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Musing Monday

Musing Monday

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I’m going to be starting this book today and I can’t wait to get into it!  I am part of the upcoming tour for Mother’s Curse Via Novel Publicity and will be posting my review here on May 20th.  There will be lots of great prizes as part of this tour… (see right margin for some of the prizes available)!  I would love to see one of my readers and/or commenters WIN one of the big prizes that are available. Read the rest of this entry »

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Musing Mondays – The Visible Man, Commentary

Musing Mondays – April 1st (no joke)

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits. • Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s). • What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!  • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it. • Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us! • Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

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I have chosen to muse about:   

Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it so far; why you chose it; what you are (or aren’t) enjoying about it.

I have almost finished reading The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman.

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It has been an interesting read but as I am nearing the end, so very close to the very end… I am worried that I will ultimately be disappointed by it.  I am hopeful that the ending will ‘save’ this book for me and the next eleven pages will be the deciding factor!

I purchased this book from Chapters.  It was from their ‘bargain books’ section, I think I paid $7.99 (the original price, $28.99).  What sold me on it originally was the synopsis…

Austin, Texas, therapist Victoria Vick is contacted by a cryptic, unlikable man who insists his situation is unique and unfathomable.  As he slowly reveals himself, Vick becomes convinced that he suffers from a complex set of delusions:  Y___, as she refers to him, claims to be a scientist who has stolen cloaking technology from an aborted government project in order to render himself nearly invisible.  He says he uses this ability to observe random individuals within their daily lives, usually when they are alone and vulnerable.  Unsure of his motives or honesty, Vick becomes obsessed with her patient and the disclosure of his increasingly bizarre and disturbing tales.  Over time, it threatens her career, her marriage, and her own identity.

Interspersed with notes, correspondence, and transcriptions that catalog a relationship based on curiosity and fear, The Visible Man touches on all of Chuck Klosterman’s favorite themes–the consequence of culture, the influence of media, the complexity of voyeurism, and the existential contradiction of normalcy.  Is this comedy, criticism, or horror?  Not even Y___ seems to know for sure.

For me… the fact that there was a therapist as a main character, who was treating a patient for delusions and the fact that his delusions involved him being able to observe people in their daily lives, essentially being a voyeur, was enough for me to risk spending the $7.99.

I have always been fascinated about what it might be like, to have the ability to be invisible.  Imagine being able to watch and view human behaviour in its purest form.  It would be interesting to see the contrast between how a person behaves and presents oneself in public or even with one person in private and how that person actually is when they believe nobody is observing them and they are completely alone.

While the book did describe Y___’s experiences with viewing individuals without their knowledge, I still craved more.  He would sneak in to the person’s home, position himself where it would be unlikely he would be bumped into by the person he was observing (after all, he was invisible but still physically there) and he would simply watch, for varying amounts of time.  He would then, report these observations to his therapist, Vicky.  Vicky of course, does not believe he is actually making himself invisible and entering strangers homes, she believes it is a delusion, one she can of course help him with and treat.  Although, very strangely, Vicky allows Y___ to dictate the rules and boundaries of therapy in an unprofessional and ultimately unhealthy way.

I am very curious to see how this novel concludes.  It is quite possible, once I do, I will end up doing a review of the book, so be sure to check back later if you’re interested.  These last eleven pages will truly make or break this novel for me.  Time will tell!

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Author: Chuck Klosterman

 

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Musing Monday – January 7th, 2013

Musing Monday – January 7th, 2013

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.

• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).

• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.

I’m going to choose the following:

Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.

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I am currently reading Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy.  I have only read about 80 or so pages so far but it didn’t take me long to realize that this author is going to be a favourite of mine.  He wrote poetically.  The way he describes things, the metaphors he uses, he brings things to life so vividly.  I am definitely enjoying it.  It is not a ‘fluffy’ read at all.  It takes time to absorb his work but it is well worth the effort.

I choose this book for a few reasons.  One being that it is a classic.  I do want to read classics, at least ones that I enjoy once I start.  I won’t continue to read a classic simply because it is a classic.  Secondly, quite some time ago, I had picked it up and randomly flipped to a page and started reading… the story instantly grabbed my attention.  At the time, I was in a book store and did not want to purchase it, I decided that I would look for it, the next time I was at a library.  Well… it has taken awhile for me to actually end up with a copy from the library (absolutely my fault, not the library) and now I’m thinking I should have just purchased it to begin with because this is a book, I am confident that I will wish to re-read.

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Musing Monday – December 17th, 2012

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Is there a particular book that is your nemesis–the book you’re determined to one day finish?

Well, I never really looked at it as a nemesis but there are two books that come to mind when I think about this question.  Both of these books, I have started reading and then for one reason or another – never finished.  I do want to restart both from the beginning and read till the end.  They are:

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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The Odyssey by Homer

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Miz B @ Should Be Reading

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Musing Mondays – November 19, 2012

IT’S…  MUSING MONDAYS

This week’s musing asks…

Do you read the ending before you start a book?  Do you ever skip ahead to read the ending?

My answer:  No!  I never do this!  I have never even been tempted to do this.  It would ruin the entire reading experience.

There have been times when I have opened a book to a random spot and read a page or two.  Even that – I try not to do anymore.  I don’t like having pre-conceived ideas of what that page or two I have read, might mean to the actual plot or tell me about a certain character.  You can NOT un-read something once it has been read!  At least I can’t.

If I am in a bookstore, deciding if I am going to buy a book – I will read the back of the book or the inside flap… once in a while I will even start reading the book but always reading the prologue or the first page – first.  Nothing gets ruined that way.  No pre-conceived, often wrong notions or leads.

For me, the reading experience is too sacred to mess with.  There will be NO peeking to the back of any books for me!

 

 

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