Tuesday, July 5, 2011

books reviewed

I finished The Imperfectionists on Saturday - it was a seven day loan and I had to get it back to the library before leaving for the cottage. My review? It was okay. Parts of it I really enjoyed, but overall I don't think I'm a fan of the format. The book is organized so that every other chapter is kind of a stand alone short story of one of the characters alternating with chapters that flash back through the history of the newspaper they work at.

Now I've moved on to Apocalypse for Beginners and after 50 pages, I'm enjoying this read much more. It's quirky and funny, very much like reading Douglas Coupland, one of my favourite modern authors. The liberal sprinkling of Canadian cultural references also makes me feel quite at home in the novel. We'll just have to see if the promise of the first 50 pages is delivered in the last couple hundred.

I'm also still beading away - twelve rows done. The fabric of the woven beads is very interesting. It's a bit heavy but very flexible, slipping and sliding through my fingers. I can certainly understand the inclination to add it to one's knitting!


Caffeine Girl said...

I have mixed feelings about novels that are comprised of short stories. I think I would have liked Olive Kitteredge better if it had been a novel.

I love the feel of beaded fabric!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

That looks like it would make a cute belt!

Magical Jane said...

The beading is looking fabulous. Don't you love those silver beads? I'm so miffed I didn't get more of those!