Has it been a while since you red the novels, you’ve never red the novels, or you’d like to improve your recall of novel-specific things and variants, and you need a school-style excuse to do any of the above?
I thought it might be productive if we read maybe several chapters a week of the first novel or a lesser-read Red – whatever’s your poison – and appreciate/disparage the fucking heck out of it in granular detail. (I won’t rest until the first novel’s on the National Curriculum where it belongs).
Is anyone interested? It’d be as low commitment as possible without being frustratingly slow, since everybody’s got stuff to be getting on with. I’m only a few chapters into the new Philip Pullman book, to choose one of the less pressing examples from my own life.
For example, my ebook of Red Dwarf (a.k.a. ‘A New Hope’) is 450 pages long, so the reading could be about 45 pages per week (5-8 chapters, or about a chapter per day) over 10 weeks. Things you found noteworthy from those chapters talked about at your own pace in the week, as you can be bothered to, until the topic moves on to the next batch of chapters the next week.
This isn’t going to work, is it? That’s the spirit! Just say ‘no’ or don’t reply so it’s a bit awkward and I’ll get back to Pullman and those other responsibilities.
I mainly just fancy reading the first one again and to encourage more people to do so, since last time I read it (first time as an adult, maybe), I was blown away by how good it was. And it’s not right that I can practically screen series VIII episodes in my mind verbatim but have to look up half-remembered references from the novel. Not right at all.
If someone says they want to read Backwards, I could go with Backwards. But I’d be thinking of IWCD.
I own IWCD on iBooks, so an eBook/Kindle version is available, somewhere.
What’s annoying is that none of the other books are available, so when I did my read through earlier this year, I had to carry paper around like some sort of Charles Dickens character.
Unfortunately, I’m a book-gobbler, and there’s no way I could stick to 50 pages at a time and actually enjoy it, I don’t think. I could TRY, though.
But I’m interested to see how this comes together with the Dwarfcasts.