Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Dickensian Name Generator

Have you noticed Donna Tartt getting all Dickensian on your ass in The Goldfinch?  Best Dickensian name so far: "Mr. Bracegirdle."

Now we can all be Goldfinch-y and get our own Dickensian names, thanks to Knsstxs who found this Dickensian Name Generator on the interwebs.

Mine's Clara Pigglington. What's yours?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Russians of PBR Book Club

New PBR Book Club drinking game: shotgun a PBR every time one of our books introduces a new Russian character!  So far we've read 22 books, and holy Russians, Batman, we have disproportionate representation. We must really like Russians. Or at least Russian jokes.

The Goldfinch:
  • Boris
  • Mr. Pavlikovsky

The Worst Hard Time:
  • Catherine the Great
  • The Volga Germans

  • "The Russians"

City of Thieves:
  • Lev
  • Kolya
  • Everyone else

  • Misha
  • Alyosha Bob
  • Jerry Shteynfarb
  • Everyone else

Help me out, PBR Book Club -- who am I missing?

(Other books we've read: House of Leaves, Crapalachia, Rontel, Tenth of December, Faulkner February, Lost At Sea, Under the Skin, Telegraph Avenue, The Sugar Frosted Nutsack, 2666, Cataclysm Baby, A Very Minor Prophet, No One Belongs Here More Than You, 1Q84, Ready Player One, Real World, Cloud Atlas)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch

I feel like I should start off by saying that I did like the book. I really did. I just don't like the main character or most of his friends. So I suppose it is highly realistic, because I don't like a lot of people (unless you are a member of the Book Club, then you are awesome and I love you). Here is where I might ruin the book if you haven't finished so stop reading.