Swamplandia! - Karen Russell I really, really wanted to like this book. Russell's prose is quite lovely - she constructs some really nifty metaphors and turns of phrase. The plot really didn't do it for me, though. It simply didn't hold my interest. I set the book down for a few days, distracted by various projects, and I couldn't motivate myself to get back into it before sadly admitting defeat. Sorry, Karen.