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review 2015-08-17 12:08
Wind/Pinball: Two Early Novels
Wind/Pinball: Two novels - Ted Goossen,Haruki Murakami

3.5 borrow. Buy.Borrow

 

Self Purchase, Kindle Edition

 

Normally, I have a thing about reading introductions, they usually just bore the crap out of me. But this is a Murakami book. He’s my favorite author at the moment. It was interesting to read for a change (probably because I like his writing so much). My only issue was that it was a weird switch from reading about the author and writing and then starting one of the two stories in the book which deals with a writer. It confused me for a moment or two. This book is two early stories of Murakami combined into a book.

 

Hear the Wind Sing- a little novella about a young man (whom I think is a writer?). Of course there is mention of music and cats and mysterious women. Oh, and Wells.. You can definitely see Murakami’s style starting to develop here.

 

Pinball- a sort of continuation of Hear the wind. Another weird beginning. Very strange stories but of course Murakami is like that.

 

Good stories, and definitely has all the elements of a Murakami novel.  But they are his beginning works and you can definitely tell.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-07-20 21:22
Gone With the Wind
Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell

 

5 Stars. Buy it

 

Spoilers

 

This was definitely a favorite while I was growing up and helped me really like long novels. One thing I’m noticing is that despite being quite a bit older since I’ve last read this, is that it’s still really hard to understand when the slaves are talking.  

 

DAMN it. My heart broke all over again. It’s just not fair that Scarlett basically loses everything she has just as she realizes what she had.  I’m finally going to have to finally read the follow up, though I know it is not written by Mitchell. Because I can’t be left hanging like this. OMG.

 

The book is beautifully done, but there are definitely some slow spots- not at the end though.  I love the scene when Scarlett confesses her undying love for Ashley and then Rhett over hears the whole to do.  It makes me smile it’s so funny.    I’d completely forgotten that Scarlett shoots a yankee soldier. Also, I forgotten it takes so long to get to the part where Scarlett and Rhett get married. I was at about 74% in before Scarlett’s 2nd husband was killed

 

Scarlett, How I’ve missed you! I missed your insanity, your stupidness and your unbelievable strength you show during the war.  You definitely have man issues but we love you anyway.

 

Ashley-  I still don’t understand why in heaven’s name that Scarlett was in love with him.  I understand why I would be in love with him. But Scarlett? I can only still think that she loved him only because she couldn’t have him.

 

Rhett- So in love with his delvish character.  But I was rather mad at him for abandoning Scarlett when she was taking Melanie and the kids back to Tara. I mean seriously. And how can he leave Scarlett at the end of the book.

 

Anyway overall it’s still a fantastic book and my heart broke all over again. I will definitely be reading the follow up in hopes there is a better ending.

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text 2015-07-13 14:04
Reading progress update: I've read 55%.
Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell

Still loving this as a total classic even if I don't believe in the stupid politics of the South. 

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text 2015-06-30 14:03
Reading progress update: I've read 15%.
Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell

I definitely do not enjoy politics from the Southern perspective (Rabid Liberal here) and feel guilty for liking this book (since radical conservatives adore this book) but still. This book. I get so lost in it and I'm not a romance type of reader.  I'm so glad I'm re-reading this.

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text 2015-06-25 12:16
Reading progress update: I've read 5%.
Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell

Only 5% in and I've already almost missed bus/metro stops. FInally!!!  I know this is reread (but its been 20 years) and I know and remember everything that happens. However I've been desperate for a book to get lost in and so far, its holding up to my awesome memories of the book.

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