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Review: The House of Broken Angels

The House of Broken Angels The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one has a majestic premise: we get to see as many as six generations reflected in the single month between the deaths of two members of an extended family. Their different stories telescope around the gathering(s), and we get backstory piled on top of backstory. From their roots in Mexico, through their time enter... Read more of this blog post »
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1. Never open a book with weather.
2. Avoid prologues.
3. Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue.
4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said”…he admonished gravely.
5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
6. Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose."
7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
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