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message 1: by Catie (new)

Catie Great review, as always. I have so many other books that I want to read right now, but I am going to read this next. Because I must.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) You were right. This is your best review yet. Now let's make everybody read this book. :)

I think even if you don’t know a thing about computers, games, films or music… I think it’s impossible not to relate to and fall head over heels in love with Wade.

message 3: by Jo (new)

Jo Haha thank you. I loved writing this review only slightly less than I loved this book.
I think it should be our mission (Majo? Too far?) to put this book in everyone's hand.
I keep thinking about it and giggling to myself.
And then going on YouTube to play 'Pour Some Sugar On Me'.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) Not too far at all! :D Like it!

I hereby declare my undying love for you AND your reviews. We should also post comments on every negative review asking 'Hey! Who crapped in your cornflakes?'

message 5: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling You've succeeded with me, so...consider that a victory! I can't wait to read this with Flann in a couple of weeks.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) You are going to love it! It's completely different from every other book I've ever read. :)

message 7: by Jo (new)

Jo You really are! I agree with everything that Maja says!

I was trying to explain the joys of this book to one of my friends (who is a huuuuge Rush fan and blared them so often it became the soundtrack to third year at university) but I realised I couldn't form coherent sentences because of it.

And yes, we should do that. It could be the Majo calling card. :-|

message 8: by Catie (new)

Catie I'm so used to saying Maja like Maya in my head, that when you first posted your combined name, I read it like mayo (= mayonnaise). Haha.

I'm not too far into this book, granted, but I think that you two need to read more sci-fi. I think you would enjoy it!

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) That's how you should be saying it, Catie. :) That's how it's pronounced.
Haha, I'm only just starting to look for more sci-fi to read. :)

message 10: by Chichipio (new)

Chichipio Okay, okay… After being dragged here by the ear, I have to admit that this is a crazily good review (with emphasis on the crazy part).

Since I can tick off almost every point in the "Recommended for" list, I should start this right away. (view spoiler)

message 11: by Jo (new)

Jo Well, I do like mayonnaise.
I've never really been a fan of sci-fi but that's probably only because I've never really read a lot.
Any recommendations, Catie? Must reads for sci-fi wimps?

Haha thank you Chichipio! And yes you should definitley (view spoiler).

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) Afraid of me?!? You liar! I've been nothing but good to you. The chicken thing was entirely an accident. (view spoiler)

message 13: by Catie (new)

Catie Oh good, I just started today and I'm only a few pages in. Look forward to your updates!

Maja, I know that your name is pronounced Maya, but are you guys going with Majo = Mayo?

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) Absolutely not. Jo is in there too! :D I've been asked about my name a lot lately so I wasn't entirely sure you knew. :)

message 15: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling To make things really confusing you could do Joja also, which would be pronounced Jo-yah. :) But I like Majo better.

message 16: by Catie (new)

Catie Well, I am not a huge expert on sci-fi either (although I know that I LOVE it). But I would recommend Isaac Asimov, Ursula K. LeGuin, Philip K. Dick...Neal Stephenson (hint hint).

I think that you guys would like this one: Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin, which is a bit like a dystopian YA in space.

message 17: by Jo (new)

Jo Joja reminds me of Jojoba which always makes me giggle when I see it on shower gel has no effect on me whatsoever.

But yes, I like Majo better as well.
It'll look better on the t-shirts I'm currently in the process of making.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) Oh, God! Are we really having this conversation? When have we become such girls?!
Wen, I hope you don't feel like I'm cheating on you and the MaWen team. You can join this team as soon as you read the book. Plus, the old team is still very powerful! :D

Catie, I'll be reading Stephenson while on vacation, which will be next week.

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message 20: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling I am up to the GILLS in jojoba shower gel and soap and lotion, oddly enough, thanks to my well-meaning mother in law. I love her, but sometimes I think she thinks I smell. It's pronounced Hohoba. Did you know that? I didn't, until I was corrected quite publicly.

message 21: by Catie (new)

Catie Now I'm just trying to blend my name with all of yours.

CatWen: "where did that damn cat wen'?"
MaCat: "where's ma cat?"
JoCat: "where's jo cat?"
CatPio: "why is there cat pee over there?"

OH, good lord I am sort of drunk on fatigue right now.

message 22: by Jo (new)

Jo Wendy, I'm pretty sure that the UK and America are the only country who acknowledge the existence of the letter 'J'.
It proves very difficult when I want to buy novelty souvenirs with my name on from tourist places. Which I enjoy doing.

But yes Maja, we are having this conversation. Embrace it. Embraaace it.
And um, Catie... do you mind if I steal the name JoCat and write a comic about her? (She'll be the poor man's Catwoman... Pfieffer.. obvs)

message 23: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Hah, those names are great Catie. As are the way you worked them into conversation.

And Maja, I know you are an equally opportunity buddy reader! (view spoiler) MaWen still gets plenty of play. It's so fun to read with friends, though. And/or to watch friends read books you love.

message 24: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling P.S. Jo, you let me know if you ever want anything from the U.S. I am happy to send you books or whatever silly souvenirs you want! I have a kind friend in Southampton who ships me Hula Hoops and books in the Favourite Recipes series. :D I've sent her a fair number of children's books that are pretty common here but she was unable to find as easily there.

message 25: by Flannery (new)

Flannery I love everything that is going on in this conversation. I get shit for my name all the time. (this usually results from the fact that many of my friends refuse to add a second n to Flan and refer to me as their little Spanish delicacy)

And it is super funny to hear foreign people try to say my name. My best friend's Portuguese parents are the best at it--I've been listening to them try it for 10 years now.


message 26: by Jo (last edited Jul 13, 2011 01:41PM) (new)


I'm pretty sure I'm still married to a boy in primary school via a salt and vinegar Hula Hoop.

Oh no... Wendy.. you do not realise the can of worms you will open if you offer that. But thank you. I will probably take you up on that offer sooner rather than later (Pretzel M&Ms.. um, yes.) and because you Americans get all the best book covers.
The offer is mutual by the way!

Haha, Flannery, I've been referred to as 'Ho' so often it's not even funny. And actually quite personal.. I mean, they don't even know me and they're already jumping to conclusions.

message 27: by Wendy Darling (last edited Jul 13, 2011 02:20PM) (new)

Wendy Darling FLAN. You should never have told me that. Hee hee, I like Ho, too.

It's so funny to me that you guys overseas want things like Reeses and Strawberry Pop Tarts and certain Luna Bars, etc.! But I get weirdly attached to certain things too. I grew addicted to Hula Hoops in the 4 summers I spent doing a program at Cambridge, and I even ordered some online once! But they're hard to find in person, so yes, I have an official Hula Hoops dealer.

My friend who sends me this is a swapping buddy. I have a couple of book-based swap groups one for children's books and one for YA, but we throw in other regional goodies from time to time, too.

I'm the happy honeybee on that site. For those of you who *cough* actually read Newsflesh *cough* I just shipped off a blood-splattered package to my partner yesterday. :D

I disagree on bookcovers, though. Sometimes the UK or AU ones are much better. Just depends on the book, I guess!

message 28: by Flannery (new)

Flannery You sick, Wendy? (view spoiler) Thanks for telling me that hula hoops are a food, you big jerk. I thought someone was mailing you a for reals hula hoop. Now who feels like a dumbass. (view spoiler)

Jo, I've never even tried pretzel M & Ms. My family are addicted to the coconut M & Ms and they don't always make them so we have loads of them in our freezer. I am currently addicted to sour gummi life-savers. If they don't have those in the UK, you are definitely missing out.

message 29: by Maja (The Nocturnal Library) (last edited Jul 13, 2011 02:09PM) (new)

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) We only have seriously good looking handball players in Croatia, so if any of you girls want one (not you, Wendy!), I'm sure we can arrange that. :D

message 30: by Jo (new)

Jo Mmm, my brother went to NY a couple of months ago and he brought me back a sack (seriously, the bag was bigger than my FACE!) of them. They are so good.
I have a Reeses dealer (Basically a bloke in a warehouse that sells Reeses Pieces and Mountain Dew) so that's covered. But tell me more about Luna Bars... I have no idea what they are but I wantwantwant.

We have sour (Tangfastic, if you please) Haribo and sour Skittles but not gummi life-savers.
I have such a sweet tooth, it's insane.

And yes, Maja. Where do we sign up?

If anyone wants a postcard from the glorious place that 'It's a Long Way to Tipperary' was written... let me know. ;-)
That's my hometown.

message 31: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Hah, your response makes it look like you're saying your brother brought you back a sack of good-looking Croatian handball players, Jo.

message 32: by Flannery (last edited Jul 13, 2011 02:25PM) (new)

Flannery correction: tiny good-looking Croatian handball players.

message 33: by Jo (new)

Jo No he didn't.
Which makes me think he's the worst brother EVER.


Handball... that's volleyball right? I remember seeing a holymoly those guys are cuuuuute really interesting documentary on British Volleyball players in the run up to 2012.
It was informative. :-|

message 34: by Wendy Darling (new)

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message 35: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling I also have a weakness for Curly Wurlys and Flakes, but we can get those here. :)

message 36: by Jo (new)

Jo I always get in a mess with Flakes... Twirls are much more dignified, Wendy.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) Flannery wrote: "correction: tiny good-looking Croatian handball players."

Flann, no Croatian handball player is tiny. That's all I'm sayin'.

Jo, not really, but as long as they're cute and they play sports, who cares?!?

Wen, you're absolutely right about me not being able to say no (you know me so well), except whenI'm saying NO to sugar, which is why the second part of this conversation is making me cry like a 4-year-old. (view spoiler)

message 38: by Jo (new)

Jo Maja wrote:Flann, no Croatian handball player is tiny. That's all I'm sayin'.

To describe the laugh that I just produced as 'smutty' would do it a severe injustice.

And very true. I'm going to try and find that video. For educational purposes only.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) I'm all for education, you know. Please, educate me! :D

message 40: by Catie (new)

Catie I completely thought she was referring to real Hula Hoops too, Flan(n). And now I am forever going to think of your name pronounced like "Flahn."

Someday I am going to send over a giant vat of chocolate covered peanut butter injected pretzels Ho, and you'll thank me.

This book is seriously addicting you guys. I can't stop.

message 41: by Wendy Darling (last edited Jul 13, 2011 09:17PM) (new)

Wendy Darling I don't need plastic hula hoops from England! Just crunchy potato snacks, which I consider to be the real hula hoop. :)

I love the new names we've unearthed. This turned out to be a very confessional review, well done (J)Ho!

message 42: by Jo (new)

Jo I actually get called J-Ho, as well. Yes, I have a nickname that comes with dance moves.

Haha the plastic hula hoops didn't even cross my mind. But my mind is permanently on savoury snacks.

Catie, I think if you did that I would pledge my undying love for you. They sound so delicious.

message 43: by Flannery (new)

Flannery Jo, PM me your address. After a discussion with WD and Maja, I will be mailing you a box of Girl Scout cookies. (Tagalongs)

message 44: by Jo (new)

Jo Oh my god.
I think you've just made my day...nay... LIFE.
I've always wanted to try them.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) I actually get called J-Ho, as well. Yes, I have a nickname that comes with dance moves.

What were you thinking, telling us all this?!? You'll never live it down! :)

Flann, do you think the cookies will survive?!

message 46: by Flannery (new)

Flannery Yeah, they are in a plastic holder inside a plastic bag inside a box. Those girl scouts really know how to package things:)

message 47: by Maja (The Nocturnal Library) (last edited Jul 14, 2011 02:03AM) (new)

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) Hahaha, we don't have girl scouts either. Or boy scouts, for that matter. I'm starting to develop an inferiority complex. :D

message 48: by Flannery (last edited Jul 14, 2011 02:04AM) (new)


(I wish WD was here, she loves that movie)

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) Lol, there's patriotism, and then there's that.

message 50: by Flannery (last edited Jul 14, 2011 02:07AM) (new)

Flannery I just ate another great American tasty treat. It is peanut butter ice cream with peanut butter swirled in it all in a chocolate shell.

It's your dream, Maja. You looooove peanut butter!

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