Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Moss Bluff Book Chat: November 1, 2011

Below is a summary of our discussion on our October “Book of the Month” The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

The novel The Thirteenth Tale follows biographer Margaret Lea, who receives the opportunity to write a full-access biography on the acclaimed and notoriously elusive author Vida Winter. The novel’s author, Diane Setterfield, invokes gothic elements and style reminiscent of Charlotte and Emily Bronte as she slowly unravels Vida’s deepest and darkest secrets.

Readers in our group were rather divided: some quickly lost interest and found the writing to be overly-detailed, while others ultimately enjoyed the novel despite the challenge to complete it at times. Fans also cited various plot holes in the book but were still appreciative of the majority of the novel’s story, including its big twist.

The Thirteenth Tale is not for everyone, but Setterfield does successfully execute gothic style enough to satisfy most Bronte fans.

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Have you already read The Thirteenth Tale? If so, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Staff Pick: The Night Circus

I couldn't tell you exactly what prompted me to push Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus to the front of my 'to read' queue, but I'm so glad I did. This novel leisurely tells the story of two young people pitted against each other in a test of magical stamina. The playing field is the circus, which always shows up unannounced and only opens from dusk to dawn. As the contest advances over the years, the young magicians fall for each other, only to discover that the only way to win their contest is to outlive the other.

The real magic in this book is in the descriptions Morgenstern writes. One almost has the sense of actually walking around the circus and visiting the cloud tent, where circus goers can actually walk on clouds; or visiting the ice garden, where the ice never melts no matter the temperature. Each tent at the circus transforms from a strategic move in a game neither understands, to a wondrous love letter created from one to the other.

The pacing of this novel feels like taking a walk in the park on a cool autumn day. As such, I won't recommend this to those of you who like action packed, complicated plot lined novels. I will recommend this to people who like: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Baz Luhrmann movies (Moulin Rouge, Romeo+Juliet, Strictly Ballroom), and Big Fish.

Find it at your library!

Reviewed by Samantha

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo! Are you one of the many writers who try to compose a 50,000 word novel in 30 days? If so, here are a few resources that may be helpful to you. Also don't forget that our libraries are filled with comfortable tables and outlets for you to plug into.

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