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A Sweet Scent of Death by Guillermo Arriaga
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really liked it

Reading this was almost like reading a screenplay in terms of being able to so easily visualise every scene. That's not to say, however, the writing was short on prose, or dialogue heavy; Arriaga makes good use of every last word (I initially felt a little short-changed when I saw it was only one hundred and sixty pages long).

As a fan of his work in cinema, there was an added bonus of seeing the name of a character who becomes the subject of an entire movie, two or three years after the publication of this book (The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada) and I'd love to know how the character developed from one to the other.

I'd definitely recommend this, especially to anyone who's enjoyed any of the films he's written. It also, in my view, contains some great lessons in storytelling for anyone who's interested.
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Reading Progress

January 16, 2013 – Shelved
February 1, 2013 – Started Reading
February 2, 2013 –
page 20
12.5% (Other Paperback Edition)
February 8, 2013 –
page 60
February 13, 2013 –
page 86
February 20, 2013 –
page 110
February 23, 2013 –
page 130
February 28, 2013 – Finished Reading

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