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The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye by Jerome David Salinger (1950s)
I liked it even though it took me a while to read. It is pretty depressing. I think because you feel bad for the main character at some level. This is one of those books that either you like or hate. Not sure there is a middle ground to it. Glad I read it but not sure I would read it again. -- Added by brlhudso on 02/24/2014

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Joyland
Joyland by Stephen King (1970s)
Good book. Quick read. It is not one of my favorite stories but I thought it wasn't bad. Much closer to his coming of age tales than his horror fiction which I always find more interesting. -- Added by brlhudso on 02/15/2014

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In the Garden of Beasts
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson (1930s)
This was slow to start but it picked up halfway through. I like how it demonstrates the politics of the time. -- Added by brlhudso on 02/12/2014

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The Shining Girls
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (1990s)
This takes place in different eras due to the story but majority of it takes place in the 1990s. Basic premise is that a girl who is attacked and left for dead begins looking for her would be killer. You find that she was attacked by a serial killer that travels through time killing women in different eras. While it sounds unbelievable, the story works and is very good. Would recommend it to anyone who likes a good story. -- Added by brlhudso on 02/09/2014

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The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920s)
I can't believe I hadn't read this book yet and am afraid the hype from the new movie (which I have yet to see) made me want to read this. I almost gave up on this book about half way through. Mostly because I found the characters shallow and unlikeable. After I got to the midway point, it became much more interesting, almost like it was a different book. The characters had more passion and seemed more real. -- Added by brlhudso on 02/05/2014

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I've never read it, either, but based on your review, I think I will give it a try. Carmel High School is performing The Great Gatsby as a play on February 13-15. CHS always puts on a spectacular show and I am excited to see it! The actors and stage crew have quite a challenge, though. With all the school closings, I would imagine that rehearsals are way behind schedule. -- Nimble Novice on 02/06/2014  
Odd Thomas
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz (2000s)
This was a bit slow moving to start and I'm not sure I love how the character's narrative style is written; however, I did get engaged in the story. I thought the plot was very good and I managed to read this book very quickly. -- Added by brlhudso on 01/28/2014

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Did you see they have a movie out now? Available on-demand, and will be available for rent on iTunes and amazon. A limited theatrical release 2/28 and DVD release 3/25. -- TruBlu on 02/05/2014  
Cat's Cradle
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (1960s)
This was an interesting book. Not what I expected. Because I read Slaughter-House Five and liked it I decided to try this one. Because I read this after Slaughter-House five, I was expecting some of the information the narrator was telling me to be false or at least to be unsure he was a realiable witness. That wasn't the case. If you like quirky characters, give it a try. -- Added by brlhudso on 01/24/2014

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Ten Lords A-Leaping
Ten Lords A-Leaping by C. C. Benison (2000s)
I would not necessarily recommend this book. It was okay but not great. I think there are better mysteries that you can read. While it tries to be like Agatha Christie, it completely falls short. -- Added by brlhudso on 01/24/2014

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