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Old 02-05-2012, 04:22 PM   #16
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I love epistolary tales too. Are all the suggestions available as ebooks? Guernsey is available, even as an "enhanced" ebook. (I am on wait list for it now..)

I recently read Meg Cabot's "Boy Meets Girl", a YA romance novel. Light, and easy read. The story is told through emails, journal entries, text messages and even grocery store receipts! I got mine from the local library in epub format. Surprisingly, the formatting was totally off at some places. (I could see the html and css source code!) The print version uses several typefaces, which did not transfer well to the ebook format.

I believe the other two novels in the "Boy meets.." series are epistolary. Bridget Jones books are epistolary.

"Other people's mail" an anthology of short epistolary fiction compiled by Gail Pool, unfortunately not available in ebook, is a very good read too.
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:20 PM   #17
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Epistolary Novels?

I love epistolary novels, ever since reading 84 Charing Cross Road. I have also read several books in email format and enjoyed those as well. Does anyone know of any novels written in letter or email format that are available as an ePub or kindle book?
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Here's a bunch of people's recommendations for epistolary novels in the Reading Recs forum.
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I am currently reading a hilarious epistolary book about a curmudgeon landlord/literary magazine editor called Cry of the Sloth by Sam Savage.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Cry-Sloth-.../dp/1566892317
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I love epistolary novels, ever since reading 84 Charing Cross Road. I have also read several books in email format and enjoyed those as well. Does anyone know of any novels written in letter or email format that are available as an ePub or kindle book?
You Are Loved . . . an email memoir available for Kindle
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:33 PM   #21
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One of the Cloud Atlas stories is epistolary.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:06 PM   #22
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The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis is in this format, not exactly a novel, but it was entertaining. I really liked the audio book read by John Cleese too.
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"Fair and Tender Ladies," by Lee Smith, is a wonderful novel in the epistolary style. Another book that came to mind is perhaps a bit off of the path, but for some reason my mind was drawn to "Archy and Mehitabel," by Don Marquis. If you're not familiar with these characters, Archy is a cockroach and Mehitabel is a can in her ninth life. There are no capital letters because a cockroach can't exactly jump onto the typewriter's shift key and the letter at the same time...
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:09 AM   #24
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Imo I would recommend the Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning letters. They are public domain and encompass two Volumes. I have read them twice now and still count them as a favorite read.
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Is a great read
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:02 AM   #26
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Do you look forward to having bloodshot eyeballs?

Tired of reading about slow-walking ambulatory zombies

or

enduring slobbery wet kisses from your girlfriend or boyfriend?

If you answered "YES!" to the above, then I can help you!

Simply read

*Letters
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This gigantic epistolary novel is waiting right now for your reading displeasure.


Test your patience!
Enjoy the torture!
Tomorrow may be too late!



*Void where ebooks are sold. Available only in a paper edition.






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Old 11-12-2012, 11:30 AM   #27
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Hey, a resurrected thread.

I much enjoyed reading Persian Letters (Lettres persanes in the original French) by Montesquieu. It was written in the 1700s. The novel is about a couple of Persians who travel to France and write back home about what they see and do. Their correspondents tell them about all that happens in Persia during their absence.

The novel is very entertaining and thought provoking in its social commentary. As an old work, it's also in the public domain!
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:16 PM   #28
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I am in the middle of "The Martian" by Andy Weir and remembered this thread. Sorry for resurrecting this, but it seemed better than a new thread.

This is a story of how an astronaut is marooned on Mars when an accident happens and how he tries to survive. The majority of the story is told through his journal entries, so not quite letters to someone, but similar. There are portions of 3rd person perspective when discussing situations on earth, but most of it is in the journal format.

So far this has been an excellent story and has been very engaging, I started reading last night and couldn't stop till 1 AM despite needing to be up at 6. Oops. The protagonist must overcome many problems using very limited resources and a hostile planet (MacGyver on Mars?) The story is fast paced and has a lot of humor (despite the situation) and most of the science is accurate and very believable. The science has a couple problems, but is overall very realistic and his solutions make sense.

It could use some editing and clean up, but that should be corrected in the nearish future (see below) and hasn't taken anything away from the story for me.

Now for the bad news, it is no longer available except in Audiobook. The author received a book deal after self-publishing and has withdrawn it until it is available from the new publisher. It will be re-released in February 2014 in electronic and hardcover formats.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EMXBDMA
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