Journey to Virginland: Epistle 1
For everyone else and especially if you are author:
READ THIS. IT’S FUCKING IMPORTANT.
So I have entered and lost the giveaway of this book for the second time. But now I see that this book is up for giveaway for the third time. So before entering the giveaway (for the third time), I decided to have a look at the rating and reviews of this book.
So I start with the giveaway details and it say...more
Enter ONLY IF you love 1. reading a book with highly advanced vocabulary, 2. thinking all along, 3. doing a very serious reading (its NOT a light read), 4. grappling with philosophical concepts and your philosophy of life and morality, 5. reading ferocious religious satire that will disrespect and destroy your religious identity, and 6. would love avant-garde that turns...more
"Enter ONLY IF you love 1. reading a book with highly advanced vocabulary, 2. thinking all along, 3. doing a very serious reading (its NOT a light read), 4. grappling with philosophical concepts and your philosophy of life and morality...more
First, I despise authors who want to make their book seem like something only the elite and truly intelligent could possibly understand. The rest of us are just the stupid little people who really don't matter anyway, thro...more
Despite having what could be the worst book description ever written (hit the jump to read it in full), with a snark factor akin to those Facebook memes that start, "I'm sure 98% of you won't care enough to re-post this..." Journey to Virginland falls short. I expected it to at least live up to its own claim that it's a smart book for smarties and if you don't like it, it's because you're a dumb dummy who didn't get it, but it didn't. It's just a dull book...more
I'm only halfway through this book so far, so I might add more to the review once I'm finished, but there are some things I need to address.
Here's a quick lesson how not to do self-promotion. The text from the first giveaway has appeared in several reviews. I'd recommend you read it as well. When I entered the giveaway, I was looking for a book that was more than fluff, more than YA vamp...more
Have you ever listened to a song, saw a movie, read a book, that was so powerful and meant so much, and you gained so much from that tiny little piece of imagination the songwriter/author/filmmaker, shared with you, that you wished you could personally thank him or her? That is how this book was to me after finishing it.
This book and I had a love/hate relationship at first, and after understanding what the a...more
I try to be.
I am not a scientist, or a mathematician, despite working on a Masters degree.
I don’t read a lot of sci-fi -futuristic type novels.
But, I try to be open minded about them.
When I requested to be a part of the read and review group for Journey to Virginland Epistle 1, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into.
At first it was really hard for me to get a grasp on. I was intrigued by this life of Dog and the quest for life and its meaning.
I like to th...more
Anyways, it's an interesting look into the society we know today. While constantly trying to figure out the world, Dog takes a good look at himself and takes stoc...more
The subject of the book is an extremely smart but loutish and character known simply as Dog.
Dog pursues the answers to his questions about life, his place on Earth and other such subjects and does so at an unrelenting pace. His quest for identity and meaning in the universe causes...more
Dog is the character created in the book and is drifting about in a dreamland called The Republic...more
From the author's giveaway:
Enter ONLY IF you love 1. reading a book with highly advanced vocabulary, 2. thinking all along, 3. doing a very serious reading (its NOT a light read), 4. grappling with philosophical concepts and your philosophy of life and morality, 5. reading ferocious religious satire that will disrespect and destroy your religious identity, and 6. would love avant-garde that turns upside down the conventions of the no...more
This tale of dog explores the hypocrisy that we all seem so willing to pass a blind eye to as we meander through life. While I fo...more
I received this book for free on Goodreads' First Reads giveaway.
I tried really hard with this book. I haven't had this hard a time with a book since I tried to read White Fang and Gulliver's Travels when I was seven. The story looked interesting enough - that's why I entered. The prologue seemed interesting enough - this looked like a good story. As soon as the re...more
I didn't get very far into this one until I gave up. I hate giving up on a book, but will in extreme circumstances. This was an extreme circumstance.
Since I wasn't very far into it, I'll just tell you what I know about it.
I think the character was supposed to see a dog that talks to him. The dog didn't really exist. He also thought he was a dog.
The author wrote in run-on sentences. He also co...more
Other reviewers have loved this book (see the publisher's Journey to Virgin...more
I maybe should have passed on entering tobwin this book given the author's warning that it was not an easy read.
Basically I fought the book and the book one.
While there is a lot of wit and creativity displayed by the author, the book became more of a chore to read than the benefit I achieved through reading. Like ordering a strange dish in an exotic country, there were parts that I enjoyed and parts that I could not digest. At the end of the day I am no...more
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: "Dog vs. God. In an iconoclastic story, Dog demolishes the foundations of Western civilization."
READER VIEWS: "A book that is completely different than anything that I have ever read before."--Page Lovitt
REBECCA'S READS: "A book unlike any other. A very intelligently written, original work of fiction. A book quite out of the ordinary."--Kam Aures
"An engrossing, brillantly crafted read...
In his ambitious novel, Journe...more