Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Weekly Geeks #12

I kind of dropped off the WG radar but I'm back now. This week's challenge is to post a list of books you've read but not reviewed and then ask readers to ask you questions about any of the books and then use those questions in reviews. Sounds fun and there are a few books I haven't reviewed yet, so let's give it a try!

Here are the books:
1. Housekeeping vs The Dirt by Nick Hornby
2. Down the Nile: alone in a fisherman's skiff by Rosemary Mahoney
3. Bobbie Faye's (kinda, sorta, not really) Family Jewels by Toni McGee Causey
4. The Black Sheep by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout
5. Odd Man Out by Sara Ellis
6. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
7, The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler - now reviewed!
8. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart - now reviewed!

So, if you're curious about any of those, leave me a comment! I'm off to see what other Geeks haven't reviewed yet..


Bibliolatrist said...

I'm not familiar with any of these books, so please forgive the lame question. How is the history of Frankie Landau-Banks a disreputable one? Did you learn anything from this person's story?

Jennie said...

From what I know, The Tail of Emily Windsnap is about being a mermaid. However, I've only read the back of the book. What else is the book about? Are you interested in reading the sequel? It's also a children's book. Would you recommend it to adult readers?

I haven't read the Disreputable History... yet, but it's on my list. Have you read other works by E. Lockhart? Are you tempted to now seek them out? This is a book marketed to teens. Would adults enjoy it?

Michelle said...

Have you read other books by Nick Hornby? If so, how did Housekeeping vs The Dirt compare to the others? If not, did Housekeeping vs The Dirt make you want to read another one? Why/why not?

Becky said...

What can you tell me about The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks that would make me move it up in my tbr pile? If you've read E. Lockhart's other books, how does this one compare? Better, worse, bout the same?

Joy Renee said...

Kudos for librarians everywhere! Thank you for your service.

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?
BTW I'm hosting a book giveaway this week. Four copies of Still Summer by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Four chances to enter until Saturday 3PM PST.

Melwyk said...

I'm wondering whether the Horowitz book stands out among the many, many others he's produced. What was memorable about it? Would you recommend this one rather than another Horowitz?