ISBN: 1877178721 Global Overview for this book
11 journalers for this copy...
Barbara Anderson, Catherine Chidgey, Tessa Duder, Maurice Gee, Kevin Ireland, Stephanie Johnson, Graeme Lay, Sue McCauley, Gordon McLauchlan, Owen Marshall, Vincent O'Sullivan, Sarah Quigley and Elizabeth Smither.
Gordon McLauchlan provided each author the names and rudimentary descriptoins of the moteliers and some staff, and the authors have seized these poor people, fed them through their imaginations and transformed them and their guests into genuine Kiwi characters.
1. FutureCat *** (NZ)
2. Samulli *** (Germany)
3. LeighBCD *** (UK)
4. merenwen (Canada)
5. kellyonhiatus *** (Canada)
6. monast *** (Malaysia)
7. RoryG *** (Finland)
8. spaceystacey *** (USA)
9. butlin *** (USA)
10. mysteryfan03 *** (USA)
11. carlynlee (Australia)
12. back to me......libragirl (NZ)
*** will post internationally
I recently read another book using the same concept of each author writing their own chapter (http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/1191220), and didn't enjoy it all that much, because the authors seemed more interested in trying to outdo each other, instead of concentrating on writing a good story. This book didn't have that problem (perhaps because the authors aren't identified, so there was not much scope for competitiveness) - there was some really great storytelling going on, and some skillful writing. Of course, I enjoyed some of the stories more than others, but none were really disappointing.
And I'm not even going to attempt to guess who wrote what!
I've already read the first 4 stories and I like them a lot: I hope the rest of the book is just as good.
It is already in the mail on its way to LeighBCD.
I have the address details for the next person in the ring so the book will be sent over the next few days. Thanks very much libragirl for starting the ring - I really enjoyed being part of it.
I hope you enjoy this slice of Antipodean life!
I had just started a book last night, but it's one that I can put down, on hold, for a while and get to this one right away.
Well, I'm gald that you all seemed to like it because I certainly didn't. I just finished it and that last story almost made me give it 2 stars, I was so mad (as a new Mom I just go insane seeing such irresponsibility--9 hours, couldn't the author say Betty checked in at breakfast!)
It's too bad I didn't keep a written record of my thoughts or I could be more detailed in my viewpoint here. Some of the writing styles irritated the heck out of me and the others I simply found uninspiring. At least half the stories begged the question: "What was the point?" I also found that many of the stories had a stilted flow as if they were done in a rush and weren't really edited well. Yikes, I hope I'm not offending anyone!
Instead of going on, especially since I'm in the minority here, I'll cut it off here. I've PMed kellyonhiatus twice and am still waiting for a reply, but will get it off as soon as I can so others can see what they think!
Oh! I thought I'd reveal the list of authors matched up with their stories, heehee, for those who would be interested. These are not guesses (I haven't even heard of any of the authors before now), so be for warned. I'm typing them in white so use your mouse to highlight the following text to read it:
‘On Teevee’, Sue McCauley
‘Dawson Falls’, Sarah Quigley
‘The Killing Fields’, Graeme Lay
‘Heartbreak Hotel’, Kevin Ireland
‘A Bad Business’, Gordon McLauchlan
‘Little Things’, Catherine Chidgey
‘Family Unit’, Vincent O'Sullivan
‘Spring with the Sumerbottoms’, Owen Marshall
‘The Best Man’, Elizabeth Smither
‘Spineless’, Stephanie Johnson
‘Tact’, Maurice Gee
‘Home Town’, Barbara Anderson
‘How to Bring Down the Government’, Tessa Duder
This list is from Tandem Press http://www.tandempress.co.nz/inprint/book.cfm?bookid=102
I'll get this on its way as soon as I can get to the post office!
Just letting everyone know that I have posted the book off to kellyonhiatus who should receive it before April 26, for sure.
sent to monast. airmail.
PM next participant for addie.
I'll mail this to spaceystacey as soon as I get the address.
A big thank you to libragirl for starting this ring. And to RoryG, asking about whether or not I had received it. Received, read and ready to send but I had failed to journal it.
First novel that I have read written by this many authors as well as the first novel by New Zealand authors.
I have the address for butlin and will be posting this novel to her this weekend.
Update: Mailed out on 5/11/05 to butlin. Due to death in family mailing was not timely as planned.
this has been sent along to the next person
I do agree with Merenwen that the last story left a sour taste in my mouth.
Otherwise, I enjoyed the characters and the short pieces of their lives that we were allowed to see. Thanks for sharing this book with us, libragirl!
I have not been able to get Carlynlee by PMs, but will try the forum and PM one more time. If I can't find her, I will PM libragirl.
I will mail this soon, one way or another:+)