Jan 2, 2010

Critical Monkey! Update the half-year gone! Can you handle six more months? How much torture can one person withstand?

Half-way through. Whoooo! Wheeet! Whaat!

Seriously, I am proud of all of you, you have taken up the challenge and run with it. It's not easy confronting one's demons, but there is a certain cleansing that goes along with the experience (of the bowels, if not the soul). And we still have six months to go, and there are two more possible contestants currently girding up their innards with extra fibre to have a go at it. They've got some catching up to do, but if there is one thing I have learned so far from this exercise in masochism, it's that the human mind can take a lot of pain.

So, let's take a look at the big board!

Acceptance (seven reviews)

Depression (six reviews)

Anger (five reviews)

Lori L
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Roses of Glory by Mary Pershall
Spock's World by Diane Duane
A Texan's Honor by Leigh Greenwood
Star Wars: Rebel Dawn by A.C. Crispin

Guilt (four reviews)

Corey Redekop
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
The Justice Riders by Chuck Norris
Jake and the Kid by W.O. Mitchell
Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins

Steve Zipp
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
The Whiteoaks of Jalna by Mazo de la Roche

Bargaining (three reviews)

Empire of Lies by Andrew Klaven
A Merry Heart by Wanda E. Brunsetter
A Washington, D.C. by Robert J. Hensler

Denial (two reviews)

Generation Dead/Generation Dead: Kiss of Life by Daniel Waters
A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks

Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Shock (one review)

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

As you can plainly see, we have a good, solid mix of highbrow art fare that everyone claims to read and love (Jane Austen and Stephen Hawking), and lowdown dirty bile that we should all be ashamed to have checked out of the library (Andrew Klaven, Chuck Norris(!)). What, you think I liked anyone knowing I was reading Left Behind? I'd much rather sit in a coffee shop perusing the latest issue of Sex Cauldron than have people think I'd willingly read LaHaye.

And now, as promised, a drawing to reward you for all your hard work. This month's prize? A signed copy of Canadian author (and Canada Also Reads longlist candidate) Mark A. Rayner's enjoyably strange sci-fi opus The Amadeus Net.

And the winner is:
Steve Zipp! And Steve is also a longlist contender for his novel Yellowknife! Oh, his cup runneth all over the place!
Steve, I will contact you about your mailing info, and get Mark to send you out a copy post-haste. As for the others? Well, I've got an ARC of Jasper Fforde's new novel Shades of Grey just begging for a home. Next month, all new reviews get entered for the draw.
As for myself, I believe that I am still suffering from post-rapture fatigue, so I'm going in a different direction from the usual punishing fare. Instead, I've tracked down a copy of a novel I've always wanted to read since I was an overly-impressionable teen. The Stainless Steel Rat awaits!
See you in a month!


Jeanne said...

I remember loving The Stainless Steel Rat as an impressionable teenager.

Lori L said...

The Stainless Steel Rat will be a good antidote to the LaHaye fatigue. I'm trying to grid my loins and start reading Twilight... but I just can't quite make myself do it. Even the thought of it makes me feel as if I have finally contracted the H1N1 virus and will die soon. I may be stuck in the anger phase for awhile.

Jeanne said...

Okay, I'm going for the next level (guilt) with my review of Gina Barreca's It's Not That I'm Bitter!

Scrat said...

I have successfully passed through the SHOCK stage with a James Patterson novel -- AHHHH!!! What was I thinking? My review of DOUBLE CROSS is posted at http://scrat-criticalmonkeycontest.blogspot.com

Scrat said...

I have just posted my second review for this challenge at http:\\scrat-criticalmonkeycontest.blogspot.com
Yippee -- Denial! On to BARGAINING....

Steve Zipp said...

My 5th book has languished on my shelves even longer than A Brief History of Time. It's The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola.

PS. Mark's book arrived, thanks very much!

Scrat said...

OK, I am on a roll -- Just finished my review of BRIGHT SHINY MORNING by James Frey. It is a definite must-read for those who enjoy torture. YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! and YUCK! My review has dutifully included (ranted) about this book's shortcomings....

Heading on to GUILT!

Scrat said...

So I am on a roll -- and have just posted my review about James Frey's BRIGHT SHINY MORNING. This is a MUST-READ for those who like self-inflicted punishment! YUCK! YUCK!! YUCK!!!! If you would like to read my rant -- opps, I mean review...go to my blog.

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