And poor Andrew, his week has been a rough one. His former bestseller, Chasing Fireflies, is on clearance at Barnes & Noble for $1.37, his girlfriend left him for a corporate America action figure, and he's be...more
I picked this book up last night, meaning to just read the first page or so to see how I liked it and read the entire book straight through. I really like this book! Andrew Connor, the main character, is a writer who no longer writes. His former bestselling book is on sale at Barnes and Noble for $1.37. Hi...more
As I had said in a previous status update, this is a really good book in search of a copy editor. I very much liked the book - it was quirky, fun, kept me engaged, not predictable at all, and Eric Smith had a great voice in his writing. So it was a bit disheartening to be periodically thrown out of the story by a missing comma, or a "through" instead of "threw." However, minor quibble. I acknowledge that I am overly anal when it comes to...more
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I suppose I think of this book as a romantic comedy. When I was reading I kept imagining that this easily could translate into a sitcom for TV. The set-up just seems so right for TV. The story and characters all seem to be the perfect for a weekday night's viewing. Whenever one of the side c...more
Sometimes just reading a book isn’t enough. Sometimes I need a book that is about books. So it was with excitement that I sat down to read about author turned bookstore owner Andrew/Ace. From the very first page I had what I can only call a bibliogasm (a literary orgasm). This is because Eric Smith’s Textual Healing opens with a discussion about the smell of books. There is nothing like the smell of a well loved book, an antique book, a...more
Ace, a writer whose one best-selling, made-into...more
I have never had a pet sugar glider, nor have I ever known any one with such an exotic pet. I wouldn’t even know where to buy one! Can you even get a sugar glider at a regular pet store? When the main character, Ace aka Andrew makes the impulsive decision to buy a sugar glider in order to impress a girl that he is smitten with, I learned that one should never leave such an unusual animal unattended. Ace’s adventure with his psychotic pet that he dubbed Ditto is just one of many...more
Let’s address the title first because to be honest that combined with the cover image have generated many a false impression about the book. The title is just that…a pun…and despite whateve...more
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Few people have to deal with a haiku-speaking flower-shop-owning ninja every day on their way to work. Unfortunately for Andrew Connor, he is one of those people.
And poor Andrew, his week has been a rough one. His former bestseller, Chasing Fireflies, is on clearance at Barnes & Noble for $1.37, his girlfriend left him for a corporate America action figure, and he's been tricked into joining Textual Healing, a support gro...more
I tend to shy away from funny-romantic stories when it comes to books, mainly because the cookie-cutter formulas are getting rusty overtime: boy (or girl) with a crisis meets and falls in love with a girl (or boy) who becomes an inspiration for self-improvement, evil e...more
Apparently, I was very lucky the last half of December, because I won no...more
Textual Healing had me from page one. Here we find the protaganist Andrew, who we'll come to know as "Ace", a former bestselling author with a movie deal to show for it being dumped by his long-term girlfriend who is fed up with his lack of motivation to write anything else. If this wasn't bad enough, Ace is a...more
Textual Healing is a straight-forward romantic comedy; nevermind bizarre elements like ninja florists and rapacious sugar gliders. The writing itself is excellent and descriptive, but we're not talking about the Great American Novel here.
Some of it may be universally funny, but on the whole I think you have to be a certain type of person in a certain age range to really appreciate it. If you don't know what a hipster is, don't...more
The characters whether supporting or otherwise were interesting, and colorful to say...more
It's the story of a writer who had a success, and couldn't quite measure up after...well, couldn't quite live up to 'success'. This is a serious subject, for women as well as men, yet Eric Smith treats the situation with overall joy.
One thing I was disturbed by - the alarming number of typos and grammatical errors. I understand this book is self-published...but goodness, a technical edit...more
The fact that this is a self published book always surprises me. The cover is professional and the editing is superb. I only saw one error that I remember.
The characters aren't too in depth. Really the only person you get to know is Andrew (aka Ace), which makes sense as it's from his point of view. And the timeline is one week. It will shock you as much as it does Andrew when he asks himself if it's really been only one week toward the end of the book. I actually stoppe...more
(A) You are ready the prose form of Scott Pilgrim's spiritual cousin, loaded to the brim with relatable pop cultural references, delightful geekery, and characters whose personality types are widely recognizable, but blown way out of proportion for comedic value. I have often argued that Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is every bit as much a romcom as it is an action flick. Well, Eric Smith's Textual Healing is every bit a cine...more
by Eric Smith
Rating: R; 3 ½ stars
Summary: Andrew “Ace” Connor is struggling with life. His former best-seller is now in the clearance bin, his girlfriend is gone, and he hasn't been able to write in over 3 years. However, he does have friends on his side. His best friend, Brian, sets Ace up with his wife's cousin, Hannah. His writer neighbor convinces him to join a writer's group...that just happens to end up being a support group for writers who find themselves unable to write. O...more
I think Textual Healing is the perfect book for anyone who is in need of a good laugh, or for someone who has been annoyed by the cliches of many books and romantic comedy movies...as the characters state many time...more
Andrew "Ace" Connor is appealing in so many different ways. He is not too attractive, not too smart, no...more
My name's Eric. I'm a writer / blogger / book marketing guy living in Philly with my chinchilla (Mittens) and bunny (Rory). I grew up in NJ and moved to Philadelphia to pursue my MA in English literature at Arcadia University. I decided to stay.
I happily work for Quirk Books (Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children). Here I spend my days slinging books...more