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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman April 30, 2018 - 5:26pm

As a book by the patron saint of LitReactor, it certianly seems like a worthwhile endeavor to book club this one. 

We'll stick to a schedule for spoilers. It'll go at 100 pages/week, so, starting May 8th, you can spoil up to the first 100 pages, then the following week, up to page 200, and you get the drill. You can read as fast as you want, just be aware, I'll post when we're spoiling up to page 100, and below that post spoilers for that section are fair game.

Please don't spoil anything for anyone else. Don't. If you're not sure whether something is a spoiler or not, leave it out. 

For those excited to get started, I had some inside info that the book/dust jacket contains a joke of some kind. So keep your eyes out.

And I hope you'll all buy it this week. Buying a book the first week it comes out makes sure it gets that coveted NYT bestseller thing going. So if you're considering it, pull the trigger this week! I have zero stake in it other than knowing that the best way you can support a work is to pay for it, and pay for it on week one. 

This thread might be a little quiet this first week, but feel free, if you're going to jump in, to introduce yourself, say hi, and tell us the last good thing you read. It can be a Chuck book or something else.

Happy Adjustment Day, ya'll!

 

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated May 1, 2018 - 6:34pm

I'm in, but can we go by chapters? I read it on a Kindle so never sure what the pages are.

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voodoo_em from England is reading Zombie Bake Off by Stephen Graham Jones May 2, 2018 - 1:51am

For some reason (and I don't ever, EVER remember this happening before) Adjustment Day isn't released in the UK until July!!!

Like, what?

So I guess it's an overseas purchase for me then...

:(

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman May 2, 2018 - 4:16pm

@Dwayne

The book doesn't have chapters, but lemme find a section break...at pg 102, a section ends with "That same year, grouse hunting season never opened." How's about there?

@voodoo_em

WHAT!? That's silly. 

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Humboldt Lycanthrope from California is reading Sing, Unburied, Sing May 5, 2018 - 8:17pm

@Dwayne, dude, just tap the bottom left corner of your Kindle, and the page numbers will come up.

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Humboldt Lycanthrope from California is reading Sing, Unburied, Sing May 5, 2018 - 8:19pm

@Voodoo Em, ha ha. The new Irvine Welsh novel DEAD MAN'S TROUSERS doesn't come out in the U.S. until July. I ordered a copy from England and am reading now. Guess you might have to do the reverse. Funny thing, they have the same literary agent, Or used to at least.

 

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Deets999 from Connecticut is reading Adjustment Day May 7, 2018 - 6:24am

Bought it the day it came out. Finished it yesterday. As a big Chuck fan, very interested to see what folks think. Will circle back in a week to see if people are commenting on the first hundred pages, but I think it's a pretty fast read, may not take three plus weeks to get through 300 pages, understanding that does depend on how much disposable time one has to read. But come on, it's a new Chuck book, skirt your responsibilites to work and family and get reading!

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Nick from Toronto is reading Adjustment Day May 8, 2018 - 7:35pm

I'm about 100 pages in now. Have many thoughts. I think Chuck has rediscovered his roots in dangerous writing. I'm really liking it. 

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman May 9, 2018 - 9:02am

Okay, let's chat. 

Spoilers cool up to the first 100 pages. 

So far, I'm seeing why Chuck's publisher was nervous about this. Not because I see a quality issue, but because it does present some neo-conservative material from characters' mouths without preface or disclaimer. Don't get me wrong, I think this is right in line with what Chuck does in terms of tackling things without declaring what's "right" outside the narrative, and I appreciate him for that. 

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Deets999 from Connecticut is reading Adjustment Day May 9, 2018 - 12:46pm

He also tackles some hyperbolic liberalism and gives them a dose of their own nonsense. I'm sure I can imagine where Chuck's sensibilities lie, but I did like how there was enough satire to go around, to call out folks of all philosophies. I found it refreshing since I don't think that's the norm in publishing these days, but I suppose that's what has makes him a unique author - he has his own voice and sticks to it. 

First hundred pages were really strong - the kind of begining that has you hooked and you can't wait to see which direction he takes you in. 

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman May 13, 2018 - 12:03pm

Yeah, I agree with you. He's giving it to all sides, for sure. 

The first 100 pages are pretty enticing. Oddly enough, it's right where the action really gets cooking. It seems like a long wait, but maybe Chuck can get away with it because we all know there's payoff coming? What did you all think? Long wait? Just right?

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Deets999 from Connecticut is reading Adjustment Day May 14, 2018 - 10:51am

I think he paced it well. You need some build-up, wouldn't have worked as well if we jumped right into it. You can probably argue he could have gotten to it, say, 10 pages earlier, 10%, but I'm not going to quibble over that. The book has other, more pressing concerns in the later two-thirds that go beyond pacing. 

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman May 17, 2018 - 7:06pm

I forgot to post, but you're now all free to post spoilers up to page 200!

Thoughts?