Skip to main content

Would you tweet book reviews?

After a good, long run, we have decided to close our forums in an effort to refocus attention to other sections of the site. Fortunately for you all, we're living in a time where discussion of a favorite topic now has a lot of homes. So we encourage you all to bring your ravenous love for discussion to Chuck's official Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. And, as always, you can still post comments on all News updates. Thank you for your loyalty and passion over the years. These changes will happen June 1.

I've got this idea about starting a trend of tweeting book reviews. Basically, the idea (warning, Twitter-speak coming) is that each book would have its own hashtag. The first tweet about a book would give its title and author. After that, every tweet would be running thoughts on the book.

For example, see the one I did for Paul Tremblay's IN THE MEAN TIME:

Twitter Review: #ITMT In The Mean Time by Paul Tremblay @paulGtremblay

#ITMT story1: The ticking clock is a child’s impending pain. Incredible suspense. I suffered an entire life during this story.

#ITMT story2: Does simple psychosis explain the girl's 2nd head? Her mother's unhealthy support of the condition tears me apart.

#ITMT story3: like a scary retelling of Barthleme's The Balloon through the meta lens of academic legacy.Starts simply clever but ends deep.

#ITMT story4: Procreation, like hunger, is instinctual and ultimately insatiable. One character grows a child. The other eats dirt.

#ITMT story5: Sketches map a metamorphosis plague. Evenson-esque imagery with all the Tremblay emotion I am coming to love.

#ITMT story6: Plant-like growths overtake the world. Two sisters watch it steal their parents. The life cycle through magical realism.

#ITMT story7: Secret-eating spiders wait patiently for food. A lighter story in terms of theme, but no less creepy than the rest.

#ITMT story8: the Jewish aspect feels forced but otherwise a truly haunting tale. Nothing sadder than a caste teased with hope.

#ITMT story9: One brother escapes a childhood he remembers by billboard advertisements. Too short of a story. I want more pages.

#ITMT story10: Blog comments document a recent string of aneurysm deaths. The juxtaposition of casual banter and the serious epidemic works.

#ITMT story11: An isolated neighborhood feels like an unreal limbo. Residential expansion means personal implosion.

#ITMT story12: 2 people literally trapped between the floors of a multi-storied building. Are the floors meant to be heaven and hell?

#ITMT story13: A border patrol agent confiscates a child's tooth. The stolen sentiment tears him apart. Meant to be a novel, @paulGtremblay

#ITMT story14: A comparatively traditional story. A family trying to hide its poverty from the kids. Probably better if I wasn't drunk.

#ITMT story15: surviving an apocalypse in an amusement park. Like trying to end the collection on a happy note, but still fitting blood in.

#ITMT review: At times Aimee Bender minus the domesticity, add humor, mix with welcomed introspection. I'll be reading more @paulGtremblay

The idea would be to encourage readers to post their thoughts about a book as they occur.

I'd call it nOtprah's Book Club.

Does this sound like something that could catch on?