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by Sheri Holman | Literature & Fiction
Registered by Bug007 of Duluth, Minnesota USA on 11/21/2002
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by Shwooz): to be read


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Journal Entry 1 by Bug007 from Duluth, Minnesota USA on Thursday, November 21, 2002

This book has not been rated.

Just couldn't get into this book. Going to move it along to another bookcrosser who was interested in it. Hope she finds it good reading. 


Journal Entry 2 by Flashgirl from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Friday, April 25, 2003

9 out of 10

Definitely not for the faint of heart, this gruesomely fascinating account of England during the 1831 cholera epidemic was gripping from beginning to end. The details of time and place are meticulously well-researched, bringing the story to life. As one reviewer quipped, “you’ll feel the mud, you’ll smell the rotting wharf life, you’ll taste the bitter cholera on your tongue. You’ll also want to shower afterwards.“ At the heart of the story lies Gustine, a fifteen-year-old prostitute who will go to any lengths to save the life of her deformed baby, and Dr. Henry Chiver, a surgeon in desperate need of corpses to satisfy his restless anatomy students, who are eager to leave their textbooks behind and acquire hands-on experience with the scalpel. Their paths cross, the working class whips itself into a hysterical frenzy against all doctors, murderous grave-robbers that they are, and the story hurtles towards an intense and fast-paced climax.

Readers may find the style jarring at first, as Holman employs an inventive, theatrical narrative voice which serves as a sort of Greek chorus, making readers more aware of themselves as an audience for the drama playing out before them.

Holman’s Sunderland is peopled with the dregs of humanity (some of whom are based on actual historical figures): Pink, a disturbed girl of 6 who thinks she’s a ferret and is thus is a drain on her family, unfit for work; Eye, a one-eyed crone known only by her deformity, who in all her life has never been touched without anger or fear; Matchstick painter Fos, who no one had ever desired to know on the inside until she was dead. More than the unrelenting poverty and disease, it is this isolation and lack of human kindness that makes the story heartbreaking.

Pictured is me, looking tired after staying up half the night finishing this book! 


Journal Entry 3 by rueanemone from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Tuesday, May 27, 2003

9 out of 10

Amazing writing. Holman writes like she was a fly on the wall, watching these folks. The details are so many and so well-chosen, it's like watching a movie: except no movie could be this good. Her vocabulary is impeccable and imaginative: she uses words I never heard of, but always in the service of her characters and their world. (Like publican.) She creates a world so real & heartbreaking that it creeps into your own. After wading through the muck with Gustine & her cohorts, I felt unbelievably lucky and wealthy to have a hot shower every day in my own apartment and only two people in my double bed.

I'm returning the book to Flashgirl, from whence it came. 


Journal Entry 4 by Flashgirl from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Sunday, June 08, 2003

This book has not been rated.

This book will be shared with the participants listed below and then... who knows?

1. Sign up for this BookRay by sending me a PM.
2. When the person above you on the list finishes the book, they will send you a PM to ask for your mailing address. If you are too busy to read the book in the next few weeks, let me know and I will move you down on the list.
3. Make a journal entry when you receive the book to let us know you got it.
4. When you finish the book, make another journal entry telling us what you thought. Pictures, favorite quotes, and other embellishments are encouraged.
5. Send a PM to the person after you on the bookray list and request their mailing address. If the person is going away on vacation or doesn't answer within 7 days, please PM me so I can move the missing person down the list, and then... repeat step 5.
6. Send the book on its way.

It's that easy!

Participants:
1. Curious-George (MN, USA)
2. 16stepper (AZ, USA)
3. senorag (MS, USA)
4. MarthaMinx (NC, USA)
5. weeblet (VA, USA)
6. mfa (Portugal)
7. YowlYY (UK)
8. LesliePB (OH, USA)
9. tootshelling (AZ, USA)
10. spaceystacey (NJ, USA)
11. jenvince (CA, USA)
12. minerswifebb (BC, Canada)
13. Hawkette (London, UK)
14. Lisa-B (Hessen, Germany)


This bookray is now closed and complete. If you'd like an opportunity to receive this copy of the book, look below for an active ray or ring.

UPDATE March 2013: As of today, the active BookRay for this book is managed by perryfran


Journal Entry 5 by Curious-George from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Saturday, July 19, 2003

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I am looking forward to reading this book.  


Journal Entry 6 by Curious-George from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Monday, August 11, 2003

5 out of 10

It's hard for me to make much of a judgment about this book. The style is really interesting, but I just couldn't get into it. As a result, I really only read the first couple of chapters. I think it is definitely worth a chance for an interested reader. 


Journal Entry 7 by Flashgirl from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Monday, August 11, 2003

This book has not been rated.

Mailed to 16stepper. 


Journal Entry 8 by 16stepper from Gilbert, Arizona USA on Thursday, August 14, 2003

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Funny thing. I came home from an oncology appointment, happy to be told that I have yet another 6 months of cancer-free existence ahead of me, only to find this book and another book about an epidemic in my mailbox. Is the universe trying to send me a signal? Tomorrow I shop for a gas mask!

This goes on my bookray stack and I'm looking forward to reading it. 


Journal Entry 9 by 16stepper from Gilbert, Arizona USA on Sunday, September 14, 2003

This book has not been rated.

I've had this for a month, so here is a status report. I have 2 rays to read before this one, but I anticipate reading this before next weekend and mailing it out to the next person on the 22nd.  


Journal Entry 10 by 16stepper from Gilbert, Arizona USA on Thursday, September 18, 2003

9 out of 10

Wow! I want to read more by this author. Her voice is so amazing. Despite the gruesome topic of the book, I could not put this down. Excellent reading! Thank you for sharing! On to senorag in today's mail. 


Journal Entry 11 by SenoraG from -- Wild released somewhere in the state, New Jersey USA on Monday, September 22, 2003

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received this today along with another ray and a bookbox. Is it my birthday????? 


Journal Entry 12 by SenoraG from -- Wild released somewhere in the state, New Jersey USA on Monday, September 29, 2003

8 out of 10

I have never read a book written in the way this one was. At first I found it a bit confusing (call me dense) then I actually started to enjoy it. It was a bit on the gruesome in some parts, but a good story. I really felt for Gustine and the doctor. I felt the ending was a bit lacking, but thats just my opinion. Overall, it was a book I normally wouldnt pick up, but enjoyed and am very glad to the chance to read it. Thanks for offering. Moving it along to MarthaMinx by the end of the week. 


Journal Entry 13 by SenoraG at on Monday, September 29, 2003

This book has not been rated.

Released on Monday, September 29, 2003 at to fellow bookcrosser in postal release, postal release USA.

going to MarthaMinx in Asheville, NC. Enjoy. 


Journal Entry 14 by MarthaMinx from Asheville, North Carolina USA on Sunday, October 05, 2003

This book has not been rated.

Received in the mail yesterday-- Thanks for passing this book along! I'm almost finished with another bookray book, and then I'll start this one right away. :) 


Journal Entry 15 by MarthaMinx from Asheville, North Carolina USA on Tuesday, October 28, 2003

9 out of 10

Wow-- I would say this is one of the best books I've read in quite awhile, and certainly one I wouldn't have picked up for myself at a bookstore-- what a surprise!

I was immediatly drawn into the unique writing style-- the images that are seen through someone else's eyes, the change in voice and perception. It did feel like I was watching a play unfold right before me. I could smell the putrid smells, and see the gruesome details...and really, although some parts were certainly gory, overall I was so completely captivated with the story and the narrative, that all that mattered was reading, reading, reading, and finding out what happened.

I enjoyed the characters, their histories, and their driving passions: Gustine, Henry, and the Eye. At different times they would each reel me in and generate sympathy, and sometimes outright anger. I also really enjoyed reading the interview with the author at the end of the book, and learning more about the historical background of the novel, including which scenes and characters were based on real events.

My husband has spent the last 3 days tearing through this book as well, unable to put it down despite my repeated reminders of, "It's a bookring book...I have to send it on, you know." He also enjoyed it throughly, and I know we will both be reading more novels by this author.

Thanks, Flashgirl, for sharing! On to weeblet... 


Journal Entry 16 by weeblet from Jacksonville, Florida USA on Thursday, November 06, 2003

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hey, MarthaMinx ~
no worries here. i'm in the midst of a flood of rings and rays. what had been a drought became a flood...
<---that's cholera

anyway, got it! i have 1/2 a book in front of it, should have it on the road in a week or so. 


Journal Entry 17 by weeblet from Jacksonville, Florida USA on Wednesday, November 12, 2003

10 out of 10

i'm giving this book the ever elusive '10'. i can't say a whole lot that flashgirl and marthaminx didn't already touch on, but some thoughts i did take away: oh my goodness, if i ever complain about anything else again, i am a serious tool. it's not the first i've read of poverty and suffering, and *certainly* not the first (or last) i've read about class wars... but as a mother... my God. the pervasive tragedy (and stench), i felt like i was there. no doubt the 'chorus' had something to do with that. i think that anything else i might like to ramble about would be a spoiler, and i just think too much of y'all to do that to you <:
on it's way to mfa tomorrow. 


Journal Entry 18 by mfa from Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Tuesday, November 18, 2003

This book has not been rated.

just received - and my TBR pile is bigger than it'd be wise...
thanks, wweeblet!  


Journal Entry 19 by Xana from Genève, Genève Switzerland on Sunday, December 14, 2003

This book has not been rated.

While mfa is trying to control her TBR list, I'll be hacking into this bookring, hope no one minds. I've just read your journals entires and had to get my hands on it. 


Journal Entry 20 by Xana from Genève, Genève Switzerland on Saturday, January 03, 2004

8 out of 10

One of the things that makes a good book for me is that way I am given the impression of using my other senses as I read. And this was an experience like that. The blue of disease, the smell of beer, the taste of gin and sugar, the way it was hard to breath at 9 Mill Street, they were all very real.
Points off for not really being able to identify myself with any of the characters. 


Journal Entry 21 by mfa from Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Friday, January 16, 2004

7 out of 10

What a morbid little book!
although i'm not into gore at all, i found it very interesting. at times i had to remind myself the story wasn't set on the middle ages, and that life was that squalid and hard for most people just 200 hundred years ago. and for some it got even worse.
i'm not sure how faifhful it is to history, but i found it quite compelling to discuss the class attitudes towards health, science and life. perhaps things weren't that bipolar, though.
the same goes for the narrative strategies - although i started by getting quite fascinanted by the way characters were summoned to tell the story, that gets lost throghout the book. only in times of madness do different voices become clear. and the collective narrator idea is very powerful but, like most things in this story, it was a great idea that could have been held better.
or perhaps i'm just too demanding and in a bad mood after a whole week working. after all, i did enjoy reading this!
it'll be travelling again in the next couple of days. 


Journal Entry 22 by mfa at on Monday, January 19, 2004

This book has not been rated.

Released on Monday, January 19, 2004 at mailed to another bookcrosser in Lisboa, lisboa Portugal.

on its way to the uk... 


Journal Entry 23 by YowlYY on Monday, January 26, 2004

This book has not been rated.

Thanks to mfa for shipping this wonderful book! It is finally here in London, and I wish I didn't have to finish another bookray before starting this one!!! I will start to read it by the end of the week and hope to have it moving to the next reader by the first half of February...wish me luck! 


Journal Entry 24 by YowlYY on Monday, February 09, 2004

9 out of 10

I am absolutely enthusiastic about this novel! Thanks so much to Flashgirl, who started the bookray. It's one of the best books read in the last 14 months, and now I want to read more by the same author.
For me, having read plenty of novels with stories taking place in the 18th and 19th century, it wasn't quite as shocking as for some may have been. As I did a few exams back at the uni on sociology and anthropology, I was aware of the pathetic conditions in which most of the European population lived back in the 1800s, and appreciate the accurate research done by the author.
As far as the narrant voice is concerned, I enjoyed very much the style used, bringing the thoughts of the deads and protagonists of the novel to explain situations and events.
I am sure there is more to say and I may just add a postscriptum to this journal entry...
However,now it's time to ship the book to the next reader... Enjoy!

This is the London Eye as it was today on the livecam of London. 


Journal Entry 25 by LesliePB from Columbus, Ohio USA on Tuesday, February 17, 2004

This book has not been rated.

We in the Colonies are happy with this recent arrival from Mother England. Thanks! 


Journal Entry 26 by LesliePB from Columbus, Ohio USA on Monday, April 12, 2004

8 out of 10

I love books with brave and resourceful heroines and this one fit the bill! 


Journal Entry 27 by LesliePB at -- By Hand or Post, Ray/ring, Meet-up, Rabck in Columbus, Ohio USA on Monday, April 12, 2004

This book has not been rated.

Released on Monday, April 12, 2004 at Mailing to fellow bookcrosser in Columbus, Ohio USA.

On to Tootshelling today. 


Journal Entry 28 by tootshelling from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, April 19, 2004

This book has not been rated.

Got this a few days ago. I will add it to my pile...I've got a couple other rings ahead of it. And, given the story, it might take me a little while to get through it, so please bear with me.

Also, just as a little more insight, I'll be traveling to the UK in July, so this should really get me in the mood....

Thanks for sharing!! 


Journal Entry 29 by tootshelling from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, May 09, 2005

This book has not been rated.

Sorry about holding it up, but I have already passed it on....sorry if I've caused a headache. 


Journal Entry 30 by spaceystacey from Bridgeton, New Jersey USA on Monday, May 09, 2005

10 out of 10

Just received in the post today. I also just received a pm about the replacement book. This one has arrived safe and sound. Will be reading it shortly.



Read the past few days at the pool. I really appreciated the author's details regarding the horrid living conditions in 1831 Sunderland. I felt that I was living through this situation myself. The poverty that young Gustine must deal with so crushing yet she endures. All of the characters are presented to the readers in a completely "fleshed out" manner. I felt as though I knew them. Differences between the classes still today cause rifes, it would do society well to remember that regardless of class, we are first and foremost, always human beings.

I will look for other publishings from Holman.


Sending onward to(adele-nine was skipped as I did not hear from her) jenvince on 8/21/06. I found this book as well in the room in our home that I have not been using since my husband passed away in April 2005. My apologies to all of those patient people on the list after me. 


Journal Entry 31 by minerswifebb from Similkameen, British Columbia Canada on Friday, October 27, 2006

This book has not been rated.

After a few weeks away it was great to have this book waiting for me today when I picked up the mail. I will read and keep it going soon! Thanks. 


Journal Entry 32 by minerswifebb from Similkameen, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, December 06, 2006

This book has not been rated.

Not much can be said that hasn't already been said here. I couldn't put this novel down, don't you just love it when an author has researched so well that the scene becomes absolutely real! Reading about bathing in the river in the winter then a horrid bed of straw in an airless room with 30 other tenants I am going to appreciate my bath and comfortable bed tonight.
I am waiting to hear from Hawkette and will get the book travelling again when I do. 


Journal Entry 33 by Hawkette from Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Sunday, January 07, 2007

This book has not been rated.

Has arrived with me in Australia - a very well traveled book! Looking forward to this one - I have watched it travel closer and closer to me on the list for quite some time! 


Journal Entry 34 by Hawkette from Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, January 17, 2007

9 out of 10

This is one of the most enjoyable reads I have had for some time. How is it that books about the time of cholera are so captivating! Characters and the times and trials of life then, are rich and usually so well told! Thinking of books like The Years Of Wonders and Love In The Time Of Cholera, along with this one now.

The plight of the Gustine, the dress lodger, and her activities and encounters is enchanting and told with such a voice that has you there, and hooked! Not only that though, because this book is loaded with a cast of fasinating characters - one of those books that has you involved, and don't want it to end!

I have just second a second PM to the next on the list, and am awaiting a reply, to send this well traveled book further. 


Journal Entry 35 by Hawkette from Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Sunday, February 04, 2007

This book has not been rated.

Have posted this one off to Germany today, after no response from the UK participant next on the list. 


Journal Entry 36 by Lisa-B on Saturday, February 10, 2007

This book has not been rated.

The Dress Lodger has arrived safely in Germany. Thanks! 


Journal Entry 37 by Lisa-B on Tuesday, March 06, 2007

7 out of 10

I have mixed feelings about The Dress Lodger: I liked it for the detailed research into life in England in 1830, and its political views, and also that it was not overly constructed as some other historical novels are. On the other hand I did not like the narrative voice and the prose too much. All in all a very good read and not easily to be forgotten. 


Journal Entry 38 by Lisa-B on Tuesday, March 06, 2007

This book has not been rated.

I just invited for new bookray participants so that The Dress Lodger can continue its travels. 


Journal Entry 39 by Lisa-B on Tuesday, March 13, 2007

This book has not been rated.

The bookray seems not to take place due to a lack of participants.
However I have mailed The Dress Lodger to Heaven-Ali in the UK today. 


Journal Entry 40 by Heaven-Ali from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 21, 2007

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Arrived today - thanks Lisa-B for sending it - I will read it soon : ) 


Journal Entry 41 by Heaven-Ali from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 10, 2007

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Well this is very different to the Mammoth Cheese - which I enjoyed in 2005, this is certainly not at all cosy in the way that was.

This is a rollicking page turner - I read it in a little over twenty four hours. Sheri Holman has certainly brought 1830's Sunderland to life - with all its awful brutality, and festering filth. Henry Chivers is a truly horrid character - while Gustine in all her tragic hopefulness is a more sympathetic character, although I have some issues with her not sounding at all like a girl of her class at times - I also would have liked to have been able to "hear" the distinctive accent of the sunderland people more than I could, but these are small things. The narrative is written in more than one voice - and at times in the second person - which is unusual - and reminded me of Michel Fabers The Crimson Petal and the White - it irritates occaisonally - but works really well overall. A great read - I amvery glad I have had the chance to read it.

I will be trying to find some more readers for this.

new ray starting

Vespa - UK
tehuti - UK
meddyg - UK
Soulbalm - Uk
Tanamo - UK
misspepsi - UK
Katisha50 - UK
Bookmaniac70 - Bulgaria
Scotsbookie - UK
Anglersrest - UK - it's here
Katie1980 - Malaysia
Perryfran - USA
tootshelling - Germany
The last person on the list to make further travel arrangemants for the book.
 


Journal Entry 42 by Heaven-Ali at to a bookcrosser in sent by mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, April 12, 2007

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Released 10 yrs ago (4/12/2007 UTC) at to a bookcrosser in sent by mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Off to Vespa - enjoy! 


Journal Entry 43 by Vespa from Weymouth, Dorset United Kingdom on Saturday, April 14, 2007

This book has not been rated.

Arrived safely this morning, One ring before it so I should get to it later this week 


Journal Entry 44 by Vespa from Weymouth, Dorset United Kingdom on Thursday, April 26, 2007

This book has not been rated.

Wow, most definitely not for the faint hearted. I really enjoyed this book,in all it's gory detail. I will be looking out for more written by this author. 


Journal Entry 45 by tehuti from Treorci, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, May 21, 2007

This book has not been rated.

The book arrived recently and is currently with me at Meddyg's house in the very place itself: Sunderland! 


Journal Entry 46 by tehuti from Treorci, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, July 20, 2007

6 out of 10

Hmm not totally sure what to make of this. The story is certainly gripping, however I feel it is not totally believable in places, especially with regard to the medical details. I am not sure a child like that would have lived for so long. Also, I have to admit that I found the author's writing style terribly irritating and did skim rapidly through the purplest of her prose. Have passed it on to Meddyg and I know he finished it on a train journey recently so another journal entry will come soon. 


Journal Entry 47 by tehuti from Treorci, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, July 20, 2007

6 out of 10

Hmm not totally sure what to make of this. The story is certainly gripping, however I feel it is not totally believable in places, especially with regard to the medical details. I am not sure a child like that would have lived for so long. Also, I have to admit that I found the author's writing style terribly irritating and did skim rapidly through the purplest of her prose. Have passed it on to Meddyg and I know he finished it on a train journey recently so another journal entry will come soon. 


Journal Entry 48 by meddyg on Friday, July 20, 2007

6 out of 10

Not entirely sure what to make of this book. As a resident of Sunderland, I know the areas mentioned in he book, most of them are now liberally covered with houses, although Hylton Castle still exists.

The old East End, with its evocative street names are still there, occupying a fairly small area by the mouth of the river Wear (where the docks still are, although they call it a Marina now).

Is the book an accurate reflection of the times, probably not (although the cholera outbreak is a historical fact). The medical school at nearby Newcastle upon Tyne was not to open for another 20 years or so, and the Sunderland Medical Association did not get started until the 1880's, so the demand for bodies would not be that great.

I am unable to recognise the location of the hospital mentioned in the book, although it is possible that it was at the site of the old Royal Infirmary, which was about a mile from the old East End.

It is rumoured that Burke and Hare did come down to Sunderland via Newcastle, when things were getting difficult in Edinburgh.

On the whole its not a bad read, even if some of the prose is rather purple at times. It's also a good study in the ignorance of the mob which prevented dissection of the human body to gain knowledge (something which started centuries previously)and this ignorance is still with us today (GM crops, the falsely perceived link between MMR vaccination and autism, stem cell research etc)

Will be passed onto the next member of this ring 


Journal Entry 49 by meddyg on Tuesday, August 14, 2007

7 out of 10

Unable to get a response from Soulbalm regarding address. Will post onto Katie1980 


Journal Entry 50 by meddyg on Friday, August 24, 2007

7 out of 10

Posted to Tanis today (24/08/07) 


Journal Entry 51 by Tanamo from Hinckley, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 29, 2007

This book has not been rated.

Arrived safely from Glasgow whilst I was away on holiday. I've got 2 ring books in front of it but I'll get to reading it as soon as I can though it sounds pretty gruesome. 


Journal Entry 52 by Tanamo from Hinckley, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Friday, September 28, 2007

This book has not been rated.

I've got Miss Pepsi's address so I mailed the book to her today but also sent a pm to let her know it's on its way. 


Journal Entry 53 by MISSPEPSI from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Sunday, December 02, 2007

3 out of 10

This book is about my home town and having studied the local history of the period the book is written around, some of the facts are right but the style in which it is written gives a very poor impression of Sunderland at that time and when it was first published the author was very much critised in this area. 


Journal Entry 54 by wingKatisha50wing from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Thursday, February 28, 2008

This book has not been rated.

Received today, thank you. I had forgotten about this, and previous JEs make me think I'll enjoy it. 


Journal Entry 55 by wingKatisha50wing from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 01, 2008

This book has not been rated.

And I did enjoy it! A lot may not have been totally accurate, although the author seems to have done a huge amount of research, but this did not spoil the overall book for me. Unlike some others, I do enjoy Holman's written style. As a notorious nit-picker, the only thing that grated was that she often referred to people as "writing" someone instead of "writing to" them. Very American, or is this an aspect of 19th century use of English that has passed me by?

Off to Bookmaniac70 as soon as address is received. 


Journal Entry 56 by bookmaniac70 from София / Sofia, Sofiya Bulgaria on Monday, April 14, 2008

This book has not been rated.

Book arrived in Sofia. 


Journal Entry 57 by bookmaniac70 from София / Sofia, Sofiya Bulgaria on Sunday, April 27, 2008

This book has not been rated.

Finally getting to the book after a hectic week at work. 


Journal Entry 58 by bookmaniac70 from София / Sofia, Sofiya Bulgaria on Monday, April 28, 2008

8 out of 10

I love historical fiction of exactly that type when you can feel and smell and hear the thoughts,wearings and attitudes of people of that period. Well,this may be an illusion but a well created illusion:-)).In the story of Henry Chiver and Gustin I see the clash between science and ethics.United by ambition but of different kinds,they both embark on a dangerous relationship.Henry Chiver is not devoid of moral sense but his professional ambitions and scientific curiosity drive him to handle the people as mere objects for attaining his goals. Perhaps the revenge of Gustin at the end was a bit too simple way to show the moral remorse of Henry but still,justified by the events before.

As a whole,I enjoyed very much the novel.It was not a light read and during the reading,I was browsing through my flat looking for dead corpses everywhere,LOL. But I like to be drawn into past times and for me this book was good. 


Journal Entry 59 by bookmaniac70 at to the next participant in sent by post, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, April 30, 2008

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Released 9 yrs ago (4/30/2008 UTC) at to the next participant in sent by post, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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Sent to next participant. 


Journal Entry 60 by scotsbookie from Peebles, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, May 15, 2008

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Arrived safely this morning, thank you bookmaniac70 & also for the wild releasing bags. #3 on mount TBR. 


Journal Entry 61 by scotsbookie from Peebles, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 28, 2008

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A dissenting voice here,I didn't enjoy this book at all, in fact I didn't get passed 40 ages. I didn't enjoy the way it was written & was not attracted enough to the characters to find out their fates.

PMing Katie1980 for her details.

ETA: Katie1980 has asked to put in after AnglersRest so this will be off to AnglersRest tomorrow. 


Journal Entry 62 by scotsbookie at to a fellow bookcrosser in Bookring, a postal release -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, June 01, 2008

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Released 9 yrs ago (6/2/2008 UTC) at to a fellow bookcrosser in Bookring, a postal release -- Controlled Releases

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Journal Entry 63 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 04, 2008

This book has not been rated.

Received today, thanks Scotsbookie! 


Journal Entry 64 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Saturday, July 26, 2008

3 out of 10

I really was looking forward to reading this book, I loved the concept of the storyline, as I enjoy these types of historical novels. Sadly the writing style spoilt the book for me and I gave up reading it. Thanks for sharing.

I have heard from Katie1980 that she is on her way back to the UK, so this in the post over the next day or so. 


Journal Entry 65 by katie1980 from Basingstoke, Hampshire United Kingdom on Sunday, August 17, 2008

This book has not been rated.

Received on Friday, as it's been waiting at my parents house for a week or more. Opened Friday, started reading Friday, am now almost halfway through! I know others haven't got on with the writing style of this book, and it is very weird, but I'm getting on okay with it so far.
Not a bad story, actually! 


Journal Entry 66 by katie1980 from Basingstoke, Hampshire United Kingdom on Friday, August 22, 2008

9 out of 10

I enjoyed this book!
I didn't find the narrative style annoying, I quite liked it. I felt it fitted in well with the story, and it made more sense as the story unfolded. The dress lodger was a multi-faceted character who I had a lot of sympathy for. The doctor was a strange creature, as was his fiancé. The baby was intriguing and I loved the effect he had on everyone he was in contact with. The body snatching parts were incredible - it seems so alien that this is how human anatomy started out. The book was well researched from what I could tell with my meagre knowledge, and I was fascinated. I will pass it on to the next person really soon. 


Journal Entry 67 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Saturday, October 04, 2008

This book has not been rated.

Received in today's mail. Thanks for including me in this bookray. I have a few in front of it but will try to get to it soon.

Edit 10/14/08: Started reading today.

Edit 10/16/08: tootshelling asked to be skipped so I will try to continue this bookray.

Bookray
Continuing this bookray! Please PM me if interested. Bookray will remain open until last person has the book.

Participants so far:

. NMReader from New Mexico, USA (US only)
. JenKazoo from Louisiana, USA (US only)
. valpete from California, USA (US only)
. spoiledrotten from New Jersey, USA (US only)
. 300dogs from New Jersey, USA (US only)
. oliviapoolside from Washington, USA (International)
. sunfi from Ohio, USA (International)
. madnad from Spain (Europe only)
. Fifna from The Netherlands (Europe preferred - International if necessary)
. ana-b from The Netherlands (International)
. karen07814 from The UK (UK preferred)
. Rossella05 from The UK (UK preferred)<----Asked to be skipped
. blakkat-BNE from UK (UK preferred)
. Iagegu from UK (international)
. bearyfriend from Singapore (Asia/Australia/New Zealand preferred)
. FreePages from Australia (Australia only)
. Skyring from Australia (Australia only)
. foxygirlACT from Australia (International)
. nancynova from Pennsylvania, USA (international)
. esq228 from New Jersey, USA (US preferred)
. mhs160 from Pennsylvania, USA (US only)
. guinaveve (Ohio, USA - US only)
. devon612 (Florida, USA - US only)
. BSAChris (Wisconsin, USA - International)<----Skipped
. SonnySnail (New Jersey, USA - International)
. Haugtussa from Norway (EU only)
. Cassiopaeia from UK (EU preferred, International if needed)
. Moriquen from Belgium (EU preferred)
. Simson-Shilitoe from France (EU preferred, International if needed)
. KiwiinEngland from New Zealand (UK/EU/Asia/Pacifica preferred)
. Edwardstreet from New Zealand (International)
. gaboyd from New Zealand (International)
. goldenwattle from Australia (International)
. cat207 from Australia (International)
. Shwooz from USA (USA preferred)<----Book is here 5/28/13...STALLED!
. minesayn from USA (USA preferred)
. Lizzy-stardust from USA (USA preferred - International OK)
. judygreeneyes from USA (International OK)
. storm0103 from Switzerland (Eu preferred)
. Ossiefry from Portugal (International)
. JemmaJ from UK (?)
. pam99 from Scotland (International)

Note: Order is subject to change based on shipping preferences and others joining the bookray.

How the bookray works:
* Someone will PM you for your address, PM them back and provide your address
* When you receive the book, please make a journal entry letting everyone know that you received it
* Put the book at the top of your TBR pile (under other rings/rays that arrived first)
* Read the book (take your time and enjoy the book, don't feel rushed to finish it but try to pass it on within a couple of months - others are waiting!)
* When the end is in sight, check the book's journal and PM the next person to get their address
* Finish the book, make another journal entry and let everyone know what you thought of the book
* Send the book to the next person on the list (please use the cheapest shipping method available), make release notes (Controlled Release) or journal entry to let everyone know that it's in the mail
* END OF THE RAY, The last person on the ray could try and continue the ray, if possible.

Please feel free to PM me at any time with questions

This book is stalled with Shwooz who does not respond to PMs. Hopefully, at some point it will continue its long journey!
 


Journal Entry 68 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Friday, October 24, 2008

8 out of 10

Finished reading this today and I was pleasantly surprised. Although the writing style of Holman was a little disconcerting at first, you get used to it as the story progresses. The story was very captivating and disturbing about the life of a young prostitute during the Cholera epidemic of 1831. Gustine is a "dress lodger" -- a prostitute who rents a dress from her landlord and then sells herself on the street. Interwoven into the novel is the story of Dr. Henry Chivers, a doctor who specializes in anatomy and his quest for human cadavers to further his studies and teachings. Gustine crosses paths with Dr. Chivers on her quest to save her infant son who was born with his heart outside his body. Holman excellently captures the superstitions of the times as the cholera epidemic affects the people of the town. She really delves into the depressing conditions during that time period and the inhumanities of man. Overall, an excellent read!

This book will be continuing its journey of over five years!! to some additional readers. I have extended the bookray and it will be on its way to NMReader tomorrow.

 


Journal Entry 69 by wingperryfranwing at Bookray, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Friday, October 24, 2008

This book has not been rated.

Released 8 yrs ago (10/24/2008 UTC) at Bookray, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

Sending to NMReader to continue this long-running bookray. Hope it continues for a few more years!

USPS DC# 0308 0070 0000 7892 3704 


Journal Entry 70 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Saturday, November 08, 2008

This book has not been rated.

It arrived a couple days ago but this was my first chance to journal 


Journal Entry 71 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Tuesday, December 09, 2008

This book has not been rated.

I am running a little behind on my reading but I am making progress on catching up. Thought I would journal so that no one would worry. Hope to start book next week 


Journal Entry 72 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Wednesday, January 07, 2009

This book has not been rated.

I did nt get this started when I had hoped but I should finish and mail this book this weekend.

I had a difficult time getting into the story at first but I have become very interested now in the plight of Gustine and the Dr 


Journal Entry 73 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Sunday, January 11, 2009

8 out of 10

This book covered a subject that I must admit to ignorance about.

I learned much I had not known and came to be very interested in the Baby, Pink, Gustine, Audery, Henry, and others.

I would never have picked this book-up in a bookstore. Thanks for offering it and for including me.

I will be mailing it this afternoon with some other books. 


Journal Entry 74 by NMReader at by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, January 11, 2009

This book has not been rated.

Released 8 yrs ago (1/11/2009 UTC) at by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

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On its way to the next reader

Delivery Confirmation Number: 0307 1790 0000 3719 5130 


Journal Entry 75 by JenKazoo from Shreveport, Louisiana USA on Friday, January 16, 2009

This book has not been rated.

This book looks great! I will start reading it as soon as I finish the current ray book I am reading. I can't wait to finish reading it so I can read the journal entries. I like to wait until after I read the book, as not to spoil it or influence my opinions. There are so many JE's here that I am tempted to break my rule.

Update: 03/24/09

I was going back to read all the journal entries that were so tempting when PhotobucketI received the book and noticed I never posted my thoughts before sending it off! It has been a while since I have read it so some specifics are fuzzy. I really enjoy historical fiction, especially set in this time period. This did not disappoint. I am not very faintehearted so I didn't mind all the gore. Homan really does a great job of setting the scene with her descriptions. The writing style was a bit weird for me.The whole shift in narratives that kept taking place were really weird for me and all the talk of the rat, although, those things did not effect my overall enjoyment of the book.I wish I would have remembered to journal this right after I read it since I have forgotten a lot of things I would have said when it was fresh in my head!

 


Journal Entry 76 by wingvalpetewing from Walnut Creek, California USA on Thursday, February 19, 2009

8 out of 10

Wow! What a long-running Ray! I have one or two in front of this one...will get to it ASAP and move it along.

Well, I almost ditched this one in the middle, but I hung in there, and am very glad I did. Although it was truly a dark novel, the author is a lyrical writer. She wove all the intricate pieces of the story with great skill.

Thanks for including me in this Ray. It's off to the next BCer. 


Journal Entry 77 by wingvalpetewing at Walnut Creek, California USA on Thursday, February 26, 2009

This book has not been rated.

Released 8 yrs ago (3/2/2009 UTC) at Walnut Creek, California USA

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

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It's off to Spoiledrotten. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 78 by spoiledrotten from Waldwick, New Jersey USA on Monday, March 09, 2009

This book has not been rated.

Received in the mail today and will read as soon as I am done with my current book. I am very impressed that this book has been traveling the world for so long! 


Journal Entry 79 by spoiledrotten from Waldwick, New Jersey USA on Monday, March 23, 2009

9 out of 10

This was certainly a very interesting story. The author's style of writing was a bit different than what I am used to, but I did enjoy the story line. I will try & send off tomorrow morning to 300dogs. Will journal when sent. 


Journal Entry 80 by spoiledrotten at Jackson, New Jersey USA on Tuesday, March 24, 2009

This book has not been rated.

Released 8 yrs ago (3/24/2009 UTC) at Jackson, New Jersey USA

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Sent this out this morning to 300dogs. Enjoy and thanks for including me. 


Journal Entry 81 by 300dogs from Jackson, New Jersey USA on Friday, March 27, 2009

This book has not been rated.

Arrived safely today in Jackson, NJ. I have a few rings ahead of this but will get to it asap. 


Journal Entry 82 by 300dogs from Jackson, New Jersey USA on Wednesday, April 29, 2009

This book has not been rated.

Oh my, what can I say about this book that hasn't already been mentioned in all those entries?? I, too, enjoyed this book and will mail it out this afternoon. 


Journal Entry 83 by 300dogs at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, April 29, 2009

This book has not been rated.

Released 8 yrs ago (4/29/2009 UTC) at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

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This book is continuing it's journey! On it's way to oliviapoolside in Seattle, Washington. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 84 by BooksandMusic from Seattle, Washington USA on Wednesday, May 06, 2009

This book has not been rated.

thanks, how exciting to receive such a well-traveled bookcrossing book. I have 1 1/2 books to read before it, but I am looking forward to it. 


Journal Entry 85 by BooksandMusic from Seattle, Washington USA on Sunday, May 17, 2009

8 out of 10

I've had a hard time deciding how to approach a journal entry for this book. It was disturbing and beautiful both. While reading it I kept thinking, 'Dr. Henry Chivers is a horse's ass' but really he wasn't. He was possibly mentally unbalanced, and he was casually cruel in the way only people who think they are superior and are "doing good" in the world can be. The writing is immediate because of the entrancing imagery, but also allowed the reader some distance because of the historical perspective. The setting is Sunderland, England in 1831 during the cholera epidemic. In some ways Cholera is the main character and we see cholera in our variety of characters; the doctors, the rich, the poor - especially the poor. 


Journal Entry 86 by BooksandMusic at -- By post or by hand-ie ring, trade, RABCK, meet in Seattle, Washington USA on Tuesday, May 19, 2009

This book has not been rated.

Released 8 yrs ago (5/19/2009 UTC) at -- By post or by hand-ie ring, trade, RABCK, meet in Seattle, Washington USA

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Mailed to bookcrosser Sunfi 


Journal Entry 87 by sunfi from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Friday, May 22, 2009

This book has not been rated.

This arrived safely here in Ohio. I have a few other rings/rays ahead of this one but will have it on its way as soon as I can. 


Journal Entry 88 by sunfi from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Sunday, June 28, 2009

7 out of 10

Just finished this one, parts of it were a little slow and I had some troubles getting into it. I did finish it and I'll have it in the mail in the next few days. 


Journal Entry 89 by sunfi at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Ohio USA on Tuesday, June 30, 2009

This book has not been rated.

Released 7 yrs ago (6/30/2009 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Ohio USA

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Sent off to the next reader, it should arrive in the next few weeks. 


Journal Entry 90 by madnad from Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain on Thursday, July 09, 2009

This book has not been rated.

This arrived in the post yesterday and I am now confused about the participants list, as I am on there last and it should have travelled to Holland instead!?!? Never mind, I'll pass it on to Holland when I've read it. Please note that it might take me a while, mainly due to postage. If the last person had contacted me again, I would have skipped on the book, just like I am doing with all other rings and rays now because the credit crunch has hit us so hard all of a sudden and I am cutting down on any expenses I can avoid:( 


Journal Entry 91 by madnad from Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain on Sunday, July 26, 2009

This book has not been rated.

I've been trying to get into this book for several days now, without success. The narrating style is so irritating to me... Sorry. I'll pass this on as soon as I can - either this coming week or maybe the week after when I'll be in Holland for a few days. 


Journal Entry 92 by madnad from Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain on Monday, August 17, 2009

This book has not been rated.

Apologies that this book is still in my possession! I had it all ready to take to Holland with me and post it from there but I left it at home. Duh! I'll send it sometime this week. Sorry about the delay!! 


Journal Entry 93 by madnad at Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain on Tuesday, August 25, 2009

This book has not been rated.

Released 7 yrs ago (8/24/2009 UTC) at Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain

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I finally sent this out yesterday! 


Journal Entry 94 by wingFifnawing from Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, August 26, 2009

This book has not been rated.

Arrived safely today. Thank you for sending, madnad, especially given the fact that you would have wanted to skip this one on account of the postage. Not sure what went wrong here, as I had already sent my address to sunfi.
Anyway, looking forward to this book, it's next in line after my current read. 


Journal Entry 95 by wingFifnawing from Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, September 30, 2009

This book has not been rated.

I enjoyed this book quite a lot. The narrative style didn't bother me and I liked the many details that created the atmosphere. I'm a little puzzled though at the remark somewhere in the book that orangutans live in darkest Africa. Also, in a book set in England, and with a narrator supposed to be from there, the Americanisms annoyed me a bit. But all in all that did not spoil a fascinating read. And on a different note, for such a well-travlled book, it's in great condition! Thank you for sharing. Will send it on as soon as possible. 


Journal Entry 96 by wingFifnawing at Gouda, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Saturday, October 03, 2009

This book has not been rated.

Released 7 yrs ago (10/4/2009 UTC) at Gouda, Zuid-Holland Netherlands

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Posting it off to ana-b om Sunday. 


Journal Entry 97 by ana-b from Gouda, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Monday, October 05, 2009

This book has not been rated.

Arrived this afternoon. Thanks Fifna and perryfran. 


Journal Entry 98 by karen07814 from Colchester, Essex United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 02, 2009

7 out of 10

it's here, thank you
Another one of those books that it's possible I wouldn't have found or if I had then possible I wouldn't have bought. However since it's courtesy of a bookray I have to read it and it's good!

I foud the idea of the narrator helped it lift itself above historical sagas. The period, people and places were all illustrated carefully and realistically.

Rossella05 asked to be skipped

Thank you for sharing. 


Journal Entry 99 by blakkat-BNE from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Sunday, January 17, 2010

This book has not been rated.

Sorry, I received this book a while ago but haven't had a chance to journal it yet. I will start reading this ASAP. Sorry for the delay! 


Journal Entry 100 by blakkat-BNE from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Sunday, February 21, 2010

8 out of 10

I quite enjoyed this book and it's now ready to go on to the next person! :) 


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