Sourdough

by Robin Sloan | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1786494108 Global Overview for this book
Registered by over-the-moon of Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on 12/1/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by over-the-moon from Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on Saturday, December 01, 2018
Taken from the Valentin bookbox, because I noticed it came from the same author as Mr Penumbra

Journal Entry 2 by over-the-moon at Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on Thursday, December 06, 2018
Like Mr Penumbra's bookstore, we are again in the world of computer programming. In San Francisco, Lois has to teach a robotic arm how to crack eggs.
Living alone, she orders soup and sandwiches over the phone for her evening meal, and is led to inherit a sourdough starter, which encourages her to learn how to make bread, eventually building a brick oven and then selling the loaves in an experimental underground market. This may sound prosaic but this is a special starter with a history, one grounded in the Mazg traditions, one that bubbles, squeaks, froths and hums to music and cajoling, producing bread with expressive faces in the crust. It reaches unexpected heights...

And now I'm feeling very hungry and wish I had a slice of fresh bread to slather with butter and sprinkle with salt. I would draw the line at Chernobyl honey.

I also wish the bread shown on the cover of the book had a face.

There is also a llama and goats, pink mushrooms and gem-like veined chunks of cheese, insect flour, not forgetting the lembas. Especially the lembas.

It's absolutely crackers. I loved it.

Journal Entry 3 by over-the-moon at Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Sending this out as a RAY, order as follows:
aigliz (Greece)
Femke85 (Sweden)
Kiki66 (Germany)
Icila (France)
Florence71 (France)
vaga-bonde (France, summer 2019)
menelwe (Suisse) <---here
mscar (Canada)
Blue-Fairy (Canada)
Bookgirrl (Canada)

Journal Entry 4 by over-the-moon at Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Released 8 mos ago (12/12/2018 UTC) at Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland

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mailed to aigliz

Journal Entry 5 by aigliz at Larissa / Λάρισα, Larisa Greece on Tuesday, December 18, 2018
C' est over-the-moon qui m' a envoye ce livre/RING en anglais
Je l' enverrai apres la Nouvelle Annee chez Femke85 en Suede

Journal Entry 6 by aigliz at Larissa / Λάρισα, Larisa Greece on Saturday, December 22, 2018
As Robin Sloan’s latest novel opens, Lois gets a plum gig working at a tech company that specializes in robotics. The money is good, but the longer Lois stays in the role, the more she feels like the product she’s working on. Her only respite is a neighborhood takeout place she orders from each evening, run by two infinitely amiable brothers. When they are forced to flee the country due to visa issues, Lois is entrusted with something that jogs her from her dispassionate existence: a sourdough starter. Armed with this magical mixture of flour and water (it really is magic—it even sings!), Lois--whose fridge and gastronomic knowledge has heretofore been utterly barren—begins to bake. Applying herself earnestly and enthusiastically to the task, Lois finds that she excels at it, and soon she is foisting the fruits of her labor onto eager, gluten-tolerant co-workers, one of whom encourages her to hawk her wares at a local farmer’s market. The cutthroat committee rejects her, but Lois is quickly courted by a mysterious marketplace that ends up exploiting both her tech savvy, and culinary pluck. If all of this sounds a bit out there, it is. In the best way. And you’ll need to steel your suspension of disbelief for a stunner of an ending, of Stay Puft Marshmallow Man proportions. But Robin Sloan’s Sourdough is quite simply delightful. Its overarching message of the importance of pursuing a fulfilling, meaningful life is one we will all loave.

Journal Entry 7 by aigliz at Uppsala, Uppland Sweden on Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Released 6 mos ago (2/8/2019 UTC) at Uppsala, Uppland Sweden

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I was finally able to go out of homeand send it to Femke85,Sorry for my delate.
I hope you appreciate this book as I did.

Journal Entry 8 by wingFemke85wing at Uppsala, Uppland Sweden on Monday, February 11, 2019
Today I opened the mailbox and there were so many parcels in there, I couldn't even carry them inside in one go. Since this one is part of a book ray, I will move it on top of my reading queue and will start reading after I finish my current book.

thanks for sending!

Journal Entry 9 by wingFemke85wing at Uppsala, Uppland Sweden on Thursday, February 14, 2019
I absolutely loved this book, but I think Mr Penumbra’s 24hr bookstore had a more interesting story line. In terms of setting and writing style, they were very similar.

In this book, Lois works as a computer programmer for a robotics company. She inherits the sourdough starter from her favorite take away restaurant, just before it closes and the owners move away. The starter seems to have almost magical powers to make the best bread and soon Lois becomes a talented baker, selling her bread in a hipster underground market.

The book made me crave for good crunchy bread and nice butter, even though I don’t like sourdough myself. I was a bit disappointed by the ending, what happened at the underground food market and some of the “big revelations” at the end.

This book is part of a bookray and will continue to travel soon. I already have the address and the enveloppe is nearly ready to go.

Journal Entry 10 by wingFemke85wing at a Bookcrosser, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Friday, February 15, 2019

Released 6 mos ago (2/15/2019 UTC) at a Bookcrosser, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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off it goes! With lots and lots of stamps.

I always try to post my controlled releases with real stamps. If you are not a collector yourself, you might want to check out this post on the forum about a stamps sweeps that I’m currently organising or this one about Bookcrossers who collect stamps. A lot of Bookcrossers collect stamps for charity, so it’s nice to find them a good home!

Journal Entry 11 by kiki66 at Gauting, Bayern Germany on Thursday, February 21, 2019
and here it is... safe and sound.
Thank you, I will try to read it asap. There's one difficult and one not-so-difficult to be finished at first.

Journal Entry 12 by kiki66 at Gauting, Bayern Germany on Thursday, March 14, 2019
First of all - I started my own sourdough starter! - just hope there won't be any faces!
Secondly - I just loved this book! Since I liked Mr Penumbra so much I hoped this would be as good and it was! It was quirky and weird in the right way, I do hope that some of these things will never happen, there were wonderful descriptions like "old greeting cards set up like tent cities".., the Mazg, the Lois Club...
You can tell, i really liked the book :-)

Pm'd Icila for her address...
Edit: no answer yet , I'll try again - meanwhile a pic of my first sourdough bread! the starter is NOT singing nor are there faces but the bread is delicious :-)

Journal Entry 13 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Thursday, March 28, 2019
The book was safely waiting for me at home while I was looking after the kids and the cats on the coast.
Thank you !

Journal Entry 14 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, April 01, 2019
Thank you for sharing this book. It really is worth the reading.
Living in the country of bread and salted butter, I realize that's not the case for everyone.
The future is a disquieting question though.



Journal Entry 15 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, April 08, 2019

Released 4 mos ago (4/8/2019 UTC) at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France

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On its way to Florence71 to be read after the convention in Mainz. ;)

Journal Entry 16 by Florence71 at Fontenay-sous-Bois, Ile-de-France France on Thursday, April 11, 2019
A little time to read this book as Vag-abonde is after me and won't come back before this summer.
Very good book about bakery : makes me feel, I wish eat the bread also, and nearly smell the dough and the hot loaves of bread out of the oven ! Very different from his previous one (24h penumbra bookshop).

Journal Entry 17 by Florence71 at Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon France on Thursday, July 11, 2019

Released 1 mo ago (7/17/2019 UTC) at Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon France

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Have a nice reading, Vaga-bonde !

Journal Entry 18 by wingvaga-bondewing at Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon France on Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Thank you Florence for mailing the book to me, along with a nice card, a cute magnetic bookmark, and some labels from a recent BC meet in Brittany.
Also big thanks to everybody for having accommodated my arrival in France at the end of June. Looking forward to read this novel.

Journal Entry 19 by wingvaga-bondewing at Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon France on Sunday, July 21, 2019

Released 4 wks ago (7/23/2019 UTC) at Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon France

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The novel raises interesting questions about eating, cooking, and the future of it: a balance of tradition, protection of the environment and scientific experimenting.
Most of all at the end of it, I just wish I had a nice slice of Lois' sourdough bread to sample.
The book goes to Menelwe who is next on the list.

Journal Entry 20 by wingMenelwewing at Nyon, Vaud Switzerland on Thursday, July 25, 2019
Found il today in my mailbox, thank you vaga-bonde for the card and the cute magnetic bookmark!

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