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Subject: Stephenie Meyer's "The Host" NO SPOILERS PLEASE !!!
Date Posted: 5/11/2008 1:29 AM ET
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This just came out Tuesday.  I bought it and am reading it.  I'm about 3 chapters in and I don't know what I think yet.  

Anybody else reading it?  Thoughts?

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Date Posted: 5/11/2008 8:55 AM ET
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But I liked her first 2 YA vampire novels but then lost it halfway thru book 3. It just seemed like the same old stuff from the first 2. What genre is her new one?


Date Posted: 5/11/2008 8:29 PM ET
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It's her first book aimed at "adults".   It's a sci-fi/thriller/romance.

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 8:43 PM ET
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I pre-ordered from Amazon and haven't strarted reading it yet. It looks good though. :)

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 9:03 PM ET
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Hard to do with no spoilers... I just finished it today and need someone to talk to about it!!

It's billed as not YA. But it reads EXACTLY the same, style wise, as the YA stuff. I was expecting something different - but the feel is the same. There's basically the same conflict at the heart of the book - a relationship which by it's very nature has to remain unfulfilled. She doesn't bring any more depth to the discussion and problems that she presents the reader with than she does with the YA stuff.

Still, it's a compelling read and I couldn't put it down. But I was left feeling a little ... blah... at the end. Maybe because I saw the end coming about 200 pages before all the characters did... I don't know!

I'm probably knocking it too hard because it was billed as different. And it's not. It's just the same. So I shouldn't feel disappointed. But I do.



Date Posted: 5/12/2008 2:15 AM ET
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I just finished "The Host" and I actually thought it was better than the Twilight series (and I'm a fan, albeit reluctantly at first). I really felt like the characters were well written and the depth of emotion was amazing for me. I am not one to cry over books or movies... but this one made me. The fact that she gets you so in touch with "alien" beings and their perspectives is also incredible as I generally would not be interested in that sort of thing either. Mostly, I think SM writes well about love...the depths and heights of it, no matter what form it comes in.

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 2:46 PM ET
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i'm about 200 pages in...and i continue to be amazed at how engaged i am in a book i would NEVER have thought i'd be remotely interested in.  Before i read the Twighlight series, i would have never believed i'd be so compelled  by teen vampires and werewolves.  And for sure i'd NEVER choose a sci-fi thriller romance (eeeek) about alien body snatchers...that is sooooo not my cup of tea.  But...i can hardly take my nose out of the Host long enough to check my email and post this.  its good...and i'm totally gonna be up all night reading.

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 2:50 PM ET
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ut oh!!!

I just bought this book for my 16yo DD.    I didnt even think about it not being YA.  as I just figured it was because of the twilight series.

Is she too young for it??

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 10:59 PM ET
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I wouldn't think there would be anything in it that a 16 y/o couldn't handle. There are no sex scenes and only a couple of minor swear words (hell and damn, I think). So IMHO, it would be fine and it really has a great underlying message.

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 4:44 PM ET
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Ok, I'm giving up.   I absolutely cannot get into the book.   I don't like nor care for any of the characters, and I'm tired of trying.

I've moved on to "Loving Frank".  Now that, I am finding interesting!

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 10:40 PM ET
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I think The Host was very interesting. I cannot say it was the best book (Though I would read anything of Stephenie Meyer) However, I thought it offered an interesting spin on a unique situation. If you think to hard about the concepts in the book your head may hurt. It offers a new way of thinking on a problem you never imagined.




Date Posted: 6/4/2008 8:33 AM ET
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I'll be starting that book in about a week.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 5:07 PM ET
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I just started the book.