July 20, 2008

Weekly Geeks #12

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I did intend to do Weekly Geeks last week but it slipped my mind. I will do the Geek thing this week though. Here are the rules:

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. Later, 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 question(s).

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


I usually keep up with my reviews fairly well so I don't have a lot to choose from:

-False Colours by Georgette Heyer. I'm about to finish this one. It's a Regency romance.
-Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones. I haven't started this one but plan to have it finished by the end of the week.

Ask away!

***Note*** I've answered False Colours questions here.

12 comments :

  1. I love Georgette Heyer. Do you think she accurately portrays the era? What are you the happiest about that is taken for granted in the time period of the book that is no longer? (I admit, that sentence got a way from me a bit but I can't figure out how to word it any clearer. Which I probably should not admit.)

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  2. I'd love to know what you think of Mister Pip when you finish. I started it and found it a bit slow, so I'm wondering if I should give it another go.

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  3. Master Pip: The school teacher creates a divide between the children and the parents, do you feel that this divide is necessary? Also how do you feel about the ending?

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  4. I'm with the other Andi on this one - I keep reading reviews on Mister Pip and will be eager to hear if you like it or not.

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  5. What is your favorite Georgette Heyer? What is your favorite thing about her writing?

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  6. I've never read any Georgette Heyer. What's her speciality? What's the big attraction? Which one should I start with?

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  7. Ah... a Regency romance. So if I love Pride and Prejudice, will I love this book/author?

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  8. I read Mister Pip, but I never ended up writing about it in my blog. Maybe I'll come over and steal the questions you get about it. ;)

    I found Mister Pip heartbreaking in several ways. If you did, too, what was the most heartbreaking moment for you? Are you a big Great Expectations fan? I am, and I found myself enjoying most the scenes in which the teacher reads to the class and discusses the book with them. Have any book characters become almost real in your mind the way Pip becomes to the children? How do you feel about the idea that one could educate children just drawing from one text? Some homeschooled children are educated in a very similar way, using the Bible as a jumping off point for math, history, everything. Do you think the author was drawing comparisons?

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  9. Nothing left to ask. Just glad I stopped in as I hadn't heard of Mister Pip and would be really interested to read it. I'll be anxiously awaiting your review!

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  10. Only two unreviewed? Wow. I have no questions -- just wanted to say that I'm impressed!

    (Myself, I have only 75 to catch up on...)

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  11. Just to let you know I answered your question :)
    And here's mine:
    I love Mister Pip, but hate Great Expectations. If you've read Great Expectations, did Mister Pip change your opinion of it, or make you want to read it again?

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  12. I'm interested in the technique and art of storytelling itself so anything along that line would interest me. Such as the following for example:

    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?
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    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.

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