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Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About: A Novel

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Maybe it’s me. Maybe I’m humourless. Maybe I don’t understand. Maybe I’m too daft to see the joke. Maybe this book sucks!I’ve had it for quite a long time, bought it really curious more than 4 years ago and expecting a laugh out loud book, but somehow it got stuck in my huge To Be Read pile. Now I entered an “Unread Authors” challenge and decided it was the best of times to pick it up. I should never have waited 4 years because I should never have bought it!I really hope that the author’s real life isn’t like that, that the book represents a stupid and horrific “make up”. In the book cover it said: "in this rupturing funny tale of love...", and I’m still thinking where to find in all the 300+ pages, the love and the fun. Pel and his girlfriend spend all the time fighting and insulting each other, nothing is ever well done or do they show some kind of affection for each other. In my opinion, that’s not a normal thing in a relationship, yeah, everybody fights once in a while, but come on, everyday, every time, for everything?! And funny? What, all the absurd situations Pel gets involved in, every day? He doesn’t know almost anything about his job and the work he’s supposed to do, and he doesn’t give a damn, he just chooses to pretend to be very good at it and, consequently, ends up always being involved in – have I said it already?? – very stupid situations.Well, it must be me that doesn’t get the joke….I only read the book till the end because I was really believing that it HAD to change at some point and compensate me for all the time wasted. It didn’t.
Manhunting: The Chase\The Takedown\The Satisfaction

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You always know what to expect from Jennifer Crusie :)This book had a more serious tone than most of the ones I've read so far, but it's so funny at the same time. It's obvious to anyone but themselves that Kate and Jake are mad about each other, but it wouldn't be half as funny if it was otherwise. They just *had* to go through all that scenes before finally having sex - yeah, it's a Crusie book, what were you expecting? ;o)It's a fast paced book, unputdownable. And I had a great time reading it.
Step on a Crack

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This one is a page turner, like Mr Patterson has used us. But as my friend Virgulina said in another review, Patterson now almost always writes with another person, and we don't know who wrote what.I think Mike Bennett will return, and I liked him :) 10 kids, yikes! :oP
The Good Guy

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Being a big Koontz fan for quite some years now, I've been a little disappointed by some of his earlier works. Therefore, The Good Guy was a real nice surprise. A fast-paced book, all is happening for just some hours, and as is mostly usual in Koonts books, characters that keep us really interested and keeping our fingers crossed in hoping everything will end well. Likeable caracters, and others that we just want to kill ourselves!
Double Cross

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As usual, a fast paced read. I’ve been a fan of James Patterson for so long, but nowadays you never know what to expect when starting a new book, as he’s not constant in writing good books anymore. I liked this one, many killings (muahahahahah! ;)) that keep us expecting for the next one, even though the bad guys aren’t a surprise. The ending was a bit an anti-climax, after all that happened it just seemed to end to easily and quickly. It’s a good read, but I can’t say the best of thrillers. As I wrote in the last Alex Cross book review, I can only think that Mercedes pays Mr Patterson something. It’s the only way I can understand why he keeps praising the car, because it’s so comfortable, and powerful, and safe... Argh!
7th Heaven

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A fast paced read, as usual in James Patterson books, with 2 stories that we don't know if are connected or not - this is one thing that's irritating me in some of Patterson latest books, it seems he's not capable of writing just one story line and so we are pushed from one scenario to another, sometimes a little lost and trying to find a link that most of the times isn't there.The big story here are the arson attacks, and though I found it compelling throughout the book, the ending was a little disappointing.As for the real big mystery that follow us all the book, what happened to Michael Campion, that I wasn't expecting. Nice surprise at the end :)
Prayers for The Dead: A Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus Novel

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As part of the Unread Authors Challenge, I finally picked up this book from my huge TBR pile, 4 years later...It's a nice book, readable, with some good suspense and misteries along the way, but I just felt it dragged for too long, 150 or 200 pages less wouldn't be missed (maybe Mrs Kellerman follows her husband path? - even though he writes better!) and then the end is just soooo rushed, in 30 pages we discover everything, with a "who is he??" bad guy and a "I'm so lucky" find. I thought Cindy was usually a caracter, but I've found out it's her father the main figure in the series.I don't know if I'll read more, with so many good books hanging around...
Manhunting

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You always know what to expect from Jennifer Crusie :)This book had a more serious tone than most of the ones I've read so far, but it's so funny at the same time. It's obvious to anyone but themselves that Kate and Jake are mad about each other, but it wouldn't be half as funny if it was otherwise. They just *had* to go through all that scenes before finally having sex - yeah, it's a Crusie book, what were you expecting? ;o)It's a fast paced book, unputdownable. And I had a great time reading it.
The Time Traveler's Wife

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This was another book that I’ve been hearing so much fuss about that at some point I just HAD to buy it. Then it got lost in the TBR pile for a while, as so many others, it seems there’s always something more interesting today than the one that catched our attention yesterday.Now I decided this had to be one of the books chosen for the Unread Authors Challenge I joined, and it turned out to be the 2nd book of this year, and, I’m already certain, one of the best of 2008.At first I was really baffled by all that time travelling thing – can't he control it?! How does he keep coming to Clare if he doesn’t?! All that back and forward, knowing the dates when he’ll be travelling even though he can't (can he?!) control it…. It really was mind blowing, maybe because I was tired + wanting to understand everything ahead of time + and not ever satisfied with just accepting things has they are :o) As the book goes on things become clearer and we just get so used to going past and present that everything starts to look normal and we stop wondering how/why/when. Another thing that I kept thinking was what developments in the story could the author make to keep the book interesting for more than 500 pages. What, just time travelling? So what?! ;) But we really get so involved in Harry and Clare's lives that the ends seems a trick, that all of them will come back, as Harry always does, to keep talking to us. I loved the caracters and the way everything is told, and call me a hopeless romantic, but it brings tears to my eyes when I think of how much Clare loves Harry and what it must be like to just spend your entire life waiting, for someone to come, for someone to not disappear, for someone to be *here*.
What the Lady Wants

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Another very nice read by Ms Crusie, fun, misterious and sexy :)A mistery sorrounds Mae Sullivan, and Mitch will have to find what it is without revealing his own secrets or falling in love with the stubborn Mae. With a family from hell, she will not be an easy catch...
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