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My Dream of You

2002-10-16 17:09:03+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

I picked up Nuala O'Faolain's My Dream of You[Wiki] at the bookstore on Sunday. I should've read more closely who said the glowing things on the back cover, now that I have I notice that they're all from publications like Entertainment Weekly, Vogue (as if they didn't kill enough trees, the electrons that died for that website fell in vain) and Newsweek. I'm a little over a third of the way through, and so far the narrator has managed to have 4 one night stands in her search for family, told one chapter of some horrible torrid overdone romance novelization of the potato famine era, and written in English that makes me have trouble imagining it said with an Irish accent. At this point I'm about ready to skip ahead to the end. What ever happened to novels read for the joy of the prose as well as the story? I want to discover a new Terry Pratchett[Wiki] or Robertson Davies[Wiki].

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#Comment made: 2002-10-17 00:17:17+00 by: Anita Rowland

"joy of the prose" -- how about P.G. Wodehouse or Georgette Heyer?

#Comment made: 2002-10-17 15:26:55+00 by: starbreeze

Have you read Neil Gaiman's "American Gods"?

#Comment made: 2002-10-17 16:42:26+00 by: Dan Lyke

Anita, thank you for the Georgette Heyer recommendation. I've got Pursuit up on my laptop and was reading it on the way in on the ferry. Wodehouse is one of my favorites, but too, but I don't find him as re-readable as I find some.

Starbreeze, yep, I loved American Gods, I think it's the best of his prose novels so far. And Neil Gaiman's web site says Coraline was released June 2002. Need to go find that.

Between that and Terry Pratchett's Nightwatch due next month (thanks for the reminder, Tara) I should find myself with a glut of good reading soon.

#Comment made: 2002-10-17 21:32:17+00 by: Dan Lyke

Oh yeah, just for completeness (yes, I really do need to build a hierarchical topic structure), here are my previous Flutterby entries on American Gods.