I do hope everyone realizes that the Book Toss is intended to have a bit
That said, there has been one time that I literally wanted to hurl a book
away from me. I was reading the *Celestine Prophecies* as research for a
friend's project. I am capable of tolerating (if not approving) a lot of
idiocy in written works -- but when I reached a point late in the book
(which I found greatly annoying as it progressed), where the hero, in the
wilds of South America looks up into the sky at the partial moon in what
is supposed to be an inspiring night scene, and muses that people half a
world away are looking on the full face of that same moon -- I wanted it
out of my hands immediately and forcefully.
Alas, it was a library book, or I would indeed have hurled it.
If the writer can't get basic physical facts straight, why should I trust
him on spiritual/supernatural matters?
> A friend I turned on to Connie Willis was reading through her works and
> she literally threw LINCOLN'S DREAMS across the room (against a wall? I
> don't know) when she finished the book. Not that she found the book bad or
> anything, just that she was so surprised and disturbed by it, she needed
> to in some way physicalize her reaction.
> I should point out she re-read the book repeatedly...
> -- Lynn --
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, David Bratman <dbratman@...> wrote:
>> All this polite but dignified declining to take part in anything so
>> shockingly harmful to books as a "book toss" really seems to me to miss
>> the point.
>> The point of the book toss isn't to physically harm the book. This
>> isn't a book burning, or even a tossing into a trash can. The point is
>> to literalize the metaphor of throwing a really bad book against the
>> wall. The book remains intact, and one of the rules is that some other
>> participant gets to take it. Really, it's less physically stressful
>> than dropping it into the donation barrel at a public library would be,
>> and it's more honest, because you've told everyone how lousy a book it
>> You don't have to participate if you don't want to, or if you don't have
>> a book you'd be willing to donate (personally, any book I loathe that
>> much I'd prefer to keep, so that I continue quoting from it as a bad
>> example in the future), but to decline on the grounds that you'd never
>> harm a book implies that the book toss does harm books, and that's not
>> what it's for.