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Musings of a Book Addict

I'm married to a scavenger of sorts and he often totes home rescued boxes of books that I paw through with shiny, hungry eyes. I pull out the odd and interesting and add them to my teetering stack.

Currently reading

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Arthur Conan Doyle
E.B. White: A Biography
Scott Elledge
Murder on the Orient Express
Agatha Christie
There Is Nothing Wrong with You: Going Beyond Self-Hate
Cheri Huber, June Shiver
Living Buddha, Living Christ
Thích Nhất Hạnh
No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger
Mark Twain
The Snare of the Hunter
Helen MacInnes
Paintings of Henry Miller
Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell
Dreamways of the Iroquois: Honoring the Secret Wishes of the Soul
Robert Moss
Pentimento (Back Bay Books)
Lillian Hellman

Family Honor (Sunny Randall Series #1)

Family Honor - Robert B. Parker The only reason this book gets two stars instead of one is that the main character, Sunny Randall, is actually pretty awesome. She's sassy and interesting and solves crimes with her Boston Terrier. Sadly, the writing is horrendous. It's actually more written like a screenplay or a pitch for a television show (and I think it would make a good one, actually). I mean, there are pages and pages of dialogue that looks like this:"Do you like her?" Julie said."No.""Why not?""I can't say.""Because you don't know or because she might hear you?""The latter.""Is she angry and hostile?""Yes.""Hates her parents?""You bet.""And every other adult.""I'd guess so."I mean there are pages and pages and pages of dialogue like this. It's totally nuts. Again, if it were a screenplay and this were being filmed with charismatic actors, this dialogue might work but it's as if the author doesn't know the difference between a screenplay and an actual novel. Too bad, because the characters are quite interesting. Oh well.