Friday, November 17, 2006

The Fiery Cross

I am trying to finish this book.

My m-i-l bought it for me when I was in hospital having just given birth to my son--in 2002. I started it about 18 months ago and must have read nearly a hundred other books since but somehow I haven't been able to steamroller my way through this one. It is 1400 pages long and has tiny writing :)

So I decided I'd finish it before my parents-in-law visit in the second week in December. I have 325 pages to go (that's a whole book for some people) and it isn't that the book is bad, it isn't, I love her writing and her characters, but it is 1400 pages long!!

Phew. You ever had this problem?

Of course the next one is already out LOL.

12 comments:

  1. Yep. sometimes, then I ask myself if it takes me so long to read it, was it really that good?

    It seems the more interested I am in reading the book, the less time it takes ;)

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  2. I don't think I've ever taken that long, but I can take a while if I can't get into a book. My biggest problem is stopping a book I'm just not enjoying at all. If I've started it, I'll finish it ... apart from The Dark by James Herbert because I didn't like the animal cruelty at the start.

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  3. That is what makes this book weird. I am enjoying it--but even looking at it fills me with trepidation rather than joy :)

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  4. I don't care how long a book is. If it's good, real good, then you never want it to end. I have a hard time believing that you actually enjoy this one. Come on! Admit it!!

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  5. LOL--no Scott. I've put plenty aside if I'm not interested in them. This is different. It is too big to take on my travels and the plot isn't action packed. It is packed with feeling and details and all sorts of other stuff but it isn't a fast read. I also have a good memory for plot (at least other people's) and so I guess I can pick things up again pretty easily.

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  6. I have one of her books (got it in the book-of-the-month thingie) and someone said "Oh you have tor read the other one first" I am expected to read TWO of these books? uh, it's still sitting in the same spot and I haven't got the first one yet - Toni more power to ya! those are lo-o-o-ong dang books!

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  7. If it's taking me forever to finish a book, it's usually because it doesn't hold my interest that much. I know I plowed through the sequel to Gone with the Wind in a few days and that was a pretty big book. But it completely enthralled me.

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  8. Imagine writing that baby!

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  9. LOL--the other thing is I read it when I don't want to start a new book late at night? I find if I start a really great book too late I dream about it and don't sleep properly. So I read this instead and I get a better night's sleep :)

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  10. Um, if you've put it off for so long, it can't be that good. I tried reading one of her books years ago and was just bogged down that I couldn't finish it.
    Good luck.

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  11. Those books are monsters! I have the next one, too, and I skim past it every time I look for a new book to read.

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  12. I tried to finish Outlanders, and started Drums of Autumn, but just couldn't get them done. She's a fabulous writer, but I truly think she needs to cut those books into "three's" - #1 she'd look more prolific, and #2 she'd build up her fan base a lot quicker, coz we'd all finish reading the suckers! I don't envy you Toni, but try and put markers in at numerical cut-offs and think of it as a series. Maybe that'll help! :) I read on her website (I think that was where) that she has her university TA's do all her research. Bet they get university credit for it too!

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