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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

You are trying too hard... and failing at it.

There Is No Dog - Meg Rosoff

goodreads win

 

 

ok the premise has a little bit of... Douglas Adams feel to it.

 

The metaphoric crap (sorry for the crudeness) was too philosophic and confounded.... i suppose simply put, it was lost on me. 

 

We have seen this before though. the idea that god can take different shapes, sizes, objects (living or non living) and the idea, if not put in the frame of a talented and astute author almost always falls short. For me, this book fell into the second class—failed attempted at something larger and more profound. 

 

The primary character, the supposed God does shit all of his job and, in a lazy manner without effort just passes on the responsibility to others. This, in some what i cant really articulate right now (partially my own laziness) just gnawed at me. What a bitchy, entitled little.... well you get the point. 

 

A lasting sense of meaning, purpose, or anything sorta escapes this novel. and its not to say that this isn't funny... the writing style is average to good and witty/funny throughout. 

 

but you coulda, shoulda been my thing, man. I read the book cover and was like 'i can get into this'... but, alas, i couldn't.... but i get it, it wasn't for me.... it will be for a very select minority, those who like it dark, with undercurrents of philosophy... but i just didnt care for it .