[DWJ] Best books of 2010 list

Roslyn Gross rosgross at bigpond.net.au
Fri Mar 4 21:29:17 EST 2011

Yep, it fascinates me, too! I get totally turned off books that try to be
'literary' and postmodern - the pretension puts me off immediately. I
might manage to get something interesting out of the book if I finish it,
but I won't value the book very much and I wouldn't say I enjoyed' it. Yet
I know people who will say, Yes, I know it's pretentious, but happily
enjoy it anyway. So I think I know what you mean when you talk about using
it as a marker to identify what kind of reader you are. You can kind of
'enjoy' a book on one level and yet be able to delineate it as the kind of
book you don't value much.


On 5/03/11 5:50 AM, "Melissa Proffitt" <Melissa at Proffitt.com> wrote:

>On Fri, 04 Mar 2011 21:51:05 +1100, Roslyn Gross wrote:
>>On 4/03/11 12:36 PM, "Melissa Proffitt" <Melissa at Proffitt.com> wrote:
>>>Worst Book of 2010: _Soulless_ by Gail Carriger
>>>Call me crazy, but somehow I expect the author of a steampunk book to
>>>the difference between Regency and Victorian culture.  It's got a cute
>>>premise, but the main character annoyed me and the author annoyed me
>>>more.  Unfortunately I have a friend who loves the series, so I have to
>>>restrain myself from ranting as much as I'd like.  (This book suddenly
>>>a lot better now that I already have a candidate for Worst Book of
>>>I agree that in lots of ways it's silly and that Carriger gets lot of
>>>things wrong - she not only confuses Regency and Victorian culture but
>>>puts modern American expressions into her characters' mouths, which
>>>really annoyed me. Nevertheless I couldn't help enjoying the books!
>It's always interesting to me how different people have different, um,
>tolerances, maybe? for books.  My husband Jacob likes a lot of books that
>drive me crazy (and vice versa), mostly along this line--it isn't that he
>doesn't get what's silly or stupid or wrong about a book, it just doesn't
>matter to him.  And then he wouldn't finish _The Hunger Games_ because the
>political backstory is to him a huge stumbling block--he can't just take
>as a given and move on, even when I assured him that *yes*, the series is
>about changing the status quo.  I would say I wished I could enjoy
>_Soulless_ despite the flaws, and in a way I sort of do--really, who
>wouldn't want one's list of enjoyable books to expand?--but in a way I
>it's better to use it as a marker to identify what kind of a reader I am,
>that makes sense.
>Besides, if we never disagree we can never have good discussions, neh?
>Melissa Proffitt
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