Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Just started this yesterday on the recommendation of a friend and came upon the following:
The main character is discussing his favorite series from his childhood
"it's like he's opening the covers of a book, but a book that did what books always promised to do and never actually quite did: get you out, really out, of where you were and into somewhere better."
The implied promise of a book is escape ... uh huh ... but is there more? Why read??

Monday, February 15, 2010

Goliath Corp

Anyone else watch Fringe? Massive Dynamic are the baddies (corporately speaking) in Fringe ... the two names make me giggle.
Jasper Fforde has a wonderful website(s) - Goliath has its very own site, no less - which can be pretty entertaining.
I like how Jane Eyre saves her life by bullet blocking and then by Rochester entering into her world ... leading into the story of her entering his.
Did anyone else (who may or may not be as slow as I) go "....hey ... wait a minute .... that isn't how I remember Jane Eyre ... but then again ... I'm approaching decrepitude ... however, why would anyone trust this particular author."
Why does Fforde intentionally and constantly break the wall, causing us to invite him into the conversation? He's creating this wacky world ... and by the extremity of his creation, I find myself in frequent dialogue with him. This isn't a situation I enter into with anyone else (author-wise) I can think of ... at the moment. Will contemplate! Suggestions??

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Does Laura have a spining wheel?

It looks like Diane's tech wizardry worked, as I am able to start a new stream/post. The intriguing title is in response to a face book note from my brother-in-law,Lawrence. Something about the look on the face of a woman with a new spinning wheel. I remember when Diane got her first spinning wheel...

Friday, February 12, 2010

Fford's world - what' s different and why?

What does he get out of the changes he makes in this world, besides humor, and what's the point/commentary he is making?

Monday, February 8, 2010

questions to ask ouselves for discussion

This was Alice's suggestion a beginning question. If you have others to add, blog away!!
Define how Fford is redefining the world ... his world is definitely NOT ours ... what's different and why - what does he get out of the changes, besides humor, and what's the point/commentary he is making

Just starting to read my chapters

This became a very busy weekend and I was not prepared to write about the book. I am really looking forward to our discussion group.