Comments: 30
Obi 5 years ago
Nice cover though...
BrokenTune 5 years ago
True...
Martini 5 years ago
Considering that this is the second book you read for your new book club and also the second book that you did not enjoy very much, and adding in the fact that the actual book discussion was a mess, I would suggest you quit the club. You've surely got better things to do with your time, right? :)
BrokenTune 5 years ago
I am thinking the same thing.
BrokenTune 5 years ago
Turns out, the meeting tonight was quite good fun. None of my ladies liked the book, and all for very similar reasons. Also, I was not the only one to DNF this. Seems like my ladies are similarly inclined with respect to over-written books that get lost in the detail.

:)

Also, we set a goal for the next book to keep notes of discussion points so that we can figure out a way to structure future reads. :D
Murder by Death 5 years ago
Ha! Sounds like it ended up going in the best possible direction! :)
BrokenTune 5 years ago
Yes! And it seems like someone else has joined, too. It was quite good fun tonight.
Martini 5 years ago
Yay! :) So it seems the book club itself is not the problem, but the choice of books provided by the library. Maybe you should try a book that's not on the list, given that there are enough copies?
I say go for it.
BrokenTune 5 years ago
@Martini: We talked about that last night, too! Considering there are only 4 or 5 of us. The problem with that would be if other people were interested in joining in. We'll need to discuss it further with the library, as we would need to find out which books there.
I have to say, tho, that of the quite extensive list of books, there are some really good titles, but they had not chosen them, yet. You know, the group I'm with doesn't do online book research to the extent we we (BLikers) do, so they seemed to have picked either authors or book they have heard on of on the radio or tv. That is quite a limited source.

Our next read will be The Axeman's Jazz, which I am sure they picked because I said I heard good things about it. Without that prompt, tho, not sure if this would have been the choice. It is a debut novel...
Martini 5 years ago
Sorry for the late reply.
I think the researching of books is essential to finding the ones that you enjoy. Maybe you could inspire them, or even explain to them how to do this?
Or if you stick around long enough, you'll know the tastes of the ladies and be able to suggest enjoyable reads.
Good luck with the next book! :)
BrokenTune 5 years ago
I agree!! And I really like them. They seem to be pretty cool and eager to try things. After all, they all said that is why they joined the group.

I'm curious what they will make of Axeman's Jazz. I finished it the other day. It was alright.
Martini 5 years ago
"Alright" is an improvement! :D
They really seem to be nice, so hopefully they are willing to try the things you can explain to them about online researching of books.
BrokenTune 5 years ago
Yeah, I am not sure they are going to research books online... We'll see.
Martini 5 years ago
Keep us posted, please!
Hol 5 years ago
A lot of repetition of names there which would be enough to stop me reading. Lazy writing.
BrokenTune 5 years ago
There have been a few paragraphs where I thought "How many times can you repeat the same sentence with the words in a different order?".
Hol 5 years ago
Infuriating!
SilverMaris 5 years ago
This one's been stuck on my TBR shelf for ages, and with good reason, apparently. I tend to push myself to read/finish books that are ultimately frustrating, so it's really good to get an outside opinion on it. Thank you!
BrokenTune 5 years ago
Did you start this one and put it back on your TBR or is this one that just lingered on the TBR?
I'm not sure whether my dnf explanation is any help. I just don't have the urge to push through that dense writing for very little reward (up to the point I read anyway).
SilverMaris 5 years ago
I've read the first few pages, but then it's just lingered. I've been taking it out periodically and wondering whether I should read it, but the dense prose and the length of the novel always felt daunting. I'd bought it for the pretty cover and because I'd enjoyed "Possession", one of her previous books. Byatt is very much writing for the academy, it seems to me, and for people with a very specific approach to literature. It feels reassuring to have someone else say, "This is nice, but not for me right now," and just put the silly book down. :)
SilverMaris 5 years ago
Oh, I just saw you mentioned Possession further up in a comment. Silly me for explaining!
BrokenTune 5 years ago
Seeing that meeting is next Wednesday, so not too far ahead to keep the diary free, I will go.

The books are chosen from a list of books that the library provides for reading groups. I guess the library ensures there are enough copies of the specific titles to be available to everyone in the reading group at the same time.

I'm curious what my fellow readers made of this one and if any of them have read Possession.
Now, see, I liked Possession. Every other Byatt I've tried I DNF'd.
BrokenTune 5 years ago
Oh? So, there is a definite difference in her writing? Have you tried this one, too?
No, I don't think so.
Murder by Death 5 years ago
Ok, I don't know how I missed this whole post, but UGH! That writing! Like Hol said, how many times can someone repeat a name in one paragraph? AND start ever sentence with it. I agree with BC though - the book club might be interesting because it's a not-a-good-book.

Don't think I can recommend The Name of the Rose to you - it's almost ALL telling and very little showing. And the telling has little to do with the plot.
BrokenTune 5 years ago
LoL.

I read The Name of the Rose a long, long time ago. So long ago, I hardly remember the book. I only remember the film. So, thanks for the warning - I had contemplated a re-read but I'll find a book that is more suitable to my lack of of patience.
:D

N.B. - One of the strange thoughts I had about this book over the weekend (and please do remember that I was still drugged up because of the sodding cold that seems to last forever) is that a pretty good description for this book would be if I said it was cross-over between Ken Follett's writing and Kate Atkinson's attention to detailed research.