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January 9, 2008

My sister’s in town, and we’re about to be off for $1 bowling!  But there’re a couple of things I wanted to mention. :)

First, the new edition of Estella’s Revenge is up. Go check it out-lots of good articles and interviews, and a chance to win An Infamous Army! (Because we all need more Napoleonic lit in our lives)

Also, I recently finished the second volume of the Sandman graphic novel series: The Doll’s House. It was much, much, much better than volume one, so thanks to everyone who encouraged me not to give up! The story really got five stars this time (the ‘cereal’ convention was such awesome black humour), what dropped it to four was the presentation…I still haven’t gotten used to the colours and the weird drawing style yet (somtimes the main girl’s face looked like a guy’s). That’s just a personal thing, though, and hopefully by volume nine I’ll have acclimated. :)

I also read The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald. While I’ll certainly give Fitzgerald another chance, since a lot of bloggers really like her, I really didn’t like this book. It’s short enough to really be a novella, and for the first three-quarters I enjoyed getting to know all to the quirky characters of a small coastal town. But the ending was so dreary it took all the joy out of it. As a reader, the super-dreary endings make me not like a book at all, regardless of literary merit. I’ve never pretended to have any more aspirations!

Finally, as far as Never Let Me Go, while I did (obviously) really like it, I wouldn’t say it’s quite as good as Remains of the Day. Close, but not quite. Just to let people know, so their expectations aren’t too high!

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  1. January 9, 2008 2:34 pm

    I’m so happy that you liked The Doll’s House :D And it only gets better from then on! Vol 3 is a collection of short stories that don’t really move the main plot along, but are still great. And then comes Seasons of Mist, one of my absolute favourites. I think you will most likely love it too!

    The drawing style also gets better as the series moves along… Vol 3 has some beautiful illustrations by Charles Vess. And of course, the earlier books look much better in the new “Absolute Sandman” editions, but I won’t be able to afford those anytime soon.

  2. January 10, 2008 5:46 am

    Hmmm … interesting about The Bookshop; I’ll have to read it and see what I think — I’m prepared to love Fitzgerald, as I’ve heard so much good about her, but who knows?

  3. January 10, 2008 2:27 pm

    Nymeth, yay! Good to know I have lots to look forward to. :D

    Dorothy, I was prepared to love her as well. Maybe it’s because I was expecting something more uplifting. Her writing style itself is gorgeous…just her view of human nature leaves a bit to be desired.

  4. January 10, 2008 4:23 pm

    1. Thanks for the plug!

    2. I am a slacker! I’ve had the first Sandman graphic novels on my stacks for YEARS. Maybe it’s all the hype that keeps me from picking it up. Now that I’ve seen your comments, if I ever do pick it up, I won’t base my judgement solely on the first installment.

    3. Bummer about The Bookshop. I’ve heard similar comments from other bloggers. It’s on my TBR somewhere.

  5. January 10, 2008 9:04 pm

    I really want to like Penelope Fitzgerald, too, but have only read one of hers–Human Voices–about wartime at the BBC, and was not blown away. I’m going to give her another chance, though, too…

  6. January 11, 2008 7:41 am

    Andi, you can just skip the first Sandman book if you want, because the second book has a prologue that summarises the plot. ;)

    Gentle Reader, isn’t it funny how sometimes we’re just determined to love an author? I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s not a huge fan of Fitzgerald!

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