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I had been slowly reading through a few of the books as they narrowed down their choices... at each stage I seemed to read the ones that were selected out :P
I think I was a few pages into The Birth House and set it aside for The Book of Negroes and The Life of Pi which grabbed my attention more at the time. perhaps when I am through one of the books I am reading now I will have to give it another try. So, sadly it seems I have not read any of the books on this list! It would also seem that The Birth House is the only one on mount TBR right now.
I hope Angie wins. This book seems to be getting less press than it deserves.
I do question whether you can compare graphic novels to written novels though. The two forms take entirely different skills to tell a good story, and to read. My library only has Vol 1 and 2, so hoping they get vol 3 too as I'm looking forward to reading the rest.
The new selection process for books to be defended seems such an improvement over past years. I hope they never go back to the old process where all the books, while well-written, seemed to be strange or dreary. This year's books have a sense of optimism which seemed to be lacking in previous choices.
I already own a copy of The Birth House so I'll be starting with that. I've placed a hold on Unless at the library and I'm quite that will be pretty quick to get based. I've ordered the other three from Chapters but The Bone Cage is out of stock. Does anyone know whether Chapters will ship those that are in stock right away (or if it will await them all to be available before it ships anything)? If they aren't going to ship the other two, I think I will cancel this order and just order the two that are available... I used a gift card I got from a neighbour for looking in on her cat over the holidays to buy the books. I rarely buy new books and it was really fun to have that extra little incentive to go ahead and buy them.
I completely agree with you about Fruit. If you liked that one, you might want to try Lullabies for Little Criminals, by Heather O'Neill. It won Canada Reads in 2007. I find it a little like Fruit--wonderful voice, kinda funny, but also disturbing.
I just finished listening to Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill on my iPod. I really, really, really loved it . . . but I'm not sure about the ending. Have to think about it for awhile.
This book won Canada Reads in 2007 and it reminds me of one of the Canada Reads selections from a few years ago--Fruit, by Brian Francis. Fruit was about a teenager who everyone knew was gay except himself, and Lullabies for Little Criminals is about a 12 year old girl growing up with no adult guidance what-so-ever, but there is something about the voice that shares a similar optimism and humour. Great reads, both of them. Thanks to the Canada Reads whoevers that found them.
I ordered my books from Chapters yesterday and got them TODAY -- all those I ordered, including The Bone Cage, which it appeared was out of stock but apparently was available after all. Wow! To say I'm impressed would be an understatement
Essex County looks really amazing.
I am enjoying The Birth House so far.
Choosing a favourite for CR 2011 just keeps getting harder and harder. I only have The Best Laid Plans left to read, as well as the last section of Essex County and I've enjoyed all the choices so far.
I'm reading The Birth House now and while I had high hopes based on the description and the high rating it enjoys on LT, I am not liking it at all. It's coming across as very preachy and one-dimensional. All the good guys are perfect and overly whimsical and the bad guys are denied any redeeming characteristics. I'm hoping that things turn around soon!
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The link to listen to the whole interview is over half way down the page in red type.
I think I'm due for a reread of this book. When I read it all those years ago I had no idea it was a retelling of Demiter and Persiphone. Whooooosh! (That was the sound of the point flying over my head).
Ami McKay , the author of The Birthhouse has a second novel on the go, entitled the The Virgin Cure. It was supposed to hit the shelves in late October , but so far no book has appeared. I hope Ami McKay can write another novel, but I'm beginning to get a little worried.