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At 3:38pm on May 23, 2009, Anna Kraus said…
i need to think of something better to be my fav thing to put on my head...help me?
At 3:23pm on May 22, 2009, Lacy Michele ☼ said…
^^ i love how you talk :D hehe
and yes indeedy i am happy camper! haha
how is you day going so far! how is ireland! i wanna go on a road trip over there one day :)
At 7:39am on May 22, 2009, Anna Kraus said…
haha yes, yes it would be XDD
At 6:43pm on May 21, 2009, Anna Kraus said…
aww thanks...=] i think your indian name is "Flies like Awesome" XDD
At 5:59pm on May 21, 2009, Lacy Michele ☼ said…
Hello there :)
At 5:45am on May 20, 2009, Anna Kraus said…
Haha that IS what all the GREAT super hero's do XDD
At 7:38pm on May 19, 2009, Anna Kraus said…
Thanks agian for the blog comment post thingy XD hehe *does happy dance* I AM THE WIN LASS!!!! THAT SO SOUNDS LIKE A SUPER HERO NAME!!!!!
At 4:20am on May 19, 2009, John O Halloran said…
Haha, are there many of about?
At 5:48pm on May 15, 2009, Mad Prophet (Craig) said…
No need to worry about it :) It's not win it sucks but such is life.
At 12:30pm on May 14, 2009, Mad Prophet (Craig) said…
She is ignoring me. BWAHAHAHA!
At 11:10pm on May 9, 2009, Sweetpotato_Voltaire said…
so, which authors, other than the G-man, do you like?
At 2:01pm on May 7, 2009, Sweetpotato_Voltaire said…
oh. dear... I'm really sucky at describing these books, mostly because they defy description but also because I don't have the talent required. But I will try.

"invisible monsters" is a book that is characterized by caricature. It's a first-person story told by a girl who does tell you her name for the longest time, who's like is odd to say the least. Palaniuk has a way of turning everything around and inside out to expose something so horrid about human nature, so unflinchingly perverse or dark that it's hard not to look. Sex is a big theme in most of his novels, but this one less than most of them.

Really it is a story about two things; the first is the narrator and the plot line of the story. The second thing it's about it image. Not just images or our image that we project to other people but also images of self and how an image can in some ways be self destructive as the self is always changing, to cling to one image is to cut the whole down to a single facet, throwing the rest away.

So, "Invisible Monsters" is in someways about her breaking free from image, becoming invisible and monstrous, inhabiting the whole of herself and what she does to get that. It's an extreame book. I recommend having a long stretch of time in which to read it. You won't want to put it away.


"White Oleander" is in someways very similar but in more so different it's ridiculous. Oddly, the writing syles and narrative voice are similar. They both are reminiscent or Keroac's lyrical descriptions, as much poem or song as prose. But "White Oleander" acknowledges beauty where "invisible monsters" scorns and eschews it. Janet Fitch's character of Astrid is one of those characters that I wanted to pull out of the book and smack some sense into. There were so many times when I had to but the book down for a moment to get some distance from it.

"White Oleander" follows Astrid through her early teens and witnessing the murder of her mother's boyfriend and the resulting fall through the looking glass of the foster care system. Her mother is a poet and as heartless as she could be.

I like the story line, but it wasn't the plot that got me. It was the style. It was how beautifully strung together her words were, like pearls on a string. It was, many times, so much more intense to read something awful described with such beauty that it was hard for me to not get caught up in it. But then again I let myself get too caught up.

so... yeah. lots of comment for tiny little question. lol.
At 9:09am on May 7, 2009, Sweetpotato_Voltaire said…
A single favorite!? I don't know if i can pick just one.

MMmm. I've got a tie. It's either "white oleander" by Janet Fitch or "Invisible Monsters" by Chuck Palaniuk for vastly different reasons.

Oddly enough my favorite character is in neither of these books. It's Puck in puck of pook's hill by Kipling.
At 10:12am on May 3, 2009, Krystel said…
How goes life?
At 6:31pm on May 2, 2009, Krystel said…
Hi. *waves*
At 10:39am on May 2, 2009, Sweetpotato_Voltaire said…
so you like David Gemmell, hmm? Do you prefer "Legend" or "Black Swan" (or, I suppose a third, hitherto unnamed, book)?
At 9:28am on February 18, 2009, Amy B said…
hey hey! i finally found someone else from cork!!!!! YIPEE!!!! ;)
At 5:30pm on January 17, 2009, Miranda J. said…
Your favorite thing to put on your head is a hat?
Come on, get more creative, man! ;)

Welcome to nerdfighters. I'm new as well.
At 11:35am on January 16, 2009, Wandering Confused said…
Merry Un-Birthday!

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