic professor.They‘re taught and believe in fables & fantasy but begin to use it to do evil to “feel free.” It‘s a tale of upper middle class youth gone awry. 7mo
terryduncan5719 RickW, everything you said about the story is true. I have realized that while I can read books and stories with sad and even unresolved endings, I have to have some hope at the end. At the very least, somebody to root for and appreciate. 7mo
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This book was fantastic. A classic novel by the author who wrote the short story "The Lottery". Great descriptive writing. What is interesting is what the author leaves out. You won't know where the story is going until the very end. There are so many unanswered questions. I recommend this book. Added bonus... it is only 146 pages long.

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Mehso-so

This book is about the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan. The beginning is a description of their crusing experience and trips in port and about the second third it gets into the trauma of being forced to stay on the ship in the cabin for two weeks and then again in San Antonio. I didn't enjoy the beginning, but when the author talked about the quarantine it got interesting.

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Excellent! I highly recomend this book. It was a very interesting perspective. If you have ever questioned your life, you will appreciate this story. The writing was very descriptive. The main character was pretty 3 dimensional, you did get to know her. I didn't always like her, but I did feel I got to know her and I was rooting for her.

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Folly Beach: A Lowcountry Tale | Dorothea Benton Frank
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This is definitely an enjoyable, breezy read with a substantial story. The story is completely engaging with good descriptions and characters.

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It was enjoyable. Its a Harry met Sally kind of book. The characters were well developed. It is the kind of book to read when you want to just READ.

Sherlockmarie On my TBR. Thanks for the review. 10mo
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I read this book years ago, but it has stayed with me. It is a fairly short book but powerful.

Sherlockmarie This is an amazing story, quick read but one that will remain with you for a very long time. 10mo
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Silo | Hugh Howey
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I enjoyed it very much. The author made his world come to life with very descriptive phrases and word choices. Characters were well developed. I admit I didn't understand what the "architect" of Silo's goal was. I got the gist of it, but if someone can explain what the goal was, I would love to hear it! Even without fully grasping the reason for the silos, the story was fully understandable and enjoyable!

Sherlockmarie Great. I‘ve never heard of it. 10mo
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This was a really interesting book. It is categorized as science fiction and it is futuristic, but it is really a story about caring, fear and faith. The writing is descriptive and well done. The ending was a bit unsettling but totally appropriate for this book.

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The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
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Very very good and very satisfying ending. I recommend it very much!

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Girl in Hyacinth Blue | Susan Vreeland
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This short book was a very interesting read. The story unfolds backwards following the provenance of a fictional Vermeer painting. For me, the story started slow, because it took a while to grasp how the author waa telling her story. It got more and more interesting as I continued.

megnews I liked this one. 10mo
terryduncan5719 The book or review?😉 10mo
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Excellent! Excellent! I loved this story of women. The story switches between the 1st and 2nd world war and the experiences of the women who lived then. The author effectively and seamlessly showed the unique challenges faced by women during this time period. I was there and invested in all the characters, even the secondary characters! I strongky reccommend this book!

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It was very enjoyable! I like how the author switched from past to present and tied the characters together. I found the ending unsatisfying, because I wanted more information about what happened to the characters. I guess that means it was good, since I wanted more!

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Midnight Library | Matt Haig
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The jacket is misleading. I thought it was a science fiction book. It is not. It is philosophical and should be be relatable to everyone. The descriptions are perfect. It is a fantastic read! It has moved to my best books list.

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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This book sucks you right in. The opening is misleading. It is especially interesting to read at this point in our lives.

Sherlockmarie I‘ll reserve it. Thanks! 12mo
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