karen’s review of A Visit from the Goon Squad > Likes and Comments

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message 1: by karen (new)

karen i am too stupid to understand this.


message 2: by Greg (new)

Greg What are you too stupid to understand?

I was going to say it makes me happy that your reading this, but now I'm worried about what you aren't getting.


message 3: by karen (new)

karen hmmmm someone has deleted a comment, making me look like a fool.


message 4: by Greg (new)

Greg oh oh oh, this can be my embarrassing Karen story for my review!!!


message 5: by karen (new)

karen yes! how humiliating!! how will i face my friends and family??


message 6: by Bibliomantic (new)

Bibliomantic Deleting comments, well, that's just unnecessary.


message 7: by karen (new)

karen you made me look like a dummy, sir!!


message 8: by Bibliomantic (new)

Bibliomantic I couldn't possibly... you are, after all, the brains of this outfit.


message 9: by karen (new)

karen oh, that's bad news for the outfit, then...


message 10: by Greg (new)

Greg But yet you still won't give it the fifth star.


message 11: by karen (new)

karen i am withholding.

i should, though. it was so good.
i don't know what i am saving my fifth stars for...


message 12: by Greg (new)

Greg True the last chapter was a little weak, but the future is a little weak when it's all text-message speak. Give it the fifth star!!!


message 13: by karen (new)

karen is tom fuller telling me to give it the fifth star??

also - ask me if i got my grades yet. wtf?


message 14: by Greg (new)

Greg I guess you ddin't get your grades, but I'm going to go get the books, and you go find that fifth star.


message 15: by karen (new)

karen oh, it was there all along! a january 12th miracle!


message 16: by Greg (new)

Greg how did you do?


message 17: by karen (new)

karen greg - no, i meant the star was there all along. the grades are still not up.

elizabeth - give it a chance!! it is better than steampunk zombies!


message 18: by karen (new)

karen ooooh - icelander....


message 19: by j (new)

j agreed, it is totally not a downer.

this is a strong strong contender for my favorite book of last year. i keep trying to get my girlfriend to read it but she hates the title and the cover.

meanwhile i foolishly looked at several times and failed to buy a signed first edition for $20 (at the book table, karen!). silly.


message 20: by karen (new)

karen ohh! missed opportunity! i was not going to buy this one until paperback, because i am trying to be good. but then tom just gave me his, so i could read with a clear conscience. i was also going to wait to buy the room, but then we had signed copies, so i had to.

yes, i know the library exists. i just like to own books.


message 21: by j (new)

j yeah i didn't buy it because i wanted to wait for the paperback. partly because i don't really enjoy the cover anymore and i don't treasure hardcovers in general. but i just liked the book so much...


message 22: by Greg (new)

Greg It is a miracle!

Elizabeth, you should read this book!


Joshua Nomen-Mutatio What do you mean by "a dfw chapter"?

The word "goon" now only makes me think of gang stuff. From work. One kid always yells about "goon town." Why would one proudly call themselves a goon? Because they're hopelessly stupid and horrible, that's why.

Fuck the world.


message 24: by karen (new)

karen it is written in the spirit/style of dfw. and it is a pretty good likeness.

the goon bit is explained in the book, and makes perfect sense, but is a terrible title for uninitiated.


message 25: by Greg (new)

Greg Terrible title, terrible cover, great book.


message 26: by j (new)

j the paperback cover is marginally better but still kind of ugly. at least it makes an attempt to capture the book though. i'd really like to see the alternate hardcover designs they kicked around. i'm guessing whoever ultimately decided just really likes blue.


message 27: by [deleted user] (new)

This is going to be the next book I buy.


message 28: by Miriam (new)

Miriam The word "goon" now only makes me think of gang stuff. From work. One kid always yells about "goon town." Why would one proudly call themselves a goon? Because they're hopelessly stupid and horrible, that's why.

The word goon is indelibly linked in my mind to DWJ's Archer's Goon, a childhood favorite.


message 29: by Miriam (new)

Miriam I thought that was the Brute Squad?


message 30: by Miriam (new)

Miriam I haven't read the book since I was a kid, you're probably right.


message 31: by j (last edited Jan 13, 2011 10:28AM) (new)

j a cursory search of the partial text in google books reveals 19 instances of the word brute and 0 instances of the word goon.


message 32: by karen (new)

karen nerrrrrrrd!


message 33: by j (last edited Jan 13, 2011 10:48AM) (new)

j only if correcting people on literary and film minutiae is nerdy.

hmmm. i guess it is.


message 34: by Miriam (new)

Miriam karen's just jealous. She wishes she were this nerdy.


message 35: by karen (new)

karen Joel wrote: "only if correcting people on literary and film minutiae is nerdy.

hmmm. i guess it is."


and doing it with a computer - extra points!

(i am jealous)


message 36: by j (last edited Jan 13, 2011 11:40AM) (new)

j it's a very quick read. a full quarter of it is a powerpoint chapter that takes 20 minutes.


message 37: by karen (new)

karen yeah, i read it really quickly - zooooms

but read that hardy!!


message 38: by pearl (last edited Jan 14, 2011 05:53PM) (new)

pearl I've been hardcore side-eyeing this book for a looong time but you've convinced me to read it. Really awesome review, Karen :)


message 39: by karen (new)

karen oh, good!! thank you!!

see, world - don't let a crappy cover keep you from a great book!
i hope she wows you, too!


message 40: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Karen, I keep staring at this book cover. It reminds me somehow of the cover of one of my clarinet books from junior high. WHY does this look so familiar? Have you seen it somewhere before? This is really driving me nuts.


message 41: by karen (new)

karen i wish i could help you... but it does look like one of those generic, benign music instructional books from the past, so maybe you are on the right track


message 42: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia "Rocking Clarinet for Beginners?"


message 43: by Kate (new)

Kate Damn, this one needs to come out in paperback ASAP because I need to read it!


message 44: by karen (new)

karen i think you will really like it.
this is my prediction.


message 45: by j (new)

j it's too good to wait for paperback! thats not until may!


message 46: by j (new)

j it's too good to wait for paperback! thats not until may!


message 47: by karen (new)

karen What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?


message 48: by Kate (new)

Kate You'll be so proud of me. I finally bought this title I couldn't wait any longer! After I finish the book I'm currently reading this one is next in line.


message 49: by karen (new)

karen hahaah yay! it is definitely worth buying now!


message 50: by j (new)

j did you see it won the pulitzer? you probably did.

i think goodreaders pushed it over the top!


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