What are you currently reading?
Posted 03 January 2011 - 06:25 PM
Posted 13 January 2011 - 06:20 PM
Posted 19 February 2011 - 01:45 PM
I am currently reading my first Michael Connelly novel, The Brass Verdict. The cover proclaims:
"The best mystery writer in the world." GQ
GQ needs a new lit critic. I'm not terribly impressed. There's way to much needless explanation and detail.
Posted 22 February 2011 - 12:29 PM
"It was about as distinctive as the most distinctive thing you could ever think of."
I'm sorry, that's poor writing. And I hate how he says "straight away" all the time. How does an editor not catch that and change it to "right away." Nobody in America says "straight away."
Posted 23 February 2011 - 01:34 PM
Gee, that's called "voice."
"Straight away" is military jargon. It's dialect, not incorrect verbiage.
Meh, he might be able to dupe me if I didn't know for a fact that he's a Brit, and he wasn't in the military. Plus not only Reacher but other characters, including American females, say it too.
I looked past it at first because I had the same initial reaction that you did in that I figured it was voice and that Reacher, being an army brat, grew up all over the globe and must have picked it up somewhere in his youth. But when other characters started using it, I had to call BS.
And that's not even the worst offense in his book. The Secret Service is in charge of counterfeit investigations, not the FBI or the Treasury Dept. I know the SS is technically part of the Treasury dept, but why not say it. To me it just looks like a Brit who didn't do enough research and just assumed it would be the Treasury Dept.
I know, I know, I'm jealous, I freely admit it. But I know great writing, and I just don't see it when I read Lee Child.
Posted 11 March 2011 - 02:23 PM
Posted 12 March 2011 - 05:36 PM
I've been reading an enormous amount lately - trying to cover a long list of authors of mystery through their whole body of work. I read 3 Child novels in 6 days, and lost a huge amount of sleep in the process, reading till 2-3 am.
I have reservations about the endless short sentences, repetitive ands and other little gimmicks, but the bottom line is the way he knits a plot and impels me forward.
Not working for you, cool. I love it, and I'm learning some stuff too.
No accounting for people's differences in taste.
Posted 05 October 2011 - 11:28 PM
I also just finished an on-line class called Hook, Line and Sinker, about how to hook your readers from start to finish. And Sandra Brown accomplishes this all the way with Lethal.
Not only could I not put it down, but as soon as I finished it, I wanted to read it again. (I refrained, of course).
I highly recommend it!
Posted 06 October 2011 - 06:40 AM
Next up is Diary of a Small Fish. I think you know that author too.
Posted 10 October 2011 - 11:35 PM
I've read the latest Jesse Stone novel not written by Robert B. Parker. Quite an achievement from the writer - most people won't notice the difference.
On my Kindle waiting for consumption: John Sandford's "Shock Wave"
Posted 19 December 2011 - 07:19 AM
Posted 20 December 2011 - 06:06 PM
Set in Puerto Rico (I was born btw on an AFB there), I'm familiar with the island, and I guess that's what makes this book even more fun for me. Liked it. One of these days, if it's still in a theater and I can get some time, I'll go sit in the back, get a popcorn and a coke zero, and smuggle in my purse a teeny bottle of rum (for the coke zero), and drink it to toast Mr. Thompson on his first novel. It's hard to believe he was 22 when he wrote it.
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Posted 20 December 2011 - 07:13 PM
After this one's done, I'll need to decide what's next.
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