Review: The Boatmaker

In John Benditt‘s, The Boatmaker, I experienced a push-pull effect as the novel brought me in, then pushed me to the point where I almost quit reading it before it pulled me back completely. I enjoyed the novel; even more so for its ability to win me back as a reader.

Words

Current words that S— says:

  • Mama
  • Dadoo
  • Dog
  • No
  • Moo
  • Roar
  • Quack quack
  • Cow
  • Duck
  • Shoe
  • Eye
  • A bite
  • Night night
  • Bye
  • Apple
  • Uh oh
  • Choo-choo
  • Boo
  • Who-who (Owl noises)

Moby Dick. Ugh.

I started reading Moby Dick in June and began renovating our house in July. Sadly, I finished Moby Dick first. For some people, I’m sure me disliking Moby Dick is similar to a person giving the Grand Canyon a one-star review on Yelp.

The first 200-400 pages were funny and enjoyable. The 3000 page Wikipedia article on whaling put me to sleep, much like the characters in Bone. The final 50 pages are worth reading, but could still be condensed.

And so, I have defeated Moby Dick and am still alive to tell the tale. I can’t wait to read something else. Suggestions?

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