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GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn

  • Feb 27, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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  • Marie

    GONE GIRL CONTEST
    We decided to have a contest. WHO DO YOU THINK WOULD PLAY NICK AND AMY. The winner will get a prize to be decided later. Please post on the discussion board your choices.
    Thanks.

    February 28, 2013

  • Marie

    This book lent itself to a very lively discussion. Everyone contributed with insights and takes on the book.

    February 28, 2013

  • James R. H.

    The discussion of 'Gone Girl' added more than a little to the experience of reading it. The cross-currents of opinions and insights expressed made for a lively, educational and entertaining evening.

    February 28, 2013

  • Carmit

    This was an amazing meeting. I had such a great time. The discussion seemed to take on a life of its own. The book just had so many twists to it there was never a lack of comments.

    February 27, 2013

  • Stephanie C

    I had a good time and really enjoyed listening to everyone's thoughts on Gone Girl. :)

    February 27, 2013

  • Loretta

    Sorry, can't make it tonight. Enjoy the discussion.

    February 27, 2013

  • Loretta

    How late will this meetup run? ThAnks.

    February 27, 2013

  • Eva

    My Mom is in the hospital

    February 27, 2013

  • Sandy

    I work a little later on Wednesday but will try for the next meetup..thank you!!!

    February 27, 2013

  • cyndy

    Babysitter is out sick, so I will be home. I am sorry to miss it and will miss the lively conversation. See you next month!

    February 27, 2013

  • Sandy

    I did not read the book yet.. Would like to attend the next meeting

    February 26, 2013

    • Marie

      You can still attend.

      February 27, 2013

  • Karen

    was'nt able to read this one yet. Im hoping to get it and read by wednes and make at least the last half hour of group...

    February 25, 2013

  • Brenda F.

    I'm halfway through, but I'll finish by Wednesday. Getting a little tired of books with such self absorped SOBs as the main character (I've read a couple lately, it starts getting to you), but as he keeps going further down the tubes I'm enjoying it more!

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Marie

    We have quite a crowd coming this Wednesday. Just want to say that I'm happy about the recent turnouts. One thing we have to consider though is because of the crowd, we have to try to give everyone a chance to speak. We will start the meeting with introductions and chit chat, but once we begin discussion of the book, may I ask that everyone speaks in turn and not among yourselves. We want everyone to get a lot out of the meetings as well as to have a chance to contribute. Thanks for being considerate!!! I probably didn't even have to say this. This is a very courteous group, but sometimes we forget. See you there!

    February 22, 2013

    • James R. H.

      Nancy: Looking over my own comment, I should have added ';-)' Sorry for any misunderstanding.

      February 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No harm done :)

      1 · February 24, 2013

  • Renee W.

    I'm looking forward to attending my first Meet Up group!

    February 23, 2013

  • James R. H.

    [Sidebar] If you've the time to spare, a suggestion:

    An interesting exercise, and one which will definitely affect how you read a book, is to try writing the first chapter of the type of book you most like to read [historical novel, romance, sci-fi, mystery, thriller or
    what have you.] You'll quickly come to appreciate what's involved in developing a plot, delineating characters, writing dialog and setting a scene.

    Based on my own experiences, it's a bit humbling. But I believe it's worth the effort. Reading's as much of a skill as writing. Unfortunately, little attention's been paid to it.

    February 23, 2013

  • cyndy

    I did not like this book at all. It was a page turner...In effect, I wanted to get to the ending and figure out what was going on. I did not like the ending at all. To me, it made the book seem a bit ridiculous. I don't know. Sorry. Just didn't like it.

    February 22, 2013

    • cyndy

      Hi James, Thank you for responding. Good point. What do we look for in a book? I know what I do not look for, but it is hard to articulate. Maybe during the group conversation, it will be easier for me to put into words. Somehow, I don't think the writing was "quality." There was something about the language. At times, I felt it to be "cheap," if that makes any sense. I was surprised that my school library had a copy of this book. When I asked the librarian about it, she said it seemed, "young adult." I don't know about that and I'm not sure I would want my daughter to read it if she were in high school. To me, it shows a very negative aspect of marriage and what exists between a man and a woman. It is just one story, and I know relationships are complex entities, but this was just sick to me. I did not enjoy reading about a man and a woman set out to destroy one another. It was just disturbing to me. And the writing...was mediocre.

      February 23, 2013

    • James R. H.

      Wow! You really didn't like the book. I'll comment on one point you made. I'm in agreement with you on the language. It was, at times, well, I mean, rather, er, salty. I come from the school that feels it's possible to describe a potato without adding in shovelfuls of the dirt in which it's grown. I wasn't convinced that the characters portrayed actually thought in those words.


      See you at the meeting.

      1 · February 23, 2013

  • James R. H.

    A couple of days after I finished the book my Lady asked, "Is everything all right?"

    "Why?"

    "I don't know -- you've just been more attentive lately." ;-)

    February 21, 2013

    • Marie

      That's funny, Lorraine said they are going to make a movie out of it. Thought they would.

      February 21, 2013

    • James R. H.

      Wednesday night's meet should prove lively. Lots of facets of the book to discuss.

      February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Finished the book last night. So excited it was a fantastic! Can't wait to discuss it. See everyone on Wednesday.

    February 22, 2013

  • Lorraine R.

    Marie I googled gone girl and they are going to make a movie from the book. Reese Witherspoon will produce not star in it. They have not cast it yet. Lorraine

    February 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I would love to see this become a movie.

      February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very nice friend her name is Kathy and I believe she will fit right in. She read the book already and absolutely loved it

    February 19, 2013

  • James R. H.

    'Bout a third through the book. After the first few pages I wasn't sure I'd be interested enough to continue. Now, I'm hooked. A crafty author. [Yes, both meanings.]

    February 18, 2013

    • Marie

      A lot of twists and turns. It will probably be a movie. Iocked it. Kind of like the war of the rosrs

      February 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Fantastic book such a page turner. Now that my final is done, I plan on sitting here guilt free to finish.

      February 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My "hold" at NYPL got all messed up - they sent my GONE GIRL to NYC instead of SI. I don't think I'll have/read GG in time. :(

    February 15, 2013

  • cyndy

    Waiting for a secretary at my school to finish it. She said I could have it when she is done. How I hope she is a fast reader. It's already been two weeks :(

    February 8, 2013

  • James R. H.

    A curious coincidence of numbers. Being frugal, I put in a request for Gone Girl with the NYPL. I started as #446 on the waiting list! Happily, the NYPL has an equal quantity of copies available. ;-)

    December 13, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Any luck with "Gone Girl" yet?

      February 8, 2013

  • James R. H.

    If anyone would like to continue a discusion on a book, there's an almost unused forum page available at:

    http://www.silive.com/forums/bookclub/.

    It has some quirks in the sign-in procedure, but I can help if you've a problem. You must sign in to post, but you can set up your account with a completely fictitious identity. The format is one which permits thread structures -- good for on-line 'conversation.' I'll start an 'Outliers' line. See ya there?

    January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm gonna read it!

    January 10, 2013

  • James R. H.

    Hurray! 'Gone Girl' has shown up at my local library, ready and waiting for me to pick it up.

    New York City gained a resource beyond price when Mr. Carnegie's conscience picked his pocket.

    January 7, 2013

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