Weekly Geeks #12

weekly geeks 2The assignment for Weekly Geeks #12 is a little bit like last week - but instead of asking Dewey questions about her TBReveiwed books we're asking each other.

How to:

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. 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 questions.

4. Visit other Weekly Geeks and ask them some questions!

This is a great assignment for me because I would like to go back and review all the books I have read since the beginning of the year (sometimes I hate being an over-achiever) I have included a list of 10 books I've read but haven't gotten around to reviewing. So question away - ask anything about any books - questions could be about the books, authors, topics, covers etc. - anything goes, just have fun!

  1. Man In My Basement by Walter Mosley
  2. The Book Of Joe by Jonathan Tropper
  3. Oryx And Crake by Margaret Atwood
  4. Rape - A Love Story by Joyce Carol Oates
  5. The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland
  6. Book Of Revelation by Rupert Thomson
  7. Indecision by Benjamin Kunkel
  8. Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk
  9. The Collector by John Fowles
  10. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Lastly I would like to send out a huge thank you to Dewey for choosing my questions last week as a winner of the book "When You Are Engulfed In Flames" by David Sedaris.

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Alessandra said...

Hi! The only book in your list that I've read is Brave New World. How did you like it? How do you compare it to other dystopian novels, like 1984, if you've read it?

Bibliolatrist said...

Of these ten books, which was your favorite and why? Which was the worst?

What did you think of the style of RAPE - A LOVE STORY, and what did you think of the police officer (I forget his name) in the book?

Chris said...

Since you have 2 dystopian novels on your list: Oryx and Crake & Brave New World, how did they compare?

Andi said...

A couple of questions about a couple of books.

Have you read other Oates books besides Rape? Which others have you read and how did Rape stack up? I haven't read it, so is it as horrifying as the title suggests? Oates is one of those authors that makes me supremely uncomfortable (and I admire her for that). My favorite of her works is novella, Beasts.

As for Snuff, again, have you read Palahniuk's other works? If so, how does it stack up? I've heard descriptions of it here and there in various reviews, and I'm just wondering if it's hard to stomach?I will try it either way, probably, but it does sound pretty um....uncomfortable...from what I've heard. But, as I said with Oates...I generally respect an author very much for taking me out of my comfort zone.

Maree said...

What did you think of the end of Oryx and Crake? Did it end too abruptly for you; did you want to know what happened next? (It's one of my favourite books)

Bybee said...

Does the new Coupland book take place in Canada? Is it highly comedic in tone? Does it have lots of references to pop culture? Is the title character an adult or child?

Congrats on your win...I want to read that book, too!

Julie said...

After reading Oryx & Crake, will you ever eat chicken nuggets again? ;-) And what did you think about the game Extinctathon? Would you ever want to play it?

Nari @ The Novel World said...

My questions run the same as Chris above, how would you compare Brave New World to Oryx and Crake? How do you feel about Atwood's description of the fall of the world, do you see it as something that could potentially happen?

And, in answer to your question, I added Confederacy of Dunces because a friend of mine keeps pushing me to read it, and I added the Fforde book because its been sitting on my bookshelf of over a year, so its time to give it a turn.

katrina said...

How did you feel after reading Rape: A Love Story? And how did you feel about this book? I remember finding it extremely disturbing and avoiding any other work by Oates for a long time

Dewey said...

Several people have told me that Oryx and Crake is the only Atwood novel they dislike. But I liked it just fine. If you've read lots of Atwood, how did you feel about the fact that this book was such a different genre from what Atwood usually writes?

I skipped Snuff because I haven't heard anything good about it so far. Was it disappointing? Have you read other Palahniuk novels? Which one is your favorite, if so?

Tasses said...

You've a few controversial authors/titles on there! Do you normally read books that are considered edgy?

bookchronicle said...

I've only read one book by Mosley (Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned) and while I loved it, I generally have not heard favorable things about his books. Does race have an important theme in the book? Would you consider Mosley's literature readable by a large audience or is he more of a nook demographic writer?

bkclubcare said...

I've not read A Brave New World but I see you had to read it in school and then re-read it recently? What was the difference for you in how you related to it, if any?

Maree said...

Just dropping back in to let you know I've answered your question.
Happy Weekly Geeks! :)

Joy Renee said...

Congrats! you are the winner of Still Summer by Jacquelyn Mitchard in the giveaway at Joystory.

My questions are for any or all of the 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?

OK I better stop. I guess you catch the theme of my questions. I'm interested in the technique and art of storytelling itself so anything along that line would interest me.

and I do have one question about a specific book: Does Book of Revelation have anything to do with the New Testament book of that title? If not directly, then how is it alluding to it? Any novel of that title in our culture would have to be intentionally triggering our associations with the Biblical book of that title so I am interested in how it relaates.