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PostSubject: The Name of this Book is Secret   Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:20 am

I saw this sub-forum lying vacant and felt so sorry for it I just had to start a new topic.

Anyway, I just bought The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch (real name unknown. If you know, PLEASE tell me.) It was in the children's section, but I'd say it is somewhere between MG and YA. I'll just put it under Fantasy and let it rest there. The blurb and first page were so good I just had to buy it.

I'm only into a few pages. I didn't like the beginning of the first chapter (the xxxx thing). I thought it was just a gimmick, but the very next page got me hooked. And the footnotes! They're awesome. Haven't finished it, but I hope to do so by tonight. I believe there's a sequel as well, which I will buy as soon as I finish this book.

Has anyone else read it?
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PostSubject: Re: The Name of this Book is Secret   Sun Mar 08, 2009 6:53 am

No, but I'll look for it. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: The Name of this Book is Secret   Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:51 pm

I will have to check that out! This is probably a silly question, but what does MG stand for?
What is the book about?
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PostSubject: Re: The Name of this Book is Secret   Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:56 am

Sorry, I didn't see this thread for so long.

MG is Middle Grade. The book is actually an investigative-adventure. I finished it and am into the sequel now. It's called "If you're reading this, it's too late".
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PostSubject: Re: The Name of this Book is Secret   Thu Mar 26, 2009 5:07 pm

Oh! Thanks ReNu! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: The Name of this Book is Secret   Thu May 14, 2009 8:43 am

I just finished this book. There were many things I liked about it, but I was turned off by the whole 'I can't tell you what I know because it will put you at risk but I'll tell you enough to keep you hooked' nreliable narrator angle.

I really enjoyed the story and the characters, but I won't read any sequels because of the annoying narrator who constantly interrupts to let you know that a) he knows more than you do and b) that some of the story is inaccurate/made up to protect the reader from harm. Normally I'd say this would be a good technique, but unfortunately this was so overdone I eventually started skipping the interruptions. For me, this would be a brilliant angle to use if it didn't continue throughout the book. The opening author's notes are brilliant, and a great pull into the book. But the way the story would be interrupted time and again throughout to remind us we weren't being told the full story really got on my nerves.

Just me tho. Loved the actual story and the characters.
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PostSubject: Re: The Name of this Book is Secret   Thu May 14, 2009 12:13 pm

Angela...thank you for this! I totally agree that the author should have stopped the interruptions when they were still amusing instead of continuing with them ad nauseum.

I read the sequel and found that there were fewer of those - still about 6 or so, but fewer than the first book.

Having said that, I absolutely loved the plot, characters and appendices and footnotes (especially the footnotes) in both. Hopefully Mr/Ms Bosch will have fewer interruptions in his/her next work.
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PostSubject: Re: The Name of this Book is Secret   Thu May 14, 2009 3:45 pm

I read some of the reviews at Goodreads--it seems I wasn't the only one who wanted to strangle the author after a certain point. But I agree, the whole spa thing was refreshingly different--liked the plot muchly.
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