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Original Essays | April 11, 2014

Paul Laudiero: IMG Shit Rough Draft



I was sitting in a British and Irish romantic drama class my last semester in college when the idea for Shit Rough Drafts hit me. I was working... Continue »
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The Winter People by Jennifer Mcmahon
The Winter People

techeditor, April 6, 2014

Here is the reason that I left THE WINTER PEOPLE unrated. I did not finish it. It is a young-adult (YA) novel, and I'm beyond that.

I apologize to bookclubcookbook.com for this. I entered their contest for THE WINTER PEOPLE and won when someone else who entered and didn't win might have enjoyed the book.

Many adults like the YA writing style. Maybe that is the reason this book received so many wonderful reviews on so many book blogs. When I was reading it, though, I felt like I had been deceived. Why don't book reviewers mention when a book is YA if their review is to appear on a book blog for adults?
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Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston
Remember Me Like This

techeditor, March 31, 2014

Where has Bret Anthony Johnston, the author of this book, been? Why was his name unfamiliar? His writing is so excellent, this book probably deserves a five-star rating. So here's a prediction: Johnston will be well known soon.

In spite of that, in the end, REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS gets four, not five, stars. Although the detailed view of each main character is really necessary to this story, and Johnston's descriptions are perfect, it seems that he could have added more suspense by concentrating earlier on Eric's and Cecil's plans. And maybe he could have elaborated on Jason's nightly drives (which most fathers would have caught on to after the first night).

But this is an author you want to read. His writing is so good, he'll make you want to reread paragraphs.

I won an ARC of this book through librarything.com.
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Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston
Remember Me Like This

techeditor, March 31, 2014

Where has Bret Anthony Johnston, the author of this book, been? Why was his name unfamiliar? His writing is so excellent, this book probably deserves a five-star rating. So here's a prediction: Johnston will be well known soon.

In spite of that, in the end, REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS gets four, not five, stars. Although the detailed view of each main character is really necessary to this story, and Johnston's descriptions are perfect, it seems that he could have added more suspense by concentrating earlier on Eric's and Cecil's plans. And maybe he could have elaborated on Jason's nightly drives (which most fathers would have caught on to after the first night).

But this is an author you want to read. His writing is so good, he'll make you want to reread paragraphs.

I won an ARC of this book through librarything.com.
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A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante
A Circle of Wives

techeditor, March 17, 2014

What a pleasant surprise! Alice LaPlante is able to make a man with three wives (a circle of wives) sympathetic.

LaPlante first asks, who would want to murder this man? The answer seems obvious when it is learned that he had three wives. So the next question is, which wife? As we learn more and more about each wife, the answer to that question is less and less conclusive. All three seem to have motive, and with each chapter, your guess will change.

The majority of A CIRCLE OF WIVES is worthy of a five-star recommendation. So why only four? The ending to this book is lame. That is the biggest reason. Also, though, the chapter near the end in which all the details of the crime are put together is such a disappointment and gives more credit to the detective than seems likely.
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Stay Close by Harlan Coben
Stay Close

techeditor, March 4, 2014

Maybe a testament to how good this book is: although I've been going through turmoil lately, I was able to read this book. Most of us find it difficult to concentrate on a book during bad times. But in this case, I could.

Typical of a Harlan Coben novel, STAY CLOSE doesn't make the reader wait long for suspense. It's a simpler story than his usually are, though. His five-star books are more complex.
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