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Old 12-30-2019, 10:48 AM
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so, I finished Mill on the Floss this morning, and I feel I have read enough George Eliot at this point. (that certainly is one way to end a novel, but like Neal Stephenson's "everything explodes" ending, this was not terribly satisfying.)

So my judgment:
- I find the George Eliot "heroines" tiresome. Less so for the "heroes", but they're tiresome, too.
- She can really write a family argument.
- And saucy middle-aged folks. She's good with those.
- Of the Eliot books I've read, Silas Marner & Middlemarch will be getting re-reads, but not the others. Yes, Silas Marner is not "typical" Eliot, and it feels like she wrote it on a dare: could she write one of the most satisfying novels ever? Yes, she could. I love Marner, because everybody gets what they deserve. It does peter off at the end, but that's okay. Middlemarch is a big ole rambly Victorian novel, and I found it Dickensian in scope and theme. Also: some very good characters throughout.

The others I will leave be.
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I loved that book. My favorite Backman book is A Man Called Ove, but this is a close second.
I finished A Man Called Ove and agree that it's even better. It's pretty amazing how I went from not caring at all about Ove after two chapters to caring at the end.

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I was annoyed for a minute when Ove had his heart attack. I'd assumed that the start of the book was also the end of the book, as is often done. I figured it was there to keep it from getting too heavy by letting you know right away that his suicide wasn't going to happen. So it was a huge shock to think he'd died and that's when I really realized that I'd come to care for the character. I was glad that turned out to be wrong and was more prepared for his ultimate death.


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I finished A Man Called Ove and agree that it's even better. It's pretty amazing how I went from not caring at all about Ove after two chapters to caring at the end.

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I was annoyed for a minute when Ove had his heart attack. I'd assumed that the start of the book was also the end of the book, as is often done. I figured it was there to keep it from getting too heavy by letting you know right away that his suicide wasn't going to happen. So it was a huge shock to think he'd died and that's when I really realized that I'd come to care for the character. I was glad that turned out to be wrong and was more prepared for his ultimate death.


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Tom Hanks will be portraying him in the English version of the movie
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Tom Hanks will be portraying him in the English version of the movie
It would be so easy to make it horrible - to make it either too comedic or too tearjerker or too just crotchety, but I think Tom Hanks is a great choice.

I didn'r realize there was already a movie. Have you seen the original version? I see it has gotten really good reviews. (Doesn't matter, I've already requested the DVD)
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It would be so easy to make it horrible - to make it either too comedic or too tearjerker or too just crotchety, but I think Tom Hanks is a great choice.

I didn'r realize there was already a movie. Have you seen the original version? I see it has gotten really good reviews. (Doesn't matter, I've already requested the DVD)
I've seen the movie, I did enjoy it. I have not yet read the book

I agree, Hanks is a good choice to keep the right feel

My review, though it doesn't say much

En man som heter Ove (A Man Called Ove) (2015) Excellent Swedish character study. Very enjoyable and watchable film that shows a very genuine way how the crotchety neighbor got there. Best Foreign nominee. Best Make-up nominee, which confuses me, that is usually sci-fi, fantasy or period pieces. Not sure what I missed on that front.
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A Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

These are approaching being my favorite fantasy series I have ever read. I am going to hope that book 3 is finished sometime in the next decade because I broke my rule of committing to a series that is not finished yet.
If there is anyone on the planet I have less faith in to bring a series to its conclusion than GRRM, it's Patrick Rothfuss. Martin at least has the excuse that he's getting older and he's involved in a billion projects right now.
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And I don't think people much care if the Game of Thrones book series gets finished, because the TV series has gotten a conclusion, no matter how much it sucks.
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And I don't think people much care if the Game of Thrones book series gets finished, because the TV series has gotten a conclusion, no matter how much it sucks.
Maybe people in general, but people in general are dumb.

I want nothing more than to wash the taste of the TV show out of my mouth with the prose version.
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And I don't think people much care if the Game of Thrones book series gets finished, because the TV series has gotten a conclusion, no matter how much it sucks.
I would very much prefer that he give up on the main series and churn out like five more Dunk & Egg novellas. Show me what happened at Summerhall.
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there will be Game of Thrones fanfic for all, I'm sure.

I didn't watch the shows, and I did read the books, but by the time I got to the end of Dance with Dragons, I just want all the characters dead.

Kind of like how I felt in War and Peace. I wanted all the characters dead (except for Pierre. He was cool.)
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