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    I read Mystic River before I saw the movie, much better of a book IMO I've also read Shutter Island by Lehane and did not enjoy that as much.

    Currently I'm reading "To Have and To Hold" by Jane Green, typical chick lit

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    Quote Originally Posted by eldee
    Delphyne,
    Let us know how you like it and how you would rank it in comparison to other books.
    I thought Swan Song was a fabulous read! An Amazon.com editor did a good job comparing it to The Stand:
    Swan Song is often compared to Stephen King's The Stand, and for the most part, readers who enjoy one of the two novels, will enjoy the other. Like The Stand, it's an end-of-the-world novel, with epic sweep, apocalyptic drama, and a cast of vividly realized characters. But the tone is somewhat different: The good is sweeter, the evil is more sadistic, and the setting is harsher, because it's the world after a nuclear holocaust. Swan Song won a 1988 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel. It's a monster of a horror book, brimming over with stories and violence and terrific imagery--God and the Devil, the whole works.
    I highly recommend it.

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    I actually looked for "Swan Song" at the library this weekend, because so many of you had recommended it. But they didn't seem to have it (also, I couldn't remember the author's name). I'll check again, as I enjoyed "The Stand."
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    You probably went back and looked, but if you didn't get a chance - the author's name is Robert McCammon.

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    Thanks, Delphyne.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delphyne
    I thought Swan Song was a fabulous read! An Amazon.com editor did a good job comparing it to The Stand:

    I highly recommend it.
    It's been a long time since I've read Swan Song. You're making me want to check it out from the library again - that's where I got it from years ago. I hope they still have it! I read some of his other books afterward, but IMO none of them were quite as good. Maybe it's the apocalyptic theme I enjoy.
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    Alright so Little Children was an interesting read, though it built up to some incredible story climaxes, and doesn't deliver in the end. But the "getting there" was so good.

    Now I'm about to start "Your Diet is Driving Me Crazy!--When Food Conflicts Get in the Way of Your Love Life" which amazon summarizes as:
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    Why is it that your partner can eat an entire chocolate cake without gaining an ounce, yet you gain five pounds just looking at it?
    How do you cope when your partner cuts back on carbs—but you can’t live without them?

    How do you deal when your significant other polices everything the other eats, gets cranky when hungry or encourages you to overeat?

    What do you do when you’re an adventurous eater, but your picky partner has no interest trying new things—leaving your dinner dates, and your relationship, stuck in a rut?

    Do you and your partner struggle with subtle, and sometimes serious, eating tensions? And do these conflicts often simmer, become an emotional drain, and create intimacy problems? Now, in Your Diet Is Driving Me Crazy, nationally recognized nutrition expert Cynthia Sass addresses a wide variety of food-conflict situations and identifies ways to end food fights and eat in sync. Whether you and your partner have been together for two weeks or twenty years, you’ve likely experienced the real-life scenarios described here: one partner has picky eating habits, encourages the other to overeat, gets irritable when hungry, or even sabotages the other’s new diet. Sass’s practical, creative strategies and suggestions—based on her decade of counseling thousands of couples—will help you overcome intimacy obstacles and eat better together.
    " I look like Nigella Lawson with a $#*!ing hangover."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucy
    I actually looked for "Swan Song" at the library this weekend, because so many of you had recommended it. But they didn't seem to have it (also, I couldn't remember the author's name). I'll check again, as I enjoyed "The Stand."
    Lucy, I'm far from an avid reader, but Swan Song is something that I've read atleast once a year for the past 6 years or so. (yeah I am a freaky re-reader!) I just read it again about a month ago and it's not the shortest book in the world, but I made it thru in less than 36 hours...totally engrossing book to me. Hopefully you'll be able to find it and check it out.

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    Well, the library does not appear to have it, so I may look around for a paperback copy to buy. I need something packable to take on vacation anyway -- if it's long and will last most of an 8-hour flight and a 10-day vacation, so much the better.
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    I started reading "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens. It reminds me of The Goldbug written by... was it Nathanial Hawthorne? I can't remember. It does have a commn likeness though...
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