Monthly Archives: February 2016

Final Thoughts on Kate Atkinson’s A God in Ruins

This novel is hard to review without including “spoilers” – and there is no doubt that anticipation of the ending is a significant part of the experience of reading this novel. If you do not want to read a direct … Continue reading

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Some Brief Inarticulate Gasps About A God in Ruins

I finished it this evening – and yes, it’s fantastic. Kate Atkinson seems to be a bit of a vulture-like novelist, in that she circles, circles, circles, and then swoops (this comparison gets more interesting when you know that the … Continue reading

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Progress Report on David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks, now with better scenery! (by Jill)

  Today I arrived at Yosemite National Park for my annual pilgrimage to the place that played an important role in me adopting a healthier lifestyle in 2012. I wish I could say that upon my arrival I immediately went … Continue reading

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A Rhyme for Purple (And Other Charmingly Digressive Thoughts on Kate Atkinson’s A God in Ruins)

Let me tell you a little bit about A God in Ruins. Its protagonist is Teddy Todd, and the narrative swoops around, diving at will into various moments in Teddy’s life. We know his parents are Hugh and Sylvie and … Continue reading

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Things I was doing today while I was supposed to be reading The Bone Clocks (by Jill)

  I was actually reading The Bone Clocks. And it’s getting weird. Crispin Hershey’s section ended with a woman named Soleil killing him so her poetry would be read by the masses. Something something Anchorites and something something The Script. … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

I’m reading A God in Ruins more or less monogamously, but it happened to be in the car when I took this photo, so Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton was kind enough to fill in. I’ve been reading a few chapters … Continue reading

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True Confessions Tuesday (by Jill)

So….  Yeah.  The only thing I have to confess today is that I have not done any reading since Sunday.  I’ve been….  Shit.  I have no idea what I’ve been doing other than thinking about my upcoming family trip to Yosemite … Continue reading

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