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Old 09-22-2015, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm reading Sleeping Roses by RaShelle Workman. I have no idea why I bought it. It's a romantic suspense. I don't read romances. I do not like any of the characters and there are a few editorial mistakes but I want to know how it ends so I'll stick with it.

http://www.amazon.com/Sleeping-Roses...Sleeping+Roses
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Old 09-22-2015, 08:57 AM
 
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I always read reviews. I don't always agree with them but usually I can get some sense of the credibility of the reviewer. If they can't spell, I dismiss them completely, rightly or wrongly.

But as far as this Fourth of July Creek, the writer is amazing. I have never heard of Smith Henderson, the writer, before and I don't think I have ever seen this book or the writer mentioned in this forum. I think that anyone who has enjoyed the way Donna Tartt writes, the careful way each sentence is crafted without being self-conscious or overly artsy about it, might like to read this book for the sheer beauty of the language. I am not far enough along to get a sense of the story though. I have been distracted by other stuff.

The writing has a staccato style, which suits the setting and the characters perfectly. I have rarely read a book where the words and the rhythm of the sentences themselves are part of the atmosphere of the book. Every page has something brilliant on it.

I will quote a bit to give you a sense of the words: "Her heart in its red and white cage, knocking just inches from his own, like two young prisoners tapping out simpleton Morse, I am here I am here I am here."

Another one: "She spanked her eyelashes at him..."

But he never over does it. It isn't florid or cute. I don't know about the story yet.

Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

Marlow, you might like this one.
I just put it on my list. Thank you!

For no real reason at all, your description reminded me of a book I read and loved years ago called Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith. It's an epistolary novel and the letters start when the girl/writer is very young and continue through old age. I've read it a couple of times and may be due for a reread. I've read other stuff by Smith but never liked it as much. (Now I realize that the reason I thought of it is probably because the author you talked about has "Smith" for a first name. Crazy brain connections.)
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Old 09-22-2015, 10:13 AM
 
Location: CO
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I'm reading Sleeping Roses by RaShelle Workman. I have no idea why I bought it. It's a romantic suspense. I don't read romances. I do not like any of the characters and there are a few editorial mistakes but I want to know how it ends so I'll stick with it.

Sleeping Roses, RaShelle Workman - Amazon.com
That's certainly happened to me. Didn't like what I was reading but had to find out what happened. Hostage to a bad book!

And, Netwit, I'm sorry but I'm still reeling from that "she spanked her eyelashes at him" quote. I'm afraid if I'd read that I would have "spanked" the book shut and resisted the urge to hurl it across the room.
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Canada
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That's certainly happened to me. Didn't like what I was reading but had to find out what happened. Hostage to a bad book!

And, Netwit, I'm sorry but I'm still reeling from that "she spanked her eyelashes at him" quote. I'm afraid if I'd read that I would have "spanked" the book shut and resisted the urge to hurl it across the room.
I can see why you would say that but that is part of a longer sentence in a drunken, film noire like scene, in which it worked beautifully.
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:48 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain ,The little paris bookshop by nina George
Two of the best books I have read this year ..whoa that is saying something
cause I'm hard on books . I am very critical critic . LOL .
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Old 09-23-2015, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain ,The little paris bookshop by nina George
Two of the best books I have read this year ..whoa that is saying something
cause I'm hard on books . I am very critical critic . LOL .
I just downloaded The Little Paris Book Shop.
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Old 09-23-2015, 02:17 PM
 
Location: CO
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I can see why you would say that but that is part of a longer sentence in a drunken, film noire like scene, in which it worked beautifully.
That explains a lot! I'm quite fond of a particularly good turn of phrase and sometimes save them in my notes. Like this one. "When she had gone creaking away, in a shoes-and-corset concerto..."
I admire fine writing tremendously!
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Old 09-23-2015, 07:02 PM
 
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Just finished The Possibilities by Kaui Hemmings, who wrote The Descendants. Loved it. I thought it accurately portrayed a mother's grief over losing her young adult son while never being maudlin. Writing was very good. Characters were unique. It was interesting to read what it is like to live in a resort town (in Colorado).

[SIZE=2]http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Possibilities/Kaui-Hart-Hemmings/9781476725802

Just started Eileen, a first novel that is billed as a literary thriller (but no one is comparing it to Gone Girl! Stands on its own merits!)

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/bo...fegh.html?_r=0

I think it's going to be good.

Couldn't get through the new Brene Brown nonfiction book, Rising Strong.
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Old 09-24-2015, 09:16 AM
 
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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri is beautiful. Reminds me of Cutting for Stone. I'll be sad when I finish it.
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Old 09-24-2015, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I finally got X by Sue Grafton. I love her books! I've been reading them since the 1980s. I wish I could remember them all better. I'll be able to read this pretty fast, because those Kinsey Milhone mysteries are always so interesting. I just started it last night.
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