9 journalers for this copy...
The Lost Book is a collaborative adventure in storytelling. It’s taking place online and anyone can join in. At its heart is an animated web series: the adventures of investigative journalist, and BookCrosser, Aileen Adler. Episode 2, the first of five episodes to be written by the public, was launched on Friday 06 March 2009. It sees intrepid Scotswoman Aileen and her dog Watson travelling to Iowa City in search of a stolen book and a secret society of bibliophiles. Right now we're putting the finishing touches on episode 3, which will be launched on Thursday, 09 April 2009 - watch the story so far.
Where the story goes next remains in your hands. You can suggest plot developments by visiting www.thelostbook.net now. Each month between now and July the storylines will be pulled together into the next episode, animated and published online.
There are loads of ways you can get involved and it won’t cost you anything. Please help us to write the story for the web series - make suggestions or vote on other people's ideas. You can also join our special guest writer Jasper Fforde and reconstruct a stolen book in our weekly microstory competition. You can enter our soundtrack competition by creating your own music for the web series. You can even produce your own animation.
And, you can read this book, tell us what you thought of it, give it away, and follow its journey.
The Lost Book is a partner project to the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust’s 2009 reading campaign, The Lost World Read 2009, which is using free books, online resources and events to get people reading The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle. The Lost World Read is the largest collaborative reading project ever seen in the UK. We're extending the reading campaign, thanks to the generosity of project sponsors Canongate, by giving away other free books throughout The Lost Book.
The Gargoyle is Andrew Davidson's first novel. It's beautifully presented, with striking black page edges. It has its own online community at www.the-gargoyle.co.uk - it's worth going over there for more information, reviews, and discussion (click the book on the homepage to get into the forum).
The story is both a neat little morality tale and something more interesting. The narrator has been given a second chance: the cleansing flames have forced him to re-evaluate his life, and Marianne gives him the opportunity to care for someone unselfishly (not least because his sex has literally been taken out of the equation). His path towards a new life is difficult and his tantrums ring true. Marianne's parables force both the protagonist and the reader to think about the world in non-twenty-first century terms. She speaks about relationships and vocations, in contrast to consumption and ambition. She also brings a sense of mystery and danger to the story, so nothing is neat or saccharine.
So join in, wherever you are, and have fun!
DryKid, UK (UK preferred, Int if needed)
kizmiaz, Portugal (Canada surface mail)
rockyhorror1978, Canada (Int)
Mozette, Australia (international)
Jean-Sol, Australia (Asia/US preferred, Int if needed)
bookworm76, Australia (Int)
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
This book will be taken to the Post Office this afternoon to start its journey. Happy reading, everyone!
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on its way, sorry for the delay!
I'm a bit swamped right now but I'll try not to keep it too long.
A well written and crafted romance, but a romance just the same.
The book is well structured and the tales that Engel tells are quite imaginative, even if they all seem to convey the idea that Love kills, and in a nasty way.
I got a bit bored with the story and even though it’s well written that wasn’t enough to fulfil my expectations, in the end I found it long, dull and too obvious.
I wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re into romances.
3 October 2009: ajsmom has requested to be skipped so I have contacted Mozette for her address.
Being sent to Mozette, the next reader in this bookring! Enjoy! :)
So, I'll be passing this one onto the next person tomorrow morning; as it's the soonest I can post it off. Oh! And I'm reading it at the moment too. :D
This one's going to posted to the next person on the list!
It's the beginning of the Summer holidays here in Australia so I may have to put this book on hold for a couple of weeks. The next BCer after me seems to have study commitments though, so I'll try to get it to her/him before Uni gets into full swing again, even if that means shuffling reading commitments a little bit.
Updated on 3 Jan - Just back from holidays today and found an email from Peggyppostcard asking to be skipped. I've fallen a bit behind my reading during the hols but should get back on the saddle now that I'm back at work. Will contact the next person on the list.
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Although I finished the book, I have to say that I could not really get into it. It started so well but then I felt that it became too ambitious and self-conscious. The whole journey of the burn patient was what kept me going. The author has obviously done a lot of research and has an interesting approach so I'll keep an eye out for his next book.
The Gargoyle is back on the road! This time on its way to Western Australia across the hot Aussie Summer.
I will get onto it as soon as I can
Sending off to the next person on the list
Thank you for including me in this ray.
Looking forward to reading this!