I'm a fan of the series, but I was a little skeptical of this collection of short stories. What a dope - they rocked! The intro gave a little bit of i...moreI'm a fan of the series, but I was a little skeptical of this collection of short stories. What a dope - they rocked! The intro gave a little bit of info about Sue Grafton and her writing process, which was fun for me, and then the book was separated into two sections. Short stories with Kinsey Milhone, which were fun, and as a "writer" it was fun to hear short mysteries, which according to my last writing instructor don't count as short stories. He can stuff it. The final section were linked semi-autobiographical stories of a more literary sort. They were sad, mostly, and I felt the pain/poignancy as I drove.
I'd like to own a copy so I can go back and see how to write a mystery story. I don't think fans of the novels need read this to fill any gaps, but if you're a fan, and you don't mind the short story, go for it.(less)
Lovely, utterly readable book! Three sisters return to their childhood home because of their mother's illness, and each chapter alternates between the...moreLovely, utterly readable book! Three sisters return to their childhood home because of their mother's illness, and each chapter alternates between the experience of each. This is a literary family, and much of the book is a love story about reading and books as a physical object (ironic, as I read it on my nook). The father is a Shakespeare scholar, and thus speaks in iambic pentameter and through couplets. This could be annoying, and I love Shakespeare probably more than the average reader, but the author had the kids translate so people unfamiliar with the King Lear lingo can read the book without wondering WTH he was saying. Another little trick was that the book was told from the perspective of the sisters as a group - so the royal "we" looked upon the actions of each individual. It was a little odd, and never became completely natural, but it definitely was interesting.
I want to give this 5 stars for the author's creativity, but the plot wasn't super exciting. And there's an annoying little bit about libraries (that ends up being redeemed) that will irritate every public librarian who reads it. There's also a bit of repetition of vocabulary (using the word tattoo as an idea was brilliant once, but not the third time) that my editor's mind nit-picked against. But! If you consider yourself a reader reader, and are a true book lover, go pick this up.(less)
This illustrated (sort of) stream of consciousness journal is marvelous. The pages are paintings of photographs, so the artwork is beautiful. The jour...moreThis illustrated (sort of) stream of consciousness journal is marvelous. The pages are paintings of photographs, so the artwork is beautiful. The journal highlights the journey of an adult woman musing about depression, beauty, death, love...pretty much everything. It's at times whimsical and at others deeply affecting. I think a reader could get something from this every time it's read.(less)