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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Coraline Discussion

I will first qualify that, as many of you know, I am a pretty big fan of Neil Gaiman's work. I've read the first of his Sandman series, American Gods and Stardust besides reading Coraline. I enjoyed each and every one of them, inlcuding Coraline.

I liked the creepiness of this story. It's not too creepy, which usually frightens me away. I'm a big baby. But what I really respected was that he did an astounding job seeing this world through the eyes of a 10 year old. Some descriptions he gives as if off-handed but strike the heart of me and would have done so even more as a girl. For instance when he said, "and, in the bath, a dead spider the size of a small cat." It was just thrown there but can you picture that? Do you even want to?

Coraline's realization that she didn't want everything she wished for all the time adds the moral of the story element, which I like. It reminds me of all the old stories, passed down by word of mouth or written down to scare children into doing the right thing. The 'teaching story' is such a long tradition and really who of us, even a child, doesn't enjoy being frightened now and then?

I am now excited to see the movie.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Some Book World News

Some interesting headlines and articles in the book world:

E Book Reader Market Expanding
This is great for consumers. The more abundant the choices become, the market gets more competative and that means prices will go down. The technology curve rewards the patient, though perhaps not with the most up to date bells and whistles.

J.D. Salinger Fights to Keep 'Fan Fiction' from being Published
I called this fan fiction for lack of a better description. While it is based on the original book, I wonder if it would truly be considered fan fiction?

Hatchette Book Group Giving 30 Day Peeks Into Full Text of Books
An interesting marketing angle. Neil Gaiman has deployed this strategy and it seems to have worked quite well for him. I don't know a book reader who would read an entire book online without really wanting to purchase the book. I am firmly in the browse and buy camp. How about you?

Mr. Frey is Back, Now With Young Adult Series of Novels
The premise of the story sounds interesting. But I am, honestly, rather skeptical of anything Mr. Frey is involved in writing. I was not impressed with his writing style in the now infamous Million Little Pieces, besides the fact that he screwed up royally. I realize this new series would be fiction, but I'm still unsure I'd be willing to pick it up. It will be interesting to hear what the critics think.

Discussion Coming

We are scheduled to discuss Coraline tomorrow. How many have read it? Anyone still reading? Let me know.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Schedules and How are You?

Ok here are some of the upcoming schedule dates I have. I'm bypassing the holiday weekend and extending things a bit, I hope it helps:

Wednesday July 8 - discuss Coraline
Monday July 13 - Open Book 17
Friday July 17 - Discuss The Eyre Affair

How is that looking for you guys? I know it's summer and a lot of people are busier (I sure am) or having vacations, so I want to make the dates equitable.

And for the fun of it, who's reading what?