"How would you find a needle in a haystack?" "I'd ask the hays to find it."
Sloan tells a great story, full of imagination, adventure, and fun. What was"How would you find a needle in a haystack?" "I'd ask the hays to find it."
Sloan tells a great story, full of imagination, adventure, and fun. What was especially nice, and synchronistic, was listening to the audiobook and delighting in Clay's breakthrough on the drive back from Las Vegas, which he realized only happened because he was hearing the third Dragonsong book rather than reading it.
The book also ticked off a lot of idiosyncratic points on my list: worked at a bookstore, have geeked out over typography (so much so that I Netflixed a documentary on Helvetica), love books to excess and own multiple Kindles, am fascinating by Google so much that I read a book about it ... .
A standout was Sloan's visual imagery of the bookstore, which helped me see with my mind's eye its physicality and computer rendering, particularly when Clay added the 3-D. Some may have thought the ending was a bit Kumbaya, but there were enough wry components to it to keep it from being sappy. I don't know if my experience with the book was better because I heard it, but a great story is a great story.
I just recommended the book to my son-in-law because of his sense of humor, his love of magic/fantasy, and his overall geekiness, which, in case you haven't noticed, is not a negative AFAIC. I rarely grade a book "A," and I can't remember the last time I've do so this early in my reading year, but Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore deserves it, for its vitality, creativity, and the sheer joy the book brings....more
Nobody loved or championed The Rosie Project more than I did. Hell, I even interviewed the author for PW. Which is why I was reluctant to read the seqNobody loved or championed The Rosie Project more than I did. Hell, I even interviewed the author for PW. Which is why I was reluctant to read the sequel. Too few second novels live up to expectations. I finally did, though, after members of one of my book clubs assured me it was as good as its predecessor. Sigh.
I would have to say this book left me cold. I did not laugh out loud. Not once. Don's efforts were just recitations to me, and too often I knew what plot point would follow, beginning with his disastrous visit to the park to observe children. I also knew the video of him with the baby as part of the lesbian mothers research project would prove important. It was, and though I knew what was to come, the scene at the Columbia year-end dinner did actually elicit a response from me. Too bad it was already the dénouement.
And what about Rosie? She was little more than a cipher here. I get that Don's issue was not being able to read people, but there was no Rosie here ... just a bitchy person whom nobody could have made happy, kind of like Jennifer Cohen, a Debbie Downer whose hatred of THREE ensembles sealed Swapnil's fate on this week's Project Runway. This was most emphatically not the same Rosie as in The Rosie Project.
My biggest lesson in reading this was the reminder to trust my instincts. Hopefully the memories of this so-so read will not sully those of The Rosie Project. Now, that's a great read....more
As someone who writes about reading for a living, picking something to read during very limited "off" time isn't something I take lightly. The reviewAs someone who writes about reading for a living, picking something to read during very limited "off" time isn't something I take lightly. The review in EW intrigued me, and the book lived up to my expectations. Walker, very slyly at first, turns cultural norms upside down. My favorite example: Stores being forced to replace lad mags with those objectivizing men, and how that made their male clientele uncomfortable. Definitely worth reading, and I don't often say that. ...more