Date: 2008-03-27 01:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zalena.livejournal.com
I enjoyed Secret History, but was embarrassed to admit to it.

I hate Umberto Eco. Ditto Dan Brown. Also Arturo Reverte-Perez, whose books I want to like, but whose endings always let me down.

I remember liking Katherine Neville's The Eight, but it was a long time ago. So don't judge the recommendation by the age of the reader when she read it.

Thanks for the recs. You need to write more about what you're reading. I know you read a lot of books.

Date: 2008-03-27 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jofish22.livejournal.com
I feel like Secret History was a bit less embarassing than anything by Dan Brown -- and frankly better written than anything by Eco, where I always lose track about three quarters of the way through. ("Wait, is he supposed to be the good priest?") I seem to remember enjoying The Eight, in a similar way.

The nice thing about the Geographer's Library is that the writing itself is just a lot better than most of the others: there's bits of really nice writing with quite elegant imagery without it going over the top into that Dickensian-pay-by-the-word feeling which just makes you want to skip pages or scream. ("It was a cold, chilling, freezing, icey, frigid, Arctic-like night.")

As [livejournal.com profile] kdcayuga points out, it's probably worth it for all of $0.03+shipping.

Date: 2008-03-27 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kdcayuga.livejournal.com
I'm super tempted to just impulse buy it because it's just so cheap used on amazon right now!

Date: 2008-03-27 02:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jofish22.livejournal.com
totally worth it for, what, 1c and 3.99 shipping?

Date: 2008-03-27 02:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kdcayuga.livejournal.com
yes, .03 + shipping!

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