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review 2017-02-27 00:00
Catching Fire
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins Thanks to the first few 1 star reviewers on Amazon - I no longer have to keep reading this book. Why can't people think about adding a spoiler alert before posting? Totally ruined what was a mediocre addition to this trilogy.

I had been having problems recreating the excitement I felt for the first two books and decided to see if others had the same thoughts I did. I got more than I bargained for.

I kept reading anyway thinking that these reviewers had it wrong...but they are correct. The author used this book for some other agenda other than to merely finish off the trilogy to anyone satisfaction. Granted, someone was always going to lose in the end...but so many?
Truly mediocre like I said; no growth for any of the main characters, too much razzle dazzle, Katniss just seems to be a MarySue in this book. Too much tugging on heart-strings instead of good solid writing and story telling.
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text 2016-08-02 00:34
2016 Reading Challenge- End of July Update
Marlborough: His Life and Times, Book Two - Winston Churchill
The Poetry of Robert Frost - Robert Frost
Seventh-Day Adventists Believe - General Conference of Seventh-day Advent
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Carpe Jugulum (Discworld, #23) - Terry Pratchett

I have to say that I got a lot accomplished in July, three books from my reading list completed and two longer term reads finished.  For the year my total is 30 books read with 21 of those from my reading list.  I've started reading The Book of Mormon and The Waste Land and Other Poems by T.S. Eliot on a long term basis, this basically means I read them at home a few pages at a time (Mormon) or when I have adequate time to digest the contents (Eliot) while my reading list contains all the books I read at work during my two breaks and lunch.

 

On a more unfortunate note, I have just discovered that my edition of The Count of Monte Carlo is an abridgment.  This is really upsetting because I would not have purchased this edition and had it set on my bookshelf for almost three years if I had known at the time I had gotten it that it was an abridgment.  Fortunately I have time to find an edition that is the complete book, *cough* Penguin Classic *cough*, either via my used book store or Amazon.

 

1) Revolutionary Heart by Diane Eickoff [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
2) The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume II by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
-> The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin
3) A Short History of Byzantium by John Julius Norwich
4) Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett
5) A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin- REREAD
-> The Separation of Church and State edited by Forrest Church
6) The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf
7) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
8) Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
--> Before the Storm by Rick Perlstein- REREAD
--> We the People by Juan Williams [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
9) Nixonland by Rick Perlstein- REREAD
--> Blood Stain (Volume One) by Linda Sejic
10) The Invisible Bridge by Rick Perlstein
--> Oddly Normal Book 3 by Otis Frampton
11) Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
12) Jingo by Terry Pratchett
--> Jefferson's America by Julie M. Fenster [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
13) The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel by George R.R. Martin, Mike S. Miller, & Ben Avery
14) Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King edited by Robert Silverberg- REREAD of The Sworn Sword
15) Marlborough: His Life and Times Book One by Winston Churchill
16) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
17) The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett
18) How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
19) Marlborough: His Life and Times Book Two by Winston Churchill
--> The Poetry of Robert Frost
--> Seventh-day Adventists Believe by General Conference of SDA
20) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
21) Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
22) A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin- REREAD
23) The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
24) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
25) The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
26) The Gifts of the Jews by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
27) Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham
28) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
29) The Truth by Terry Pratchett
30) Warriors I edited by George R.R. Martin- REREAD of The Mystery Knight
31) The Black Count by Tom Reiss
32) The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
33) Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
34) Desire of the Everlasting Hills by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
35) The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 by Edward Gibbon
36) Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavendra
37) The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett
38) A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin- REREAD
39) The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 by Edward Gibbon
40) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
 
Also reading:
Patriarchs and Prophets (51%)
The Waste Land and Other Poems by T.S. Eliot (24%)
The Book of Mormon (10%)
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review 2016-07-24 01:22
Loved this book
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins

I enjoyed this entire series of books.  This one actually made my emotions come out. I got angry, happy, I even cried once or twice. Wonderful series.

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review 2016-07-20 18:27
Catching Fire (THG #2)
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins

The aftermath of Katniss Everdeen’s rebellious performance at the end of the 74th Hunger Games has consequences far beyond what happens to Peeta and herself in Catching Fire.  Suzanne Collins’ middle installment of The Hunger Games trilogy is all about how a dictatorial government responds to rebellion.

 

The story Katniss Everdeen begins just as she’s about to begin her Victory Tour with Peeta to the other Districts and the Capitol when President Snow expectantly shows up at her new home and threatens her to perform well or else.  Katniss fails to stop the growing unrest in other Districts and the Capitol cracks down everywhere, including District 12 which makes Katniss realizes that while her life was bad before now it would have been impossible.  Then the stipulations for the 75th Hunger Games sends both Katniss and Peeta into the arena with 22 other previous victors.  And in the arena, Katniss begins to realize that there is more than one game going on.

 

Unlike its predecessor, Catching Fire is more about the aftereffects of decisions than fighting to survive.  Throughout the entire book, there seems to be more going on behind the scenes than Katniss knows and the reader is able to connect things a little ahead of her at some points.  The twist and turns inside the arena might have been meant to surprise the reader, but an astute reader will realize that they are being set up for another book and the realization that the threat to Katniss and Peeta is very small clamps down on the dramatic tension gets closer to the end.

 

While I enjoyed Catching Fire, there was not the same quality or tension as there was in The Hunger Games though while I’m intrigued to know what is going to happen in the final book of the trilogy my enthusiasm is not at the same level it was after the first book.

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review 2016-07-15 03:17
One of my all time favorites
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins

That twist at the end!

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