Saturday, July 19, 2008

Weekly Geeks #12

This week's Weekly Geeks is a variation on last week's theme, in which we picked one of Dewey's books and asked questions for her to answer in a review. However, this time it's reversed. We're supposed to choose books that we need to review and ask YOU, our devoted readers, to ask questions for us to address in a review. I currently have 3 books waiting to be reviewed. You aren't limited to one particular book, as this isn't a giveaway (the library might not be too happy with me for giving away 2 library books!), so ask me about any or all of these three books. Leave your questions in the comments, and I will post about these books later in the week.

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
Wait for Me by An Na


Alessandra said...

What is Julie and Julia about?

Which was your favourite charatcer in Wait for me, and why?

Anonymous said...

Was, Peter and the Starcatchers, worthwhile or would it have been better to leave the world of Peter Pan, alone?

Unknown said...

I really enjoyed Julie and Julia - it's one of the first books I reviewed on my blog, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you'll have to say about it.

- Please share your impressions of Julie as a person.

- The book came out of a cooking project and a blog. Did it inspire you to take on a similar project of your own?

- Have you ever tried to master the art of French cooking? Would you want to?

Suey said...

This is similiar to bart's question, but did you like what the authors did with the Peter Pan story in Peter and the Starcatchers?

Becky said...

Have you read any others by An Na? How would you say Wait for Me compares to her other books?

Andi said...

Is Julie and Julia a nonfiction book? I wondered because of the author's name.

Bybee said...

What country is An Na from? What are his/her books like?

Did you feel that Julie adequately conveyed the humor and struggles of trying to live up to a famous cookbook author? How would this book have been different if she'd tried taking on Martha Stewart, for example?

Kim said...

I am curious what an adult's take on Peter and the Star Catcher is? My son owns all 3 of them and has actually re-read them at least once. Obviously he loves them, but I have never read them. There are so many books on my tbr list that I find I don't want to take time to read much children's lit. I have been tempted to read them--so...what did you think?

Joanne ♦ The Book Zombie said...

In "Wait For Me" did An Na combine humour along with serious issues?
The main character is Korean-American but I would like to know if her family pressured her to follow Korean tradition or was she free to embrace American tradition?

Dewey said...

Is the Dave Barry of Peter and the Starcatchers the humor writer? I had to force myself not to write "humor" writer because I don't like his humor, but I know many others do! If so, is this a humor book or not?

Is Julie and Julia the Julia Child book? I think Julie is a blogger, right, who decides to cook a Julia Child recipe every day for year. This is just a vague memory I have that might be wrong! Did you find some great recipes? Did you learn anything about Julia Child's life? (I have My Life in France in my TBR pile, so if you enjoyed this book, you should watch for a giveaway!)

Michelle said...

All I have to do is look at the book Julie and Julia and I really just want to go on some long-term cooking project of my own. And I haven't even read it yet! Did the book have the same effect on you when you heard about it? What about after you read it - did it make the prospect of engaging in such a huge project seem exciting or not quite as interesting?

Joy Renee said...

I'm interested in the technique and art of storytelling itself so anything along that line would interest me. My questions are for any or all of the fiction titles in your list:

How was Point-of-View handled? Was there a single POV character or did it alternate among two or more. Was it always clear whose eyes and mind were filtering?

How was language used to set tone and mood?

Was the prose dense or spare? Were sentences generally simple or complex?

How was metaphor used? Were associations fresh or did they tend toward cliche? Did they add to your understanding of the theme?

What was the central or organizing theme?

How does the title relate to the story? Was it fitting?
BTW I'm hosting a book giveaway this week. Four copies of Still Summer by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Four chances to enter until Saturday 3PM PST