book discussion JULY 2008

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book discussion JULY 2008

i have not been able to find a set of questions i like so we will just post a question you have about the first 4 -5 chapters of the book.
please when you post if it is about a certain chapter please mention that chapter.

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we can also chat tonight when most have some free time. let me know.

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What book are you guys reading?

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We are reading The Host by Stephenie Meyer.

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what do you think the soul will do to melanie? will she resist long?

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I think the soul will try to help Melanie. The soul is intrigued by her. I hope we can learn more about her brother and Jared.

At first I had a hard time understanding who was who. It took me awhile but I get it now. Anyone else or am I the only one.

Not a fan of the seeker. For a woman you would think she would have some compassion.

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"pitlove" wrote:

I think the soul will try to help Melanie. The soul is intrigued by her. I hope we can learn more about her brother and Jared.

At first I had a hard time understanding who was who. It took me awhile but I get it now. Anyone else or am I the only one.

Not a fan of the seeker. For a woman you would think she would have some compassion.

I had a problem with who was who, I had to go back and re read stuff to get it. The soul seems conflicted, she wants to do her job and get the answers for the seeker, but I think her hatred for the seeker and Melanie's strong memories of Jared and her brother are causing the conflict. The seeker seems WAY too focused on the soul, it's like she has a conflict of her own she's fighting.

ETA: I've read all of this already and will do my best NOT to give away anything. I'm trying to remember what my thoughts were at the time when I read them.

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Heather ITA!!

For some reason I think the soul is a 'he'. :rolleyes:

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"pitlove" wrote:

I think the soul will try to help Melanie. The soul is intrigued by her. I hope we can learn more about her brother and Jared.

At first I had a hard time understanding who was who. It took me awhile but I get it now. Anyone else or am I the only one.

Not a fan of the seeker. For a woman you would think she would have some compassion.

i have noticed that the sole is intrigued by her and her past life.

i was a bit confused at first too.

I agree that the seeker could have a lil more compassion.

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"pitlove" wrote:

Heather ITA!!

For some reason I think the soul is a 'he'. :rolleyes:

It does seem like that. The seeker is very relentless and stubborn, remind me of DH hahaha.

What chapter did you finish and what's going on I may be able to add some stuff

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Oh the book is upstairs, so I am not sure....Melanie is packing her stuff up to find Fords Deep Waters. That is as far as I got.

The names in the book...crazy

Today is a lovely day. Little dude is down for a nap, going to read now!

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Has she made the decision whether to fly or drive yet? What do you think she will do? What do you think Melanie thinks about this?

This is not meant to be a spoiler, just know it gets interesting from here on!!

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going.....now.......promise. Aaagh darn internet.

Haven't read that far but will let ya know.

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How far along is everyone? Right around page 100 I couldn't put the book down. This book is so addicting!

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"pitlove" wrote:

How far along is everyone? Right around page 100 I couldn't put the book down. This book is so addicting!

I couldn't put it down. Finished it 2 days after starting it, back in Apr. I would discuss things with you girls but I don't want to give anything away.

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"sarahbeth_311" wrote:

I couldn't put it down. Finished it 2 days after starting it, back in Apr. I would discuss things with you girls but I don't want to give anything away.

most of the questions i find start to give things away.

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"emtmama04" wrote:

most of the questions i find start to give things away.

I hope looking for questions didn't ruin it for you. I thought it was a really good book. I hope you girls keep discussing it. I like to see what you think is going to happen.

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Ok so I have read up to chapter 25. Not sure if we are all there yet.

Do you think Melanie and Wanderer will ever come to terms and like each other?

Will Wanderer ever leave Melanie's body?

I have more questions/thoughts but I am not sure how far everyone is. Don't want to give it away.

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"sarahbeth_311" wrote:

I couldn't put it down. Finished it 2 days after starting it, back in Apr. I would discuss things with you girls but I don't want to give anything away.

I second that so I already know what happens and also don't want to give stuff away. I really enjoyed the book!

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"pitlove" wrote:

Ok so I have read up to chapter 25. Not sure if we are all there yet.

Do you think Melanie and Wanderer will ever come to terms and like each other?

Will Wanderer ever leave Melanie's body?

I have more questions/thoughts but I am not sure how far everyone is. Don't want to give it away.

hmmm....at this point in the book my thoughts were they would either A: tolerate each other and deal with the situation or B: Melanie would eventually disappear Sad

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how are you ladies coming along with the book?!?! I can't wait till you get done so I can discuss it without giving anything away!

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Finished over here. It was great!!!

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I have been finished for a while.

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yeah once i got into to it was pretty hard to put down! I really enjoyed it

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go ahead and discuss it i had a hard time getting into it.

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I really liked the book. I am ready to discuss, I just don't want to give anything away.

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Think it is safe to say we are all done. Or I hope we are.

So talk away. I really enjoyed the book! Wish the ending gave a little more. Like what happened afterwards, who were the new people and why.

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I had kind of hoped there would be some epic battle or something. I knew that they were going to keep Wanda but I didn't think they would put her in a different host.

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Me neither. Oh I forget the brothers girl....they kept 'her' too. Didn't think that was going to happen.

If this really was true. How long do you think they could live in the caves? The air quality has to be terrible?!?

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If it were real, I don't think they could last long without getting really sick. Sounded like a pretty cool cave system though.

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"pitlove" wrote:

Me neither. Oh I forget the brothers girl....they kept 'her' too. Didn't think that was going to happen.

If this really was true. How long do you think they could live in the caves? The air quality has to be terrible?!?

I was definitely stunned when they kept Kyle's girl since he was all anti Wanda. I was happy that Melanie was going to come back but really sad that Wanda was leaving. I was happy they found a way to keep her.

I'm not sure how long they could survive in the cave system, it took a LOT of imagination to come up with a story like this. I thought it was very creative and completely different than the Twilight Saga, which is great for her as an author, but if it hadn't been for Twilight I don't know if I would have read it.

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She is a very good author. She has a way of sucking you into the story. I absolutely loved the Twilight Saga.

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Are we going to read another book?

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I agree if it hadn't been for the twilight books i don't know that i would have read it but i truly did like it. i think i heard that she is writing a sequel to it now...which is cool cause they kinda left it wide open for a sequel.

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we can do another book or take a break for summer and come back at the books this fall.
up to you all.

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"Jenny_Penny123" wrote:

I agree if it hadn't been for the twilight books i don't know that i would have read it but i truly did like it. i think i heard that she is writing a sequel to it now...which is cool cause they kinda left it wide open for a sequel.

That would be totally awesome!! I'd LOVE it!!

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I think Stephanie Meyer is an awesome author. but.. can we read something else by another author next time?? Biggrin

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"nidia" wrote:

I think Stephanie Meyer is an awesome author. but.. can we read something else by another author next time?? Biggrin

I am up to read another book.....anyone else???

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"pitlove" wrote:

I am up to read another book.....anyone else???

I need something to read...if I don't find something good, I'm starting the Twilight Saga again, LOL!!

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I'm up for another book.

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you girls read something you all decide i'm gunna sit this one out too much going on right now with the kids. (tball, summer school, summer bible school)

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ok, so let's all throw in some book ideas and decide on that! I'm going to look at Oprah's book club and pick something from there.. they always have really good books on there!

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I actually stole this from a friend on myspace.. this is her summer book list and I thought these all sounded great, well.. most! it's got a description of the book with it :]

Williow by Julia Hoban

-Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen year- old Willow’s parents died in a horrible car accident. Willow was driving. Now her older brother barely speaks to her, her new classmates know her as the killer orphan girl, and Willow is blocking the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when one boy —one sensitive, soulful boy—discovers Willow’s secret, it sparks an intense relationship that turns the “safe” world Willow has created for herself upside down.

Bright Shiny Morning-James Fray

-Set in a Los Angeles populated by miniature-golf moguls, ex-beauty queens, gun-shop owners, debauched child actors, meth dealers, and yoginis in thongs, this gargantuan book is seeded, Melville-like, with chapters cataloguing the city’s snarled highways and quirky innovations (e.g., the world’s first video graveyard). The characters are relentlessly stock: two lovesick kids from the heartland ("nowhere anywhere everywhere"); a bulimic, closeted movie star with a "MEGAWATT!!!!!" smile; a Mexican-American maid with an abusive employer. Frey strives for incantatory but winds up with banal; when it comes to emotion, the best he can muster is "It’s deep, it’s true, and it’s real real real."

The Pact-Jodi Picoullt

-this psychologically shrewd tale is as suspenseful as any best-selling legal thriller. The Hartes and the Golds, professional folk living next door in an affluent New Hampshire town, are close friends, and their children, the Hartes' son, Chris, and Emily Gold, were born just weeks apart. Inseparable all through childhood, they slipped from the haven of intimate friendship into the tempestuous realm of love in high school, a transition their parents fully expected and welcomed. But Emily is secretly appalled by the incestuous nature of her relationship with Chris, and when she discovers that she is pregnant, she can imagine only one solution: suicide. Chris is with her when she dies and is consequently charged with her murder. As Picoult takes us through the nightmare that follows, examining each character's struggle with guilt and sorrow, she forges a finely honed, commanding, and cathartic drama.

13 reasons why

-When Clay Jenson plays the casette tapes he received in a mysterious package, he's surprised to hear the voice of dead classmate Hannah Baker. He's one of 13 people who receive Hannah's story, which details the circumstances that led to her suicide. Clay spends the rest of the day and long into the night listening to Hannah's voice and going to the locations she wants him to visit. The text alternates, sometimes quickly, between Hannah's voice (italicized) and Clay's thoughts as he listens to her words, which illuminate betrayals and secrets that demonstrate the consequences of even small actions. Hannah, herself, is not free from guilt, her own inaction having played a part in an accidental auto death and a rape. The message about how we treat one another, although sometimes heavy, makes for compelling reading

Living Dead Girl- Elizabeth Scott

-a 15-year-old girl who has spent the last five years being abused by a kidnapper named Ray and is kept powerless by Ray's promise to harm her family if she makes one false move. The narrator knows she is the second of the girls Ray has abducted and renamed Alice; Ray killed the first when she outgrew her childlike body at 15, and now Alice half-hopes her own demise is approaching (I think of the knife in the kitchen, of the bridges I've seen from the bus... but the thing about hearts is that they always want to keep beating). Ray, however, has an even more sinister plan: he orders Alice to find a new girl, then train her to Ray's tastes. Scott's prose is spare and damning, relying on suggestive details and their impact on Alice to convey the unimaginable violence she repeatedly experiences. Disturbing but fascinating, the book exerts an inescapable grip on readers—like Alice, they have virtually no choice but to continue until the conclusion sets them free.

Tweak-Nic Sheff

-Sheff relates his personal struggle with drugs and alcohol in this poignant and often disturbing memoir. Paul Michael Garcia is the perfect choice for narrator; his stern and entirely believable voice captures the desolation in Sheff's tale. His reading is wonderfully underplayed, and necessarily so. Garcia becomes Sheff, offering a gritty and raw performance that demonstrates just how dire the circumstances surrounding Sheff's existence really were

The Tenth Circle-Jodi Picoullt

-Comic book artist Daniel Stone is like the character in his graphic novel with the same title as this book—once a violent youth and the only white boy in an Alaskan Inuit village, now a loving, stay-at-home dad in Bethel, Maine—traveling figuratively through Dante's circles of hell to save his 14-year-old teenage daughter, Trixie. After she accuses her ex-boyfriend of rape, Trixie—and Daniel, whose fierce father-love morphs to murderous rage toward her assailant—unravel in the aftermath of the allegation. At the same time, wife and mother Laura, a Dante scholar, tries to mend her and Daniel's marriage after ending her affair with one of her students. Picoult has collaborated with graphic artist Dustin Weaver to illustrate her deft, complex exploration of Daniel and his beast within, but the drawings, though well-done, distract from the powerful picture she has drawn with words. Laura and Daniel follow their runaway daughter to Alaska, at which point Picoult drives the story with the heavy-handed Dante metaphor—not the characters. Still, this story of a flawed family on the brink of destruction grips from start to finish.

Lock and Key-Sarah Dessen

-Ruby hasn’t had much success with family. Her father left; her protective older sister, Cora, left; and her boozing mother finally leaves, too. Ruby is alone until Cora learns of her situation and swoops in. Suddenly, Ruby finds herself living with Cora and her wealthy brother-in-law, attending private school, and wondering just where she fits in. As in previous books, Dessen takes on a central theme—here the meaning of family—and spins many plots and subplots around it. Most prominent yet least successful is the thread about Cora’s relationship with boy-next-door Nate, who rescues her when she needs it, but has difficulty accepting Ruby’s help, tentative at first, when she discovers he’s being physically abused. Nate seems too good to be true (as does Cora’s husband), while his father is a caricature. And one of the most important elements, the issue of the girls’ mother lying to them, gets lost.

so just let me know what y'all think and add your own too if you don't like any of these!

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I'm game for anything!

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anyone wanna read a new book? lol

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I do!

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I do! I want to join in this time! I'm pretty much game for anything Smile

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ok, well.. it's pretty much dead now Sad so we gotta try and revive the book club LOL.

I'm kinda wanting to read My Sisters Keeper!

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I would love to read My Sister's Keeper. I want to see the movie, but I feel that I should read the book first.

Maybe that should be our book!

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ok.. I'm in for My Sisters Keeper with Marilyn.. anyone else?

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My Sisters Keeper sounds like a crier to me! I am in! It is good to have a good cry every now and again.

When do we start? I need to let DF know in advance that absolutely ZERO laundry, cooking, cleaning will be done while I am reading. lol Books just suck me in and I can't help it. lol

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