Ella Minnow Pea

by Mark Dunn | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0413772470 Global Overview for this book
Registered by ShadowPi of Watford, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on 4/9/2004
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10 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by ShadowPi from Watford, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, April 09, 2004
What a fantastic book. An incredibly simple yet original idea, brilliantly crafted, amazingly funny (all the different words they came up with to replace November)and so so clever.

I found myself both trying to construct sentences without using the illegal letters and trying to come up with a pangram myself.

2nd copy bought for BC purposes.

Journal Entry 2 by ShadowPi from Watford, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Saturday, October 02, 2004
This is going out on a bookray. I've kept it quite short, cos that's how I like 'em.

Order is:-

discomicky IA (Read)
notbob NE (Read?)
lyssrose TX (Read)
mrsordonez MO (Read)
Sherria CT (read)
gwendy NY (read)

It's quite a short book and a quick read as it's in the format of letters sent, so shouldn't take too long to read. I don't like putting time stipulations on things but if any of you should find yourselves in a position where you will not be able to read for a while, I would be grateful if you please make journal entry to that effect so that I know what is happening, try to bear in mind that there are others waiting for the book after you (except gwendy of course) but don't get too worried if it takes awhile, this is supposed to be fun! The most important thing is that you enjoy it.

Please PM the person who is after you on the list for their mailing address.

Gwendy:- When it gets to you, you have the choice, you can do whatever you see fit. Sendit out on another ray (if it's still in any condition to travel), RABCK, wild release or even keep as PC. I really don't mind.

I will post out to discomicky this week, I may even push the boat out and send airmail.


Journal Entry 3 by ShadowPi at Post Office in By Post, By Post -- Controlled Releases on Monday, October 04, 2004

Released 15 yrs ago (10/4/2004 UTC) at Post Office in By Post, By Post -- Controlled Releases



On it's way to discomickey

Journal Entry 4 by verloren from Rock Valley, Iowa USA on Tuesday, October 12, 2004
I received this book in the mail on Saturday (but I was out of town until last night). I can't wait to read it! I'll make sure to pass it along quickly.Thanks for thinking of me, ShadowPi.

Journal Entry 5 by verloren from Rock Valley, Iowa USA on Friday, October 15, 2004
What a fun book! It was a great read for a word-nerd such as myself. :] It was just enough of a brain teaser without being frustrating. Towards the end, it reminded me a little bit of another book I have, The Anguish Languish, by Howard Chace. I tried to write a couple of paragraphs once using "hear-twin graphemes" (homophones), and it's tough.

It would be worth reading this book 2 or 3 times, just to catch all of the creative ways the characters try to rephrase things to avoid using any "illicabeticals." Sub-terra movement, pullet soup, piscimonger, cephalo-straits... all because of the famous "vulpine-canine" sentence.

Thank you for sharing this with me, ShadowPi!

Released 15 yrs ago (10/18/2004 UTC) at Mailing to the next BCer in line in Post Office, Bookray -- Controlled Releases



Sent this out to notbob today.

Journal Entry 7 by lyssrose from Austin, Texas USA on Thursday, March 10, 2005
Imagine my shock when I found the package containing this book hidden under a pile of stuff on my desk - I have no idea when it actually showed up! *sheepish* I've started it today, and thankfully, it looks to be a quick read. I'll get it back on its way soon...

Journal Entry 8 by lyssrose from Austin, Texas USA on Monday, March 14, 2005
As I was reading this book, I found it interesting to see just how little the language appeared to change, as they lost one letter after another. The first few letters were easy to excise....it wasn't until about halfway through the novel (and when letters started falling in rapid succession) that there was an obvious change in writing. The best part though, in my opinion, comes on the last page, when the computer confirms what Ella had already figured out; when I read that, I just had to smile at the fact that Ella did it on her own.

I've got the next person's address, so this will go out tomorrow morning!

Journal Entry 9 by lyssrose at n/a in Bookray, Postal Release -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Released 14 yrs ago (3/15/2005 UTC) at n/a in Bookray, Postal Release -- Controlled Releases



Dropped in the mail - on its way to mrsordonez!

Journal Entry 10 by mrsordonez from Fenton, Missouri USA on Monday, March 21, 2005
Yay! I've been waiting to read this for quite some time. :) It's next on my list.

Journal Entry 11 by mrsordonez from Fenton, Missouri USA on Monday, April 04, 2005
Oh, I really enjoyed this book, and read it all in one day. :) It reminds me of when I was in 5th grade. Why? Because myself and two other students had finished all of the readers by the first month of school, and our teacher didn't have anything else for us to do, so he gave us "projects". One was to write lipograms (although we didn't know that was the name of them). He put us to the task of writing a set of stories, each missing a vowel. We wrote stories without an O, without an I, and without a U. I don't think we dared A or E. (Soooo hard). I remember having to use a thesaurus quite a bit. Still have the (very stupid) stories if anyone is interested, I'll post them... shouldn't take up too much space.

I had so much fun looking for the "forbidden" letters as the time in the book passed. It also really stretched my vocabulary, and I had to rely on my Spanish (for the Latin roots) to define some of the words.... No dictionary for me this time. At any rate, very very very fun!

I wish I could give a copy of this to my old reading teacher, I think he would adore it. He is very old now, however, and I don't know if he can read anything in regular-sized print. (Retired just last year). He is a very dear man who took good care of my brother and provided a masculine role model when my dad left us, so he has a special place in my heart.

Ok. enough rambling, this is going on to Sherria pronto.

Journal Entry 12 by Sherria from Bethel, Connecticut USA on Sunday, April 24, 2005
This arrived in yesterday's mail and I read it cover to cover today. What a wonderful little book! The creative use of language was so good that I found myself just reading through "made up" words without any hesitation or question as to their meaning in most cases. It didn't get difficult until the "hear-twin graphemes", and I was amazed at how well the author managed that part.

Besides the wonderful use of language, this book also made me stop and think about "edicts from on high", power in our society and how it's used, and the consequences of not thinking things through to conclusion (like banning a letter, without realizing that almost all books will have to be destroyed, as well as official documents, etc, in a society that supposedly values literature more than most). I like when a book can slip those kinds of messages in without making it seem like I'm being preached to.

Thanks so much for sharing this book ShadowPi! I really enjoyed reading both the book and the other participants reactions to it. I'll send it on to the next person as soon as I get an address.

Journal Entry 13 by gwendy from Rochester, New York USA on Thursday, May 05, 2005
this was a cute book, but somehow it just couldn't keep my attention.. i read about half and decided it was time to move on.

this book is headed off to JenLuvsBooks next as part of a reverse wishlist BookRelay.

Journal Entry 14 by JenLuvsBooks from Roseville, California USA on Wednesday, June 29, 2005
I received this former bookray in the mail today. I'm not quite sure what to expect. It sounds very unusual.

Journal Entry 15 by JenLuvsBooks from Roseville, California USA on Sunday, October 09, 2005
Very creative book. I'm very thankful not to live in Nollopville!

I'm mailing this out to Needmorezoloft as part of a wishlist relay.

Journal Entry 16 by needmorezoloft from Detroit, Texas USA on Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Thank you so much. I've been wanting to read this for so long. I've already started it. Wonder how they can make it without the Z.

Journal Entry 17 by needmorezoloft from Detroit, Texas USA on Monday, October 24, 2005
Loved it! I couldn't put it down. It was a fast read.


sending on

Journal Entry 19 by fantasy221 from Hackensack, New Jersey USA on Friday, August 25, 2006
received from NMZ from an als I think. Looks interesting and has been many places. Can't wait to read it!

Journal Entry 20 by Apolonia from Lynn, Massachusetts USA on Monday, May 07, 2007
Wow, this one has been around, still in pretty good shape. I have to confess I had no idea what this book was about when I asked fantasy for it but I've heard the title mentioned so much I had to check it out. Looks different, I will journal again once I've read it and passed it on.
Thanks Fantasy!!

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