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Subject: Rule of Four
Date Posted: 1/20/2012 6:25 PM ET
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Has anyone else here read The Rule of Four, and if so, was it worth it? I have read six chapters and I am SLOGGING through them. It keeps going back and forth and relating to past experiences for entire chapters, which I find a little annoying.

Also, maybe it's because I come from a humble upbringing, but I find the whole Ivy league thing a little hoity toity for my tastes-not very relatable.

But, if it's really worth it and it starts getting mroe exciting, I'll keep at it...just wondering if it ever does...

Date Posted: 2/3/2012 3:36 PM ET
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I read it a while back, because it sounded like it would be right up my alley.

But "slogging" is the word. I was thoroughly bored with it; I don't remember it getting any better. I may not have finished it, except that was rare back when I read this one (I'm quicker to give up a bad book now).

Date Posted: 2/4/2012 12:11 AM ET
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I read it and can't remember what it was about. And yes. Slogging was the word.

Date Posted: 2/4/2012 11:47 PM ET
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I liked it ok; didn't find it slogging.  But I also don't think it changed, so if it's slogging for you now, I'd expect it to stay that way for you.

Date Posted: 2/5/2012 6:50 PM ET
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I almost always finish books, but that's one I gave up on fairly early.  I vaguely remember being rather disappointed and bored by it.  Other than that, I don't remember why I gave it up.  But, I don't think I'll take a run at it again.

Date Posted: 2/6/2012 10:24 AM ET
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Its been a while since I read the book; but I do recall it was a slow build.  I think I liked it, but apparently not a lot because I'm having a hard time recalling the story.

-RD

Date Posted: 2/10/2012 10:49 AM ET
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I read it, too.  It was one of those mediocre mysteries attempting to ride The Da Vinci Code bandwagon.  But it dealt heavily on the boring characters and not enough on the actual mystery. It's pretty awful, in my humble opinion...  

Subject: I really, really liked it!
Date Posted: 3/17/2012 5:22 PM ET
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I never felt that I was SLOGGING thru it as you put it. I really really liked it and I recommended it to one person,

and loaned a copy to another person.

I am sorry if some of you just were not caught up in it.

If someone has a very good, very clean copy, from a non-smoking home, I will take it off your hands.

I will be getting a point in a couple days when a book I sent out arrives at the requester's home.

Sorry if the book was a "slow build" as you say but I found it rather good.

Date Posted: 3/18/2012 2:07 PM ET
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I thoroughly enjoyed it, much more so than Da Vinci Code. Been looking for another book by the authors with no luck.

Date Posted: 3/22/2012 11:00 PM ET
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I'm another one who really enjoyed it.  It's been compared to The Secret History by Donna Tartt, but is about 10 times better IMO.

Date Posted: 3/23/2012 12:34 PM ET
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Sharon, that's interesting. I thought the same thing, but I enjoyed The Secret History much more. Probably because I first read it in high school (many years ago).

Subject: looking for PAPERBACK copy
Date Posted: 5/29/2012 4:17 PM ET
Member Since: 10/2/2007
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Dear Members:

I know not all of you were enamored of this book, but I liked it very much and have recommended it to others.

Now I am looking for a PAPERBACK COPY of this book to lend to someone who wants some pb's to take on her road trip.

Due to space  considerations she does not want to take along any hard-backs.

I do not have any points right now, but I have a few books posted and will be posting several others soon.

If you are looking for certain genres or subjects or authors, I can look around for what I can post.

THANK YOU!!

Date Posted: 5/29/2012 7:30 PM ET
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I am in the group that really liked it.  I thought it was wonderfully complex and interesting.  The story around the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili was more interesting to me than the murder mystery aspect.  I was fascinated by the codes the protagonists found in the manuscript. 

I have a hardback in very good condition on my bookshelf.   I also have a second copy on my keeper shelf.