[LMB] OT: ISO Calibrated Book Recommendations
azurite at rogers.com
Wed Aug 29 18:30:09 BST 2007
--- alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca wrote:
> And, even if you have many similar tastes, there will be places where you
> don't agree. Elizabeth Holden and I both love many common authors, but
> there are some books & movies she's loved that do nothing for me, and vice
Inevitable, I imagine. I think it's when we get to the best and worst of all reading material that
we start to see the discrepancies - our general taste is similar.
> I think a lot of it depends on squicks which throw you right out of
> story, and what points give you the warm fuzzies because they remind you
> of many similar wonderful reads.
And reactions to writing style. For instance, I know many people who love Andre Norton (some of
whom are probably here). While I find Norton literally unreadable - I read a page of her prose
and I find that my eyes slip away, like teflon, and I have absolutely no idea what is going on.
Luckily, this kind of stylistic reading dissonance doesn't often happen to me.
> And, of course, what genres in general
> you love, and what styles you have become accustomed to (pace Lois, I
> cannot STAND Henry James' run-on paragraphs).
I agree with you there.
> On Sun, 26 Aug 2007, Meg Justus wrote:
> > Ah. Then I won't be much help to you. Except for Bujold (of course), my
> > tastes don't seem to run the same way as most of the rest of this group. I
> > don't like the Liaden universe, and Heyer bores me to death,
Amazing! Can't say I've never been bored by Heyer, but on the whole, I love her books.
> Like my mother, who loved most historical fiction, but found Heyer
> too arch.
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