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.


  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


  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.


  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.


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

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


  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


  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.


  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.


  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!


  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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