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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

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The Complete Stories
Flannery O'Connor
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Alissa Nutting, Alissa Nutting

all the birds burst into flames, and no one cared, they all looked away

All the Birds, Singing - Evie Wyld

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Jake, a female character has had a life, and through two different story lines, one a footstep behind the present as it further recedes into the past and the other holding at the present try to explain why she is irrational and reactionary. We find out about her life. It’s traumatic, but even the average casual reader will compare it to its counterparts and conclude that it is a bit mundane.

The first storyline delivers, on a moderate degree, the events leading up to her current fragility and personal/emotional torture. The pain literally scarring Jake was rooted in adolescent pride juxtaposed with the sharp edges of jealousy. It was so poorly conceived, however, both in writing and in character development. It was trivial and not unique if you compare it to other novels of this genre.


The storyline that continues at the present attempts to capture a sort of eerie atmosphere, but fails to deliver as it introduces too many ill-conceived characters that ultimately obstruct the mood, which, at first, reflected feelings of Snow Child. It had a coldness at first, a chill, that if sustained would have captured my attention and lead me towards the ending with anticipation. Unfortunately, weak ties binding the two stories together were either too quiet or too forced. The current storyline trotted along, and fell victim to a slushy, stagnant style of writing; it almost felt a bit childlike if you ask me. This offset the almost brisk style of the past, that swooped in and out on important events with an adequate clarity and precision. The contrast was appalling and a notation of a novice author.


We have that dreaded Flynn feel here; that shock-porn aspect, however slender and hushed, underneath the story line occurring in the past.


The current storyline, and the mystery of the dead sheep was intriguing for a hot second. This theme mustered up some strength and holds, however briefly, that creepy feeling of Snowblind by Golden with the exception that Snowblind was expertly executed; at least in this regard.


The ending, however, is abruptly stamped with S.J. Watson, and you know how I despise her writing. Ultimately the ending was chiseled with an unexpected turn of events, which I am fine with, if done properly. The present storyline did not, to any degree, reflect her almost revengeful psycho mentality exhibited in her past.



SOOOOO…. there you have it.



Did I care at the end? Poor Jake and her self-inflicted emotional wounds, boo ho. The ending was pedestrian and the book imparted weak emotional content. The past storyline missed the opportunity to present the reader with the substance needed to care about future Jake. Who were those individuals of the past? Ultimately we don't know the fullest extent of their abuse and influence on future Jake. Lastly, and unless I missed something metaphorical, who was Loyd and what was that monster in the woods? Again, who cares? What was the importance of those menacing adolescents with lighters, beyond being menacing adolescents with lighters?



On the positive side, it did have its pretty moments, with a use of succinct, simple language that accentuated the core storyline, and to a degree added to the narrative. This controlled writing ultimately worked against the storyline, but as it trotted along, page after page, it was probably the only thing that held my attention.



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