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  1. Rich

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    I've read the reviews for this book, 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami and, judging by the reviews, it sounds like a good book, a really good book. But it's an over 800 page book and I don't normally enjoy books of that length. Here's a link.

    Is it worth reading?

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  2. dpeters11

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    I have not read it, but I suggest going to Amazon and going to the First Pages link. While they skip some pages, quite a bit of the first 200 pages are. Certainly enough to figure out if you want to read the whole thing.
     
  3. Rich

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    Good thought.

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    That's a nice thing about the Kindle - with most books, you can download a free sample of a book that usually has the first few chapters. Generally, it's enough to tell whether you'll like the book.
     
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    I have it on my to read list. I have no problem with books of 800 pages.
     
  6. dpeters11

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    Or on Nook, you can read anything while in the store. Don't know about samples.
     
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    For me, depends on the book. Probably couldn't get through Breaking Dawn, but loving 11/22/63.
     
  8. Rich

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    If it's a good read throughout the book, I don't care how long it is either. My question was too simple for what I wanted to know, I guess. I really want to know, from someone who has read this book, if the book is one of those that you just can't put down or does it have periods where it's dull or hard to stay interested in. I hate the thought of reading 400 pages and getting tired of it. Happens to me quite often.

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    I'm waiting for the library to send me 11/22/63. Reading Michael Crichton's last book, Micro. Damn shame he had to die so young. Pretty good book, it's finished by Richard Preston and has held my interest quite well. Interesting story.

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    Ditto.

    First hard cover (non-electronic) book I've read in a couple of years. After reading all the other SK books in hard cover, I just couldn't bring myself to reading this one on my tablet (even though that's how my wife read it). Just something comforting about opening up a new SK book and flipping through the pages. So far, it hasn't eclipsed The Stand or The Talisman, but it's a different kind of book and great in its own right.
     
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    I think his earlier books were so much better than his newer ones. I look forward to reading 11/22/63.

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    Back to 1Q84:


    While the description sounds very cool, I'm leary about a book where even fans of the author state that it's very slow at the beginning and hard to get into. If I'm going to read an 800 page book, I need it to grab me right away.
     
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    After a lifetime of reading books I have develop a six sense reading a review or description of a book that lets me know if I am going to like it or not. This does not applied to what other people will like. One time I was reading Neal Stephenson Cryptonomicon which is almost a 1000 page long and a friend seeing how absorb I was in book ask me if he could borrow it when I finish. Next day after I lend it to him he came up to my desk and threw the book at me. He said that he always believe I was crazy but that now he knew that for a fact.
     
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    If it would have been me - I'd have had it read already ( natural born speed reader ).
     
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    I haven't cared for some of his more recent books, but this is excellent. Doesn't fall into the horror genre, though of course there are references.
     
  16. Rich

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    I don't mind books like that, I don't like books that die in the middle or have no real ending.

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    I gave up on him awhile ago. Don't know what happens to authors as they get older. You'd think they'd get better and I think most of them do. But take Dale Brown as an example. Wrote great military thrillers when he came on the scene and then started writing some really strange books.

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    Well, I haven't got 1Q84 yet, but I did get 11/22/63, which is even longer. 885 pages, I think. I won't say anything about 11/22/63 on the open forum, but I will discuss it by PM.

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