Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Coming Soon: The Epic Summer of 2011!

Ah Summer, the time of surf, skirts, sand, and sweltering heat.  It's also the time of the year that everyone is most relaxed and at the same time most energetic.

What better way to commemorate the Summer than to have another special reading project!  From June 1st until August 31st, it's going to be nothing but epics here at TBK.  For the sake of tracking, here's my definition of an epic:

"A huge story, sprawling wide expanses of distance, time, and/or cast, that is AT LEAST 700 pages."

That in mind, throughout those three months I will be reading nothing but epics.  (Except for a couple of possible comic breaks and the latest Chad Kultgen and Lev Grossman releases.  Have to stay timely somehow.)  There isn't a definitive schedule in the works, but the three tentpoles that are going to hold this marathon up are:

The Passage: A Novel

Infinite Jest

Gone With the Wind

Other than that I've been considering others such as The Stand, A Game of Thrones, Under The Dome, and Drood.  (However, suggestions are welcome for entries in this epic undertaking.)  Epic Summer becomes Epic on June 1st.


  1. Impressive list! I wouldn't bother with Under the Dome -- even as a King lover, I was disappointed. Much better to go with the expanded edition of The Stand. Game of Thrones is good too (I've only read the first one, but The Boyfriend has read them all and is fanatical in his devotion.) And if you are at all interested in throwing in a little non-fiction, Stephen Ambrose's Citizen Soldiers or D-Day are both extremely good.

  2. Bravo for tackling these epics. My book club's reading War and Peace off and on for the year and we've just picked Game of Thrones for June. I hope I'm able to get through it!