Aug 15, 2010

From the Archives: The Watermelon King by Daniel Wallace

The Watermelon King by Daniel Wallace

One of my favourite bloggers, Trisha at Eclectic/Eccentric, is currently on vacation, and she asked several of her fellow book bloggers to contribute with guest posts to her blog while she's away. My own contribution was a review from my archives: The Watermelon King was my favourite read of 2007, my first year as a blogger, and I thought I'd take this opportunity to bring this wonderful book to the attention of those of you who didn't know me yet back then.

The Watermelon King is set in same fictional small town as Big Fish (yes, the book the Tim Burton movie was based on). The two also have in common a focus on storytelling and a touch of magic realism, but for reasons I can't give away, The Watermelon King is a much darker story, and it had an even bigger emotional impact on me. To read my full thoughts on the book, please click over to Trisha's blog.

16 comments:

  1. I loved the post, I'm glad you decided to feature the review again as else I wouldn't have heard of this book!

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  2. I went to check it out and feel like I need to read that book.

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  3. Oh, I'd love to read your review of The Watermelon King. It must be good since it was your favourite book of 2007! Going to check out Trish'a blog... :D

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  4. That was a great post, and obviously I really need to read this book. You compelled me.

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  5. Thanks for sharing this review! I love finding and reading reviews of books that I haven't heard of before. I'll definitely have to give this one a try. Great review!

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  6. I finally read Big Fish last year but didn't know about this one. I definitely need to read it! I can certainly imagine the dark side of Ashland.

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  7. I had no idea that there was another book set in the same world as Big Fish! I will have to check this out. Thanks!

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  8. Sorry I haven't been around, but just wanted to wish you a great week. I heard some good things about Watermelon King previously. Off to Trishes to read more.

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  9. I read this over at Trishas blog and you put a book on my radar that I did not know existed. I love talking about books that still stick with us long after we have read them.

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  10. Ah, now I'm feeling guilty about putting my copy of this back on the shelves after I took them out of my bedside pile :P

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  11. I read this book what seems like forever ago; I hardly remember the story, but I distinctly remember the creepy, creeping sensation it gave me while reading. *shiver*

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  12. Oh my God- Big Fish is one of my all time favorite movies! I don’t know how I missed this one?! I'm going to read it as soon as I can.
    That was a great review Ana, thank you so much :)

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  13. Amy and Kathy, I'm glad to have brought the book to your attention!

    Emidy: It is good! But then I'd say that, wouldn't I? :P

    Sandy: Yes you do :P

    Sam: You're most welcome!

    Kristen: Yes, it's easy to imagine, isn't it? And Wallace doesn't disappoint.

    Zibilee: You're most welcome! I really loved Big Fish, but I think I loved this even more.

    Diane: No need to apologise! We all get busy sometimes. Thank you for the good wishes :)

    Sheila: So do I! And this one really did stay with me.

    Lightheaded: Don't feel guilty! But I really hope I can convince you to give it a try :P

    Veens: I'm glad to hear it :D

    Emily Jane: It was incredibly creepy, wasn't it? Wallace explores the dark side of small communities brilliantly.

    Lua: You're most welcome! Big Fish is one of my favourite movies too.

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  14. As always, a great review. Thanks for digging this one out of the archives to share it with us once more.

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  15. I'm so glad you pulled this out of the archives! I'm completely intrigued. I've never read any Daniel Wallace, but he's definitely moved to the top of my TBR list now!

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