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Come Aboard!

The crew of the S. S. Melville continues to swell: so far my in-real-life buddy John, as well as a number of LiveJournalists, have agreed to join me in my quixotic quest to get this novel under my belt by November 31st. (Only 30 days in November? My scheduled is fuxx0red!)

In the Day One thread, Debra writes "Wish I'd known this sooner as it would be fun to read and blog along with someone on the same book." Ah, but peoples: this is why I am providing links to each chapter as I go. Read along in comfort of your own cubicle in lieu of work -- at least until you can get to your local thrift store and pick up one of their 30 copies.

If you start late or don't keep pace, you can still read these posts in order as you go, whenever that might be. But it would be more fun, obviously, to have you up-to-date and contributing to the conversation in the daily thread..

If you're joining the crew, drop me an email or mention it in the thread of this post.

Posted on November 03, 2006 to NaNoReMo


ah -- this is brilliant! I'd join along in the reading if I wasn't already in the middle of a long reading list... Foucault's Pendulum has me pretty well tied up at the moment.

Posted by: jovial_cynic on November 3, 2006 8:43 AM

Okay, I'm joining. Jebus help me, I'm joining.

Posted by: albie on November 3, 2006 9:11 AM

I'm one of the hopeless dweebs who's read it before...and obsessed over it, so I'm just buttoning up my monkey-jacket and coming along for the ride with you and your fresh eyes.

Posted by: Belinda on November 3, 2006 10:17 AM

Dude, stop reading it now. Here, check this out as it should save you plenty of time so you can play with the Squirelly instead.


I think #4 there will be the one you're looking for.

Posted by: HDC on November 3, 2006 10:32 AM

I buried this lede in a longer comment a few posts ago, but if you'd like Moby Dick in small chunks, delivered to your email or cellphone or whatnot, try this:


Each dispatch is about 5 minutes of reading, give or take 4, and if you feel like you have another 5 minutes, you can instantly request the next episode. Moby Dick is unabridged and in 252 chunks.

Posted by: LAN3 on November 3, 2006 11:33 AM

HDC - that's about as accurate as George Costanza at the book club.

Posted by: Dave on November 3, 2006 11:47 AM

You know, I read MD many years ago, before my children were even a smile on their mother's face. Every single word. Somehow, I completely missed the fact that it was funny. "How cheerfully we send ourselves to perdition" ... My, oh my, but I busted a gut on that one just now. Adam and Eve as "orchard thieves". That's funny too, but it's all in tone and irony. Which I completely missed, thinking that it was DEEP and SERIOUS.

Posted by: Doctor Jay on November 3, 2006 1:15 PM

A book club blog? This is great!

Posted by: Mrs. Bickerson on November 3, 2006 1:15 PM

I think I'll join as well. I'm reading Atlas Shrugged at the moment, but if you're just reading 3 chapters or so a day, this shouldn't take too much out of that.

Posted by: Jeremy on November 3, 2006 2:30 PM

Also reading atlas shrugged. Blogged about it.

Yea, reading was originally not a solo activity, but a social one. Lets take that back to its roots.

Posted by: Sam on November 3, 2006 2:56 PM

I read it when I was ten...apparently a very pretentious child. All I remember is shrunken heads, and how impressed everyone was when I said I read it.

Posted by: leslie on November 3, 2006 8:48 PM

..and so I considered joining in the great book read.

Then I had a beer and lit a cigarette.

Suddenly everything was good in my world once more.

Posted by: MBCBUYB on November 3, 2006 10:39 PM

you know, i have been wanting someone to do a book-club-blog so i could join in, since i am a book-geek but - DID IT HAVE TO BE MOBY-DICK?
i read it last year, and it hurt. i cannot do it again.

but i will be watching this thread closely with my english phd-candidate eyes!

Posted by: kbryna on November 3, 2006 10:51 PM

this is a great idea...I am very tempted to join in but right now I am not in the "classics" phase of my current fiction/current non-fiction/classics book reading cycle...I just picked up A Clash of Kings after abandoning it for no good reason a couple years ago...I'm determined to finish this time (and move on to the remainder of the Song of Ice and Fire eventually) and it will take me couple more weeks...I'll enjoy Moby vicariously through your blog...thanks!

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Posted by: oxetbgm zodeamxql on November 5, 2006 10:25 AM

Arrrrrgh. I'm going to do it. I don't have time and I'll probably fail, but I'm going to do it. From the excerpts thus far it does seem rather more amusing than I was ever led to believe.

If I made it through damn Les Miserables, I can make it through this!

Posted by: Jenny on November 6, 2006 8:03 AM

It's been sitting on my bookshelf over a year and I haven't been able to force myself to pick it up yet. You are my inspiration -- I'm joining!

Posted by: -m on November 6, 2006 11:39 AM

Went to Bookmans today and found a $3 hardback.

I'm in.

Posted by: AZ Dave on November 6, 2006 7:38 PM