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The Eleventh Victim

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

I simply adore Nancy Grace. I think she’s brash, bodacious, brazen, blatant, and bold. A hot mess! I love her. That’s why I was so excited to read her novel, The Eleventh Victim. Sadly, however, I was most disappointed.

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The book just didn’t live up to my Nancy Grace expectations. I think it must have fallen short of a lot of folks’ expectations given that it has received mediocre ratings across the board. Quite frankly, it was just a little bit too ambitious.

Nancy obviously meant for this book to be the introductory platform for the character of high-powered litigator turned psychoanalyst, Hailey Dean. The problem is that she tried to lay too much groundwork and, at times, made the roadmap too hard to follow. There was even one scene a bit too reminiscent of a comic book type superhero with a hidden cache of weaponry. How bizarre.

I felt there were too many storylines, too many plots, and too many twists…both faux and real. While Hailey is supposed to be “Miss Thang” and the reason we will read the next book and the one after that, she misses too much and is way too slow on the uptake to be the cream of the crop we are supposed to believe she is.

I’m sorry Nancy but I wasn’t impressed. If you didn’t the first time, I think you need to listen to your editor and heed her advice. If you did the first time then you need a new editor.

I wish it could be more but The Eleventh Victim gets a very generous 3 out of 5 bones. Not a waste of time but not up to the hype.

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Running with Scissors (Review)

Friday, September 15th, 2006

I just finished reading Augusten Burroughs’ memoir, Running with Scissors, and I must say I couldn’t get it over with soon enough. I’m one of those quirky folks that believes once I start a book, I am almost obligated to finish it. That was more often than not a struggle with this one.

Burroughs’ use of humor and wit is extremely well done but the vulgarity splashed throughout the pages was just a bit more than I wanted to deal with and was truly on the verge of overkill. Shocking revelations strewn here and there with such graphic detail wouldn’t be so bad but it kept needlessly popping up all over the book. Frankly, I got tired of it and the shock value wore off quickly for me.

What a shame that Burroughs didn’t lean more heavily on his obvious literary prowess to tell what could have been a most engaging and entertaining story. His “childhood” was certainly the stuff books are made of but he missed the mark with this one.

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Book Club

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

Oprah has one so why not me? :) I wanted to get the Book Club list up over here on the new site so anyone who cares can keep up with it. The current entries are:

null Levi’s Will by W. Dale Cramer

null Last Light by Terri Blackstock

and

null All She Ever Wanted by Lynn Austin

Now, these are listed in the order in which I read them and not necessarily by preference. I am almost always reading a book so I’m sure another one will be added soon. The last two I read didn’t live up to my Book Club standards but the one I’m into right now just might find its way here! Keep your eyes open.

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