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Read-a-Long Fun….

So, I’ve joined the War Through the Generations read-a-long of The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter with Anna from Diary of an Eccentric.  I hope you’ll join the discussion for chapters 1-14.  We’ll have a discussion for chapters 15-28 next Friday, Oct. 17.

Here’s the discussion for week 1.

I’ve also joined Ti and Sandy for the Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury read-a-long.

I was having a tough time following the narration because the dialogue and the narration prose was a little off.  Will and Jim seem very similar, though I think one is more daring than the other.  Not sure which one that is at this point.  I am hoping to have a better handle on these boys now into the next section, but we’ll see.  The narration is too close to the boys for my liking in a third-person narrator.

I do like the creepy nature of the town and the carnival, especially the “nephew” of their school teacher.  I always am down for creepy carnivals and characters….I’ve always been a little creeped out by these things.  I’m looking forward to what happens next as the boys uncover more about the carnival and its residents/workers.

Bradbury does seem to be keeping things close to the vest here and he does appear to be making fun of adults as naive and the kids more observant and in the know about the carnival and the evil things to come.  I’ll also still be looking forward to uncover the secret between Will and his father.  Are you reading along with us?  What are your thoughts so far?

  • Anna

    Hmm, carnivals often means clowns…so I think I’m going to pass, just to be on the safe side. 😉 I’m still getting over the fact that you made me read IT!

  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    I’ve read through chapter 19 and am having a little trouble with the narration… kind of strange. Jim and Will seem like two very distinct personalities, and opposites in many ways… from their coloring to their willingness vs aversion to risk. I started the audio a few chapters ago and the narrator uses the same voice for both boys, which seems confusing.

    So I’m not loving it yet… will give it some more time.

  • Ti Reed

    Yep. Seems like we all share the same feelings about part one. Except maybe Sandy. She’s finished it, I believe and she wasn’t all that keen on it. To me, right now, it feels like a fun romp through a twisted carnival. Not as twisted as AHS Freak Show but just enough to hold my interest.

    • I still have to watch Freakshow on the DVR, but I cannot wait for that. I do like twisted carnivals, so I hope this is good.