Mari Jane Law

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Mari Jane Law lives in the UK. She loves books, TV series and films that make her laugh and, through her writing, discovered she could make other people laugh as well. She hopes those who buy or borrow her work have as much fun reading it as she had in writing it!

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I don't compare across genres. So I don't think, oh, that book I just read isn't as good as Pride and Prejudice when that book is advice on car maintenance. If it's a piece of comedy, I compare it to other comedies and ask myself if the book stood up to the claims on the cover. If it's a short book, I don't compare it to long books I've read. Has it fulfilled the purpose within the constraints set out by the author? These things would help get a five star rating.

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Mari Jane Law When I’m stuck for ideas, I ask myself lots of questions. For example, in Love & Pollination, there is a scene where Saul takes Perdita for an Italian…moreWhen I’m stuck for ideas, I ask myself lots of questions. For example, in Love & Pollination, there is a scene where Saul takes Perdita for an Italian meal. The chapter was very flat and boring, and I didn’t know what to do with it. I have heard it said that Raymond Chandler once wrote, ‘If your plot is flagging, have a man come in with a gun.’ So I asked myself what were Perdita’s ‘guns’?

I brought in three characters - in ascending level of awkwardness. Things happening in threes work well in comedy. When the last person, a librarian, comes in, Perdita is so mortified she dives underneath the table, pretending to have lost her napkin. When Saul asks what has been going on with the third diner, this is Perdita’s reaction:

Her face burned with shame, and she covered her cheeks with her hands. ‘I can’t explain about her as I might spontaneously combust from mortification and that won’t be fun for anyone here.’ As an afterthought, she added, ‘And if I weren’t to spontaneously combust, I’d have to go into deep hibernation, and no one would see me ever again.’

The restaurant scene had been one of the most boring in the book. And now it is one of my favourite scenes. (less)
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This is the second book in The Red King Triolgy - I have already read the first. This was equally enjoyable. As soon as the book opens we dive back into the story and soon are taken to fresh places. The imagination of the author can only be admired. ...more
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"A 3.5 star read for me.

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“Next time,’ Gavin said, ‘let’s hope it’s with a man who appreciates the gift of virginity.”
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“I found out later he’d… been to bed with every available woman under the age of fifty,’ Perdita explained. Then she added, ‘But I might have been misinformed. He might not have had any cut-off point.”
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“I can’t explain about her as I might spontaneously combust from mortification and that won’t be fun for anyone here.’ As an afterthought, she added, ‘And if I weren’t to spontaneously combust, I’d have to go into deep hibernation, and no one would see me ever again.”
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“Next time,’ Gavin said, ‘let’s hope it’s with a man who appreciates the gift of virginity.”
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“I found out later he’d… been to bed with every available woman under the age of fifty,’ Perdita explained. Then she added, ‘But I might have been misinformed. He might not have had any cut-off point.”
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“I’ve made two mistakes,’ Perdita said forlornly. ‘The first was to sleep with a man who doesn’t like virgins, the second to sleep with a man who does – after I’d slept with the man who doesn’t.”
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“I can’t explain about her as I might spontaneously combust from mortification and that won’t be fun for anyone here.’ As an afterthought, she added, ‘And if I weren’t to spontaneously combust, I’d have to go into deep hibernation, and no one would see me ever again.”
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“I wanted to believe that my first date had been burgled, that my second date’s babysitter had been rushed to hospital and that my third date had had a meteorite land on his roof because, if these things weren’t true, it meant my dates were running away from me. That there was something wrong with me.”
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