Friday, October 28, 2011

Uncollected Thoughts On the Literary Week That Was

Crazy week. Brain fried. Some brief thoughts:  

1. Wanna win $100? If you're a book blogger, Book Riot is giving away a $100 gift certificate to your favorite book store. All you have to do is write a post "about the time you went the crazy nerdiest for a book." More details are here.

2. Speaking of Book Riot, I put up a post yesterday about David Foster Wallace. There are always so many emotions when I write about my favorite writer. The post is here, if you're interested. Something about DFW always seems to resonate with people — the post has gotten more than 1,000 pageviews in two days! 

3. I was in Phoenix for work this week. I've been trying to think of any literary novel set (or even with a scene taking place) in Phoenix. Coming up blank. Anyone else have any ideas?

4. Lots of people have started Haruki Murakami's 1Q84. I wish I could, but B&N has yet to deliver mine. Have you started it? Any first impressions? 


  1. My first impression is that it's pprreeettttyyy. And that the dust jacket is not practical and tears easily. Beware.

  2. It's great, best book I've read in a while (only 6 chapters in so far).

    Moody Writing
    The Funnily Enough

  3. Have you ever considered your public library? I got it there on Tuesday, yes on release day! I'm on p. 180 and I just love it. It reads fast, faster than some other Murakami novels for me, even the descriptions. Lots of things focusing on faces. cool images here and there. I like the same "un-reality" seeps in little by little in the real world of Aomame and Tengo. My only fear is that a major translation contract I got today will not allow me enough hours to keep reading it. Emma

  4. I started 1Q84, I'm about 50 pages in and so far it's a great book.

    Books which feature Phoenix...there is always Twilight, let me know how it is :)

    But, just in case you read Twilight already there are also The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver (I think it was her first - not sure though), Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan and The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman.

    Have fun in AZ.

  5. The only book I've read set in Phoenix is "Waiting to Exhale" by Terry McMillan.

  6. I don't recall if it's Phoenix for sure, and I'm so embarrassed that I'm about to put this on the internet, but I'm pretty sure that the big climax scene in Twilight when Edward saves Bella from a rampaging vamp in a ballet studio is in Arizona somewhere....

  7. I started to read 1Q84 on my Kindle, otherwise it is such a heavy book it would be difficult to bring with me in my purse.
    I am on page 145 ( on kindle there is no page so I have to figure the % which amounts to 145p) I absolutely love it, can't put it down. From searching other blogs who are reading this novel, many have switched to Nook or Kindle even so they bought the book.
    Hope you will like it once you receive it :)

  8. @Amanda - That is my exact first impression, too. It will be one of the very few hardcovers I read for which I remove the dustjacket while reading. But, it is still pretty friggin' cool.

    @Mooderino - Well, that's encouraging!

    @wordsandpeace - I preordered it weeks ago, so the library didn't cross my mind. And I'm encouraged to hear you're enjoying it. Hope it stays enjoyable for all 944 pages!

    @Man - Twilight: Well, I suppose there's a reason that one didn't spring immediately to mind. ;) Thanks for the other ones, too - hadn't read any of them, but they are good calls.

    @Anonymous - Good one - thanks.

    @Rebecca - My God, up is down, east is west. What's next, the Reading Ape commenting about Snooki's new novel? Totally kidding....

    @Madeleine - Another ringing endorsement for 1Q84 - can't wait to read it. My copy finally did arrive on Saturday. I'm finishing up 1984 and then diving in!

  9. I'm reading 1Q84 on my Kindle as I didn't want to lug the paper book around. The book's a mix of fantasy and social commentary?