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message 1: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie maybe by October I'll have time to read it...


message 2: by Greg (new)

Greg You should pencil in a day to read it, it's fairly fast.


message 3: by karen (new)

karen i am going to read this next week! i am excited!


message 4: by Arah-Lynda (new)

Arah-Lynda You have peaked my interest.


message 5: by Greg (new)

Greg I went to that website on the sticker they gave us with the book. It was for a contest for a fancy dinner, but it was only good for the time that BEA was going on, I'm guessing it was the easiest contest in the world to win since probably no one actually bothered to check out the website until later (like me).


message 6: by Althea (new)

Althea Ann added it to my wishlist!


message 7: by oriana (new)

oriana waaaa how did I miss so many good galleys???


message 8: by karen (new)

karen stick with us, kid...


message 9: by Greg (last edited Jun 16, 2012 01:27PM) (new)

Greg Oriana, did you get this one,That's Not a Feeling?


message 10: by karen (new)

karen CAN YOU NOT READ, GREG???


message 11: by oriana (new)

oriana no, wtf? was I just walking around with my fucking eyes closed??


message 12: by karen (new)

karen ohhh, now you added a link and it makes me look mean.


message 13: by Greg (new)

Greg It's not nearly as good as Infinite Jest or The Instructions, but it's still quite good, although way too short.


message 14: by oriana (new)

oriana Which, this one or That's Not a Feeling?


message 15: by Greg (new)

Greg That's Not a Feeling. Disturbed/depressed kids at a strange school, blurb by DFW from a few months before be died.


message 16: by karen (new)

karen i blame the book.


message 17: by oriana (new)

oriana I to-read-ed it. Glumly.


message 18: by Mark (new)

Mark Well on the back of that I have just pre-ordered it. Something more to look forward to


message 19: by karen (new)

karen oriana!! i got you a copy at ALA!!!! for you!


message 20: by oriana (new)

oriana holy motherfuck!! karen you are my hero!!!


message 21: by karen (new)

karen woo-hooo!!! they didn't even have it out, but i was emboldened by champagne, and i was all, "yo, you got any penumbras??"

AND THEY WERE HIDING THEM! BUT THEY GAVE ME ONE!!


message 22: by Janet (new)

Janet karen wrote: "woo-hooo!!! they didn't even have it out, but i was emboldened by champagne, and i was all, "yo, you got any penumbras??"

AND THEY WERE HIDING THEM! BUT THEY GAVE ME ONE!!"


Are you saying fortune favors the tipsy librarian?


message 23: by karen (new)

karen always.


message 24: by oriana (new)

oriana good gracious, thank you karen (and champagne!). i will come fetch it from you at your store anytime, just tell me when. YAY!!!


message 25: by karen (new)

karen sure, yeah - i go back to work on tuesday, 730-4, but email me when you think you will be around and i will bring it.


message 26: by Maureen (new)

Maureen greg, i was just reading your review when some guys who claimed they were cops but whom i realized were not cops but maybe rent-a-cops banged down my door. it was a very jarring experience, having just finished this book, drowsy and curious to see what others thought and then this crazy thing happening, and one of them insisted on coming in and it's so late at night and nobody is around. my cat is still freaked out, and i've got to say, so am i. anyway. great review. i'm trying to get it to drag me back away from crazy uniformed intruders in the night but it is hard.


message 27: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Whuuut?! Maureen, you should call the real cops and file a complaint.


message 28: by Greg (new)

Greg That is really sort of fucked up. Do you have any idea why they were at your door?


message 29: by Maureen (last edited Oct 08, 2012 12:28PM) (new)

Maureen hey guys: i called the cops this morning, and my instinct was right -- despite the fact they said they were cops, they weren't. the cops suggested it was a prank but i don't think i know anybody who would do that to me. my theory was that they were from a new security company that my building might have hired to patrol and the leader of the two was some kind of police school dropout who pushed beyond my rights as a private citizen? anyway, it's thanksgiving in canada so the building office is closed. tomorrow, i'll follow up with them and see if they can shed any light. but it was scary and the cops told me not to open my door again even if they look like cops -- i should call the police to make sure the police are the police. crazy world, huh?


message 30: by Miriam (new)

Miriam That is all effed up, but I'm glad it sounds like the police at least take it seriously. Hopefully your leasing office will also (if not maybe complain to whomever owns the building, if it's a larger company). I assume Canada's laws concerning warrants etc are similar to the US.


message 31: by Sian (new)

Sian Lile-Pastore um, feel a bit bad jumping in here when maureen's having a hard time with the fake police... but i just read this book an it was kind of fun, but i too want to work for google... but am too old and dumb.


message 32: by Maureen (new)

Maureen no worries, sian. the fake/real police (big brother is watching) trauma is mostly over -- though i get jumpy around police cars and figures of authority even more now. :)

a friend of a friend just got recruited by google. they initially turned them down (!!???&%) and google counter-offered so they're leaving toronto for california. i mean, how could there ever have been an initial no? LET ME HAVE YOUR OPPORTUNITIES, PEOPLE! I WOULD WORK FOR GOOGLE IN A HEARTBEAT! (though i really hope that whole thing about them figuring out an optimum diet for you isn't true. i like the idea that they have different dietary options but if i want a cheeseburger i'm eating a cheeseburger.


message 33: by karen (new)

karen i think cheeseburgers fall under my optimum diet. that, and just straight blocks of cheese, constantly administered.


message 34: by Rod (new)

Rod WTF, Mo? So what reason did the fake cops give for beating down your door and insisting on coming in?


message 35: by Maureen (new)

Maureen rod! i explained the whole sordid saga in a comment on a blog post of david's, mineness vs yourness: http://www.obscenechewing.com/2012/11...

it's actually kind of insane. i just didn't want to continue to hijack greg's thread -- i wrote it on this review because i was still in shock and couldn't believe it'd been 2:15 in the morning just half-asleep finished my novel and just having read greg's review, i lay on the couch and then the crazy pounding at the door. i'm a jaded canadian, my friend. :)

karen! cheese is like the birthright of every portuguese and every french canadian girl. they should never try to take it away from us even if they are google and they have pinball machines.

seriously, that part of the book was so awesome. but i agree with greg that it does sort occupy a niche vocabulary and setting -- i had this same problem in the stieg larsson. only once could i ever ascertain that the computers specs were necessarily details to the book. :) see? back to greg's review! :)


message 36: by Florida (new)

Florida Daydreaming I LOVED this book!


message 37: by Verusex (new)

Verusex Hoping she has another fun book coming soon. Reminds me a lot of Grabersteen's Cheepak books.


message 38: by karen (new)

karen just FYI, and not trying to be a shrill, correcting asshole, but he's a dude. and a reasonably dreamy one at that.


message 39: by Verusex (new)

Verusex Karen, I was thinking of the narrator, Danny. Both books have a similar joyful narration style.


message 40: by karen (new)

karen oh, i thought you were talking about robin sloane. whoops!


message 41: by Verusex (new)

Verusex karen wrote: "oh, i thought you were talking about robin sloane. whoops!"
That's called a Freudian Slap :)


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