The Dead Fathers Club

by Matt Haig | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0143112945 Global Overview for this book
Registered by eponine38 of Winchester, Massachusetts USA on 3/1/2014
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9 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by eponine38 from Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, March 01, 2014
Amazon:
A ghost story with a twist-a suspenseful and poignantly funny update of Hamlet

A triumph of originality and humor, this clever novel by British author Matt Haig gives us Hamlet redux with an unforgettable voice all his own. When eleven-year-old Philip Noble is confronted by the ghost of his recently deceased father and asked to avenge his death, the boy finds himself in a thorny dilemma. Revenge, after all, is a tricky business-especially when Philip is already distracted by his girlfriend, school bullies, self-doubt, and all the other challenges of adolescence. Viewing the adult world through the eyes of a young boy, The Dead Fathers Club is a brilliant, quirky take on a classic tale.
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This will travel as a ring and I'll read it when it comes home. Forum thread:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/forum/20/530366

Shipping order:
Appletreen (UK)
Mysteriousmummy (UK)
Cassandra2020 (Scotland)
Fifna (Netherlands)
Penelopewanders (Switzerland)
Icila (France)
Billbooks (Australia)
vaga-bonde (Haiti/US address)
back to eponine38 <--- book made it safely home 24 July 2017.

Journal Entry 2 by eponine38 at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (7/27/2016 UTC) at Winchester, Massachusetts USA

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On its way to appletreen to kick off the ring. :-)

Journal Entry 3 by appletreen at Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Arrived safely today, just as I'd finished my previous book.

Journal Entry 4 by appletreen at Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Oh I loved this book.

I have one huge complaint though: I read it too quick.

I have a minor niggle with the way it is formated and my dyslexic brain struggled to get my head around the speech initially.

Knowing Newark, where the book is set, and being able to picture the environment so graphically really brought the book alive and up to a whole new level in a way that it might not for other readers.

Fabulous work from Matt Haig and my second read of his work. I'm going to hunting out the rest now.

Released 3 yrs ago (8/11/2016 UTC) at A non-bookcrosser, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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Sent in the post today to the next recipient.

Journal Entry 6 by mysteriousmummy at Shefford, Bedfordshire United Kingdom on Monday, August 15, 2016
Thank you for sharing received when I got back from holiday.

Journal Entry 7 by mysteriousmummy at Shefford, Bedfordshire United Kingdom on Monday, September 26, 2016
I really enjoyed this book, it was a quick and easy read. I liked the way it was set out and the quirkiness of the main characters voice because he was a child. My only niggle was the ending, I do like things tied up and hate a cliffhanger.

Sorry its taken me so long to pass it on, off to Cassandra2020 today.

Journal Entry 8 by mysteriousmummy at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Monday, September 26, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (9/26/2016 UTC) at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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Off to the next reader sorry for the delay.

Journal Entry 9 by wingCassandra2020wing at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Arrived today - thank you, I'd forgotten all about this one. Might be a few days before I can start it, I'm only a third through my current book.

Thanks to eponine38 for starting this off and to mysteriousmummy for posting on.

Journal Entry 10 by wingCassandra2020wing at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, October 28, 2016
The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig - Good

This is a re-imagining of Hamlet. This time it is set in a Pub in Newark called the castle and the bereaved son is an 11 year old boy whose father is killed in a car crash. Now that immediately made me uneasy. We all know the story of Hamlet and the thought of an 11 year old turning murderer didn't sit well with me. I needn't have feared as Matt Haig's light touch and way of speaking from the innocent's point of view led me through the story without fear and with a few twists and turns added in to make it 'just' that tiny bit different.

Journal Entry 11 by wingCassandra2020wing at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, October 28, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (10/28/2016 UTC) at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom

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Going to see if I can get this in the post today... otherwise it will have to wait until next week.

Journal Entry 12 by wingFifnawing at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Arrived safely, thanks Cassandra2020!

Journal Entry 13 by wingFifnawing at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Monday, January 02, 2017
I wasn't happy with the lack of apostrophes and commas; the way it was written would have sufficed to make it clear it was a child narrator. But it was an enjoyable read once I got past that! Thanks for sharing. I'll get it moving again now that the Christmas postal chaos is over.

ETA: Haven't heard from penelopewanders yet - I'll give her another try.

Journal Entry 14 by wingFifnawing at Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Saturday, February 11, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (2/10/2017 UTC) at Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland

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On its way to penelopewanders!

Journal Entry 15 by penelopewanders at Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Friday, February 17, 2017
This has arrived safely in the Swiss Alps. Thanks so much for sending!

Journal Entry 16 by penelopewanders at Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Monday, February 20, 2017
At the risk of coming across as rather annoying, I have to say that the first thing that struck me about this book was the lack of apostrophes and many other forms of punctuation. On the first page I thought perhaps it was a problem of proofreading/poor editing, but as the book progressed, it became clear that this was intentional. The effect on me was to create a feeling of breathlessness. Once I accepted this, I was able to get on with the story. On the whole I found it very interesting, and the similarities with Hamlet were entertaining. I wasn't sure a page wasn't missing when I got to the end, as it felt pretty unsatisfactory to me. This is here as a bookcrossing ring, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to read it. The next in line is an old bookcrossing buddy, but I'll PM to make sure she still wants the book and hasn't moved.

Journal Entry 17 by penelopewanders at Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Monday, February 27, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (2/27/2017 UTC) at Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland

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This heads off the Alp and over to France. Enjoy! Thanks for making this available.

Journal Entry 18 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Friday, March 17, 2017
There should be a problem here. The book wasn't journaled but my computer kept the BCID in its memory. ???

Anyway I read it. I have to say that being French I didn't do Hamlet at school so I took it at face-value. A sort of fairy tale with a morale but I don't know who is the villain after all.

Journal Entry 19 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Friday, March 17, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (3/18/2017 UTC) at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France

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On its way to Billbooks in Australia. Cheers !

Journal Entry 20 by Billbooks at Malvern East, Victoria Australia on Monday, April 03, 2017
Have just started another book but this does sound fun

Journal Entry 21 by Billbooks at Malvern East, Victoria Australia on Monday, May 15, 2017
Having read another of his novels I was very keen to read another and it was well worth it. A quirky writer who can change pace and mood quickly in the story without causing you to lose interest.

Journal Entry 22 by wingvaga-bondewing at Washington, District of Columbia USA on Wednesday, May 31, 2017
The book arrived today in France where I vacation. I will read it right away so I can send it back quickly to eponine. Thanks Billbooks for sending it!

Journal Entry 23 by wingvaga-bondewing at Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon France on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (6/20/2017 UTC) at Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon France

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I confirmed that ghost stories are definitely not my cup of tea. But I thought the writing and the way the story was constructed were good, so will try to read something else from this author. Thank you for this discovery eponine, I will be mailing the book back to you in the next few days.

Journal Entry 24 by eponine38 at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Monday, July 24, 2017
Thank you for returning the book, vaga-bonde. And thanks to all participants. Now I'm really curious about reading this! :-)

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