The House of the Scorpion

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by Nancy Farmer | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0689852231 Global Overview for this book
Registered by imawinn2 of Neenah, Wisconsin USA on 3/1/2013
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5 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by imawinn2 from Neenah, Wisconsin USA on Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I read this a while back and really enjoyed this tale by Nancy Farmer.

Description from back cover

His DNA came from El Patron, lord of a country called Opium - a strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once called Mexico. Matt's first cell split and divided inside a petri dish. Then he was placed in the womb of a cow, where he continued the miraculous journey from embryo to fetus to baby. He is a boy now, but most consider him a monster - except for El Patron. El Patron loves Matt as he loves himself, because Matt is himself.

As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by a sinister cast of characters, including El Patron's power-hungry family, and he is surrounded by a dangerous army of bodyguards. escape is the only chance Matt has to survive. But escape from the Alacran Estate is no guarantee of freedom, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesn't even suspect.

Journal Entry 2 by imawinn2 at Neenah, Wisconsin USA on Saturday, October 05, 2013
I am offering this book as a bookring.

Bookring Rules:

1) When you receive the book, please journal it so that the group knows where it has landed.

2) Please take care of the book. Others want to read it and would be disappointed to receive a destroyed book. Take care of it as if it were your own.

3) Plan on keeping the book for no more than 30 days. If you think you might need more time, please make note as a journal entry. If you would like to participate in the ring but know that you can’t read it in the allotted time, I will gladly add you toward the end of the list.

4) When you’re ready to pass the book along, PM the next person on the list to get their address. Journal again when you've sent it on. Let everyone know what you thought of the book and where you’ve sent it. Set the book’s status code to “traveling”.

Be considerate to the others in the bookring and do not stall the book.


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Journal Entry 3 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Sunday, November 17, 2013
Arrived today and sounds fascinating - thanks for sharing.

This will be up next after my current read.

Also: I like your bookring image - I may use it for mine too, if you don't mind. :)

Here's another copy on my BookCrossing shelf.

Journal Entry 4 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, November 30, 2013
I definitely enjoyed Matt's story - thank you for sharing it with me! There were so many intriguing characters, especially Tam Lin and the Lost Boys. I have to admit: clones would be a perfect way to test the "nature vs. nurture" thing...

Did you know there's a recently published sequel - The Lord of Opium? I'm going to have to keep an eye out for it..

Journal Entry 5 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, November 30, 2013

Released 7 yrs ago (11/30/2013 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA


Headed out to iwillrejoice via media mail.

Released for emmejo's Children's Lit Diversity Project and the "THE" release challenge.

Note: I tried to do delivery confirmation on this (put the extra postage on) but the PO didn't give Mom a receipt so I don't have the #$&#*%&! number, sorry.

Journal Entry 6 by wingiwillrejoicewing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Thursday, December 05, 2013
It's here! Arrived safely this afternoon. Pretty fast from Hawaii!

I'll start this one as soon as I finish my current read. Thanks for including me in this ring!

Journal Entry 7 by wingiwillrejoicewing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I read this & a friend read it, & we both enjoyed it very much. I'll be looking out for the sequel!

Thanks for sharing! Back to you, imawinn2.

Journal Entry 8 by wingiwillrejoicewing at A BookCrosser, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Released 7 yrs ago (12/11/2013 UTC) at A BookCrosser, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases


Sent back to imawinn2 in Wisconsin. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 9 by imawinn2 at Neenah, Wisconsin USA on Sunday, December 29, 2013
Just got back from vacation. Found this in my stack of mail. Thanks for participating. I'm so glad you folks enjoyed The House of Scorpion. I just knew you would! hyphen8, thanks for the heads up on the sequel... The Lord of Opium. Looks like it came out in September and it is getting good reviews.

Journal Entry 10 by imawinn2 at Neenah, Wisconsin USA on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Released 3 yrs ago (11/28/2017 UTC) at Neenah, Wisconsin USA


Sending this book out in my Box Full of Magical, Mystical Stories and Dangerous Beasties Bookbox. Happy Travels!

Journal Entry 11 by wingSpatialwing at Arlington, Virginia USA on Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Journal Entry 12 by wingSpatialwing at Moneta, Virginia USA on Thursday, August 06, 2020
Intriguing story. With the pandemic, I've been reading more dystopians, apocalyptic, etc. style stories so...thinking about doing a themed bookbox and this book would make a good addition to it! (Keep your eye out in the next month or so for the thread signup if interested!)

Some SPOILERS ahead:

The only thing I was really disappointed in, besides what happened to Tam Lin :/, was that in the bigger areas of Matt's life, he didn't play a part in confronting them and bringing them down. Don't get me wrong, given El Patrón's personality, it's the only way it could have ended. Was McGregor there? At least Matt did play a part in his own destiny when he stood up for himself and others in the 'orphanage'.


I would be interested in reading the sequel if I came across it, but I don't think I'll actively seek it out. I'm good with where the story ended.

Journal Entry 13 by wingSpatialwing at The Bookbox of the Apocalypse, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Monday, September 28, 2020

Released 7 mos ago (9/28/2020 UTC) at The Bookbox of the Apocalypse, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases


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One of the starting books for The Bookbox of the Apocalypse!

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Journal Entry 14 by wingerishkigalwing at Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Friday, October 30, 2020
Pulling from the apocalyptic bookbox

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