Friday, February 25, 2011

Eleven

Sally at TKE loaned me an ARC called ELEVEN by English comedian Mark Watson. Early reviewers compare the book to novels by Nick Hornby, whom I adore. NICK HORNBY! I ADORE YOU! Anyhoo, I was waaaaaaaaay excited to read it--which is why I probably ended up liking ELEVEN as opposed to loving it. Sometimes it's hard for a book or a movie to live up to our desires for it.

Still, I appreciated the book's cleverness--Watson takes a handful of random characters and shows how they are connected in surprisingly profound ways even though they don't realize it. He also demonstrates how lives influence one another--how the human community is just one big giant organism. And the last scene? Truly moving.

It's snowing today. Gotta find myself another book. Would you mind posting suggestions? What's the last book you read that you really loved?

8 comments:

Anne said...

I have a readers' copy of The Sojourn for you. It's really great.

radagast said...

Swimming, by Nicola Keegan

LucindaF said...

Kathleen Duey's, Skin Hunger. Loved it. Probably because I had no expectations of wanting to marry it. Parts did frustrate me, but I kind of like it when I get mad at the MC's for being stupid.

Kim said...

Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems. And Magic Theif by Sarah Prineas

Donna said...

Hi Ann...I don't have a book to suggest, but I have perfected Alfredo Sauce..

James said...

Lorri loved The Help. I am enjoying a Hammish novel currently, but I did enjoy, if that is the right word, Stephen King's first novella,1922, in his latest, Full Dark No Stars. The second one, Big Driver, is interesting, but not as good as 1922.

thetiffanywindow said...

I really enjoyed "Reading Like a Writer" by Francine Prose. It's not fiction, of course, but it's full of beautiful writing ideas.

Anna said...

I found I loved mysteries: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith; the Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters; and a very fascinating short series by Brit Jasper Fforde -- the first one is The Eyre Affair (Jane Eyre gets kidnapped out of her book and Thursday Next, our heroine, has to figure out how to get her back).