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I had a good run in late summer. The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris, The Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale and Strangers at the Feast by Jennifer Vanderbes were standouts. Lately, I've been struggling with some "so-so" books and some real stinkers. I did enjoy Iain Banks' Transistion but The Wasp Factory was too much for me. Have a healthy and happy one!
I'm Shelfari-slackin'Merry Christmas to you!
Actually, I'm not sure which of the two I prefer. Loved 'em both. Kinda cool how they take place at the same time and all....can't even call it a sequel or a prequel. I don't know what you'd call it but when she does it right, she does it right.
Sorry it has taken me so long to reply. Haven't bee on Shelfari for a bit. By now you've finished it?
Hi!I read the two books a couple of years apart and can tell you it honestly doesn't matter which one you read first. Really. I re-read O & C after The Year of the Flood. I really enjoyed them both but thought The Year of the Flood was a little bit better.Have fun!
Oh! so sorry. I wish people would underestimate my age. Have you read any of Connie Willis' books? Like: To Say Nothing of the Dog" or The Doomsday Book"? Just wondering they're on my list and look like they could be kind of cool. I read Smilla's Sense of Snow (it's on your shelf) and loved it, but then read his "eagerly awaited" next book, The Quiet Girl, and was so disappointed. I also liked The Deptford Trilogy, which if memory serves me takes place somewhere up in your neck of the woods. Anyway, have a good read.
Boy you are a really cool kid! What a terrific book shelf you have. How old are you? I wish my granddaughter would read books like the ones you've read. The Wasp Factory is on my list to read and I want to pass it along to her to stimulate her interest in something other than vampires. Although I do not discourage her from reading anything, as long as she reads.
Congrats! and I hope you still have time for your reading!
What's this Top 50 Editor business? What's it mean? You an over-achiever?
Just went through a spree myself. I'm currently reading The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris and am completely surprised by how much I am loving it. I didn't care for his book And Then We Came to the End despite rave reviews elsewhere but this one (Unnamed) has me hooked. It is not AT ALL what I expected even after reading the front flap. Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon was great as was Everything Matters by Ron Currie, Jr. I started out slow with the Firefly Brothers as it wasn't the type of book I'd normally select but about 60-65 pages in, I couldn't stop. A Fraction of the Whole - Steve Toltz and The Book Thief - Zusak are (kinda recent) favorites. I'm waiting for Toltz to write something - anything - else. Also waiting for Jeffrey Eugenides and Donna Tartt to write some more stuff.............more than loved The Secret History (Tartt) but didn't like her Little Friend and Eugenides' Virgin Suicides is one of my all time favorites.......I liked Middlesex but it didn't do it for me the way Suicides did.Foer is time well spent.I've also recently burned (part way) through a bunch of books that are now at home in the local library.I see your reading Jennifer Government. I've almost picked that up a few times myself. Any good?I'm typing like I'm manic! Just got back from the book store so probably am coming down from that high.
LOL!Checked out Max Barry's web site to validate the non-English titles of his books per your combine request. He is VERY funny about these title changes.Does that humour appear in his book? I've not read his work.BC
I took a page from your book and tried to read a few at the same time. Too much for my little brain so I've limited myself to two.......one biography and a book of short stories at the moment. When did you start Mockingbird? I loved that one.
you'll see he's worth the time
Just read the summary for House of Leaves. Sounds very interesting. We're headed to Borders later today.....maybe they'll have it in stock. Have you read Eating Animals yet or heard about it? I see a lot of vegan books on your shelf (I WAS a vegetarian for some years). Just wondering if you'd had the occasion to check it out as I'm not sure I have the heart for it. Probably would send me running and screaming back to veggies and nuts.
Hey! Looks like the bugs have been worked out and I'm able to log in without any major keyboard gymnastics. Just started Everything Matters by Ron Currie Jr. I read his book God is Dead which was really quite different. I'll let you know how this one looks.......so far so great. What's new with you? I see you're reading Makers. Any good? Read anything mind-blowing lately?
Thanks! I'll take a look at Makers. Just found out its being serialized on the Tor blog. http://craphound.com/?p=2275
I only investigated enough to discover that they really were plays and not novels.Working from memory here but I think I approved separations from the combined book for Gibson plays. I've dealt with screenplays inside novel combines with two other members this morning so I may be getting things confused.I've been at it since 4:00am and I think I've hit a wall - can't think clearly anymore.Have a gud'un,BC
Cool! Now that you're my official 'friend,' the max 10/day note restriction wont' apply!I won't list them all but will, instead, tell you that I scoured the combine request queue for your requests today. There were many that hit that same issue of 1000+ readers. I approved all that did not have that condition. The rest will stay pending until the engineers can process them manually. It may be some time before you see the approvals on your list.Thanks!BC
Yep - as far as I know, Braille is a language. For the books I've edited, myself, I do it that way. If the Shelfari folks come down on us, I'll be first in line for the hit!Thanks again.BC
Sigh...editing for previous note: "specific that that book" s/b "specific to that book".