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7 Musings about “Double Fault,” by Lionel Shriver

  1. I’m glad I don’t play tennis.
  2. I’m REALLY glad I don’t play tennis.
  3. It’s sad when people don’t realize what a good thing they have going.
  4. Shriver is an incredibly precise writer-which makes the pain she depicts in this book exquisite.
  5. I don’t really like to read books about failure and single-minded devotion to self-destruction.  Even if they are more representative of true life.
  6. Being too good at one thing and not very good at anything else sets a person up for a miserable life.
  7. The beauty of rubbernecking a car-wreck at the side of the road is that it usually takes less than five or six hours to drive by it.  You glance, and then it is in your rear view mirror, and you drive on to somewhere else, thinking about somewhere else.  Not so with the novel-as-car-wreck.

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7 Reasons Why you might LOVE “Her Fearful Symmetry” by Audrey Niffenegger

  1. Identical twins. Double the fun.
  2. The cover is pretty and creepy at the same time.  (What? Isn’t that a valid reason?)
  3. A Ouija board figures prominently in communication between the dead aunt, her nieces and her boyfriend.
  4. The Little Kitten of Death is a plaything for various inhabitants of the apartments.
  5. There are many switched identities, and best-laid plans that change, though everything works out well, if not as expected, in the end.
  6. The OCD upstairs neighbor writes crossword puzzles.
  7. Much action takes place in or overlooking the moss-covered, old, Highgate Cemetery in London. And, the author does a superb job of evoking the foggy eeriness of it all.

As a followup to the highly, hugely, astoundedly popular Time Traveler’s Wife, there’s no way that Her Fearful Symmetry could ever reach the same heights.  However, after a wee bit of a slow start, and an interlude reading other books, I found myself itching to pick up the book again and see what happened.  I was, literally, breathless when it all finished.  Just like one of the main characters.

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7 Musings about South of Broad, by Pat Conroy

  1. A leading character’s name is “Starla.”
  2. The editor was sloppy.  It is missing some necessary commas.
  3. The prose is so overwrought that it makes most soap operas seem like documentaries.
  4. It paints an accurate picture of Charleston’s caste system.
  5. It is a fast read.
  6. Pat Conroy can do better than this.

A fine read for a Saturday afternoon, but get it from the library.

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7 Reasons to Read “The Wild Things” by Dave Eggers

  1. It’s by Dave Eggers.
  2. Remember the line “I’ll eat you up, I love you so!”  Well, we get to see what that really means in the book.
  3. The monsters all talk like adults, but they have no judgment.  That’s either really interesting, or a terrifying commentary on adults.
  4. Eggers does a masterful job of maintaining the tone of the original Where the Wild Things Are, in a satisfying full-length novel.
  5. Reading it lets you crawl into the mind of an 8 year old boy and live vicariously for a while.  Reminds me of why I’m glad I’m not still eight years old, and why I sometimes wish I were eight years old.
  6. There are hundreds of tiny cats where the wild things live.
  7. Max’s crazy neighbor.

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