Day: October 11, 2016

“Watching a Glass Shatter” – 18 Chapters Drafted

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I’ve been a busy writer the last two weeks and doubled my chapters drafted from 9 to 18.  On track to complete draft of the entire book by Halloween.  Who’s excited to hear more about the Glass family?  For now, check out Chapters 1 & 2 here

-jjciv

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Review: Rebecca

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Rebecca
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars to Daphne du Maurier‘s Rebecca. I loved it and may even consider it 4 1/2 stars (but I can’t!).


Story

The second wife of a wealthy widower (you’ll never know her name) tries to figure out how to fit into her new family when it seems there’s now way how. With many twists and turns, both suspense and a bit of romance, this story captures your attention immediately and takes you on a path of great intrigue. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, du Maurier confounds and surprises you — in a good way. I would love to be a fly on the wall in Manderley (name of the estate where the book takes place) to catch all the hidden expressions and conversations.


Strengths

1. Mystery and Intrigue
2. Character Development


Weaknesses

1. Some unanswered questions (small ones).
2. I want more.


Final Thoughts

Read it. Experience it. Don’t just watch the move adaption. You want to make up your own mind about what everyone looks like and acts like.
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Review: Night Over Water

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Night Over Water
Night Over Water by Ken Follett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars to Ken Follett‘s Night Over Water. Someone else I know was reading this one and thought it was amazing. I decided to give it a chance. It WAS amazing. I couldn’t put it down. All the characters work so well together and I decided I like Ken Follett a lot! This is a definite read if you like suspense and thriller combined with some light romance and a bit of history!

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Review: World Without End

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World Without End
World Without End by Ken Follett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars to Ken Follett‘s World Without End. One of my favorite books of all time… I was just mesmerized by the characters and everything they went thru. It is a MUST read.

It’s a long read, and it takes place hundreds of years ago, but if you can handle the primitive nature of the timeline, the various plots and subplots will astound you.

I kept getting angry at all the tragedy thrown at the two main characters. How could they suffer so much. And for years. I’ll stop there as I don’t want to give it away, but please read this one!

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Review: Orphan Train

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Orphan Train
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars to Christina Baker Kline‘s Orphan Train. It is a beautiful book – everything from the story to the imagery.


Story

Two parallel stories being told about what happens to a young girl when her family life is threatened. The elder, a 90-something year old woman remembering her past. The younger, a teenager doing community service for the 90 year old. They bond. They fight. The stories nearly become one. And perhaps one of them will get to answer the question “who am I, really?”.
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Review: The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra

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The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Quick read. Informative. Learned a lot! I picked it up to see what their story was all about. And I was surprised at the amount of impact was both on the world and on them as a family. Good book.

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Review: The Golden Compass

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The Golden Compass
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on what was actually happening. I’m not sure if I will read book 2 or 3 of the series yet… thoughts?

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