Since I haven’t been able to see very well for the past several days (and thus haven’t been able to read very well either) I’ve spent some of my time thinking about what makes a great novel. There are plenty of good novels out there–books that are gramatically correct and have well-developed plots, characters, etc., but they can’t be classified as great. Great novels have an extra sumpin’ sumpin’; elements that make you gasp with surprise or pleasure, or weep with despair. Great novels touch your heart, and you remember them and think about them long after you’ve moved on to another (lesser) book.
One of my all-time favorite novels is Geek Love, by Katherine Dunn. It has that extra sumpin’ sumpin’ and then some. It is the most unique novel I’ve ever read, and I will never forget it.
Last month, I bought three used paperback copies of Geek Love to give away and then got busy and forgot about them. Well, they’re still here, and now they’re up for grabs. If you’d like to win one of these copies, leave a comment. If there are more than three entrants, I’ll draw names out of a hat at noon on Monday, July 14th. Good luck!