Shelf Monkey

Shelf Monkey

Book - 2007
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Thomas Friesen has three goals in life. Get a job. Make friends. Find a good book to curl up with. After landing a job at READ, the newest hypermegabookstore, he feels he may have accomplished all three. All is not peaceable within the stacks, however. Discontent is steadily rising, and it is aimed squarely at Munroe Purvis, a talk show host whose wildly popular book club is progressively lowering the I.Q. of North America. But the bookworms have a plan. Plots are being hatched. The destruction of Munroe is all but assured. And as Thomas finds himself swept along in the ma#65533;lstrom of insanity, he wonders if reading a book is all it's cracked up to be. If you've ever thrown a book against a wall in disgust; if you've ever loved a novel that no one else can stand; if you obsess over the proper use of punctuation; this may be the novel for you. A weirdly funny story about bookish addictions, Shelf Monkey is the ideal novel for anyone who loves good books. Or hates them.
Publisher: Toronto : ECW Press, 2007.
ISBN: 9781550227666
1550227661
Branch Call Number: RED
Characteristics: 258 p.

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Piemanthe3rd
Dec 10, 2013

An enjoyable read for any bibliophile but it certainly has its flaws. Has a good social commentary on the current state of bad literature that seems far too popular these days, but I think the ending could have gone in another direction that would have been more satisfying.

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HCGardiner
Jan 10, 2011

I really enjoyed the wit and humour in the 1st part of the book. The second half took a weird turn. I still enjoyed it but was sad that the humour didn't carry through to the end.

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Gnahzdivad
Sep 15, 2010

There are time where you are required to have read several other books to understand some parts of this book (Fahrenheit 451, To Kill a Mockingbird, etc).

A funny and quick read, it was enjoyable overall.

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shelfmonkey Jan 29, 2012

Thomas Friesen has three goals in life. Get a job. Make friends. Find a good book to curl up with. After landing a job at READ, the newest hypermegabookstore, he feels he may have accomplished all three.

All is not peaceable within the stacks, however. Discontent is steadily rising, and it is aimed squarely at Munroe Purvis, a talk show host whose wildly popular book club is progressively lowering the I.Q. of North America.

But the bookworms have a plan. Plots are being hatched. The destruction of Munroe is all but assured. And as Thomas finds himself swept along in a maëlstrom of insanity, he wonders if reading a book is all it’s cracked up to be.

If you’ve ever thrown a book against a wall in disgust; if you’ve ever loved a novel that no one else can stand; if you obsess over the proper use of punctuation; this may be the novel for you. A weirdly funny story about bookish addictions, Shelf Monkey is the ideal novel for anyone who loves good books. Or hates them.

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shelfmonkey Jan 29, 2012

Literature is a virus.

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