Our book club for July was the excellent Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, hereby refereed to as Miss P's House for my ease.
First the book:
I loved it! I tore through it in about two days, which included two late night readings which scared their way into my dreams. As Katie put it, "You're a weanie!" Yes. Yes, it must be true, since I was the only one freaked out by the book. During the day, the book was funny and quirky. At night it was creepy and terrifying, with mysterious peat bogs, dead men in fish lockers, lawn-mowing men with blank eyes and terrifying other-world demons called Hollowgasts. (Riggs has a great way of naming things, including himself - Ransom Riggs, BEST AUTHOR NAME EVER.) I love Tim Burton films because there is a side of me that so loves that macabre world, a world where things are creepy but not scary, a world where twisted ideas come out and play in the twilight hour but tuck themselves back into their shells before morning. So much of that side of me made it into Queen of Hearts, and that same feeling made reading Miss P's Home a delicious, wicked little treat. Then there are the pictures; yes, this book has pictures in it, really old pictures that were found by the author, who then wrote a story around them. It enhances the reading by leaps and bounds. After I finished the book, I went back and looked through all the pictures again just for kicks. Overall, I'm SO glad that I picked this book for my book club choice. It was everything I wanted it to be and more.
Second, the meeting:
Since our home life is sort of in upheaval, it was decided that book club should be "out". I picked Linger, formally Olinger Mortuary, in the Highlands. For you non-Denverites, the Highlands is an area just due West of downtown, a mecca of cool restaurants, bars, and hipsters galore. We were - and this is a fact - the least cool people at Linger. I had picked Linger because of it's creepy mortuary past - in fact, the bar is a converted table that they used to slide the dead bodies down! THAT IS AWESOME. Unfortunately, the rooftop patio that we sat on, was anything but creepy. It was like Denver coolness to the max. On top of the roof is an actual RV that the food comes out of. Wild grasses border the patio, and the view...
Well, I'm not sure there is a better view to be found while eating from an RV on a roof, quite honestly.
The night started with Katie, Karen and I. We went through the book questions, talked at length about the correct pronunciation of the word "Cairn", "Ymbrnes" and talked about time travel in novels and our favorite use of time travel in a book. (Time Travelers Wife, Outlander Series)
The food was amazing. Katie had Wygu sliders with sweet potato fries that we all agreed were the best sweet potato fries we've ever had. I had avocado and fish tacos in my race to catch up on 30 years of not eating avocado. They were delicious, but needed a flavor kick of some sort.
And now, some awards for the night:
Smallest taco award goes to Karen who didn't realize she was ordering from a tapas menu:
Worst "Readers Guide" question award goes to this gem: "What is wrong with Jacob?" Um, he's the protagonist and can see monsters and has so many other problems like his grandpa being murdered and or dating his grandfathers lover?
Best Waiter goes to our awesome mustached man who kept putting our food down with mumbled explanations that we couldn't hear and he was pretty much this guy:
Longest line ever for ice cream award goes to...Little Man Creamery, right outside Olinger, who boasted an hour line. We decided no thanks on that one.
Best last-minute decision award goes to four of the ladies who decided the night wasn't over and headed to Lola's Mexican Restaurant for margaritas, chips and seriously the best guacamole ever after Book Club.
There was a chip incident. That's all you need to know.
Our September Book Club (we are taking August off) is going to be All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner. Please join us!