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review 2018-02-26 00:27
Room - Emma Donoghue

Folks at my work are trying to start an IRL book club that will meet about once a month. The organizer gave us a choice of 3 things that were on her TBR and the others picked Room - Emma Donoghue as the first selection (I voted for one of the other selections


I was a bit hesitant about Room and thought that the artifice of a 5-year-old narrator would quickly get tiresome.  But surprisingly, even though the kid narrator worked the best for the first section and didn't quite feel right for some of the later sections once the wider world intruded, I enjoyed the whole book. 


Things I had issues with after the spoiler tag



I didn't like the cliffhanger at the end of the 4th chapter when you aren't sure whether or not Ma survives her overdose


I also was surprised that Jack wasn't more agoraphobic and having more visible discomfort once there wasn't a roof over his head or rooms that were larger than Room (but maybe I've just been reading too much SF with former spaceship-dwellers being agoraphobic once they leave the ship.

(spoiler show)




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text 2017-12-31 22:51
Czytelnicze podsumowanie roku 2017
Ania - Maciej Drzewicki,Grzegorz Kubicki
Był sobie chłopczyk - Ewa Winnicka
Juz mnie nie oszukasz - Harlan Coben
Pokój - Emma Donoghue
Światu nie mamy czego zazdrościć. Zwyczajne losy mieszkańców Korei Północnej - Barbara Demick,Agnieszka Nowakowska
Znalezione nie kradzione - Stephen King

Moje książkowe "The best":


Najbardziej intrygująca książkowa postać:


Jack („Pokój”)


 Najlepsza okładka:


„Już mnie nie oszukasz” (Harlan Coben), Wydawnictwo: Albatros 2017r.


Najlepszy cytat:


Patrz, mnie nie będzie, a życie będzie toczyć się dalej. Pewnie ludzie będą mówili: Przynajmniej już się nie męczy. A wiesz, ja bym chciała się jeszcze pomęczyć, byle tylko żyć...(Anna Przybylska)”.

„Ania” (Maciej Drzewicki, Grzegorz Kubicki)


Największe zaskoczenie:


„Był sobie chłopczyk” (Ewa Winnicka)


Najlepszy autor:


Barbara Demick


Najlepsza książka:


„Ania” (Maciej Drzewicki, Grzegorz Kubicki)



Największe gnioty:



Najbardziej irytująca książkowa postać:


Holly Gibney z „Znalezione niekradzione” (Stephen King)


Najgorsza okładka:


„Znalezione niekradzione” (Stephen King), Wydawnictwo: Albatros, 2015r.



Najgorszy cytat:


„Wszystko gówno znaczy.”

Stephen King – „Znalezione niekradzione”


Największe rozczarowanie:


„Pokój” (Emma Donoghue)


Najgorszy autor:


Emma Donoughe


Najgorsza książka:


„Pokój” (Emma Donoghue)






W liczbach:


Wszystkich przeczytanych książek 15, w tym:


Biografie/Autobiografie/Dzienniki/Pamiętniki - 1
Film + książka - 9
Literatura faktu/Reportaże/Eseje - 2
Literatura piękna/współczesna – 1

Thrillery/Kryminały/Sensacja - 2



W nagrodach:


Nominowani (8)


1) Nagroda im. Ryszarda Kapuścińskiego za reportaż literacki (2011)

Światu nie mamy czego zazdrościć(Barbara Demick)


2) ALA Notable Books

Światu nie mamy czego zazdrościć(Barbara Demick)


3) National Book Critics Circle Award

Światu nie mamy czego zazdrościć(Barbara Demick)


4) National Booka Award

Światu nie mamy czego zazdrościć(Barbara Demick)


5) Książka Roku Lubimyczytać.pl (2015)

"Znalezione nie kradzione" (Sephen King)


6) New York Times Best Books (2010)

„Pokój” (Emma Donoghue)


7) Man Booker Prize (2010)

„Pokój” (Emma Donoghue)


8) Książka Roku Lubimyczytac.pl (2017)

"Był sobie chłopczyk" (Ewa Winnicka)


Nagrodzeni (1)


1) Książka Roku Lubimyczytac.pl (2017)

"Ania" (Maciej Drzewicki, Grzegorz Kubicki)

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2017-12-23 09:07
This happens to all my favorite characters
Frog Music - Emma Donoghue

I both love and hate how the book is written. Given the time jumps in this book  slowly find out about a character whose fate is already written. I love that because get to know them slowly in contrast to present events. Hate that because the more I read about that character the more I like them and then have to go ...oh right have to deal with the present events that can not be unwritten.

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text 2017-12-04 22:33
November 2017 Round up!
The Devoured - Jason Sprenger,Curtis M. Lawson,Curtis M. Lawson
Ash Wednesday - Chet Williamson
Deadbomb Bingo Ray - Jeff Johnson
The Travelling Grave and Other Stories - L.P. Hartley,John Howard Reid
Room - Emma Donoghue
Sweet Aswang - Anthony Hains
Childgrave - Ken Greenhall
The Happy Man: A Tale of Horror - Eric C. Higgs
The Last Werewolf - Glen Duncan
The Listener - Robert R. McCammon

I read 12 books during the month of November!


Audio books:


The Devoured by Curtis Lawson

Room by Emma Donohue

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick


Total: 4




Deadbomb Bingo Ray by Jeff Johnson

The Traveling Grave and Other Stories  by L.P. Hartley

Childgrave by Ken Greenhall

The Happy Man: A Tale of Horror by Eric Higgs

The Listener by Robert McCammon


Total: 5


Reads for Review:


Sweet Aswang by Anthony Hains

Red Room Magazine Issue One


Total: 2


Random Reads:


Ash Wednesday by Chet Williamson


Total: 1




Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge: 

(Horror Aficionados Group on Goodreads)

Goal: Read 40 books I already own in 2017



January Count: 1

February Count: 2 

March and April Count: 0

May: 2 (Boo! and The Well)

June & July: 0

August: 1-The Talented Mr. Ripley

September: 1  Carter & Lovecraft

October: 0 (But had LOTS of fun with Halloween Bingo!)

November: 0

Running Count: 7


Graphic Novel Challenge:

(Paced Reading Group on GR)

Goal: Read 25 Graphic novels in 2017 


January count: 5

February count: 2

March count: 5

April count: 5

May count: 3

June count: 4

July count: 4

August count: 5

September: 1

October: 1

November: 0


Running Count: 35!

Challenge Met!

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review 2017-09-29 02:04
Book 62/100: Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue
Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins - Emma Donoghue

So I guess I knew who Emma Donoghue was before she was "cool" (i.e., pre-ROOM), since this book has been on my shelf FOREVER ... but I didn't actually read it till after I'd read her more recent stuff. I'm generally 10-20 years behind on my TBR, though, so this is not at all unusual.

Having read her later stuff first, I can see that her writing voice is not quite as strong or refined in this collection, but the prose is still beautiful most of the time, with the exception of a few moments when it becomes vague or a little garbled. But as fairy tale retellings go, these are decent, not often changing the structure of the originals much, but casting their meaning in new light. In particular, I liked that the stories subverted the original trope common in fairy tales of women working against one another in competition, and instead presented heroines who were liberated by or in cooperation with the traditional "villains" in the story.

All of the retellings in this collection are connected, so the protagonist in one story is telling her tale to the protagonist of the previous tale. This forms a backwards running chain that I thought would somehow come full circle, but it didn't. In some cases, the revelation of who a minor character in one story was in her past made perfect sense -- in others, it felt like a stretch, and too bizarre to be meaningful (there are several instances of people being reincarnated as animals). Overall, this particular narrative device felt somewhat gimmicky, and I feel doubtful about whether Donoghue would have applied it later in her career as a more mature writer.

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