Fast Track by John DeDakis, book review

[Categories: Literature, Reading, Writing, Fiction, Mystery, Book Review] Wow!  This is GOOD! Five stars, bearing in mind I've given everyone from Chester Nez through Jodi Picoult to Ayn Rand the same on their individual merit, not as compared to each other. [Click to zoom.] From an author with whom I wasn't familiar until recently, I was … Continue reading Fast Track by John DeDakis, book review

Jodi Picoult (pronounced Pico, or pee-koe)

[CATEGORIES: Literature, Reading] Grieving elephants.  She spoke about researching grieving elephants, how they sometimes stay with their dead for awhile, how they will fondle the bones of dead elephants and visit the places of their death as if paying their respects. I had heard about elephants doing that.  Perhaps a news item I'd run across … Continue reading Jodi Picoult (pronounced Pico, or pee-koe)

The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult, book review

[Categories: Literature, Reading, Fiction, Book Review] Jodi Picoult.  Word-crafter.  Wordsmith.  Prose-positer. Prosaic: 1.  a. Consisting or characteristic of prose. [YES!] b. Matter-of-fact; straightforward.  [Not so much.  Plot twists!] 2. Lacking in imagination and spirit; dull.  [NOT!] Such as: "Betrayal was a stone beneath the mattress of the bed you shared, something you felt digging into you no matter how … Continue reading The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult, book review

In The Blood by Lisa Unger – Book Review

[Categories: Books, Reading] [No spoilers alert!   I think the LESS you know about this book the more you will appreciate it.] Clever.  Clever, clever, clever.  And dark.  Very dark. A fictional murder mystery, but not 'just' a murder mystery. This is one of the most carefully, cleverly structured plots I've read.  Twists and turns that … Continue reading In The Blood by Lisa Unger – Book Review

SATORI by Don Winslow

SATORI by Don Winslow "A Novel Based on TREVANIAN'S SHIBUMI" is the full title.  This is my commentary on-the-fly, as I read, since I don't do in-depth, analytical, reviews per se. I received an email from my local library that this book, my hold request, was now available for pickup.  In the several months since I … Continue reading SATORI by Don Winslow

Good fiction themes

I wish I could write fiction. The likelihood of that happening is the same as "I wish I was taller". I admire anyone who can make up a story. The more they can make up, and the more engrossing it is, the more I admire them. Still, I was contemplating a fiction theme, or plot, … Continue reading Good fiction themes