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Blood and guts in high school
by Kathy Acker | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingperryfranwing of North Ogden, Utah USA on Friday, August 15, 2008
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33 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingperryfranwing from North Ogden, Utah USA on Friday, August 15, 2008

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Product Description

Janey lived in the locked room. Twice a day the Persian slave trader came in and taught her to be a whore. Otherwise there was nothing. One day she found a pencil stub and scrap of paper in a forgotten corner of the room. She began to write down her life, starting with "Parents stink" (Her father, who is also her boyfriend, has fallen in love with another woman and is about to leave her). With "Blood and Guts in High School, " Kathy Acker, whose work has been labeled everthing from post-punk porn to post-punk feminism, has created a brilliantly subversive narrative built from conversation, description, conjecture, and moments snatched from history and literature.

This is also No. 257 on the 1001 books you must read before you die list.


From 1001 Books:

Kathy Acker's Blood and Guts in High School reinterprets the familiar rite-of-passage novel. The result is a narrative that combines the troubled life of Janey (an American teenager who hates school, is bored by her part-time job, and gets into trouble with the police) with the profane, the shocking, and the surreal. Its opening tone is that of the familiarly banal daytime talk show as it depicts Janey and her father as adults wrangling with the guilt and responsibility attendant upon a failed sexual relationship. The reader's inability to determine Janey's age, or to distinguish between what is either a metaphorical comment on gender politics or a literal and disturbingly normalized representation of incest, characterizes the profoundly disquieting experience that the book as a whole imparts. As the novel progresses, the depiction of Janey's life becomes increasingly preposterous, frightening, and comic. The narrative of her sexual liberation and subsequent enslavement is interpolated with hand-drawn images of her dreams, pieces of her homework, and childish translations of rudimentary Arabic. This unruly and challenging text is an affront to the assumption that literary texts should be neat, complete, and somehow true. In the face of this, Acker places the sexual and anarchic energy of a young woman firmly at odds with the stifling patriarchal order she so literally caricatures.
 


Journal Entry 2 by wingperryfranwing from North Ogden, Utah USA on Sunday, September 21, 2008

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Bookray
Starting a bookray for this book. Please PM me if interested. Bookray will remain open until last person has the book.

Participants so far:

. Supertalya from APO, USA (International)
. ciloma from Idaho, USA (US preferred - international if needed)
. mrsboknows from South Carolina, USA (US only)
. ladybug74 from Alabama, USA (US only)
. Mikavr from North Carolina, USA (?)
. sunfi from Ohio, USA (International if needed)
. whiskeyjane from New Mexico, USA (International)
. davemurray101 from Australia (International)
. klaradyn from South Africa (International)
. christina82 from Denmark (International)
. nikel27 from Germany (International)
. lady-anglophile from Kuwait (International)
. Stubee from UK (international)
. KT-J from UK (international)
. Rossella05 from UK (UK preferred)
. andthings from UK (international)
. Danielle23 from UK (UK preferred)

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, or donate it to the 1001-libray.


Please feel free to PM me at any time with questions

Bookray is now complete. Thanks everyone for participating! Danielle23 is continuing this bookray. See JE 40 below if interested.

 


Journal Entry 3 by wingperryfranwing from North Ogden, Utah USA on Monday, September 22, 2008

5 out of 10

Well - I finished this but I have to say I'm not real sure what the point was or maybe there wasn't one? Even though the book was short, it wasn't the easiest book to read. It was hard to tell what was real and what was a dream or imagination. The novel was laced with poems and maps and drawings that were very original but it just didn't work for me. The book seemed to be very confrontational with lots of references to sex and genitals (including drawings) just for the shock value. I actually really struggled to finish it. I guess I prefer a traditional narrative form of writing. This book must have had a point, but I don't think I got it.

Sending this off on a bookray and looking forward to see what others have to say about it! 


Journal Entry 4 by wingperryfranwing at Bookray, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Monday, September 22, 2008

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Sending to Supertalya in South Korea (APO) to start this bookray. Anxious to hear what you think of this one! 


Journal Entry 5 by Supertalya on Monday, September 29, 2008

4 out of 10

Yay. This sounds like an interesting one. I will start it soon.

Update 10 October: I have no idea what to make of this novel. It's so strange. I found it difficult to follow and hard a hard time with the dialogue. Over all I needed to know what happened Janey. My boyfriend looked over my shoulder quite a few times while I was reading and thought the pictures were "interesting." I am glad it was only 165 pages. I was looking to buy this one, but I am glad I found one to borrow instead. Thanks, for sharing. Another check off the 1001 books. 


Journal Entry 6 by ciloma from Spirit Lake, Idaho USA on Thursday, October 30, 2008

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Found this in my mailbox today! THANX!!! Sure wonder what all that Korean writing said on the outer wrapper, too. 


Journal Entry 7 by ciloma from Spirit Lake, Idaho USA on Saturday, November 01, 2008

7 out of 10

This is an odd book. I caught myself looking for codes and reading every other word or every third word in some places to try and make some sense of it. Some statements rang incredibly and intensely true while others seemed like pure gobbledy-goop. Some of the drawings were interesting and some were just plain offensive. What boggles my mind is how this book managed to get on the "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die" listing. I am sure it speaks more clearly to some other folks than it did to me. Maybe if I was 15 (or still doing pharmaceuticals) it would make more sense. 


Journal Entry 8 by ciloma at sent by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, November 06, 2008

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The book ray/ring continues . . . Shipped to "mrsboknows" today. Enjoy! (?) 


Journal Entry 9 by PalmettoBuckeye from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina USA on Wednesday, November 12, 2008

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Arrived today. Will start immediately. 


Journal Entry 10 by PalmettoBuckeye from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina USA on Wednesday, November 12, 2008

1 out of 10

How on EARTH did this book manage to secure a place on the 1001 list? Yikes. I couldn't stop myself from reading it although I'm not sure why. There were parts that I merely skimmed as I wasn't entirely sure of the purpose. Previous journalers nailed it. . .I especially appreciate ciloma's comment about possibly appreciating it more if I was 15 or on pharmaceuticals. I'm glad I picked it up and read in rather than waiting for Saturday though. Now I have the rest of the week to read worthwhile material! The one good thing about this book is that it's short. If you have the time and can stomach it, it is readable in one sitting (that's what I did).

I am soooooooooooooooooo sorry I've held on to this book for so long. There are no excuses. It's going in the mail today with promises to never hang on to a book for too long again. :) 


Journal Entry 11 by PalmettoBuckeye at Mount Pleasant, South Carolina USA on Saturday, December 06, 2008

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Released 5 yrs ago (12/6/2008 UTC) at Mount Pleasant, South Carolina USA

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On its way to ladybug74. I'm so sorry it took so long. :) 


Journal Entry 12 by ladybug74 from Dothan, Alabama USA on Tuesday, December 09, 2008

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Received in today's mail. This looks like a quick read, so I will have it passed on very soon. I already flipped through it and I am shocked at some of the graphic illustrations. 


Journal Entry 13 by ladybug74 from Dothan, Alabama USA on Wednesday, December 10, 2008

1 out of 10

How did this book make it onto the list of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die? This is the absolute worst book that I have ever tried to read. I am used to reading books that might be considered strange or even a bit gory by others, but this one really tops them all! I am a social worker, so I have actually worked with mentally ill individuals and people with problems that would really surprise the average person! Books that are disturbing to others are sometimes interesting to me because I am always interested in reading about other people's problems and trying to figure out why things happen as they do, even when the book is fiction. This being said, I did keep trying to read the book after I was a bit shocked by the illustrations and the girl having sex with her father at the beginning of the book. Trying to read this book made me feel like I was taking psychedelic drugs or something. It was very strange and I just could not figure out what was going on.

I have sent a PM to Mikavr already. I will mail the book as soon as I receive an address to mail it to. 


Journal Entry 14 by ladybug74 at Bookray, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, December 10, 2008

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Mailing to Mikavr to continue the bookray. 


Journal Entry 15 by Mikavr from Asheville, North Carolina USA on Friday, December 19, 2008

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Received today. Will try to read over Christmas break and get it on it's way. It certinly looks interesting, what with all the illustrations and unique formatting.


12/22/08 Ok, I'm done. I couldn't get past the first chapter, and skimmed some of the rest. it's too scattered to hold my attention and I couldn't figure out what was going on. I, too, am surprised it's on the 1001 books list!!! Travesty!!!

I'm in NJ right now and will mail the book off as soonas I get home on the 26th. Looks like this ray might be done quickly as no one seems to be lingering over the text. 


Journal Entry 16 by Mikavr at Asheville, North Carolina USA on Sunday, December 28, 2008

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Released 5 yrs ago (12/27/2008 UTC) at Asheville, North Carolina USA

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I mailed this off yesterday! I couldn't get past the first chapter unfortunately.

 


Journal Entry 17 by sunfi from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Friday, January 02, 2009

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Received in the mail today along with another ring. I have three rings ahead of this one and hope to have it on it's way within the next 6 weeks or so. Thanks perryfan for including me in this ray and mikavr for sending this to me. I'll contact whiskeyjane so that I have their address when I'm ready to mail. 


Journal Entry 18 by sunfi from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Saturday, January 24, 2009

3 out of 10

I tried reading this and couldn't get into it, I made it through page 64. I already have whiskeyjane's address and I will have it in the mail within the next week or so. 


Journal Entry 19 by sunfi at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Ohio USA on Sunday, February 22, 2009

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Released 5 yrs ago (2/21/2009 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Ohio USA

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Finally got this in the mail, I'm sorry it took me so long to get it on it's way. Whiskeyjane, it should arrive in the next few weeks. 


Journal Entry 20 by whiskeyjane from Albuquerque, New Mexico USA on Saturday, February 28, 2009

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Book arrived safely. It looks very interesting. Will read next. Thanks. 


Journal Entry 21 by whiskeyjane at -- Mail or by hand -rings, RABCK, meetings, New Mexico USA on Friday, March 06, 2009

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Released 5 yrs ago (3/6/2009 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand -rings, RABCK, meetings, New Mexico USA

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CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES: PM'd next reader for addy, then will go in the mail to the next reader.
UPDATE: 03/16/09 Monday - book is in the mail, on its way to Australia.

This is why I like bookrings. Thanks perryfran. I would have never read this book otherwise. Had to skip the poetry though. 


Journal Entry 22 by davemurray101 from Maryville, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, March 26, 2009

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Just recieved this one in the post today. Thanks to Perryfran for starting the ring. And to whiskeyjane for the callendar and postcards. Just flicked through it then and it was very.. hmm. 


Journal Entry 23 by davemurray101 from Maryville, New South Wales Australia on Friday, March 27, 2009

7 out of 10

Quite a bizarre read - perhaps the female William Burroughs. Definitely will not be able to look at Jimmy Carter the same way again!. For a very confronting novel from the female perspective "Blood and Guts in high school" is one to look out for. Justifies itself as a new edition to the 1001 books. Thanks again to Perryfran for sharing. PMing klaradyn for address. 


Journal Entry 24 by davemurray101 at Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, April 01, 2009

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sent to klaradyn by airmail this morning. 


Journal Entry 25 by klaradyn from Praha, Praha Czech Republic on Thursday, April 09, 2009

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Arrived today, the third bookring to arrive on the same day! Thanks for sending on, davemurray. I'll have it on its way again as soon as I can. 


Journal Entry 26 by klaradyn from Praha, Praha Czech Republic on Sunday, April 19, 2009

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I wanted to like this book, I really did, and I tried my best to read it. But I couldn't make it past the first 20 pages or so. Right now I just don't feel like wading through so many pages of postmodern #*%@ to get to the point the author wishes to make about feminism or the human condition or whatever. I am sure there is a deeper meaning and literary merit somewhere in here - it is just not revealing itself to me!

Will send on to the next reader after 25 April. 


Journal Entry 27 by klaradyn at Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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Released 5 yrs ago (5/27/2009 UTC) at Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa

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Finally on the way to Denmark. I'm so sorry for my laxness in sending on, there really is no excuse. Thanks for the kick in the pants, perryfran :-) 


Journal Entry 28 by christina82 from Stege, Storstrøms Amt Denmark on Thursday, June 04, 2009

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Got it in the mail today - flip through the pages - looks interesting...?!!!

Thanks for mailing this to me klaradyn. 


Journal Entry 29 by christina82 from Stege, Storstrøms Amt Denmark on Wednesday, June 10, 2009

1 out of 10

This book stinks...

I don't know how it managed to get onto the 1001 list - It is simply too strange.

I got nikel27's address - This will be in the mail soon. 


Journal Entry 30 by nikel27 from Ginsheim-Gustavsburg, Hessen Germany on Wednesday, June 17, 2009

6 out of 10

arrived safe at my house, 2 more BookRing's before I can start here.

update:
okay read, very hard for me to finish reading this book, but thanks again for sharing with me. 


Journal Entry 31 by nikel27 at BookRay, Ginsheim -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, July 12, 2009

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EnJoy reading this book 


Journal Entry 32 by norafrvr from Kuwait, Kuwait Kuwait on Thursday, September 10, 2009

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The book arrived safe and sound but I wont start reading it soon because I'm in the middle of reading another book! 


Journal Entry 33 by stubee from Bury, Lancashire United Kingdom on Monday, October 26, 2009

7 out of 10

Thanks lady-anglophile it’s arrived safe and sound in the UK; a big thank you also to perryfran for including me on this bookray.

Well I have a confession to make I was supposed to be reading H.P. Lovecraft’s At The Mountains Of Madness but I opened this on Saturday morning and by Saturday afternoon when I finished Veron God Little by DBC Pierre I was very comfortable lying on my sofa and therefore instead of making the trip upstairs I decided to dive into this as it was close to hand and looked like a pretty quick read.

I must say I’m over 100 pages in and this is probably the weirdest thing I’ve ever attempted to read and coming from me that’s quite unusual, I like weird and this is definitely from weird street. I’m not sure what to make of the graphic drawings or indeed the text, it’s very jumbled up and all over the place but I’m enjoying it. I love this kind of stuff.

I hope to finish this today so it should be passed on pretty quick.

EDIT: 26th October 2009 - I finished this today while on my way into work it’s a very interesting novel, the experimental writing is new to me and I found it quite refreshing. There is a large amount of text in here about Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and I can’t help wonder if this might detract from the Scarlet Letter when I do get round to reading it.

I’m glad I read this and I’d be very interesting in reading more of Kathy Acker’s works.

Thank you again Perryfran I’ll pass this onto KT-J to read.

Next Up: H.P. Lovecraft - At The Mountains Of Madness (1001 book)
 


Journal Entry 34 by KT-J from Bury, Lancashire United Kingdom on Monday, November 02, 2009

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Received from Stubee, thanks! 


Journal Entry 35 by KT-J from Bury, Lancashire United Kingdom on Monday, December 14, 2009

1 out of 10

I don't really know what to say about this except that I really did not get this at all!! Like other people have already said, I didn't see the point in it, it was difficult to read (some of the sentences didn't even make sense!) and I just didn't care about Janey.

Overall not one I'd read again or recommend but another one off the 1001 list so thanks perryfran for sharing! We have Rosella05's address so this will be sent on this week. 


Journal Entry 36 by stubee at Harrow, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, December 15, 2009

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On to Rossella05 in Harrow-on-the-Hill. 


Journal Entry 37 by Rossella05 on Friday, December 18, 2009

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thank you!! won't be able to pass this on until after january, hope that's ok. have to work on an assignment during the first couple of weeks. have a wonderful Christmas ;) 


Journal Entry 38 by Rossella05 at by post, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, February 02, 2010

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on its way to Danielle23. 


Journal Entry 39 by Danielle23 from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Friday, February 19, 2010

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The book has arrived safely, thank you xx 


Journal Entry 40 by Danielle23 from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Monday, March 01, 2010

6 out of 10

What a strange book! I read this lounging beside a pool in Tenerife while trying to hide the illustrations from the other holiday makers, lol. I'm not sure if I enjoyed it or not as I couldn't quite grasp what was happening some of the time.

Very interestingly written in a very unusual style. Will try to organise a continued bookray for this xx

Participants so far;

lucy-lemon UK (UK)
jozebedee UK (UK)
Caroley UK (EU)
pinkydinky UK (?)
katrinat UK (EU)
BethanyGordon UK (EU)
kingfan30 UK (EU)
shovelmonkey1 UK (Intl)
Tsjara Netherlands (EU)
Simson-Shilitoe GER (EU)
ayntastic US (?)
cat207 AUS (AUS) 


Journal Entry 41 by Danielle23 at Sunderland, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Monday, March 08, 2010

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We're starting this continued ray with Lucy, hope you all enjoy the book and thank you for joining xx 


Journal Entry 42 by Jozebedee from Nantwich, Cheshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 06, 2010

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Book has arrived with me - thanks Lucy! I have one book before this, but should be able to get to this within the week :) It already looks veerrrry interesting!! 


Journal Entry 43 by Jozebedee from Nantwich, Cheshire United Kingdom on Sunday, April 11, 2010

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I have to say that I didn't enjoy this at all. Shame really because it looked so interesting...
I think there was too much emphasis on the shock factor from Acker, which was probably a revolution at the time, however give me a good old story line any day. This didn't flow at all, it was just all nonsense ramblings - and I just didn't get it. Really not what I would call a book I need to read before I die!!
Anyway, thanks Dan for including me - it will be on its travels again tomorrow. :) 


Journal Entry 44 by Jozebedee at -- Controlled release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Monday, April 12, 2010

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Now in the post! Hope you enjoy it more than me!! 


Journal Entry 45 by Caroley from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Friday, April 16, 2010

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Received today thanks. 


Journal Entry 46 by Caroley from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, April 17, 2010

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Ok, that was interesting. And different, very different. I liked it though. I liked the writing style which I found quite gripping.
Yes, it was graphic, shocking and in places quite sickening, but as long as it's fiction, I can cope with that quite happily.
I enjoyed the detail on some of the illustrations too. As for the other illustrations - let's just say I'm glad I was reading it in the privacy of my own home ;)

Thanks for continuing the ray Danielle, and for starting it originally Perryfran. I doubt I'd have ever come across this book otherwise.

I've PMd pinkydinky and hope to post it on asap. 


Journal Entry 47 by Caroley at Birmingham, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Monday, April 19, 2010

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Posted 2nd class to Pinkydinky. 


Journal Entry 48 by pinkydinky from Melksham, Wiltshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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Arrived today. Will need to read this when the kids are not around!! 


Journal Entry 49 by pinkydinky from Melksham, Wiltshire United Kingdom on Monday, April 26, 2010

5 out of 10

Bizarre is all I can say really. Some bits were more readable than others. Some I just didn't get at all and you had to read every other sentence to get it to make any sort of sense. Possibly the weirdest book I have ever read.

PM'd katrinat. 


Journal Entry 50 by pinkydinky at Melksham, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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Sent to katrinat today. 


Journal Entry 51 by katrinat at Chelmsford, Essex United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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tried to get into this book a few times, but i just can.t get past the 9 year old having sex with her father and the way to adult way she is portrayed as speaking. I.ll get the next address and send it out as soon as possible. Thanks for the opportunity to read it x 


Journal Entry 52 by BethanyGordon at Doncaster, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 03, 2010

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Arrived this morning! Will start soon :) 


Journal Entry 53 by BethanyGordon at Doncaster, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, August 14, 2010

7 out of 10

A very strange book.
I'm not sure I enjoyed reading it, but I'm glad I did.

E-mailed the next on the list and will post soon. 


Journal Entry 54 by kingfan30 at Corby Glen, Lincolnshire United Kingdom on Thursday, September 09, 2010

2 out of 10

Book arrived safe and sound, will get to it as soon as I can.

25 Oct 10 - What was that all about!!! I got through it but I didn't get it. I like to take a book to work to read during lunch and my boss normally has a good look to see what I'm reading next, I really did not think this would be a good one for her to be flicking through with those graphic pictures so decided to read it at home!

Will get this in the post on Wednesday to Shovelmonkey1 along with Fateless. 


Journal Entry 55 by kingfan30 at Bourne, Lincolnshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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On its way to shovelmonkey1 


Journal Entry 56 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Liverpool, Merseyside United Kingdom on Friday, October 29, 2010

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Arrived today safe and well - some of my work colleagues looked perturbed when they read the blurb on the back. This book will be read and released soon. Thanks to everyone who kept this book moving! 


Journal Entry 57 by shovelmonkey1 at Liverpool, Merseyside United Kingdom on Friday, October 29, 2010

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Oops - realised i forgot to log in before registering. The anonymous finder was me! Arrived today safe and well - some of my work colleagues looked perturbed when they read the blurb on the back. This book will be read and released soon. Thanks to everyone who kept this book moving!  


Journal Entry 58 by shovelmonkey1 at Liverpool, Merseyside United Kingdom on Monday, November 29, 2010

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Just wanted to let you know that i've still got this book - I've been driving to work instead of getting the train which means i've had very little time to read much of late. Sorry for holding onto this book - is it ok to keep it for another week or so? I promise to get it moving after that! 


Journal Entry 59 by shovelmonkey1 at Liverpool, Merseyside United Kingdom on Monday, January 03, 2011

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Ok, I have had this book for far, far too long - apologies to everyone waiting for it. I just couldn't get into it and then christmas chaos arrived. Thank you all for your patience, this book is now travelling to the next person on the list. Happy New Year! 


Journal Entry 60 by wingTsjarawing at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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Got here safely today. Thanks for sending shovelmonkey and Danielle for hosting the bookray! Hmm.. it looks interesting..  


Journal Entry 61 by wingTsjarawing at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Friday, February 18, 2011

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Well, this was very weird.. Didn't make sense most of the time (at least not to me), and there didn't seem to be much of a story line.. just random bits and pieces. Found it rather boring, so I only managed to get to somewhere around page 60 and flipped through the rest. There were some interesting statements in between though. I still find it strange that Janey is supposed to be 10 years old, or that's what it said on the first page.. (she didn't sound/act like one).

Mailed it to Simson-Shilitoe today. Hope you'll enjoy it more than I did :) 


Journal Entry 62 by Simson-Shilitoe at Neewiller-près-Lauterbourg, Alsace France on Thursday, February 24, 2011

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The book arrived safely in today`s mail alongside with Paul Austers "Mr. Vertigo". At the moment I am reading "Traumpfade" by Bruce Chatwin, a bookring in German language from "ApoloniaX". I hope to start with the Kathy Acker book soon.

Thank you "Tsjara" for posting and for the fine Oxfam BIO NOUGAT.

And thank you "Danielle23" for sharing another book. 


Journal Entry 63 by Simson-Shilitoe at Neewiller-près-Lauterbourg, Alsace France on Sunday, March 20, 2011

4 out of 10

I tried really hard to like this book but to be honest I found its lack of a plot frustrating and it made the book really unenjoyable. I like a style of writing, which is very stark and honest, and the idea of smattering the novel with poems and maps and drawings quite original, but neither worked for me.

I felt the book was being confronting for the sake of it and I struggled to finish it; by the time I had I was really sorry I'd bothered. I wouldn't reccommend this book for anyone who, like me, prefers the traditional narrative form of writing, nor anyone who is easily offended.

I can see that this book might have had a point, but I obviously didn't get it.


Will be followed now by Roald Dahl`s "Danny the Champion of the World" a bookring started by GronnLivsstil.

Posting to "okyrhoe" in Greece as soon as I get an address.  


Journal Entry 64 by Simson-Shilitoe at Neewiller-près-Lauterbourg, Alsace France on Monday, March 21, 2011

4 out of 10

"okyrhoe" is no longer interested in the book. So I will pm "ayntastic" now.

..... "ayntastic" pmed within a few minutes .....

I am going to post the book to the USA tomorrow afternoon after finishing work.

 


Journal Entry 65 by Simson-Shilitoe at Rülzheim, Rheinland-Pfalz Germany on Monday, March 21, 2011

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The book is now on its journey to the USA. Happy journey and I hope you will like the book. 


Journal Entry 66 by ayntastic at Davis, California USA on Monday, March 28, 2011

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Arrive safely over the weekend. I've read mixed reviews of this one so I'll have to dive in and see for myself! Thank you Danielle23 for another great bookray.  


Journal Entry 67 by ayntastic at Woodland, California USA on Friday, April 15, 2011

3 out of 10

Can someone please explain why this book is considered "essential" to my life by the literary experts at large? I'm just not seeing it. I plodded through this one 5 pages at a time, alternating between head-scratching, boredom, mild disgust, and impatience. This book may have done better as a collection of poems rather than trying to pass itself off as a novel - reads like bathroom stall grafitti. Congrats to the author for using the c**t word a record number of times. Apparently that's what passes for "sassy, experimental, daring" literature. I applaud non-traditional writing styles, I relish dark and controversial characters, I enjoy taboo subjects, but Kathy Acker has so widely missed the mark in this case that I would scarcely include Blood and Guts in High School in a list of the 2 million books to read before you die. Sending this along asap.  


Journal Entry 68 by ayntastic at Woodland, California USA on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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Released 3 yrs ago (4/26/2011 UTC) at Woodland, California USA

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Posted to Australia this afternoon. 


Journal Entry 69 by cat207 at Newcastle, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, May 05, 2011

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Arrived in today's mail. Thanks ayntastic. Looks 'interesting' to say the least. 


Journal Entry 70 by cat207 at Newcastle, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, May 11, 2011

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'Interesting' is the best word I can say about this book, so I'll just leave it at that.
 


Journal Entry 71 by cat207 at Newcastle, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, June 11, 2011

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Heading off to booklady331 after the long weekend. 


Journal Entry 72 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Monday, June 27, 2011

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Wow, cat207, I was expecting ONE book not 5. You are sooooo generous. I was away on vacation and my mail was just delieved to me. Thank you again. I will pass it alone after I finished.  


Journal Entry 73 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Monday, September 10, 2012

1 out of 10

I finished this book tonight and I really can't say why I even finished it except to say that I can cross off another 1001 book. I have to agree with perryfan, ladybug74, and ayntasitc. They summed up my thoughts. I wanted to read the book as I am a high school teacher and the title intriqued me. The best thing about this book is the title. I felt it was a total waste of my time.

I am going to mail it to hostile17 who has it on her wishlist.  


Journal Entry 74 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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Enjoy! off to hostile17 as a wishlist RABCK.  


Journal Entry 75 by winghostile17wing at Osgood, Indiana USA on Thursday, September 20, 2012

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This has been on my wishlist since 2009.
Thank you so much for sending it to me. 


Journal Entry 76 by winghostile17wing at Osgood, Indiana USA on Monday, October 01, 2012

1 out of 10

Did the author read A Clockwork Orange and Wild Animus, do some really strong pharmaceuticals and then decide she could write a book more disjointed and senseless than those two books ?
How and why was this huge waste of my time even published ?
I'm sure I read a review on this book that made me want to read it in the first place, just wish I could remember who wrote it so I could send them a nasty letter. lol
Will be sending soon to another BCer who has it on their wishlist. 


Journal Entry 77 by winghostile17wing at by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Monday, October 01, 2012

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Mailing off to jare who has this on his wishlist.
Sending this on behalf of NancyNova who has requested granting a wish for another BCer on the wishlist tag game. 


Journal Entry 78 by wingjarewing at Gibsonton, Florida USA on Thursday, October 04, 2012

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Wow, what a well traveled book! This arrived back in Florida today thanks to the kindness of hostile17! I have been wanting to read this for a while, so excited to not only read the book, but read this copy! 


Journal Entry 79 by wingjarewing at Gibsonton, Florida USA on Sunday, March 24, 2013

7 out of 10

I finished this book last night. Overall, I enjoyed the book. I had no problem whatsoever with the "anti-novel" aspect, that is generally a plus with me. At times, I found Janey's angst a bit overwhelming, but we are given a clear picture as to why she has such feeling and issues. I absolutely loved the President Carter and the Gene Genet exchanges, those really made the book for me.  


Journal Entry 80 by wingjarewing at Annandale, Virginia USA on Monday, April 01, 2013

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sending along to firegirl! 


Journal Entry 81 by wingFiregirlwing at Annandale, Virginia USA on Thursday, April 04, 2013

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Wow, 32 journalers! Thanks for the RABCK, Jare, this definitely looks like our kind of book. I'll give it a read and some little TLC for its loose binding before moving it on. 




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