Saturday, July 19, 2008

Weekly Geeks 12

This week, Dewey has challenged us with a modification of last week's Weekly Geek:

1. In your blog, list any books you’ve read but haven’t reviewed yet. If you’re all caught up on reviews, maybe you could try this with whatever book(s) you finish this week.
2. Ask your readers to ask you questions about any of the books they want. In your comments, not in their blogs. Most likely, people who will ask you questions will be people who have read one of the books or know something about it because they want to read it.
3. Later, take whichever questions you like from your comments and use them in a post about each book. I’ll probably turn mine into a sort of interview-review. Link to each blogger next to that blogger’s question(s).
4. Visit other Weekly Geeks and ask them some questions!

Okay. I just uploaded reviews yesterday and I'm not likely to get the book I'm reading finished before the end of this week. So I'm tweaking it slightly: ask me questions on any of these three books that I published reviews of yesterday:
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Melusine by Sarah Monette
On, Off by Colleen McCullough
They're in these posts:
So. Ask me questions in the comments and at the end of the week I'll compile them into a post; probably on Friday my time (NZ) as my Saturdays seem to be quite busy at the moment. :)

Edited to add:
Since I only have three recent reviews, feel free to rummage in my bookshelves (archives) and ask me questions about any of the other books I've reviewed.

And, as always Weekly Geeks _ live long, and prosper!


Becky said...

I saw that your feelings were lukewarm for Twilight. Do you think that was because of the hype? Do you think you'll read the others in the series or not so much? Would it make you feel better knowing that Edward isn't in New Moon for most of the time?

Bybee said...

Were you surprised that the author of The Thorn Birds and other epic fiction novels would turn to writing detective fiction? I was, but good on her for branching out and trying different stuff!

Jackie (Literary Escapism) said...

I enjoyed Twilight. However, I loathed New Moon but that's mainly because I cried through 75% of it. It was really well written.

I recently read an article in the New York Times (it's posted at my site) about how novels in the young adult genre are starting to influence the relationships of the younger generation. The author also mentioned that it was unusual to see a guy being the responsible one when it came to sex. What are you thoughts on the reversal of roles between Edward and Bella in regards to their psychical relationship?

Kim said...

I can't believe my beloved Thorn Birds has written something as chilling as that!! Were you surprised? Have you read Thorn Birds? If someone didn't normally read detective/crime stories, would you still recommend this one to them?

Anonymous said...

My favorite question is "What was or were the reasons you chose to read this book at this time?" and you can't say it was for a challenge. Why THIS specific book?

Joanne ♦ The Book Zombie said...

I have a question about Melusine - I have seen this series often but shelved under both romance and sci-fi/fantasy, what genre would you say it is stronger in?

In your review you said you are looking forward to book 2 - when reading a series if you do not enjoy the second book, will you give the third a chance to redeem the series?

Dewey said...

You said Delmonico was a likeable character, so I wonder: what did you like about him?

Chrisbookarama said...

I'm the only person on the planet to have not read Twilight. What made you pick it up?

Anonymous said...

Recently I had my arm twisted into reading Twilight and found it to be an enjoyable experience and I can definitely see why it's so popular. However, now being a week removed from the text in retrospect I do feel Meyer depended too much on the emotions of the situation, to the point I feel as if she uses it as a crutch. How did you feel about Meyer's use of emotion and do you think the book should have been as long?

Joy Renee said...

I'm interested in the technique and art of storytelling itself so anything along that line would interest me. My questions are for any or all of the fiction titles in your list:

How was Point-of-View handled? Was there a single POV character or did it alternate among two or more. Was it always clear whose eyes and mind were filtering?

How was language used to set tone and mood?

Was the prose dense or spare? Were sentences generally simple or complex?

How was metaphor used? Were associations fresh or did they tend toward cliche? Did they add to your understanding of the theme?

What was the central or organizing theme?

How does the title relate to the story? Was it fitting?
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