My Favorite Lit-Blog Things: October 28, 2011

I love this: The Dalek Game. It’s been going on since May, but that only means there are more sketches to love. (And, no, I was not a huge of Dr. Who, though I did occasionally watch and enjoy the show.)

The Millions has a review of Murakami’s latest: 1Q84. The comments are as entertaining as the review.

A Rat in the Book Pile re-reads and discusses Mrs. Dalloway.

Woolf Project: quick thoughts on Jacob’s Room” (pieces)

While I am on Woolf, A Momentary Taste of Being features her in his “Quotation of the Day“.

Who Am I?: Guess the Author, Enter to Win a Book” Get your guess in by the end of today, Friday the 28th.

I am slow off the blocks on this one, but David Deutsch (physicist and science writer) has a new book out. The Second Pass gauges reactions.

A Guy’s Moleskine Notebook talks about the most challenging book he’s ever read: Ulysses.

A Striped Armchair shares her thoughts on The War Machines by Danny Hoffman.

Another Cookie Crumbles “finished [her] first Nabokov“!!!

Coinciding, intentionally or not, with excellent Giller coverage over at Kevin from Canada, ANZ LitLovers LitBlog reviews the 2005 Giller Prize winner: The Time in Between by David Berger.

The Most Popular Fence in Literature. (Caustic Cover Critic)

The best opening line in Cormac McCarthy. (Interpolations)

Do blog reviews boost book sales? Reading Matters ponders the question.

Last, and possibly best, Reading Matters and Whispering Gums brought to my attention the excellently conceived Meanjin’s Tournament of Books (approved by the original Tournament of Books). Meanjin’s special edition Tournament features “Australian canonical novels written by women” rather than new releases. (Whispering Gums comments on the results from Round 1!).

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6 Responses to My Favorite Lit-Blog Things: October 28, 2011

  1. I love when I get Woolfed, Kerry. Thank you. By the by, I’ve read Embers, twice. A spot on recommendation. When I summon the courage to blog about it, it will largely be directed to you, and others who have read the novel. So many questions! I suspect they’re unanswerable no matter how carefully one gathers textual evidence. It’s so puzzling, the book, with its play of light and dark, utterance and silence, presence and absence, and so on. Marai writes simply and elegantly yet still involves his readers in mysterian realities. Flat out amazing. Many cheers. K

    • Kerry says:

      That is awesome about Embers. I don’t get original credit for that and, frankly, I hesitate at the moment to say who does. I found it absolutely awesome, though, and am glad you found it amazing as well. I look forward to your always interesting thoughts. I probably have no more insight than do you, but it will be great to compare notes.

      (And I did love you McCarthy post and all those “great first line” posts.)

      Thanks for popping in!

    • Kinna says:

      Kevin on Embers! Can’t wait. It’s one of my favs.

  2. Thanks for the link back. And yes, blog reviews boost book sales.

  3. Sarah says:

    Thank you for the link, Kerry. Still waiting eagerly for you to read and review Mrs Dalloway yourself. No pressure ūüôā

    Loved the post on Cormac McCarthy first lines. I disagreed with the choice, but would not care to argue with the cogent arguments made at Interpolations!

    Aside: Am loving the feet icon! Are they yours? (Not all of them, obviously.)

  4. Kerry says:

    You are most welcome for the link, the least I could do in return for the challenge.

    Mrs. Dalloway is coming, but you’ll see Lighthousekeeping first. And I feel nothing but pressure each time I check your blog and you are reading what I would like to be reading and/or have meant to be reading for, actually, years.

    The feet (on the left) are mine. The others belong to my significant other. They dangle in the Potomac just outside of Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.

    Thanks, as always, for your comment!

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