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Bookermarks: 2013 Edition

Has it been a year already?  I feel like it’s only been a few weeks since we finished recording our final podcast, crossed our fingers in hopeful anticipation, and then openly wept when Deborah Levy lost the 2012 Man Booker Award.

Okay, fine.  Only one of us wept.

Still, the main thing we all agreed on at the end of the day was that any victory over Will Self would be enough to satisfy us.  Now here we all stand, about to unite for the second year of what is quickly becoming our annual tradition of passing judgment on all things Booker.  I’ve got a few new streamlined “rules” that we’re applying to this year’s proceedings that I need to get you up to speed on, but before I do, perhaps I should take a moment to catch you up on what each member of our crack team has been up to over the past year, and of course, introduce you all to our newest collaborator.

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And Our Winner Is…

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The reviews have all been completed.

The scores have all been tallied.

The winner by a wide margin is…

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Book Review: 2012 Shortlisted: Alison Moore’s The Lighthouse (Review #7)

Rating: 3
The Lighthouse
A Novel by Alison Moore
2012 / 192 Pages

Well, that was tragic.

I’m trying to recall a novel that oozed loneliness as much as The Lighthouse.  The characters were lonely.  The plot was lonely.  The symbolism was lonely.  The book’s prognosis was lonely.

I needed a hug when it was done.

In the midst of his wife leaving him, “Futh” decides to go on a walking holiday in Germany.  The trip is supposed to be restorative.  It’s supposed to offer healing.  Futh brings little, expects little, and is prepared for little.  The trip will unquestionably unearth his past, and cause him to reflect on his present.  Will he like what he uncovers?   Will he permit the shards of his memory permanent residence in his mind?  Ultimately, will this well-intentioned holiday feed his soul?

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Book Review: 2012 Long Listed: Alison Moore’s The Lighthouse (Review #5)

Rating: 3
The Lighthouse
A Novel by Alison Moore
2012 / 192 Pages

For my part of the Bookermarks Collaboration, I finished 6.5 books – all of the short list (except for the last half of Umbrella) and not counting the long listed Teleportation Accident in which I will finish sometime in the near future. The fourth book I read was Alison Moore’s The Lighthouse. Finishing it over a month ago, I still have not written the review for it. Why? Because I just don’t know what to write about. I liked it – but I just wasn’t impressed enough with it to discuss it. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. (more…)

Podcast #5: Alison Moore’s The Lighthouse

The_LighthouseEpisode 5 has arrived!  Tune in as we discuss Alison Moore’s shortlisted novel The Lighthouse (well, all of us except Karli, who was busy studying for exams!).

In this episode Aaron made a comment about hot lunch that got left on the editing room floor, Michelle calls the novel odd and compares it to Harold Fry (shock!), Penny hearts Karl, Mike wonders if Futh is dead or alive, Elizabeth gets lonely, Jackie thinks everyone is gay, and we all wonder why Penny’s son has a Boston accent (oh-my-gawhd).

We’ve almost reached the end of our podcasting adventure! Monday night we’ll record our final podcast about Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home on Monday (which probably won’t be ready for your listening ears until after the winner is announced.)

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Podcast #4: Jeet Thayil’s Narcopolis

NarcopolisEpisode 4 is here!  Listen in as we discuss Jeet Thayil’s novel Narcopolis (well, all of us except Penny who was on an out of control Canadian Thanksgiving bender).

In this episode Aaron contemplates using Google to view pictures of the junkless, Michelle wonders if the novel has impaired her judgement, Karli admits that she finds gender issues fascinating, Mike talks up the novel’s hidden musical Easter eggs, Elizabeth turns into a grammar narc(opolis), and Jackie can’t stop talking about the side effects that come from having your bing-bong removed at a young age.

We’ve almost reached the end of our podcasting adventure! Over next week we will record our final two episodes for the remaining titles that are short listed for the 2012 Man Booker award. Look for us to tackle Alison Moore’s The Lighthouse later this week.

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