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Gentlemen and Players
by Joanne Harris | Literature & Fiction
Registered by LastEdition on 9/30/2006
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by JenKazoo): travelling


11 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by LastEdition on Saturday, September 30, 2006

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Synopsis
The place is St Oswald's, an old and long-established boys' grammar school in the north of England. A new year has just begun, and for the staff and boys of the school, a wind of unwelcome change is blowing. Suits, paperwork and Information Technology rule the world and Roy Straitley, Latin master, eccentric, and veteran of St Oswald's, is finally - reluctantly - contemplating retirement. But beneath the little rivalries, petty disputes and everyday crises of the school, a darker undercurrent stirs. And a bitter grudge, hidden and carefully nurtured for thirteen years, is about to erupt. Who is Mole, the mysterious insider, whose cruel practical jokes are gradually escalating towards violence - and perhaps, murder? And how can an old and half-forgotten scandal become the stone that brings down a giant? 


Journal Entry 2 by LastEdition on Tuesday, October 10, 2006

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Reminded me of "The Debt to Pleasure". Prior knowledge of the slightly eccentric nature of British private (public) schools is probably helpful in understanding this book. 


Journal Entry 3 by LastEdition on Sunday, October 14, 2007

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Making this into an international BookRay:

Rules for this ring:

1. Show your fellow BookCrossers respect and let no more than a month go by from receipt until it is mailed on.

2. Always PM the person next on the list before you mail - even if you have their address. Please let me know if you encounter any problems with this.

Participants:

aava, Finland
whitehorsy, Belgium
arugh48187, India
jnpert, USA
ealasaidmae, USA
Carole888, Australia
grubsneerg, USA
chambejd, USA
esq228, USA
JenKazoo, USA <-- is here

 


Journal Entry 4 by aava from Jyväskylä, Keski-Suomi / Mellersta Finland Finland on Wednesday, October 31, 2007

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The book arrived today safe and sound. I'll start reading it right away. Thanks LastEdition! 


Journal Entry 5 by aava from Jyväskylä, Keski-Suomi / Mellersta Finland Finland on Thursday, November 08, 2007

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This was a great weekend read. I didn't suspect a thing!After I started with it I had to keep the book with me all the time and keep on reading. Thanks LastEdition for sharing this.

I've got Whitehorsy's address and will mail the book asap. 


Journal Entry 6 by whitehorsy from Hasselt, Limburg / Limbourg Belgium on Wednesday, November 14, 2007

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The book arrived this week, thanks for sending aava. I'll try to get it started soon. 


Journal Entry 7 by whitehorsy from Hasselt, Limburg / Limbourg Belgium on Sunday, December 02, 2007

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This was a great read! I have to agree wit aava, it was addictive and I didn’t have a clue either. I really like the character of Roy Straitly, the poor man was also on the wrong track… and that was when I started having doubts. But I don’t want to spoil anything for future readers.

Thanks for sharing LastEdition! The book is on its way to India since last Thursday (via priority mail).
 


Journal Entry 8 by arugh48187 from Edina, Minnesota USA on Monday, December 03, 2007

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Egads! It's a bookring bonanza here today. I was blessed with three of them today. This one is third in line after the book I am currently reading. It shouldn't take too long.

 


Journal Entry 9 by arugh48187 from Edina, Minnesota USA on Friday, December 21, 2007

10 out of 10

Oh how I love Joanne Harris. I love how she writes, her characters, her storylines, how she always wraps her mystery in layers upon layers and only when you are on the last ten pages will you finally understand. If ever I become a writer, I want to be as good as she is. One can dream, right?

I did have a spot of trouble getting into this one. I got bogged down in all the different teachers which were introduced in the space of a couple of pages. And it took me 50 pages to figure out the king/pawn chapter headings and that it was the first person changing. Then again confusion at the beginning of a book is becoming the norm, so maybe I am just getting senile. Once my confusion was resolved, however, I was sucked right in. I too liked Straitley and would love to read more about him. He was a delightful character. The perpetrator was also fascinating and I am amazed how Harris managed to write about the culprit without using any pronouns. That had to be a daunting task and she did a fabulous job because I was clueless up until Leon's discovery. A thoroughly enjoyable read (as indicated by my rating). I had to purchase my own copy before even finishing this one. I even managed to find it in a local bookstore in INDIA, if you can fathom that.

A bit of bad news. The first few pages have come unglued and are separated from the book (including the page with the BCID on it). I lack the materials to fix it properly here, so am forwarding it on in its entirety if not intact. I put a label on the inside of the front cover to insure the book doesn't become separated from its ID. Hopefully, one of the next readers will be so kind as to give it some loving care with adhesive qualities. I have the address of the next recipient, and it will go in the mail in the next few days. Thanks for sharing. 


Journal Entry 10 by arugh48187 at Post Office in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Postal Release -- Controlled Releases on Friday, December 28, 2007

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Released 9 yrs ago (12/28/2007 UTC) at Post Office in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Postal Release -- Controlled Releases

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

RELEASE NOTES:

Sending out to jnpert who is next on the list. Happy Reading! 


Journal Entry 11 by jnpert from Ridgefield, Connecticut USA on Tuesday, January 15, 2008

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Received the book in the mail today. I will try to fix the pages that are coming undone.

Thanks to all! I just started a book a few days ago, but this will be the next one up. 


Journal Entry 12 by jnpert from Ridgefield, Connecticut USA on Saturday, February 16, 2008

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First off, I apologize for keeping the book this long. I have to say the reading was slow going for me- it took me about two weeks to read. As mentioned by one of the journalers above, it was difficult for me to keep track of the characters and since life has been a little hectic, I was only able to read five pages or so at a time.

I was able to finish up the book due to a plane trip for work. What a twist towards the end- finally it drew me in! I'm quite glad that I don't read journal entries prior to reading a book, because it was an absolute surprise.

I have the next participant's address ready to go- however, I think our post office might be closed on Monday due to President's Day. I will make sure to send this out at the next opportunity.

Thank you LastEdition. 


Journal Entry 13 by jnpert from Ridgefield, Connecticut USA on Tuesday, February 19, 2008

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Mailed off to ealasaidmae, via media mail.

Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 14 by ealasaidmae from New Orleans, Louisiana USA on Saturday, February 23, 2008

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It's here! Our neighbor just brought this over and said it was accidentally delivered to her a couple days ago. She opened the package before she realized it wasn't hers and says she's now going to look for this book because she wants to read it, too! 


Journal Entry 15 by ealasaidmae from New Orleans, Louisiana USA on Friday, March 07, 2008

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This book was good company on a cold, rainy night. It felt just a little long; I started flagging about three-quarters through. But I rallied and am glad I did! It was a fun ride. I have Carole888's address and hopefully will get this in the mail Monday, weather permitting! 


Journal Entry 16 by ealasaidmae from New Orleans, Louisiana USA on Monday, March 10, 2008

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Mailed to Carole888 today. 


Journal Entry 17 by Carole888 from Perth, Western Australia Australia on Wednesday, March 19, 2008

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The book arrived safely today. Thank you to ealasaidmae for sending it over and to LastEdition for sharing. I will abandon all other reading for now as this is the only bookring in my posession. (By the way, thank you to jnpert for the "repair-job" on the book. It is still looking good!) 


Journal Entry 18 by Carole888 from Perth, Western Australia Australia on Thursday, March 27, 2008

9 out of 10

This was a good read. I was totally unaware and in complete shock towards the end, that I kept thinking ..... how did I miss this? I love the way the chapters are set out, (the title headings with the symbols to show who is speaking, the short chapters etc) making it all quite easy to read and put aside, when needed. In fact I found the whole design of the book .... the cover, the chess pieces and how it all fitted together really quite stylish. I will be recommending it to others. Thank you LastEdition for sending this one on its travels! Elasaidmae ..... thank you so much for posting it to me! (I am still using your gorgeous postcard as a bookmark. Thank you!) I have grubsneerg's address and this book will be continuing its travels soon! 


Journal Entry 19 by Carole888 from Perth, Western Australia Australia on Friday, March 28, 2008

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I have posted the book today .... approx 3.15pm our time. Hopefully it will get to grubsneeg in a week's time. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 20 by winggrubsneergwing from Greensburg, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, April 07, 2008

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Got the book in today's mail. It's next on my TBR list. Thanks for sending it, Carole888, and thanks for sharing it, LastEdition! 


Journal Entry 21 by winggrubsneergwing from Greensburg, Pennsylvania USA on Saturday, April 19, 2008

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Every Joanne Harris book I read is better than the last! This was so different from her food trilogy of books; it was like discovering a brand new writer. Great story, rich characters and settings, well crafted, wonderful twists and turns--I love books like this.

I'm putting it in the mail for chambejd today. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 22 by chambejd from Millbury, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, April 24, 2008

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This arrived yesterday. I'm looking forward to reading it! Thanks for sharing it with me! 


Journal Entry 23 by chambejd from Millbury, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, June 10, 2008

7 out of 10

I'm so sorry to have kept this book for so long. I just finished it and I plan to get it in the mail tomorrow to esq228.

I enjoyed this book but found it difficult to get into in the beginning and thought that it dragged on a bit in the middle. The ending seemed a bit anti-climatic.

ETA: This book was mailed on 6/14. 


Journal Entry 24 by StinaRy from Long Beach, California USA on Wednesday, July 02, 2008

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Arrived safely a couple of days ago. Finishing up another bookring book and will start on this ASAP. THanks for sharing! 


Journal Entry 25 by StinaRy from Long Beach, California USA on Tuesday, August 05, 2008

7 out of 10

Just finished the book. Agree with a lot of what has been said here already -- started to lag in the middle, ending a bit anti-climactic, but all in all it was a good read. And , without being a spoiler, wow! Didn't see that coming.

Contacting JenKazoo and will send off ASAP.

Also -- the binding is coming undone and some pages are loose (it would seem again) -- I've glued the cover back on as best I could but, not being a bookbinder, I cannot promise how long it will hold up. 


Journal Entry 26 by JenKazoo from Shreveport, Louisiana USA on Thursday, August 21, 2008

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I got this in the mail yesterday. It came with three other bookrays so I have a lot of reading to do! It does look a bit rough so I will do my best to mend it before I send it off. 


Journal Entry 27 by JenKazoo from Shreveport, Louisiana USA on Monday, September 15, 2008

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Well, I am the last one in the ray and unfortunately, the last reader this copy will ever see. It is falling apart and I do not think mending it would have a good outcome. Almost all the pages are falling out and the cover has come off completely. It's time to send it off to Book Heaven.
 


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