I first read Susan’s work in Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems, which I loved. Susan is a “well-rounded writer, clean dialogue, full description, easy read!”I first read Susan’s work in Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems, which I loved. Susan is a “well-rounded writer, clean dialogue, full description, easy read!” Authors like to try on different hats, get a ‘feeling’ from other people’s perspectives – similar to actors, I suppose -- and Susan Jean Ricci stretches her writerly talents with her new offering. In Lovin’ those Navy Games, Susan tackles a different kind of story. The premise is loaded with hometown pathos just itching for deeper investigation. Michael Burke has some serious conflicts to deal with. The death of his idolized older brother while serving on active duty in Vietnam, his high school sweetheart, Ellie, and their imminent plans to marry, choosing between a college baseball scholarship, or paying tribute to his deceased brother by joining the Navy himself. Not easy topics to tackle with only a few pages and a cast of characters bursting at the seams with dramatic tension. Susan handles the story with creative authority; her writing is better than ever, crisp, tight, and the dialogue flows. I would love the author to expand the length of this piece to a novel, allowing a deeper and grittier connection with Michael. I want to invest in him, get emotionally involved in his life, his loves, his small-town sacrifices, and the difficult choices he will ultimately have to make. ...more
I know when I dont look forward to picking a book back up... I'm in deep doo doo... I tried, I really did, but this story was so heavy, so padded withI know when I dont look forward to picking a book back up... I'm in deep doo doo... I tried, I really did, but this story was so heavy, so padded with extraneous description, I forgot it was supposedly hailed as a classic horror story! NOT! I couldnt finish, my hand kept searching for new books to plow through with excitement and fury. Has writing changed so much since this book was published? I guess so...
Dreadful! This is one example where I wish I would have read the reviews prior to downloading the book. I usually don't pay attention to reviews, partDreadful! This is one example where I wish I would have read the reviews prior to downloading the book. I usually don't pay attention to reviews, particularly if the 'hype' surrounding a novel is good, in this case comparing it to Jennifer Egan's 'A Visit from the Goon Squad.' which I loved. 'The Girls' is the exception. Kudos to Emma Cline for acquiring an agent to actually sell this and also to the publishing house's marketing team who were able to promote this novel to such bestseller heights. I could not finish, the writing was too self absorbed for me, the superfluous adjectives and flowery, sometimes ridiculous prose distracted from the storyline. Of course this book will be short-listed for a Booker Prize and win the Pulitzer. Show me the money! ...more
Enjoyed but took a while. Cumbersome, certainly not riveting, a crime scene procedural. I would have liked to know more about the killer, background,Enjoyed but took a while. Cumbersome, certainly not riveting, a crime scene procedural. I would have liked to know more about the killer, background, why??? The red herrings were plentiful, and when the killer was finally identified, I was like... oh, okay... let's end it now. Not sure I would read the next one... just didn't hold my interest. I would give it 3 and 1/2 for the writing though. ...more
There are those high climbers who reach for the brass ring... and actually seize it! Danler is one of those golden girls! She finishes her MFA, gets aThere are those high climbers who reach for the brass ring... and actually seize it! Danler is one of those golden girls! She finishes her MFA, gets an agent, and acquires the book deal of a lifetime. With no other publishing house than Knopf! There is a coterie of 'these girls' now, on fire with multi-zeroed advances and marketing dollars and several book deals and spinning gold. Danler has the goods, though, I think. A little over the top sometimes, more often than not her prose is lush and liquid and sensually memorable, sometimes genius (in my humble, non-genius opinion) can work a phrase, a paragraph or a single word and make me smile, shake my head, and understand why I read, why I write and why I love the wonderful power of the written word. There isn't much of a story, the book is more "memoir" I imagine than fiction, the characters despicable (I wouldn't want them as friends), but the bittersweet in this diary of secrets is more about the great vast sea of New York City, getting lost, and being found in a room that lets you occupy its spaces, openly, lovingly, sometimes brutally, and if you're not careful... will eat you up and set you scrambling on a raft with nothing more than a book full of wine knowledge, credit card debt and the immeasurable mourning of time lost and careers forgotten. Danler got out. Her only regret is her happy ATM card with more than $400 secured in it for safe keeping....more
Concept mesmerizing, execution... single barreled, ALTHOUGH I did enjoy Dot's writing style. Hip, current, easy to read... These voyeur porn books areConcept mesmerizing, execution... single barreled, ALTHOUGH I did enjoy Dot's writing style. Hip, current, easy to read... These voyeur porn books are difficult because of the obvious... I understand the attraction. Titillating premise, dead girls, tattoos of butterflies on their backs... dangerous, wicked SO Silence of the Lambs, right? Something vaguely familiar but yet so new, different... and yet lopsided in its delivery, to the point I didn't care. I never got to know anybody. Cardboard characters without much dimension. The main character Maya... somewhat interesting, but I've read this character so many times before. Nothing made her real. Nothing made me CARE, not once in this book about survival! And the love story..? Didn't work for me! What was missing for me was the story/ stories of the antagonist. It was all placed in front of me without much thought or craftsmanship. I wanted to hiss each time the Gardener showed up... not a good thing. I was taught to love your antagonist. This fool's actions were simple, tattooing and fucking. No back story, no reason why except for a brief thing about his butterfly collecting dad... my mind took me in so many wonderful scenarios, but that's not my job on this book! And except for the name 'Eddison,' the detectives were a boring blur... edit out. So, if you want to be a voyeur for a quick hot second, on a really different kind of one dimensional ride... read this. I needed more for my money. ...more