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Subject: The Vanishing Point
Date Posted: 1/9/2008 9:24 PM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2006
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Anyone read The Vanishing Point by Mary Sharratt?  I finished it just a little bit ago, and wanted to see what others thought of it.

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I hated the ending!  My husband was laughing at me because I was glaring at the book for the last 50 pages or so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Date Posted: 1/9/2008 10:34 PM ET
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I have read The Vanishing Point .It is one of the best books I have ever read.

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 12:31 AM ET
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I liked the book, I was just soooooooooooo frustrated at how things turned out.  ;)  I'm trying not to be one of those people who have to have every story with a happy ending. 

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 6:17 AM ET
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I haven't read it. The editorials on AZN make it sound gothic. Readers have given it great reviews, although there is one reviewer I recognize as someone I usually disagree with. Sigh!

Another title for the TBR pile!

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 9:21 PM ET
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The Vanishing Point by Mary Sharratt is in my top 10 books.   If you've read the reviews, you'll notice that mine is the earliest review and the longest.   If you had been a member of PBS the summer of 2006 you would have heard of the book, because I told everyone I could about it, even started a bookring in the Games forum.  Many of the reviews came from people who read it during that bookring.

Obviously, I had no trouble with the ending.  Yes, it wasn't your typical happy ending, but it wasn't a really unhappy ending either.  And the twists and turns kept the story interesting.

I've never heard the story described as gothic, although maybe it does have a slightly gothic mystery aspect to it.  That's an interesting way of looking at the book!

Not everyone is going to like every story.  There are a few negative reviews both here and on Amazon, so I'm sure that someone out there agrees with you and hates the ending also :-)

Date Posted: 1/11/2008 6:17 AM ET
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Not everyone is going to like every story.

This is what makes the discussion groups so interesting, IMO. I "see" or learn things I wouldn't have thought about otherwise.

Gothic probably isn't the right word, and I really can't say since I didn't read the book. But the gothic romances I read (many moons ago) usually had happy endings. The presumed evil prince got it together by the end of the book.

I remember reading a little-known book by Louisa May Alcott (little known back when I read it in the 80s, I think) that was gothic in every aspect except the ending. I think the title was a mythological name for evil or devil. Does anyone know which book I'm remembering?

Genie