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
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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
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
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
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
For some reason I did have high expectations for Textual Healing by Eric Smith and for some reason I didn’t get disappointed at all. The plot might be easy to see through; nevertheless the author takes the unoriginal plot and turns it into a beautiful flower, blooming between your hands while you keep on turning the pages.
The gallery of characters is great; you get under the skin of the main character; feel with him, understand him. The other charact ...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
Andrew "Ace" Connor is appealing in so many different ways. He is not too attractive, not too smart, no ...more
In fact, on the surface, Smith’s novel sounds like a familiar-yet-quirky rendition of many popular ro ...more
Apparently, I was very lucky the last half of December, because I won no ...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
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
I really like quirky books, and this definitely fits the bill. The best part was the haiku speaking (and texting) ninja, Brave Orchid, who ran a florist shop across the street from Andrew's book shop. And the costume party was a blast too :)
You really feel for the character because he tries and screws up, and it's easy to feel his pain. At the same time, you want to slap him silly for the things he does.
Definitely a good, fun read. Highly recommended!
What made the biggest impression on me was the staggering amount of grammatical and spelling errors - among them "Hemmingway"! Really? There were some consistency issues as well. When grammar and spelling distracts SO MUCH from the story, it's a problem.
As to his writing style, it's OK, but he tries too hard to be funny/quirky/current. The character development was good-ish and the story itself was fine.
It had potential but I was severely underwhelmed.
In one word: hysterical.
Eric Smith's first work of fiction, Textual Healing, features just that and more. Dumped by his girlfriend, author Andrew Connor never expects life will change. His one rousing success, which was made into a feature film, bring him nothing but painful reminders that he ...more
His writing has appeared locally in the Philly Weekly, The Inquirer, and on Philly.com. He's written for the Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Boing Boing, and is a regular contributor to BookRiot and Geekosystem.
His essays have appeared in the Bygone Bureau and The Apiary, an ...more