Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Problem with Goodreads

Are you on Goodreads?  If so, do you do book reviews?  Whenever I do a book review on Goodreads I like to link it to by blog.  As you can see, I have several here already.  Lately, the "copy and paste" feature they provide for copying is not working.  It does not pick up the text of my review, only the book cover and my rating.  I have been unable to connect with anyone on Goodreads who can help me out on this.  If you've faced the same problem, and solved it, please let me know the secret. Thanks so much.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Book Review

BeartownBeartown by Fredrik Backman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Book Review

Two Kinds of Truth (Harry Bosch, #20; Harry Bosch Universe, #30)Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm a fan of Connelly and this book did not disappoint. Harry Bosch is back again with his gruff ways but soft heart. There are parallel stories here. A father and son are shot in their pharmacy, uncovering a "pill" shop where illegal prescriptions are filled and sold on the street. While Harry is working this case, an old case of his reopens and accuses him of planting evidence that convicted an innocent man. Harry knows the conviction was clean and enlists the help of his half-brother, Mickey Haller (the Lincoln lawyer). In the process of working both cases, Harry encounters a side of life even he had not experienced, and almost gets himself killed. Without spoiling anything, this book wraps up well and logically. There are many twists and turns which will keep you reading into the night. The plotting is outstanding. Connelly seems to outdo himself with each new book.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

How Do You Write?

As a writer I'm constantly trying to improve.  I want my writing to be interesting, concise, and well-done.  Which brings me to the third mystery book I'm working on. I do a lot of writing in my head, so when I sit down, I'm ready to tackle my next scene, having worked out how I want it to go. I write carefully, and tend to edit as I go.  I always re-read a few previous pages to make sure my story flows properly. By the time I've finished the manuscript, I read it over and edit once again.  Usually, there is not that much to do.  Lately, however, I've been hearing about another style of writing, through books I've found, or speakers I've heard, at my monthly writers' club meeting.  That is, write the first draft with abandon, write rapidly, write whatever comes to mind, and keep going. Use this process through your whole manuscript. When finished, then go back and do your edits and re-writes. Move chapters around, do whatever the book needs to make it polished.  I can understand the suggestion to write this way as it probably removes writer's block and lets you put down whatever you feel like.  But this would never work for me.  Somehow it seems sloppy and a waste of time.  I can imagine several hundred pages put together this way, and then having to wade through them to clean up all the inconsistencies, grammatical mistakes, and general plot confusion. Maybe I'm in the minority in this. I'd love to hear your thoughts as to how you write and if this "full speed ahead" style is yours, or might work for you.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Z is for Zero

"Z is for Zero", as in there won't be another book.  Sue Grafton has died.  How sad for her family and for those of us who couldn't wait to read her books.  I've read them all, including "Kinsey and Me", which compares Kinsey to Sue's life.  There were many parallels.  As you can see from my recent review of "Y is for Yesterday", I considered it one of her better books. How brave of her to tackle another book while fighting cancer, and it appears nobody knew. I'll miss her writing. Kinsey is now retired and Sue Grafton is resting in peace.

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