Six degrees of separation, FROM Storyland TO …

Here it is, the first Saturday of the month again, which means of course, Six Degrees of Separation, that meme which, as you are sure to know, is hosted by Kate. The rules are on her blog – booksaremyfavouriteandbest.

And the first rule, of course, is that Kate sets our starting book. Well, how funny this month’s is for me, because Kate chose to surprise us with a wild card, the wild card being that we all start with the last linked book from our last Six Degrees post. Besides this meaning that I’ve not read two staring books this year, it’s a perfect choice for me because my last book was Catherine McKinnon’s Storyland. It could conceivably link to every novel written. Im spoiled for choice. However, I’m tempted to “write” another story as I did last time … hmm, more than tempted in fact, so I will.

Once upon a time in Storyland,

there was a Fish-hair woman

who decided enough was enough, and that it was time to visit The Dyehouse.

But there, a lurking Snake made her forget all about her hair.

What Beasts, she cried!

And so, with nary a beat, our fish-hair woman, that Fish girl,

Fled back to Ghost River, where she remains to this day.

(Links on titles are to my posts – and you will note that at least this time I didn’t cheat, but did the proper number!)

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I promise I won’t do this again – at least not in the near future. Indeed, I wouldn’t have done it this month if the starting book had been something different, but Storyland was just too delicious to pass up doing this way. Forgive me?

And now, my usual questions: Have you read Storyland? And, regardless, what would you link to? 

36 thoughts on “Six degrees of separation, FROM Storyland TO …

  1. Seeing as you got through that so quickly you may write me an essay on whether Mena Calthorpe properly belongs in Gen 3 – by her age (b. 1905), her Communism, and the subject matter of The Dye House (1961).

  2. Hi Sue, again brilliant, and I do hope you do it again. I think my books are from past links. Life of Pi: followed by Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami; Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikiawa; The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov; The Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum; The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman; Heat and Light by Ellen Van Neerven,

  3. Of course you have to write a story when starting with Storyland! It is a great little story and very creative.

    It didn’t sound like you were overly enthusiastic about Ghost River, but I think it sounds interesting. I have to be careful about taking recommendations from you though, look where the last one got me – September will be my 3rd #6degrees which includes A Gentleman in Moscow!! Good thing I loved it so much 😉

    • Haha, Stargazer!! Love it.

      I liked Ghost River, but you are right, it’s not among my top loves. It is more in the straightforward plot-driven side of things, which is not where I naturally gravitate. However, it has, in fact, stuck with me because of the vividness of his portrayal of Melbourne and the Yarra River.

  4. Last time, I left off with Nostromo. So: a book by Ernest Hemingway, who thought highly of Conrad, maybe A Farewell to Arms. One can hardly mention Hemingway without Fitzgerald, so Fitzgerald it is, and Tender is the Night. From Fitzgerald to Edmund Wilson, who knew him at Princeton (I think) and who pulled together The Last Tycoon for publication. Wilson was married for a while to Mary McCarthy, so The Group is next. McCarthy uttered harsh words about Lillian Hellman on TV, and Hellman sued her: take Hellman’s Little Foxes (yes, a play–is that acceptable?). Hellman lived for quite a while with Dashiell Hammett; take Red Harvest as the sixth.

    It would be less obvious to jump from Hemingway to Wallace Stevens, whom Hemingway claimed to have knocked down in Key West; but I’m not sure where Stevens leads. And Wilson offers an obvious link to Nabokov; but there one would probably have to jump back to Russian literature.

    And no, I haven’t read Storyland

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