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Linda Hilton

Reader, Writer, Merciless Reviewer and Incurable Romantic

Currently reading

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
Nancy MacLean
Progress: 134/574 pages
Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy
Christopher L. Hayes
Progress: 17/304 pages
The Secular Scripture: A Study of the Structure of Romance
Northrop Frye
Progress: 43/200 pages
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
Arlie Russell Hochschild
Progress: 96/454 pages
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Ibram X. Kendi
Progress: 22/750 pages
All the President's Men
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Progress: 73/383 pages
Women's Gothic and Romantic Fiction: A Reference Guide (American Popular Culture)
Kay Mussell
Progress: 17/157 pages
The Looking-Glass Portrait
Linda Hilton
Really Neat Rocks: A casual introduction to the rocks & gems of Arizona and the lapidary arts
Linda Hilton
Progress: 61/61 pages
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Jon Krakauer

Secrets in the Shallows

Secrets in the Shallows (Monastery Murders) (Volume 1) - 'Karen Vance Hammond',  'Kimberly Brouillette'

IF you want to slog through turgid purple prose, this might be the book for you. IF you want to risk the wrath of a prima donna author, you can leave a negative review.

I tried the sample. IF I had picked this book up in a book store and read the first page, I'd have put it right back on the shelf.

And IF the author had walked up behind me to criticize my decision and to provide pages and pages of lecture to tell me how to read it, I probably wouldn't have put it back quietly.

It's just not written very well. The Josh Olson rule and all that.

The Prologue opens with an atmospheric scene of woods. By a lighthouse. By a monastery. By a bay. When I, as a reader, have to stop to try to figure out where I am in the first scene, I know the rest of the book is going to be an effort. And not the fun intellectual effort of trying to figure out the mystery.

I'll pass on this one.

Edited to add:

The book appears to be out of print and I didn't see an e-book on Amazon so I guess I don't have to worry about buying it anyway.