Epically Myopic

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31 Responses

  1. Princess Pointful says:

    When something so outside your typical genre grabs you so much, it is saying something.
    Plus, I tend to assume those who write well read well too. Or something like that.

  2. kimber the wolfgrrrl says:

    I, too, am a proud and half-blind book whore, and always on the lookout (which, for me, is a distance of about five feet) for something new to inspire, excite and enliven.

    With such a glowing recommendation, I’m adding this book to the top of my list.

  3. geewits says:

    When you said:

    …because its pages marked the first time I ever wept while reading, wept from the sheer beauty of the prose

    I totally got that. That’s how I felt when I discovered Pat Conroy. When I read The Prince of Tides I would read certain passages over and over like one would savor a scent or a lovely melody. Good for you for finding something like that. It really soothes the soul doesn’t it?

    (And please do not encourage people to spin the men in foosball – that’s one of my biggest pet peeves!)

  4. Star says:

    When I was 11 I read Gone With the Wind for the first time, from cover to cover, in one day. I cracked open my library book one summer morning, and did not leave the chair in the corner of the living room until I was done. My mother, wisely recognizing that I was totally immersed in the book broke a house rule, and brought dinner to me.

  5. AmyTree says:

    I am definitely adding that one to my wish list! I love graphic novels almost as much as I love regular ones…
    I read the unabridged Les Miserables, cover to cover, when I was about 12. Being known as a prodigious devourer of books from an early age, I learned to play to this image and carried around the biggest, baddest (in all senses of the word) books I could find. Anything under 800 pages wasn’t considered a challenge… It must have been a bizarre sight, 13-year-old me sitting at a rural bus route in the wee hours of the morning, waiting for the bud whilst balancing a huge, hardbound copy of Stephen King’s It on my knees…(and, I seem to recall, scaring myself witless – best not to read Mr. King with one’s back turned to a cornfield…)

  6. Karen says:

    Oh Jocelyn. A fellow bookworm and you DIDN’T join our fall reading challenge???? How sad do I look right now…

  7. lime says:

    and here is where, at long last you and i digress….

    gone with the wind????????

    i can remember arguing with my 8th grade teacher about its merit (or lack thereof) and telling her how stupid i thought rhett was for taking as long as he did to realize scarlett was absolutely not worth it. i think i had my teacher in tears wailing the rhett would come back.

    nonetheless my esteem for you is undiminished and i would consider this graphic novel.

    oh, and your comment on my hnt this week….i don’t care who else says what…you win, you win, you win for sheer comic value in speaking truth!

  8. Jeannie says:

    Here’s what I find interesting – although I devour books – and also loved Gone With the Wind – I think because it is really a tragedy – I am not so much about the prose unlike so many other avid readers. Mostly, I just like a good story. There has been the odd book (and damn me, I never keep track) where the atmosphere created is remarkable.

  9. Jazz says:

    Well, after this review it’s not like I have any choice in the matter of going out to get this book. ‘Cause a book whore’s gotta do what a book whore’s gotta do.

  10. Steve says:

    That’s one damned good book review. It’s on my list that I never get to, but hope springs back like an old sofa.

    BTW, I was ignorant of the severity of your myopica. We’ll have to compare more notes!

  11. Em says:

    Well, with a recommendation like that, I feel moved to read a book I would otherwise never even glanced at.

    And I’m mighty curious to know more about that fingerless glove. 🙂

  12. rak says:

    i’m suddenly drawn to this book, and may even make the time to pick it up and open it… or maybe just purchase it and let it hang out with the rest of ’em that are waiting for me to have time for them… thanks for sharing and great review!

  13. suburbancorrespondent says:

    Diesel’s right again – you are also loony (but coherent).

    When I was in 6th and 7th grades, I read The Winds of War 25 times. No wonder I had hardly any friends. Never got into Gone With The Wind, though. Ever read All the King’s Men? I love that one.

  14. Karen MEG says:

    O mighty book review! Came by via Diesel. And very glad I did. You’re hilarity!
    I just borrowed the Historian from the library and think it will make a great paper weight in the meantime.

  15. Tai says:

    As you, as Kimber, as am I, a half-blind book whore.
    Now THAT was a review!!

    Guess I’ll be burning up the pavement to the bookstore for that one, whew!

  16. Tina Rowley says:

    Well, that was totally coherent and super charming!

    Gallivanting is EXACTLY my style and I will do it, I will gallivant on over and pick up that graphic novel. Which is amazing, that you persuaded me to read a graphic novel. You’re convincey!

    I wrote a sequel to GWTW when I was eleven, as soon as I finished the book. It only took up one sheet of yellow legal paper. Scarlett was like, aw, Rhett, c’mon. And Rhett was like, oh, all right.

  17. Jamie says:

    Posts like this make me want to start reading again. Oh, how I wish I had the time….

  18. Mother of Invention says:

    I’m in a doldrums lately and am not into anything so maybe I’ll give this book a try! It must be wonderful for a person who has read so widely as you have to favour it.

    (GWTW 26 times in Gr. 5? I was probably just getting out of Beezus and Ramona!!!)

  19. frannie says:

    I love what YOU do with words.

  20. cindra says:

    Woweeeee. That is one big giant kudo to that author. I don’t know if I would read it, but I adore books like you and let the dust bunnies play. I’m nearsighted so don’t really see them that well, anyhow!

    You write well. I’ll visit again. Diesel sent me.

    Hey, you write so well you should play TGQDC.

    Sorry, I didn’t come here to pimp the game, really. Your writing just made me think of that.

    Ta ta!

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  22. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    I will read it. I devour books and also was incredibly disillusioned by pretentious college lit classes (and professors) whose passion for one-upping others seemed to be an endless game of Boticelli.

    I take a recommendation from one who writes as wonderfully well as you do most seriously, Jocelyn, for you always humble me.

  23. Claire says:

    Great review. I’m a total book whore as well. Graphic novel? About a lesbian? phew! I wouldn’t even take a second look. But I will now, because of you and the strength of your opinion. I keep a list in my bag of possible future books of interest. I pick the title to read according to mood. I always have books of many genre hanging out in the wings waiting for their chance to grace my gray matter. Thank you!

  24. Shari says:

    Seriously? Reading a lot causes damage to your eyes? Is that why nerds wear glasses. (Oohh, do not get the word out…kids will not want to read then.)

    You’re one well-read chick, 26 times over.

    Read on. Just roll your eyes around when those floaters attack.

  25. Theresa says:

    Oh, so that’s why I need glasses. And I thought it was a genetic thing, but still I would never have given up reading to save my eyesight. If I ever come across that book here in Spain, I’ll have a look, it can’t be bad with a recommendation like that.

  26. furiousBall says:

    I love your blog, but your RSS feed has been broken too long and that makes me all crying on the inside (and outside too as if that matters, fine). Can I fix it for you please? I find my new postings from my Live Bookmarks in FF. Please, it’s all broken, just like me without your feed…calm fitter, healthier and more productive a pig in a cage on antibiotics

  27. Franki says:

    Don’t you love it when FuriousB let’s you know something’s wrong with your blog that you don’t know what the hell he’s talkin about? He and his comments are the best.

    And since I’m halfheartedly reading 5 books, I’m gonna go find this one. Thanks for the wonderful review…with all the words.

  28. Pendullum says:

    I remember going to a book reading…
    Where the best of my country were reading…
    And I had to laugh as one of my favourite authors… Rohinton Mystery read from my favourite book , A Fine Balance…
    I have never seen so many women swoon and sigh… And he truly needed handlers at the end of the evening… as everyone wanted to huddle up to and listen to his prose through the night and into the morning…

  29. cathy says:

    My hubby wanted to throw some of my books away, do you still think I should keep him? LOL.

  30. urban-urchin says:

    I too was disllusioned by college lit professors. I’m not a huge graphic novel fan but loved the persepolis series.

  31. Glamourpuss says:

    What an eloquent review , you make me want to become a Smart Dyke Lady when I grow up.


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