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Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris
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Dec 04, 10

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Read in December, 2010

I am never disappointed with Charlain Harris's story telling abilities, I obviously enjoy her books when I give them 4 stars...but I have to say that I get incredibly frustrated with her confusion of her own details. I've read her Sookie Stackhouse series and I really enjoyed it; now I'm reading Harper Connely, and it's good fun. But from one book to another, Harper's sisters' ages change, their birth order changes, the NAME of her Uncle changes, along with who her aunt is related to. It's so frustrating that I almost have to call it quits, and not for lack of enjoying the stories or the characters, but because I feel like an author should have enough respect for her own writing that she bothers to pay attention to it--these discrepancies aren't just from one book to another, either. Within one book the details might change drastically, and I just find it ridiculous. If I read a book, I want to feel like I'm there, like this is someone's real story (yes, I understand the difference between fiction and non fiction, but I also think the element of imagination is infinitely important to enjoying any book, and so I imagine that all of this is true). But in real life, my uncle's name won't change from Will to Hank, and my psychic's child won't change from a male to a female, my aunt won't be related to my stepbrother one day and my mother the next...it takes away the magic of a good story for me, I guess is the short of it...
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Patricia I agree. The indiscrepancies pop me out of the reading and make the books a lot less enjoyable than they could be.


Rhonda Oh my goodness, I totally agree! I thought I was going crazy, with "Whose aunt is Iona, anyway?" and I thought Cameron was her younger sister. This book started with Harper being surprised that Chip was Lizzie's BF and then a page later saying that they had already known from Tolliver's research that Chip and Lizzie had been a couple for 6 years. It really felt like the author had just phoned this one in, so to speak.


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