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The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Dramatic, Gloomy
perfectly written

Cormac McCarthy's writing style is absolutely perfect in this book. No extra flowery words here,sparse, very descriptive and to the point. These are dark times but this is a love story between a father and son. This book is great for discussion about life values and choices. One of the best books I have ever read, this stayed with me long after I had finished it.

Gloomy, Difficult, Dark
dark, dark, dark

First of all, I love McCarthy's writing style, but his books are dark. There are few characters with any redeeming value in this book. They leave a trail of violence and murder behind them as they make their way through the Southwest. It would have been a fitting justice if the most violent among them had died a gruesome death at the end, but that didn't happen. This book is a look inside the worst of mankind.

Fun, Dramatic, Adventurous
great sci-fi/fantasy series

A fantastically addictive series of books. Some characters you love and some characters you love to hate! There's lots of action and few slow parts, but these are long books (each one seems to get longer) and require a big commitment of time. Not suitable for book clubs for this reason alone. I have finished book 5 and am eagerly awaiting the next installment which has no release date set yet. The slow pace of this author's writing is a common frustration with fans of this series.

Boring, Slow, Unconvincing
TheTwelve Rooms of the Nile

It sounded like an interesting idea: two famous historical figures, Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert meet while touring the Nile and have a \\\"passionate affair\\\". Except that it is more of a flirtatious intellectual friendship cut short. The book was overly descriptive about mundane things and many in our book club admitted to skimming parts of it. I like historical fiction but I found myself extremely bored reading about the \\\"problems\\\" of the idle rich dealing with servants and the inconveniences of travel in the \\\"Orient\\\". Skip this one.

Book Club Recommended
After Life

Well written, Naomi Ash's story draws the reader in. But she is an unreliable narrator and we are never really sure what is real as the story unfolds, or even looking back after it is finished. This is what drew me into the story as well as the unique content of spiritualism. At its heart, this book is more about relationships than it is a mystery, although we don't know why she did it until 3/4 of the way through the book. A good choice for book clubs as I expect it will promote a lot of discussion.

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