Wow.

I stayed up until 2:00 AM reading Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood. Woke up this morning at about 8:30, and grabbed it off of my nightstand as soon as I could see clearly enough to read. Didn’t put it down until I finished. As I if I needed more proof of Atwood’s genius. What an amazing book. I will review it sometime this week hopefully.

10 thoughts on “Wow.

  1. Paperback Reader November 22, 2009 / 12:11 pm

    Wow indeed! I have a copy on my TBR pile – do you think it is essential to read Oryx and Crake first?
    Beautiful photograph of the author.

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  2. Diane November 22, 2009 / 12:21 pm

    So happy this book was un-put-downable!! I have read several good reviews. I must read this one soon.

    Have a great week Tom

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  3. savidgereads November 22, 2009 / 12:34 pm

    Blimey!!! Thats a good sign for this book. I have been berating myself for not reading it yet when I had it so far in advance am thinking of getting down to it shortly, maybe this week.

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  4. Thomas at My Porch November 22, 2009 / 12:46 pm

    Paperback Reader: No, you don't have to read O&C first–you won't miss anything. However, I think if you read O&C and the details were still fresh in your mind, it would enhance reading The Year of the Flood. I didn't remember much about O&C so now I am anxious to go back to it to see how it fits together.

    Diane: Given that it depicts a dystopian future it takes a bit to get into the groove of the story, but Atwood's wonderful prose helps you along. And once you are in, well, clear your schedule.

    Simon S: Don't berate yourself. Sometimes the book needs to find you rather than the other way around. It will be waiting for you when the time is right.

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  5. Lucille November 22, 2009 / 4:24 pm

    That's a pretty strong recommendation. I'll go and look it out.

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  6. mel u November 22, 2009 / 5:18 pm

    I think Oryx and Crake will probably be my second Atwood-looking forward to your review of her latest book

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  7. Ti November 22, 2009 / 7:19 pm

    I can't wait to read this one but I do want to read Oryx first even thought it's not really necessary.

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  8. Verbivore November 23, 2009 / 9:38 am

    Atwood can be hit or miss for me – I did not love The Blind Assasin or Lady Oracle, but I really liked Surfacing and The Handmaid's Tale. I have not read Oryx and Crake, and it sounds like I should try a tandem Oryx and Crake with The Year of the Flood. She is a wonderfully talented writer, no doubt.

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  9. dolcebellezza November 23, 2009 / 4:30 pm

    I am crazy about MArgaret Atwood. Cat's Eye and The Robber Bride and two of my favorite books in all the world. I've purchased this latest release from her, but I loaned it to my mother first as I'm so busy in November with report cards and conferences. Now I really can't wait to read it after your post!

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  10. Thomas at My Porch November 23, 2009 / 4:49 pm

    Lucille: Even though I am often prone to hyperbole, in this case I think it is worthy of my gushing.

    Mel: Hopefully my review will do it justice.

    Ti: I think that is a good idea.

    Verbivore: Blind Assasin was not my favorite either. I think the tandem approach is a good one.

    Dolce: I too love Robber Bride. I don't often run into people who share my affection for that one.

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