Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Moonstone BEGINS, with forehead-sized expectations


It's AUGUST already. I can't . . . I don't even know how that happened.

But August brings with it another Reading Rambo read-along (I use a hyphen here even though no one else seems to. Sing-along has a hyphen, doesn't it? *consults dictionary* Oh NO. It's singalong WITHOUT A HYPHEN. But readalong isn't a word! This is not a good start.).

For most of us, Alice's last read-along readalong? read-along was our first encounter with one Wilkie "The Forehead" Collins.

Close enough

Generally, all the introduction posts for The Woman in White were variations on, "The Internet informs me that Wilkie Collins was bosom friends with Charles 'Douche-Canary' Dickens."


But then Wilkie took us gently by the hand and led us on a winding journey of mystery and intrigue, and gave us Pesca ("deuce-what-the-deuce!") and Fosco (aka The Fat Man) and Marian (Mariaaaaaaaaan!). And by the end, we were ALL devout followers of the Wilkster.

Fast-forward to Laura reading Armadale (WITHOUT US) and telling us how amazing it was, triggering our collective yearning for more Group Time with Wilkie. Then when Alice said, LET'S READ MORE WILKIE, we were like . . . 


And that's what's happening. We're reading The Moonstone. And I have no idea what it's about or if there will be ghosts or men in turbans or, as my book cover suggests, an ordinary room with absolutely no one in it. And I don't particularly care, because it's going to be AMAZING.

But seriously . . . is someone hiding in the curtains?

29 comments:

  1. That was the BEST SUMMARY OF THE LAST FOUR MONTHS.


    Also, this post brought me, like, mega-joy. I laughed muchly. But I should tell you it's readalong forever and ever and no one's hyphenating it, because hyphenating is too much WORK.


    I STILL can't believe Laura read Armadale without us. But at least it galvanized us into further Wilkie reading action. Without it, who knows how long this would've taken?

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  2. p.s. There obviously weren't enough Full House gifs in this.

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  3. I see that I failed to introduce myself in this introductory post. But probably everything anyone needs to know about me can be summed up in a Full House GIF and I've provided TWO, so it should be OK.


    NO HYPHENS ALLOWED IN "READALONG." LETTERS ONLY. VERY EXCLUSIVE CLUB. *makes mental note*

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  4. I still can't believe Laura read Armadale without us.

    I'm going to assume there are be-turbaned men hiding all throughout that empty room. Waiting to...do...something. I dunno what yet but I trust in Wilkie that he will make it awesome.

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  5. Sneaky be-turbaned men! That pleasantly boring room suddenly seems verrrry sinister. *flips book over*

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  6. I AM SO SORRY FOR MY TRANSGRESSIONS! It really wasn't the same! (But it was still awesome)


    I now want to believe that The Moonstone is all about a perfectly normal looking empty room. I mean, seriously, there isn't even a big old jewel in that room, what's the deal? My cover has a load of knives and forks on it, so... WHOSE IS WORSE? We shall see!


    Oh, and *defends self* I had to read Armadale for the Back to the Classics challenge and so it was all legal and ok, ok?! FORGIVE ME EVERYONE!!

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  7. LOL - let's judge all books by their cover. We may be reading the same title, but yours is about a room with no one in it, and mine is about an empty street at sunset. Or is it sunrise? I will never know.

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  8. But we KIND of thanked you for reading Armadale without us, because that's the reason we're reading The Moonstone together NOW. So all is well!


    I don't get the forks and knives. I was wondering about that when I saw your cover in that other blog post. I guess we'll find out soon enough.

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  9. What's the deal with that?! Did the cover designers just say, "Eh...people know this book is good. Let's just put some stock scenery on the cover"? Shame on you, lazy cover designers!

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  10. Okay - I had to debate this too. I'm going with read-a-long which really bugs me. I tried read-along for my first read-a-long and no one else did it that way and so I converted to read-a-long under pure blogger pressure. So however you write it, I support you. Looking forward to our discussion next week!

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  11. Your support means the world to me. It looks as though I've been peer-pressured into using "readalong"...because I basically just do whatever Alice tells me to do. She rarely steers me wrong....except when we argue about Batman.

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  12. Wilkie Collins the Ferengi! What has been seen cannot be unseen. Ever.

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  13. I DO apologize for that. I just typed "giant forehead" into Google, and that was what good ol' Google delivered unto me. Let's blame Google.

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  14. THIS IS ALL CORRECT

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  15. I'm enjoying your Michelle-Tanner-themed post. Also your history of our Wilkie-mania. (Wilkania?)
    Even if there is no equivalent to Marian's awesomeness in The Moonstone, I have complete faith in us to find someone almost-as-amazing to worship for the next few weeks.

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  16. I've HEARD rumors of a pretty incredible female character in this one...although I doubt she can ever top Marian. I mean, Marian was a velociraptor NINJA. Who can ever hope to beat that?

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  17. READALONG! Neologism, suckahs. That is an exceptionally suspicious curtain. This book could be about ANYTHING now! I AM SO EXCITED. MORE FULL HOUSE GIFS.

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  18. Ahahahha, velociraptor ninja Marian. Best image ever.

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  19. I just had to look up "neologism." WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME TODAY? Maybe I had a caffeine-induced stroke. Or maybe I'm SO EXCITED THAT I DON'T KNOW WHAT WORDS MEAN ANYMORE. (Probably the second one.)

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  20. Tea Time with MarceAugust 2, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Seriously, you guys have the best humour. Singalong, readalong, lmao.
    Look forward to discussions with everyone. This is my first time reading Wilkie.

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  21. What a kind thing to say! We do try not to be too serious about...well, anything. Glad you're joining us for your first Wilkie!

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  22. Laura read Armadale without us? WHYYYYYYY? Maybe when we end up doing the inevitable Armadale read-a-long (HYPHENS!! I'm a rebel) she can swoop in as our omniscient narrator and say things like "you think that NOW!"

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  23. Oh Quark, only Wilkie rivals you in your giant forehead.

    Had to say hi because of the Quark reference - I'm Alyson, also participating in the readalong (I'm grammatically lazy). Looking forward to reading more!

    Cheers,
    Alyson

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  24. DEFINITELY THE SECOND ONE. THAT IS WHY CAPS. READALONG EXCITEMENT!

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  25. Hi, Alyson! Welcome aboard the crazy train!

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  26. Laura can foreshadow the foreshadowing...it will be the MOST foreshadowed readalong in history!

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  27. Aww Michelle :-) And Star Trek. Two very different but awesome things in the post. If THIS is what Wilkie Collins brings into my life, then how could I go wrong?

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  28. You can never go wrong with Wilkie. That becomes more and more obvious the more I read.

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