Grasshopper Jungle is a new book by Andrew Smith. I have previously read books by Andrew Smith such as Winger, Stick, and The Path of Falling Objects. I’ve been looking forward to this book for several months. Feels like nearly a year. A year of John Corey Whaley hyping the book to me. A year of trying to get my hands on the galley. An exaggerated year of trying to figure out what the book is about.
And the book comes out on Tuesday. So soon you will be able to find out. I finished a free advanced reader’s copy I got from Netgalley so there may have been some changes in the finished copy then what I read.
Things that the book reminded me of: mid-century science fiction films, Lost, Venture Bros, plus a fairly honest look at teenage boys in the middle of nowhere Iowa.
I finished a book today! In the Path of Falling Objects by Andrew Smith. Since there are apparently a billion Andrew Smith’s out there, it’s the Andrew Smith who wrote the best rugby book of 2013 Winger and the I’m not comfortable talking about it without at least a drink in me Stick.
There are three brothers. Matthew is a soldier in Vietnam. Jonah and Simon are his younger brothers and they live in the middle of nowhere, New Mexico. Their mother abandons them and their father is incarcerated in Arizona. Jonah and Simon depart on a journey hoping to meet up with Matthew in Arizona. The journey is the story.
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What I really hate / love is when I finish a book and that book has caused an emotional reaction in me. There have been a few over the years and these books are the GREAT books which keep me reading, keep me suffering through other books which are not great books.
I cannot write a review of Winger. I just don’t have the facilities to express myself.
“Hahah[a] he broke you” – Alethea. Continue reading “Winger by Andrew Smith (@marburyjack) or the words won’t come.”
I finished reading Winger by Andrew Smith
I don’t like it when a book gives me a reading assignment. Winger is not a short book and in part two I encountered this footnote:
Okay. If you haven’t read A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, you should. Because it is fucking hilarious, and there’s no way you’d understand “Hello, Central” unless you read the book.
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Woke up super early this morning (before 7). Well … didn’t finish getting up until after 7. Then I drove Alethea and myself out to … BFE (Ontario). Bought books. Sat through Author panels. Came home. Was very tired. Wrote a post. Wait. Not even a whole post. Wrote a few fragmented sentences filling in for a post. And then wrote some more. Then I deleted that and wrote some more. Why am I telling you about my writing process? Probably because I’m tired and semi coherent. But after listening today’s authors I have decided that the best way to write is to write and a lot of authors don’t outline before writing so … here we go.
THE ONTARIO TEEN BOOK FESTIVAL WAS FUN, FREE, INFORMATIVE AND A GREAT WAY TO LISTEN TO AUTHORS TALK ABOUT THE CRAFT.
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