Remember when every novel was called The ______________'s Wife or The ___________'s Daughter? Well, now it's orphans. A hardcover copy of The Orphanmaster showed up on my desk today, recalling (of course) last year's The Orphan Master's Son. But let's not forget about When We Were Orphans, The Age of Orphans, or Oliver Twist
Last week, we introduced the Book Rat Project, a sustained experiment in which a book critic (me) will attempt to act as a human algorithm for a willing subject (my Phoenix colleague Will Delman) who, for the duration of the project, will read everything I tell him to. After submitting the subject to a brief, worthy questionnaire, I allowed him to select a title for himself and asked him to review it.