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While I’ve never heard of some of these titles, mainly due to me not being much of a mystery fan, I must heartily agree that these would be a wonderful addition to your queue of books to read this spring and summer.
What do you think?
People probably describe me as a literature snob. In fact, I know I have had arguments about this often. I usually talk about how much I hate twilight or chick lit and how terrible Stephanie Meyers’ writing is without ever having read more than a few excerpts. Long excerpts, but I haven’t read the entire book, nor the entire series.
However, I have been thinking about my hatred of certain pop fiction and I think I should give one book a chance. And I will let you , the reader, choose the popular fiction book that I read. I’m hoping that I am pleasantly surprised.
I’ve left the poll open to other suggestions so that if some independent romance novelist wants me to review their book, if they get enough friends to come to this blog and vote. If you don’t vote, you don’t have a voice. So come on and pick your favorite book, just remember no literature, only fiction, I want James Patterson’s, Nora Jones’, Stephanie Meyers’. I want you to suggest Romance, Werewolf and Vampire teen fiction, Lawyer Thrillers, and Chick Lit mommy dramas. The only caveat is that I have to be able to find the book on Amazon, I really prefer to buy my books there, it’s quick and easy.
And I promise I will base my review on the book, I won’t compare it to Colum McCann or Junot Diaz. I will evaluate it on the strength of the novel, the style that the author is trying to portray, how engaging it is, how much work it required to get me to finish the book, how memorable it is, and how likely I would be to recommend it to someone I like.
I want to apologize, I normally write more. I had gotten you used to a near daily post and have let it dwindle to about once a week. That isn’t what I had wanted to do and I want to get back on track.
As for my NaNoWriMo book, it’s terribly below par, everyone is at 30K and I’m sitting at a lowly 10,000 words. I’m going to make it up. If I can manage to write nearly 3,500 words per day. I know I can pump out 1,200 words in 45 minutes to an hour so It should be about three hours of writing per day to get back on track by the end of the month. So I’m going to stop being a lazy jerk, stop believing in writer’s block, and start writing.
So Amazon.com always has some great movie deals. Right now, Drag Me to Hell (Unrated Director’s Cut) is only $4.99 which includes a 48 hr rental via Amazon.com Video On Demand. An excellent value.
Orphan is currently $4.69 with free shipping with Amazon Prime (Which you get for free if you sign up with Amazon Mom.) or if you want you can buy a used copy of the DVD from Amazon for only $2.93.
Is available for only $3.99 for a 7 day rental. This movie is scary and funny and how can you not support Bruce Campbell.
The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft is available on Amazon kindle for only $0.99. A great price for an entire collection of Lovecraft. If you’ve heard of Cthulhu then you’ve heard of a lovecraftian invention.
Enjoy and Happy Haunting
Also quick poll:
I will admit that this is not the type of book I would normally pick up in the store. I have a tendency of judging books by their covers, which is in direct opposition to the old adage admonishing against such behaviour. It isn’t even that the cover of the book is bad, It’s a great cover, in fact, I’d probably thumb through it a little before I ended up buying something else, all the while wishing I had purchased this book. I have a habit of staying in the wonderfully expansive and quite perfectly adequate albeit stagnant pool of classic literature. I do it because there is no way I’ll ever be able to read every single book that ever came out by all the authors I’d wish to read, so I stay there not growing into the realm of new and interesting and wonderful new books.
This book stopped me from doing that. I picked up this book and read the entire thing in one sitting. I hadn’t done that since I read Nathan Englander’s the 27th Man. The book is a collection of short stories written by Teresa Milbrodt an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and English at Western State College of Colorado. The book centers around people who would have been relegated to freak shows in days past but now live their lives in an ordinary world with extraordinary bodies. The First story of the book centers around a woman who is trying to conceive a child; however, she also has a parasitic twin. You can check out the sample of the First Chapter on Amazon.com.
The stories are amazing. Each one is an everyday story about a problem that almost any of us can face, trying to conceive, debt, abusive partners and more all the while telling the stories of freaks, or characters from myths. The writing is concise, straight the point, and doesn’t put on any airs. Often, a problem of writers who have gone through Creative Writing Masters of Fine Arts programs have a problem writing real timeless stories. Milbrodt avoids most of those pitfalls and just writes a good story. I wasn’t particularly fond of all the stories and a few characters seemed not to act in accordance to their written personality but we all have faults. I give this story a 4 out of 5.
Disclosure: I received a promotional copy of this book from NetGalley.com. This has in no way influenced my review and my assessment is my fair and honest opinion. Additionally, some links may contain affiliate marketing links, however as stated previously, I am in no way unfairly biased by these claims and only endorse products (books, movies, and more) that I believe in.