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Sunday, November 9, 2008

And The Winner Is...



Some of you will be devastated by this month's book selection. I recognize that many of you voted for other books. But the American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly. In a campaign this long and difficult, this book's victory commands my respect alone.

We have come a long way from the superficial, judgmental book club we once were. There is no better evidence of that than the fact that this Ugly book beat out other, Prettier books. Let there be no reason now for an author to blame their poor book sales on bad cover art.

I urge all book clubbers to embrace this book, regardless of how you feel about reading it, for the good of our Smart Remarks book club as a whole. Embrace it. Find lame terminology and passages and overuse them. Describe sun rises and sun sets as the color of cat vomit. And above all, be Ugly.

We are fellow Smart Remarks book clubbers, and please believe me when I say that no other association has ever meant more to me than that. (besides being fellow Americans)

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Noms... + One More!!!

Edit: It hasn't escaped my notice that only 5 peps have voted on this month's book, and I was wondering if maybe I should put a "lighter" option out there (a few of these books seem a bit on the heavy/deep side). So, I'm adding a 6th book to the nom for you to consider:

#6 Uglies by Scott Westerfield




It's a Sci-Fi young adult novel about a future society in which everyone is "ugly" until they turn 16, when they undergo a procedure to be turned "pretty." But not everyone wants to be turned pretty... (whoa wha...?). Anyway, I've only read a few chapters in (I just picked it up the other day) but so far so good, and I think it might make for a good discussion, kind of controversial, lots of fun "terms" we can overuse, and stuff like that. So, I'm putting it out there.

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Hey you gize. Sorry this post is late!
10 books were mentioned for nomination, and I narrowed it down to 5. I tried to pick a variety...

#1. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins



This is a middle-grade novel (ages 9-12). What? Is that beneath you? Snob.
Anyway, the great Suzanne Collins wrote it so I thought it deserved a place in the noms.

#2. The Keeper of the Bees by Gene Stratton Porter



Amazon didn't say much about The Keeper of the Bees, but I googled it and found a free digital version of The Keeper of the Bees online, and I read the first chapter and it was good you gize. You can actually read the whole book online for free if you are willing to sit at your computer and read it. This book is not in PAPERBACK print, only HARDCOVER print, which is more expensive. There were used paperback copies on Amazon for sale, or you can read it online. Just things to consider...

#3. Exodus by Leon Uris



Exodus looks really good you gize. It seems like an exciting story, and Memzy and Landee are pretty goo-goo-ga-ga for this Ari fellow, so I'm assuming there's a good love story there too, if that's your thing. It got good reviews on Amazon, and most people said it was a page turner. The thing is, it was lots of pages to turn. 640, to be exact. But that's less pages than Breaking Dawn you gize.

#4. Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns



This looks like a charming "coming of age" story. I found this helpful review on YouTube...



Er, OK, not that helpful. Srsly, it's supposed to be cute/funny/touching and it got good reviews from amazon viewers. Go check it out.

#5 Watership Down by Richard Adams


This sounds interesting, and it seems to have a fan following of sorts. See, it's about these rabbits... well, it's really an allegory for our own human culture... er, OK, I found this somewhat creepy trailer from the 1970s cartoon version of the book...





OK, cast your nonpartisan vote...

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Anxious In Denver

Hey you gize, it's me, Landee.

So since Jenny is taking her sweet time coming up with the four nominations for us to vote on, I thought I'd post an email I got from a friend of mine. She is the one who recommended I read The Hunger Games in the first place so I steered her over here to have a look-see. She read my review & ALL the comments.

Her only question was "What does seal the deal mean? I don't remember any deals Katniss made?" HA!

Anyway, her email:

I just finished reading that whole thing! Can I just say that you 'gize' are hilarious! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was a grouchy Mrs. Hannigan today and it cheered me up...(at least until Colin started whining because he didn't want to do his homework and Sarah started shoving him out of the way because he was infringing on HER territory (me) and.... You know how it is).

I also really loved how you all were weaving little comments about Twilight in with the book - because I was feeling the same way when I was reading it!


Talk to you later!

Ann

P.S. Just hilarious! And, can I say that I picture Peeta as a tall, but not too tall, and tight. Good muscle tone - strong, not buffed out muscles. Not nearly as tall as Jacob, and not as dark skinned. Milder skin tone. Gale? I think I'm a Gale fan. Didn't he do something to save Katniss? One of her flashback stories or something like that. Can't you just see him sneaking through the forest, tan from being outside, his hair a little messed up, all quiet and smart and bringing home the bacon? I think they will discover that they love each other. But because Katniss and Peeta just won the thingy, they'll be getting a lot of media attention and will still have to pretend they're together. It will be like Jack and Kate and Sawyer....wait - you don't watch LOST.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Thanks You Gize!

I just wanted to say a big thanks to everyone who participated in the discussion Thursday night!
How do you think it went you gize?

I thought it was fun, but it was sickeningly fast. I found myself struggling to form coherent thoughts because I was just trying to keep up with the fast-paced discussion. I feel like we missed important points because of this. (See what Queso said about mockingjay bird pin girl on her blog. So true, I think.)
Any ideas how to improve the situation?

Anyway, I enjoyed reading the reviews left on readers' blogs and I'm glad everyone really liked the book. Thanks to Landee for nominating it. It was the best book I ever read, in my humble existence, and reading it was quite the monumental experience, so I can die in peace now. What? Too dramatic? Peeta!!!!

So anyone up for nominating the next book? Don't worry, you don't HAVE to host if your book is chosen (you can totally say no thanks), and your nomination will be respected (with perhaps a respectable amount of teasing if necessary) whether or not it's chosen. So put your noms out there you gize. Or at least start a dialog about it in the comments.

Ultimately, I'll pick four noms.