[DWJ] Best books of 2010 list OOPS

Sally Odgers sally at sallyodgers.com
Fri Mar 4 21:34:18 EST 2011


 
OOOPS! The Waking Echoes author is Donaya HAYMOND, not Haymon. Thought 
it looked odd. 
Sally Odgers

On Sat, 05 Mar 2011 13:29:17  1100, Roslyn Gross wrote:
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. 
>
> Ros 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
> >>>know
> >>>the difference between Regency and Victorian culture. It's got a cute
> >>>premise, but the main character annoyed me and the author annoyed me
> >>>even
> >>>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
> >>>looks
> >>>a lot better now that I already have a candidate for Worst Book of
> >>>2011.)
> >>>
> >>>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
> >it
> >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
> >think
> >it's better to use it as a marker to identify what kind of a reader I am,
> >if
> >that makes sense. 
> >
> >Besides, if we never disagree we can never have good discussions, neh?
> >
> >Melissa Proffitt
> >
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