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SkinnyDippingIntoBooks

Skinny Dipping Into Books

I like the rain. I want to have a spring bookworming rain party full out with wellies—but not those Hunter Boots; absolutely not—, with yummy airy things like puffed pastries, meringues, mini fluffy cheese cakes, mousse dessert, macaroon, biscuits, crepe, and Earl Grey tea, definitely Earl Grey tea.  and Tillandsia. We'd have lots of "air plants". Lots! And We'd read, but not anything structured. We'd bring books, trade books, read out-loud, pass books around between sentences and paragraphs. We'd leave with books we hadn't discovered.

 

I like books like I like my Jazz; euphoric, dangerous, occasionally a bit manic, sorrowful, bleak, raging, mood-incongruent, mournful, unforgivingly ragged, symbolic in a quiet way, warm apple pie for the soul. Give me a Plath style. Yōko Ogawa, M. Roach,


Criteria: Not rated on likability of characters. Not objective. I like Moxie Soda; chances are you don't.


time spent in that before bed reading slot:

5-until blurry eye 4-Later than I intended, but I still kept to my extended, extended reading time 3-I really should have been to bed an hour ago  2-customary 30 minutes. 1-book. side table. eyes closed.


How are common themes handled?

5-With an aesthetic that repurposes everyday themes into something fresh. Think of Hole Celebrity Skin covered by Cat Power  4-there is a comfortable air of familiarly.
3-Deja Vu 2. No deviation from its mates  1. Devastatingly trite, redundant, and stale.

Where would you keep it post-reading?

5-Next to my bed.  4-it's the center piece of my favorite bookshelf 3. On my other favorite bookshelf, but it's a bit dusty over their 2-Great cheap bookends 1-It never made it out of the box marked 'moving'.


Emotional response-

5- Where is my teddy bear? Emotional-hangover 4- If I wasn't so emotionally stunted I'd cry.
3. Did James Cameron co-wrote this? Artfully contrived. 
2- calculative emotional manipulation. This was literally written by James Cameron.1- I…feel…..nothing.

Mechanics (plot structure, voice, presentation, word choice, sentence structure, characters, writing style, pacing, and consistency):

5-Chanel 4-Prada 3-J-Crew 2-Gap 1-Old Navy

Currently reading

The Complete Stories
Flannery O'Connor
I am No One You Know
Joyce Carol Oates
Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls
Alissa Nutting, Alissa Nutting

When a novel unravels

We Were Liars - E. Lockhart

NETGALLEY ARC!!!


This book started out with a bang. It captured the essence of contemporary literature and the future of young adult novels, with its unique prose, its style, and the poetic language and structure that laced its way through paragraphs, it established itself as a wondrous novel.  I was excited for this and felt a warm tug from inside the book that encouraged me to continue reading it. however….

It slowly began to suffer from "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" syndrome—started off a grand display of talent and potential but quickly unraveled—, which put a grand frown on my face. Initially I enjoyed the poetic and disjointed prose that became the signature of this book, but it slowly became redundant, contrived, and soaked the book in a heaviness that was difficult to digest. I have to admit the book maintained a serious and solid tone, but, besides the authors deftness in writing it, it became a tad underwhelming.

The ending of the book suffered from pacing issues, both in style as well as the overall approach. I found that the plot dissolved in a manner that reflected a grad school writing assignment rather than a product from a writer that has perfected, or at least fine tuned her skill to some degree. The last few chapters seemed rushed, establishing what I knew the ending would announce, but did so in a forced, overt manner. These chapters read more like a review, or a back over, rather than a nicely tuned piece of literature.

Character development was shy of perfection, and in many cases felt messy, and the characters not distinguished from one another. When successful the characters shined in their uniqueness and traits were explored to a decent degree.



Absolutely an author to watch for, but this one really didn't do it for me.






Initial thoughts via phone.....I'll review how disappointed wretched it's ugly head later