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7 Responses to "FPP#4: All Day the Snow Had Been Falling"
February 16, 2006 at 03:51 PM
It is reminding me of the introdution of either a high-tech thriller or a mystery so far -- that narrowing in on the scientists. I agree with Alexis that the backdrop is rather predictable, which doesn't bode well. But i would read on to see if it was a promising idea for a mystery. If so, I'd read a bit more to see if was became a good mystery. So many are not...
February 15, 2006 at 10:59 AM
Okay, forget about the weather... if the next paragraph has grad students working furiously in a lab to reanimate corpses for Harvard's Army of Doom, then I'll buy the book!
February 14, 2006 at 05:56 PM
Hm...I don't know, Dave, I'm vaguely annoyed by the "jab" at the activists. It's too easy to make fun of rich kids who go away to college and suddenly get a conscience. Even easier to throw a few punks and street people into a scene. It's the standard cast of characters for the city backdrop. What's interesting is that in the midst of this suddenly strangely quiet place some grad students are working furiously in a lab to reanimate corpses for Harvard's Army of Doom. Or whatever. Okay. I'm interested. I'll read the next paragraph.
February 14, 2006 at 03:42 PM
Just a hunch here, Venkman: Has no one ever told you that a little foreplay goes a long way? The Elmore Leonard advice is great (and eminently quotable), but c'mon: we've moved past the weather by the end of the paragraph. And don't tell me that "The undergraduates camping there for Harvard's divestment from South Africa had packed up their cardboard boxes, tents, and sleeping bags and begun building snow people" doesn't make you smile just a tiny bit. That's a fine, quiet jab -- particularly how the series graduates from boxes (wow, these protesters are serious) to tents (well, kind of serious) to sleeping bags (on the other hand maybe trust fund babies) and finally snow people (isn't activism fun!).
February 14, 2006 at 11:18 AM
I'm instantly reminded of #1 in Elmore Leonard's immortal
10 Rules of Writing
: "Never open a book with weather....The reader is apt to leaf ahead looking for people." Precisely! Wake me when the weather report is finished...
February 13, 2006 at 10:49 PM
I'm intrigued, partly because I spent two abortive years at college in Mass and the description of Harvard Square brings back memories.
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