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The Lovely Bones

The Michele (715627) writes | more than 10 years ago

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I read The Lovely Bones last night. A really excellent book, as least for it's genre. Does it have a genre now? I suppose so, the "Oprah" genre. Eh, still good reading, and only took a few hours to tear through. It did show me how programmed I am to read that type of book as a mystery, despite the fact that they tell you right up front who did it. I would catch myself thinking "She could have done it, there is a motive right there", then do a double take, remembering that I knewI read The Lovely Bones last night. A really excellent book, as least for it's genre. Does it have a genre now? I suppose so, the "Oprah" genre. Eh, still good reading, and only took a few hours to tear through. It did show me how programmed I am to read that type of book as a mystery, despite the fact that they tell you right up front who did it. I would catch myself thinking "She could have done it, there is a motive right there", then do a double take, remembering that I knew who the murderer was. The story really wasn't about Susie's murder, but about letting go, and how you can let go without forgetting what is important. How you can still love without keeping hold of those things that tether you to patterns that keep you from moving forward. It was nice, and quaint and a bit cheesy at times, falling into the trap that many a trashy novel walks into willingly. (Oh come on, you know what I mean, taudry sex and silly sub plots) Mostly though, I am glad I have it in hard cover, because I am likely to pick it up a few more times and will probably loan it out too. A nice addition to the Fiction Shelf.

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As usual (1)

bethanie (675210) | more than 10 years ago | (#7212874)

I haven't even heard of this one. But I'll check it out.

Almost all of my reading in the past 4 years has been parenting, childbirth, & breastfeeding stuff, with a little fiction thrown in -- Harry Potter, of course, and Jean Auel... The Shipping News is one I pick up every year or so. Just my favorite book EVAR. The next one on my list is "Memoirs of a Geisha" which was highly recommended by a mother of one of Kiddo's classmates. Sounded good enough, so why not give it a spin. Anything that Carmela read for two or three episodes is good enough to give a try. :-) (Get the reference? If not, I'll explain.)

Anyway, I like the new bio. And my opinion: do NOT publish your real e-mail or website address on here. Too many trolls and hackers. Not that I've been bothered by them, but the people who *really* want to know and *deserve* to will be few enough that you can e-mail them the link individually, and be comfortable when you do so. When it comes to what you say and questions you answer, always follow your gut. ;-)


Re:As usual (1)

johndiii (229824) | more than 10 years ago | (#7213395)

I was surprised at the quality of the Harry Potter books. I enjoyed them quite a bit, though it only took me a few days to get through the series. Of course, now I'm stuck with everyone else, waiting for #6 and #7. If you're into humor, I'd recommend The Management Secrets of T. John Dick, by Agustus Gump. Very funny. It was reviewed on Slashdot a month or two ago. Lost in a Good Book and The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde, are mystery-type books with a very whimsical and humorous side.

I will have to check those out. (1)

The Michele (715627) | more than 10 years ago | (#7218217)

Of course, between my busy schedule and backlog of books, it may be a while before I can get to them! I was just given a book by my therapist to read that I would like to consume, er, read before Tuesday. Normally not a terrific feat, but I was warned that it is fairly clinical and dry, and with my short attention span lately it may be a "no funner".

Oh, I remember those days! (1)

The Michele (715627) | more than 10 years ago | (#7218181)

Take my advice, all those books are just opinions too. They are no more valid than the opinions thrown at you at supermarkets by strangers, or given to you by well meaning family members, or even the advice I am giving you right now. Sure, it is great to get the skinny on some of the studies done, but there is so much contradictory "evidence" on child-rearing and especially breast-feeding, that your head can sometimes feel as though it will explode and you end up with very little practical information when it comes right down to it. Your child is your guide in the end of it all. YMMV
My eldest daughter has read all of the HP series, though I have only read through half of the first book. Odd, I realize, though I like to blame my medications partially about that. They had made it very difficult for me to concentrate in the past, and once I put a book down for a few days I tend to just leave it there. She is currently reading the Lemony Snicket Series, which are very short and something you may like to pick up for fun.
Okay, who is Carmella?

Re:Oh, I remember those days! (1)

bethanie (675210) | more than 10 years ago | (#7218694)

I realize that there is no Truth when it comes to parenting. But as I am an attachment parent, it is helpful for me to read a wide variety of applicable literature that gives me a nice, big toolbox of discipline techniques (other than the quick, easy & short-sighted method of spanking) to pull out and use on my child, who rapidly outthinking many of the early-child ones.

And although there may be conflicting studies done about breastfeeding, there is no doubt that it is definitely the best way to feed a baby, for the baby, the mother, and society. I read literature that is sanctioned by La Leche League, and is supportive of mothers breastfeeding in a multitude of situations (after breast reduction surgery, after cesarean birth, nursing multiples, "extended" nursing, nighttime nursing...) and about the challenges that arise and how to overcome them. I am very confident that the breastfeeding information that I have is most definitely the best information there is.

I also know that *I* am the expert about my child, confidence which I have gained from both attachment parenting and from breastfeeding. I know who I can and cannot go to for validation about my parenting methods (my friends are great -- the grandparent generation, both my mom and MIL, are NOT).

Anyway, on to the literature...

I am a BIG Harry Potter fan. As I have said elsewhere, I study HP like some people study the Bible. Not that it's a guide for how to live my life, but that's the level of minutiae that I can get into. I just finished listening through Book 5 on CD last night (23 disks -- took a LONG time listening an hour or less at a time), and started over again on Book 1. I love listening to it as a bedtime story. It helps stem my penchant for insomnia.

I read through the first three of the Lemony Snicket series, and I have to admit that I really wasn't impressed. I get the impression that the series is trying to ride on the coattails of HP (a bit), and I just wasn't impressed with the storylines, character development, and level of creativity involved. I'm also just generally not a "dark" person. I suppose that Jr. Goths would really enjoy this series and feel like they were really dwelling in the underworld reading these books. No thanks. ;-)

Carmela = Carmela Soprano/Edie Falco, of The Sopranos, the best series on television EVAR IMO. This is another series that I have a complete (as yet released) DVD collection of, and have watched every episode over and over again. I have had to taper off, though, because I can no longer watch it in front of Kiddo because of the inappropriate nature of the content.

Anyway, this has been a fun way to start my morning. Now I need to pack up & ship off Sol's toffee and make people happy.


Hmmmm, anything I can debate in there? (1)

The Michele (715627) | more than 10 years ago | (#7218950)

So, you realize there is no Universal Truth for parenting all children. -no debate

Don't believe in spanking as the method of choice- possiblities in there, but I don't hit my children either (outside of a couple of times in the eldest's youth when I was a bit less informed) so probably not much debate potential in there either.

Breastfeeding is best-no debate (though we may have some fun issues if you are a Militant Breastfeeder against all odds no matter the cost sort)

AP Parenting- Did a modified version of that with the both children, adapting for each of them what they needed: no debate there I am guessing.

HP may make it back into my "must read" pile again. Having had watched both movies so far, I "am" intrigued enough to settle in and give them another go.

Lemony Snicket: You have captured C in a nutshell, definately a Jr. Goth kid, but not a follower type. She plans to learn computer graphics and Japanese so that she can live in Japan when she grows up. Mostly she keeps to herself.

Carmella: I don't watch the Soprano's though. The biggest reason (aside from not having the pay channels on cable through most of it) is that I lived in a predominately Italian/Sicilian town that was run by Family. Granted, I wasn't privvy to the inner workings, but I was sorta happier that way. ;) I did have a couple skirmishes with the "lower" set, that was enough to keep me from getting into the fictionalized stuff, never saw "Godfather" either. I know, I should be ashamed of myself. *grin*

Re:Hmmmm, anything I can debate in there? (1)

bethanie (675210) | more than 10 years ago | (#7223258)

Damn. How boring that we agree on everything.

No worries. Now we can gang up on the ignorant and browbeat them into submission. :-D

I am a fairly "militant" lactivist -- about defending a woman's right to breastfeeding, and lambasting the medical culture for giving out such horrible information and undermining women's efforts. I do believe that formula feeding is so harmful that it should be available by prescription only -- in an ideal world where no stigmas exist and where all women receive complete and accurate information and support for breastfeeding. Given that those ideal circumstances do not exist, I'm a pragmatist.

When it comes to an individual woman's choice, I am all about the expertise of the mother, and how she feels. Harmony is *very* important. It's worse to breastfeed a child and feel resentment and hostility as a result than to feed artificial breastmilk and feel OK.

I would hope that we could just get *every* mother to try breastfeeding. If every baby got just a week's worth of colostrum and the initial milk, the human species as a whole would be *so* much healthier!! /breastfeeding spiel

Sorry to hear you don't watch The Sopranos. As a total white-bread, suburban, no-culture-but-pop-culture chick, I can watch it with relatively no personal involvement. And let's face it. The show just freakin' rocks. Dialogue, plot, characters... I have dreams about these characters -- they ARE real. (But no, if I saw James Gandolfini in public somewhere, I wouldn't call him Tony Soprano.)

And maybe you should be ashamed of yourself. But I'd have to know you *much* better to make that judgment. (And then we could dwell in our shame together.) ;-)

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