31 May 2008

Eponymous Challenge Reviews


The Eponymous Challenge has begun! This post is where the participants can link up their reviews like this: Name (Title). If you don’t have a blog, you can just leave a comment; and if you haven’t signed up, you can still do so here.

1. Poodlerat (Freaks: Alive, on the Inside!)
2. bethany canfield
3. Charlie (The Girl Who Stopped Swimming)
4. Suzi Qoregon (City Boy)
5. Myrthe (Ali and Nino)
6. joanna (Chloe)
7. Charlie (The Senator's Wife)
8. Lizzy Siddal (A Partisan's Daughter)
9. Suzi Qoregon (Smonk)
10. Suzi Qoregon (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
11. Tara (Diana's Boys)
12. Poodlerat (Greenwitch)
13. Poodlerat (The Grey King)
14. bethany (anna karenina)
15. Poodlerat (The Goose Girl)
16. Poodlerat (Enna Burning)
17. Tara (Odd Thomas)
18. Ms Alex (Daemonwolf Books)
19. raidergirl3( Life and Times of Michael K)
20. raidergirl3( Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist)
21. raidergirl3 (Zel)
22. Esther (Anahita's Woven Riddle)
23. Joanna (Wyrd Sisters)
24. Joanna (The Memory Keeper's Daughter)
25. raidergirl3( Maniac Magee)
26. raidergirl3( Miss Julia Takes Over)
27. Suziqoregon (The Sisterhood)
28. Myrthe (Young Stalin)
29. Esther (Keturah and Lord Death)
30. Tara (The Virgin of Small Plains)
31. 3M (Anne of Green Gables)
32. Mo (Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy)
33. Charlie (Mister Pip)
34. Mo (The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter))
35. bethany (Farmworker's Daughter)
36. Joanna (The Speckled People)
37. Amy( Bootlegger's Daughter)
38. Amy( The Reluctant Fundamentalist)
39. Becky (Beezus and Ramona
40. Becky (Ramona the Pest)
41. Becky (Ramona the Brave)
42. Gaelle (Agent Zig Zag)
43. Becky (Ramona and Her Father)
44. Daemonwolf Books (Blue- eyed Salaryman)
45. Poodlerat (Speaker for the Dead)
46. Amy( The Lace Reader)
47. bethany (The Waitress Was New)
48. bethany (Confesssions of a Shopaholic)
49. Ramya (The English Patient)
50. Ramya (Funny Boy)
51. Ramya (Mistress)
52. Ramya (Memoirs of a Geisha)
53. 3M (The Sister)
54. 3M (The Cellist of Sarajevo)
55. 3M (Beloved)
56. Myrthe (The Kiter Runner)
57. Book Hog
58. 3m (Keeper and Kid)
59. Joy (The Nazi Officer's Wife)
60. Joy (Morality for Beautiful Girls)
61. Joy (Pollyanna)
62. Joy (The Vicious Vet)
63. Carrie's Classics (The Book Thief)
64. Carrie's Classics (Time Traveler's Wife)
65. Carrie's Classics (The Other Boelyn Girl)
66. Carrie's Classics (Jane Eyre)
67. Charlie (Mary Modern)
68. Myrthe (Penelope)
69. Mo (The Night Crew)
70. Mo (White Widow)
71. Gaelle (Oroonoko)
72. Tara (The Widow)
73. Cafe Shree( Anna of 5 Towns)
74. Cafe Shree (Emma)

08 May 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Manual Labour

Writing guides, grammar books, punctuation how-tos ... do you read them? Not read them? How many writing books, grammar books, dictionaries–if any–do you have in your library?
One dictionary; one English-French dictionary for those annoying untranslated bits in older novels; one thesaurus that I found at the Bookfest and thought was too good a bargain to pass up. I don’t look at them much - only when I need to, and then only when I remember. The dictionary got more of a work-out in years past, though - it was once my preferred choice of bedtime reading! (And, yes, I believe my mother does have photographic evidence somewhere!)

I have read writing guides, but I don’t actually own any, and I haven’t borrowed one in a while. My work-in-progress has moved on to the plotting-and-researching stage, and I’m becoming more hopeful about the possibility of taking part in NaNoWriMo this year (Yay!!). As for grammar and punctuation guides - I don’t even read those and persist in thinking I know enough already.

06 May 2008

Book Review: The Big Over-Easy by Jasper Fforde

888 Challenge #10

The Big Over-Easy DI Jack Spratt’s career is fast coming to a dead end; the acquittal of the three little pigs is just the latest in a string of Nursery Crime Division failures. His cases aren’t even being closed, much less getting into print. DS Mary Mary is even less happy than Jack; a department on the way out isn’t the transfer she had in mind. The chance to salvage both their careers arrives in the form of what might just be a murder case when Humpty Dumpty is found shattered at the foot of his wall. There’s no shortage of suspects - dozens of ex-girlfriends and their irate husbands, not to mention people who were burned in Humpty’s shady business transactions. The case is made more complicated by additional corpses and an assortment of plot devices banned by the Guild of Detectives. And Jack has other problems to deal with. He’s still getting a hard time over his reputation as a giant-killer, and he’s just traded his mother’s prized possession - a George Stubbs painting of a cow - for a handful of peculiar-looking beans....

And that’s only some of the oddities that exist in Jack’s world. At first it was a little overwhelming - I was left thinking, ”QuangTech? Jellyman? Sacred Gonga? What the -?” Then I decided the best way to read the book was to switch off the part of my brain dedicated to logical thought and assume the explanations would be forthcoming. And to an extent, they were. The world of Nursery Crime has even less of a footing in reality than that of Thursday Next (but readers of The Well of Lost Plots will see the connection. Jack’s world is the book Thursday stayed in; a fictional fictional version of Reading. And if you want to know how the two Generics turned out, here’s your chance). But to return to this book: It reads much better if you don’t think too much; and it does come to make its own twisted sort of sense. What happens is determined by the original tales (and legends, and urban legends); the how is often unexpected. Sure it’s bizarre, but somehow it works both as comedy and mystery.

Rating: B-

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Header image shows detail of A Young Girl Reading by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, c. 1776