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Offline SamIAm

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Re: CHALLENGE: Write a one-sentence description of someone else's book
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2014, 09:45:27 AM »



Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

An overwrought and poorly written load of panting prose guaranteed to make aspiring writers say: "Seriously?"

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Okay, I'll try my hand at my all-time favorite book:

Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
A student sets out to prove he is smart enough to commit the perfect murder, but never counted on the guilt that would accompany his actions.

And my other favorite:
The Divine Comedy - Dante Alighieri
A poet, suffering from a crisis of faith, tries to find his way back to God in this guided tour of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven.
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Re: CHALLENGE: Write a one-sentence description of someone else's book
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2014, 10:04:39 AM »


Okay, I'll try my hand at my all-time favorite book:

Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
A student sets out to prove he is smart enough to commit the perfect murder, but never counted on the guilt that would accompany his actions.

You were brave to take this one on. Who'da thunk it could even be done?
A very good summary in one sentence!

I have a 2-tape VHS set of the film done in Russian with English sub-titles.
Now, I want to watch it again.

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Re: CHALLENGE: Write a one-sentence description of someone else's book
« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2014, 10:24:42 AM »


Okay, I'll try my hand at my all-time favorite book:

Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
A student sets out to prove he is smart enough to commit the perfect murder, but never counted on the guilt that would accompany his actions.

You were brave to take this one on. Who'da thunk it could even be done?
A very good summary in one sentence!

I have a 2-tape VHS set of the film done in Russian with English sub-titles.
Now, I want to watch it again.

The book is fantastic.  Would you believe I've never watched a movie version?  I'm afraid it'll ruin it.  Plus, so much of the book is psychological.  I wasn't sure that would translate.  You'd recommend the movie?

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Re: CHALLENGE: Write a one-sentence description of someone else's book
« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2014, 10:46:49 AM »
Great idea! I'll have a go with a great book I read recently:

Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore

When Brielle accepts a halo from a boy with the ability to heal, she never expected it to bring her more than just the comfort she longs for.


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Re: CHALLENGE: Write a one-sentence description of someone else's book
« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2014, 11:12:32 AM »
OK, I'll play:

For Whom the Bell Tolls:

An American teacher  finds violence, love, death, and the meaning of sacrifice fighting fascists in the Spanish Civil War.
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Re: CHALLENGE: Write a one-sentence description of someone else's book
« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2014, 11:26:31 AM »


Okay, I'll try my hand at my all-time favorite book:

Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
A student sets out to prove he is smart enough to commit the perfect murder, but never counted on the guilt that would accompany his actions.

You were brave to take this one on. Who'da thunk it could even be done?
A very good summary in one sentence!

I have a 2-tape VHS set of the film done in Russian with English sub-titles.
Now, I want to watch it again.

The book is fantastic.  Would you believe I've never watched a movie version?  I'm afraid it'll ruin it.  Plus, so much of the book is psychological.  I wasn't sure that would translate.  You'd recommend the movie?

Here is a quote from the NYTimes for the 1975 version, Directed by Lev Kulijanov, which is the version I have.
I think it is a great film. I've lived and worked in Russia and have had the good fortune of having suppers in old villages with wooden cottages, as well as been in fine hotels (when I needed to flag down a doctor who spoke English. Could not afford to stay in one.) So I look for something that is faithful to what I found there myself even though I was there in a different century.

I like this film version. Have not seen any others to compare it with, but the Times article does some comparisons.

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Re: CHALLENGE: Write a one-sentence description of someone else's book
« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2014, 11:50:14 AM »
The Dinner, by Herman Koch

These Dutch families is some messed up bitches.

[Sorry, that was mostly for the other half of my The Dinner book club].  :rolf:

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Re: CHALLENGE: Write a one-sentence description of someone else's book
« Reply #22 on: January 14, 2014, 12:19:16 PM »
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

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Re: CHALLENGE: Write a one-sentence description of someone else's book
« Reply #23 on: August 30, 2014, 03:49:27 AM »
Anybody else want to add to this thread?

Given my struggle to write my own pitch right now, I can use some more proof that such things are possible.

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Re: CHALLENGE: Write a one-sentence description of someone else's book
« Reply #24 on: August 30, 2014, 10:39:24 AM »

Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

An overwrought and poorly written load of panting prose guaranteed to make aspiring writers say: "Seriously?"

Hahahaha. If this was on the jacket of the book I actually might be more inclined to pick it up. Ok let's see...

The Phantom Tollbooth: A boy who is bored with life travels through a magical tollbooth and is transported to an enchanting land.

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Re: CHALLENGE: Write a one-sentence description of someone else's book
« Reply #25 on: August 30, 2014, 01:59:09 PM »
Have a Nice Day - Mick Foley's Wrestling Autobiography

Wrestling is real, people are fake, and this book is funny.
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Re: CHALLENGE: Write a one-sentence description of someone else's book
« Reply #26 on: August 30, 2014, 05:10:59 PM »
Cujo

A rabid family dog goes on a killing spree, but he meets his match when he traps a mother and child in their car.
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Re: CHALLENGE: Write a one-sentence description of someone else's book
« Reply #27 on: August 30, 2014, 07:33:45 PM »
Me and mini me have the following assessment of Twilight:

"Edward, don't leave me!"

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Re: CHALLENGE: Write a one-sentence description of someone else's book
« Reply #28 on: August 30, 2014, 08:51:49 PM »
Choke - Chuck Palahniuk

A sex addict struggles to figure out any direction in his life while finding love in the hand of a woman claiming to be an alien invader in need of human sperm to repopulate her planet.
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Re: CHALLENGE: Write a one-sentence description of someone else's book
« Reply #29 on: December 02, 2016, 08:32:58 PM »
Cujo

A rabid family dog goes on a killing spree, but he meets his match when he traps a mother and child in their car.

This one is great. It not only distills the story into a clear summary in very few words, it makes me want to read the book.

Okay, I'm waking up this thread again. There are a lot of new members since the last post and someone new might find this to be a helpful exercise.