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SkinnyDippingIntoBooks

Skinny Dipping Into Books

I like the rain. I want to have a spring bookworming rain party full out with wellies—but not those Hunter Boots; absolutely not—, with yummy airy things like puffed pastries, meringues, mini fluffy cheese cakes, mousse dessert, macaroon, biscuits, crepe, and Earl Grey tea, definitely Earl Grey tea.  and Tillandsia. We'd have lots of "air plants". Lots! And We'd read, but not anything structured. We'd bring books, trade books, read out-loud, pass books around between sentences and paragraphs. We'd leave with books we hadn't discovered.

 

I like books like I like my Jazz; euphoric, dangerous, occasionally a bit manic, sorrowful, bleak, raging, mood-incongruent, mournful, unforgivingly ragged, symbolic in a quiet way, warm apple pie for the soul. Give me a Plath style. Yōko Ogawa, M. Roach,


Criteria: Not rated on likability of characters. Not objective. I like Moxie Soda; chances are you don't.


time spent in that before bed reading slot:

5-until blurry eye 4-Later than I intended, but I still kept to my extended, extended reading time 3-I really should have been to bed an hour ago  2-customary 30 minutes. 1-book. side table. eyes closed.


How are common themes handled?

5-With an aesthetic that repurposes everyday themes into something fresh. Think of Hole Celebrity Skin covered by Cat Power  4-there is a comfortable air of familiarly.
3-Deja Vu 2. No deviation from its mates  1. Devastatingly trite, redundant, and stale.

Where would you keep it post-reading?

5-Next to my bed.  4-it's the center piece of my favorite bookshelf 3. On my other favorite bookshelf, but it's a bit dusty over their 2-Great cheap bookends 1-It never made it out of the box marked 'moving'.


Emotional response-

5- Where is my teddy bear? Emotional-hangover 4- If I wasn't so emotionally stunted I'd cry.
3. Did James Cameron co-wrote this? Artfully contrived. 
2- calculative emotional manipulation. This was literally written by James Cameron.1- I…feel…..nothing.

Mechanics (plot structure, voice, presentation, word choice, sentence structure, characters, writing style, pacing, and consistency):

5-Chanel 4-Prada 3-J-Crew 2-Gap 1-Old Navy

Currently reading

The Complete Stories
Flannery O'Connor
I am No One You Know
Joyce Carol Oates
Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls
Alissa Nutting, Alissa Nutting

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - read half way before the membership expired.. will pick up up again once it rotates back... reads like a post war historical view, primary via a news interview style. somewhat intellectual, but dry with the same voice (which is reinforced by the fact it is first person interview). it is possible to write a book that has multiple "voices" even if the author is interviewing people, or even if he is dictating personal experiences. It edges on something good in the beginning, but falls short towards the middle as the author presents one experience after another through the same, dry, pov.After my second and last attempt i came to a realization: this book could have been a masterpiece. What fell short you asked? using the device of an interview. Some say his is what attributes to the issue of POV; these people are idiots. Read any news article or any case study and you can feel the first hand account of the person experiencing the issue, in this book you can not. You can even hear the faint echos of the authors attempt to explore POV, but its dry, and he fumbles.I did what i rarely do. i decided this book was not worth my time and deleted it from my kindle. Waking up the next day i reflected on why i truly hate this book. Zombie novels, and any sort of horror like literature has at its core suspense. the problem with this approach of interviewing people is that it id not in fact have any suspense. boring. trite. fad worthy book.