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Mini-Reviews of Cool Girls, Good Guys and Jungle Explorers

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* CONTAINS SPOILERS

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

THE STORY
I think we all know the plot by now … Nick, the perfect guy, and Amy, the perfect girl, meet in New York, fall in love and get married. Once they move to Missouri, it’s impossible to keep up the facade of being perfect any longer, and the ugly side of Nick and Amy’s personalities emerge and a destructive battle of wills begins.

THE GOOD
The process in which Nick and Amy’s marriage disintegrated into a toxic mess of lies, power struggles and psychological tricks fascinated me in a can’t-tear-my-eyes-away-from-the-wreckage way. Although there’s been much discussion about the Cool Girl manifesto, Nick is just as guilty of pretending to be the Good Guy, and I really liked how Gillian Flynn explored both sides.

THE BAD
The third part of the book started losing me because I was bored and thought things were getting silly and taking too long.

CONCLUSION

Without a doubt, Gone Girl grabs you, shakes you and doesn’t let go. I enjoyed the mystery and the twists of the story, having no idea of how things would work out. I didn’t like the ending at first, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense that Nick and Amy continued pretending to be a happy, normal couple in their sick, not normal manner.

4/5 Stars

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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann (audio book narrated by Mark Deakins)

THE STORY
In 1925, British explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett went into the Amazon jungle in search of the mythical Lost City of Z and disappeared. The book follows Fawcett’s life leading up to his disappearance and the author’s attempt to retrace his steps.

THE GOOD
I enjoyed the spirit of adventure infused in Fawcett’s story and the impenetrable mystery of his disappearance. The book also contained a lot of anthropological background on Amazonian tribes, stories of explorers meeting tribes for the first time and accounts of the numerous failed expeditions to find Fawcett.

THE BAD
Although it was interesting to read the comparison of what Fawcett would have experienced exploring the Amazon in the 1920s and the author’s own modern-day adventure, I think the book would have been better off staying focused on the past.

CONCLUSION

Colonel Percy Fawcett was the Indiana Jones of his time and this book is a riveting look at a man in pursuit of what could possibly have been simply an illusion.

3.5/5 Stars

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Euphoria by Lily King

THE STORY
In the 1930s, Andrew Bankson meets fellow anthropologists, Nell and Fen, in the jungles of New Guinea where all three are obsessed with studying the local tribes. Starved for company, Andrew quickly becomes attached to the vivacious couple, finding something about them that makes him want to live again.

THE GOOD
I loved everything about Euphoria; the combination of setting, plot and characters seemed so perfect. I practically hugged my ereader when it was time to read again and was stunned with sadness when the book was over.

THE BAD
Nothing!

CONCLUSION
It was fun switching from The Lost City of Z to the jungles of New Guinea for this love triangle. The story delves into how precious connection and understanding can be once found between people who are very different.

4/5 Stars

Have you read any of these books? What are you reading now?

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14 comments on “Mini-Reviews of Cool Girls, Good Guys and Jungle Explorers

  1. Amber O (AmberBug)
    May 21, 2015

    I loved Euphoria too! I also love that you read those back to back… I read that one and People in the Trees and found connections with them (some obvious, some not).

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    • ebookclassics
      May 21, 2015

      I know someone else who is reading People in the Trees, so I guess anthropologists are hot right now. 🙂

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  2. Naomi
    May 21, 2015

    As you know, I loved Euphoria, so I am interested in this Lost City of Z book. Did you find it frustrating that the guy disappeared and there is still no answer, or did they give you lots of juicy possibilities? You’ll have to read The People in the Trees next! 🙂
    I also found myself bored during big chunks of Gone Girl. I thought it was too long and drawn out. There were some good parts, too, though.

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    • ebookclassics
      May 21, 2015

      Um, hello beautiful new photo! Darn it, I meant to link to your review of Euphoria. I will fix that later today. I liked how Fawcett’s disappearance and all of the rumours that followed added another layer to the mystery. His family even consulted with fortune tellers to try and find out what happened. They pretty much think he either died in the jungle or was captured by a tribe and killed.

      Have you read The People in the Trees? It’s suddenly seems to be everywhere and on my radar. I really loved Gone Girl to start and then yeah, it was too drawn out.

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      • Naomi
        May 22, 2015

        Haha. I was getting tired of looking at the other one. 🙂
        I just finished The People in the Trees (Laura and I read it together), and it was so good. Put it on your list!

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  3. janceewright
    May 21, 2015

    I loved Gone Girl!!! I made my roommate Katie read it recently so that we can watch the movie soon!

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    • ebookclassics
      May 21, 2015

      I haven’t seen the movie, but I really want to now! My husband has seen it and he didn’t like Ben Affleck.

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      • janceewright
        May 21, 2015

        I want to take some time and watch it really soon. Gotta be careful though – one of my roommates hasn’t read it yet and is adamant that we can’t spoil her in any way, even something extremely minor to the plot. So we have to watch it when she’s not around.

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        • ebookclassics
          May 21, 2015

          I wasn’t planning to read the book and somehow I still managed to avoid spoilers. But I get why your roommate doesn’t want to hear even the tiniest thing.

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          • janceewright
            May 21, 2015

            Yeah, it’s amazing how little I knew about it even with the hype.

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  4. TJ @ MyBookStrings
    May 22, 2015

    I’m sorry to hear that The Lost City of Z didn’t quite work for you. I was more interested in Fawcett, too, than in the reporter’s quest to find him, but I found it fascinating that the Amazon rainforest still holds so many secrets today. I already wanted to read Euphoria, and now I am moving it up on the pile. Also The People in the Trees. My summer reading plans are filling up fast!

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    • ebookclassics
      May 22, 2015

      I still very much enjoyed the story, but I understand why the author thought it would be a good idea to embark on his own search. After BEA, you’re probably going to have a lot more books on your TBR. See you soon!

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  5. I haven’t read any of these, but really like your mini reviews and how you’re able to get your point across so quickly! Of the three, I’ve only heard of Gone Girl and am torn if I’m going to read it or not. I’ve heard that it’s really dark and I’m in a happy book mood right now. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! Nice to meet you!

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    • ebookclassics
      May 24, 2015

      It was nice to meet you too! Oh, definitely stick with your happy book mood. I wasn’t planning to read Gone Girl because it’s been hyped so much, but two friends convinced me to give it a try.

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