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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Eyre Affair Discussion

All righty.

I have to confess that despite my rushed and wildly strong efforts, I have not finished this book yet. I am inchingly close though. And not being done has nothing to do with the book at all. If I could have, I would have read this book in one day. I am enjoying it immensely. The constant literary references make this book a treasure trove for any lover of books. Here I must also confess that I did not know all of the references, but have been keeping a list to look them up. And that has made the book even that much more fun for me. I wish I could give a definitive conclusion on the book as a whole, but I should be done in a day or two.

Some things I have pinpointed that I love about this book so far: the flow moves quickly and keeps you turning pages. I found it rare that the book slowed down so much that I didn't want to keep going. It wasn't that I-gotta-keep-reading-or-I'm-gonna-die-of-curiosity feeling, but the action just keeps you moving forward. The concept of the book is also fun. Who of us wouldn't want to be able to walk into the books we read? It definitely fed my imagination.

On the other hand, some of the names and references were corny and I found Jack Schitt's name more off-putting than his actual character, which I believe is the more important point. But really, Jack Schitt is such an old and juvenile joke. I would have to say that this is hardly a complaint large enough to ruin the book for me though. In all, I have found (so far) the book a light, fun and witty read.

Added - I finished today and I absolutely loved it. I got down to the last 30 pages and couldn't stop reading. I am looking forward to reading more of Jasper Fforde. If you haven't all ready I suggest taking a peek at his website. Its a fun place to stay for a bit.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Book Seventeen: The Reveal

Some things said about the next book:

“A CLASSSIC IN THE MAKING: Whether you read for the beauty of language or for the intricacies of plot, you will easily fall in love with David Wroblewski’s generous, almost transcendentally lovely debut novel" O Magazine

"…a big-hearted novel you can fall into, get lost in and finally emerge from reluctantly, a little surprised that the real world went on spinning while you were absorbed." Washington Post Book World

"I doubt we'll see a finer literary debut this year... David Wroblewski's got storytelling talent to burn and a big, generous heart to go with it." Richard Russo, author of Bridge of Sighs

And here is the very book that these people all loved so well, next on our list:

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New Approach, New Schedule

All right, what say you to trying out basically doing one discussion a month? If it ends up being too boringly slow, we can change it, but given the time frame to get hold of a book and then read it I thought it might work out better. Now if you all think that stinks, then tell me, I might protest loudly while holding a large blunt object, but then I'll give in like the people pleaser that I am. (oh ha ha)

Ok so, here's the layout of the next few weeks, see if this works for you.

Friday, September 4, Opening Book 17

Tuesday, September 8, Discuss The Eyre Affair

Wednesday, September 30, Opening Book 18

Friday, October 2, Discuss Book 17

----The one that I'm most concerned about is the Eyre Affair discussion. Let me know if that is too soon for those of you not finished yet, if there are any.

P.S. The calendar reflects these dates for reference.