Otherwise Pandemonium

by Nick Hornby | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0141022515 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Alectoness of Geelong, Victoria Australia on 10/2/2005
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8 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Alectoness from Geelong, Victoria Australia on Sunday, October 02, 2005
After being disappointed with the last book I read by Nick Hornby (How to Be Good), I only picked up this Pocket Penguin because of the $5 price tag.

Glad I did though. The first story in particular redeemed Hornby for me. I loved the self-awareness of the storytelling, and the voice of the fifteen year old narrator. The second story - about parents who discover their son's a porn actor - didn't have the same impact, but overall I found this a quick and enjoyable read.

Journal Entry 2 by Alectoness at RABCK in to another bookcrosser, By Post -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, October 16, 2005

Released 13 yrs ago (10/16/2005 UTC) at RABCK in to another bookcrosser, By Post -- Controlled Releases

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Included this in a package with another book by Nick Hornby. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by Sujie from Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales Australia on Monday, October 24, 2005
Arrived today. Thank you, a very nice added extra for someone who has enjoyed every Nick Hornby, including "How to be good" though I must admit I did get stuck with "Fever Pitch", because of the subject matter, not his impeccable writing.
Alectoness, do you want this released here or sent on to the next ring recipient? I assume it keeps going in the ring.

Journal Entry 4 by Sujie from Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, October 27, 2005
Sabah, Borneo.
I enjoyed the second story more, Alectoness, possibly because I'm a parent of children in the son's age group, and because the first one had a "I woke up and found it was a dream" aspect to it, in reverse.
A very good little book to have in my handbag for a time I had to wait. Thanks for the thoughtful addition to the ring. Must look for more of these Penguin 70's as I loved collecting the 60's. Arrgghh! Where has that ten years gone!
Reserved to accompany "A Long way down" on the ring.
Photo: Fishermen's wharf at Semporna, southern Sabah.

Journal Entry 5 by eMeReS from Leiden, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, January 31, 2006
I see that Zoeking has not made a journal entry for this, but she did send it on together with the ring. "A Long Way Down" is still the only encounter I have had with Nick Hornby's work. Let's see if these stories can tempt me to try more.
Thank you for sharing this, Alectoness.

Journal Entry 6 by eMeReS from Leiden, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, February 07, 2006
After reading these stories I'm still undecided about liking Nick Hornby, but I do think I will try more of his work.
The beginning of the first story was a bit frantic, but the twist was interesting. I had a feeling that some of the details about present and future didn't add up, but I was not interested enough to reread the story to check.
Like Sujie I enjoyed the second story more. I liked the positive attitude of the mother and especially the way she silenced the nosy neighbour.

The booklet is on its way to Portugal now together with the ring.

Journal Entry 7 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Thursday, February 09, 2006
Got it today, thanks eMeReS. Will start it soon and then I'll let you know how it went.

Journal Entry 8 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Thursday, February 09, 2006
I loved these two stories, just read them in my lunch break and had a blast.
The first one is really cool and the way it is written is delirious, Hornby sure does have my kind of sense of humor, the action and the characters are really well thought and it sounds so simple.
The second story has a more refined sense of humor and it deals with an uncomfortable issue, for parents that is, but the soft way that the author aproaches whole problem is really great. The question that plagues men since the dawn of days is the centre of the whole story and that is: Does size matter?
Hornby clearly answers: You bet it does.
It was a great read and I'll be sure to recomend it to anyone that wants to read something from this author and don't know where to begin.
Will send it along after I've read A Long Way Down, in a couple of weeks.
The picture is a view of Lisbon's city hall(Just keeping up with the travel trail).

Journal Entry 9 by wingcontowing from Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Monday, March 13, 2006
And this one arrived safely as well, with the "A Long Way Down" ray.

Thanks a lot everyone!!

Journal Entry 10 by wingcontowing from Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Just finnished reading it, over yesterday and today's lunch (seems I read a bit slowlier or get less time having lunch than Kizmiaz!!).
I liked both stories, but liked the second one best as well! Loved the humor in both but liked the building up of "Not a Star" better and enjoyed a lot the way they all delt with the matter... wish everyone could be that way with this and other issues in family crisis!

Thanks a lot for the opportunity to read it, and it'll keep company to "A Long way Down when it gets ready to follow it's journey...

Journal Entry 11 by twinkpuddin from Seattle, Washington USA on Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Nice surprise along with "A Long Way Down" - can't wait!

Journal Entry 12 by twinkpuddin from Seattle, Washington USA on Saturday, April 22, 2006
I thought these were both fun quick reads. I had forgotten all about that song "Accentuate the Positive" and got a kick out of that. For me both stories just made me wonder what I would do in each position.

Well, this will continue down the line with "A Long Way Down" - thanks Alectoness for sharing!

Journal Entry 13 by OneMorePage from Mission Viejo, California USA on Thursday, May 04, 2006
Thank you, a nice little surprise along with the "Long Way Down" Ring. Thanks for sharing.

Journal Entry 14 by OneMorePage at Bookring in Mission Viejo, CA -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, June 29, 2006

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Mailed to FSR44. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 15 by wingfsr44wing from Pawtucket, Rhode Island USA on Friday, July 07, 2006
A lovely little surprise, tucked in with "A Long Way Down". I look forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 16 by wingfsr44wing from Pawtucket, Rhode Island USA on Tuesday, July 18, 2006
I liked this more than "A Long Way Down". I thought both stories were sharp little gems.
Sending off to eMeReS with A Long Way Down.

Journal Entry 17 by eMeReS from Leiden, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Friday, July 21, 2006
A Long Way Down is with me again for a short stop before travelling around Europe. It's nice to see that this little volume is still keeping it company.
Maybe I will reread the first story, some details of it kept bugging me after I had sent it on the last time. Now's my change to go over them once more.

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