Oh Hi Book Group!

Special thanks to Chris for giving me a much needed kick in the pants to post here. I'm sorry for being absent for so long. I have lots of 'excuses' but I won't bother with that.

So that being said do you guys want to start back up? I know I'd like to. Chris just posted his review of Her Fearful Symmetry which was the last book we were to have read. Unfortunately I never was able to get a copy of it hence my lack of a review. I'm sad to hear though from Chris that it sounds like it might not be good. Seemed like it had such potential.

I'd like to get a new poll up for what to read next so please throw some ideas at me. There's been tons of new books over the last couple of months and I'd love to hear your suggestions.


One reader's reaction to Audrey Niffenegger's Her Fearful Symmetry

Almost gave up. I almost gave up on a book, which I don't like doing because maybe it gets better! Or maybe I'll learn how not to write if I keep reading!

But it turned into a slog, reading Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. To the point that for the most part, I disconnected from the emotions of the work. They're there, other readers can probably extract them and experience them, as I did with some (few) of them, but -- it's supposed to be an emotional work, and I just didn't care. Big revelations got a sigh followed by an "Oh, OK." Maybe an eye-roll.

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October Book Poll

Poll #1464588 October Book

What would you like to read this month?

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman

I had to wing this because no one gave me any ideas. Pretty please vote? I'll give it a couple of days.


Cuts! Cuts! Cuts!

Chris do I need to entice you with another dancing RPattz?

Anywayyyy, sorry I've been mia. And welcome to our new members!

So I'm kinda behind obviously. I did re-read New Moon and never posted my review because I had posted about it in so many other places that I think I was New Moon-ed out. But I shall amend that. I'm still working on The Red Tree. I got sidetracked by reading Stephen King's Just After Sunset and Obsession by Gloria VanDerbilt.

Now that October is just about upon us (yay!) I figured we should pick a new book and get back on our monthly track. So throw me some suggestions and I'll make a poll.

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The longest wait between choosing a book and writing about it: Thoughts on Geek Love

Hey! Remember Geek Love? I do! (First posted here on my journal:)

I dislike giving up on books.

I'm proud to say I finally finished Katherine Dunn's Geek Love, after taking a whole freakin' year to work through it. (I checked; I got it to read for specficbooks last September; it was the first book we planned to read.) Helps that the book is relatively episodic, so I could read it in smaller chunks (I finally got on a tear about a week ago and powered through the last hundred or so pages), but it was a difficult read. Here's why.Collapse )

I dislike giving up on books. I'm glad I didn't give up on this. But right now I'm reading Ray Bradbury short stories (The Golden Apples of the Sun), and those are easier.

I'll also try to get a write-up on greygirlbeast's The Red Tree online this week. I was without home computer access for a few weeks and didn't have time to write the sort of write-up I'd like to write.