Booker Long List 2009

August 5, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Posted in Book Blather | 2 Comments

In case you hadn’t noticed, the Man Booker Prize long list for 2009 was announced last week.  We here at Both Eyes have mixed feelings about this.  Two years ago we barely knew what the Booker Prize was, and now we are helpless slaves to the Booker website.  The bad news is that of the 13 titles on the list, six aren’t available yet and won’t be before the short list is announced.

How, I ask of you, how am I supposed to guess who will be short listed when I can’t read the books?

(Not that that stopped me last year).

The only solution, I suppose, is for me to become British, somehow develop a heavyweight literary reputation, and get on the selection committee.  Do you think I can make that happen by next year?

But wait!  It turns out everything but Coetzee’s Summertime is available on Amazon.UK.  How do you explain to your man that you need to spend a couple hundred dollars on books right away?

“How I Became a Famous Novelist”

August 5, 2009 at 11:53 am | Posted in Fiction | 2 Comments

This book is really something.  Steve Hely manages to skewer every aspect of the literary world, and How I Became a Famous Novelist has the potential to offend writers, editors, publishers, bookstores, critics, bloggers, and fans.  It’s fabulous.

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Hely’s ability to mimic various literary styles is uncanny.  He has a mock bestseller list that had me cracking up.  It’s quite wicked.  But it’s a satire with a heart, and I have to say I approved of the ending.

How I Became a Famous Novelist is a really fast read.  You won’t regret it, even as you wince when you inevitably recognize yourself in its pages.

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