Monthly Archives: August 2012

Even coming up with a title for this post is almost impossible. Final reflections on Faulkner’s Light in August (by Jill)

Let me preface my thoughts here today by saying that I think William Faulkner is a genius.  An insane genius, but a genius nonetheless.  For the most part, I truly enjoyed reading Light in August, and am looking forward to … Continue reading

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The sky is falling! No, wait. It’s not falling, the sun just isn’t moving. Jill’s Review of Karen Thompson Walker’s The Age of Miracles

Indiespensible’s June shipment.  I definitely would have purchased this book if it hadn’t been sent to me, maybe even in hardcover, certainly could have been a paperback pre-order.  On my goodreads.com it’s filed under “dystopia.”  Other people call it “speculative … Continue reading

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like PAT CONROY MONTH!: Some Reflections on the Reading Life and the Teaching Life (by Bethany)

Only two more shopping days until PAT CONROY MONTH! begins, people – are you ready? Because I am – I’ve been reading the Pat Conroy Cookbook for the past several days and am almost finished (yes, it’s the kind of … Continue reading

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Southern Fried Vampires, Y’all…. Jill’s Review of Charlaine Harris’ Deadlocked

  This is the next to last book of the Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood series.  These books have never been contenders for a Pulitzer Prize, but the past few entries have been endlessly disappointing.  This one seemed to be even more … Continue reading

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At least I won’t have to read this one in Purgatory…. Jill’s Prereading Notes on Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim

If my dim memories about the plot of Light in August prior to the reread were feelings of vague enjoyment, my memories about Lord Jim are feelings of vague hostility.  This book made me angry.  I was angry that I … Continue reading

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Let the Whining Begin: Pre-Reading Notes on Lord Jim (AP Challenge, Month #4 – by Bethany)

About a month ago, before we decided that September would be PAT CONROY MONTH!, I went to the bookstore to buy a copy of Lord Jim. On the way I passed the shelf devoted to Conroy’s novels, and I waved … Continue reading

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Finally Finished: Thoughts on Light in August (by Bethany)

If you ever want to be really, really pleased with yourself – proud of the rapid-fire pulsations of your intelligence and the undulations of your interpretive skills – read the first third of a Faulkner novel and then stop. Because … Continue reading

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