"Saying an agent only finds a publisher and negotiates a contract is kind of like saying a spouse just buys you a ring and then hangs out with you until you're dead." ---Barbara Poelle, [amazing] Literary Agent
Let's hope it's not the manuscript that puts you to sleep!I'm reading Empire Falls, and my own manuscript. Enjoy your Sunday.
I read several books in Sue Grafton's alphabet series when they were first published and decided to begin the series again. I started with "A Is For Alibi" last November, and I'm now halfway through "V Is For Vengeance." Over the holidays I detoured into some James Joyce, Robert Parker and Norman Maclean, but otherwise it's been a steady Kinsey Millhone diet.
Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. I downloaded this and only poked at it. I bought it and can't put it down. It made me remember that I love more about reading than just reading, not to mention the look of a bookcase filled with favorite titles.
As Sunday is just finishing here in Oz, this is what I've read: on the Kindle just finished the first Lily Bard book "Shakespeare's Landlord" by Charlaine Harris. In print reading the latest Carola Dunn "Heirs of the Body" having just finished JD Robb's "Concealed in Death".
I was reading "The Monuments Men", but I keep getting sucked back into "Godspeed" by February Grace. (For the second time...in a row.)I never knew that type story would grab me so strongly.Enjoy your day, and yes Cat naps are required on Sundays...Rats! I have two cats...double naps I guess.Cheers Hank.
I want to just "like" this post, but I'll add in my current read - just picked up Andrew's Brain by E.L. Doctorow. It's my first of his and it's a pretty interesting read already. I also just finished The Princess Bride which was as entertaining (or more so) than the the movie.
Sort of like Kitty, I'm re-reading aloud to my wife the Meg Langslow mysteries by Donna Andrews. I'm dipping into Bill Bryson's Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words and DePoy's the Tao and the Bard.
I'm in between choices since I just finished SYCAMORE ROW and GALVESTON. One I loved, the other I hated. Want to guess which is which?I've got UNTIL SHE COMES HOME on my nightstand, but I need to catch up on my magazines, since I'm several issues behind. (P&W and WD)Dog naps work too.
I'm reading Guillaume Musso's, 7 Ans Après. For some reason, I can't get into the story. It's bizarre because I've read all of his earlier works and each one was a page-turner. This one however is somewhat boring. I've seen this happen with other authors who become very popular and they begin to turn out novels like a machine. He has two newer ones out. Demain, last year and Central Park, just a few days ago. I'm thinking of abandoning the one I'm reading now, which is rare! I think I've only stopped reading three books in my life.Have a great Sunday!
March turned out to be much more stressful than expected, so I was happy to stumble upon the Enchanted, Inc. series by Shanna Swendson last week. Who knew that magical chick-lit was just what I needed to de-stress??Thanks for asking. Hope you are reading something just as magical!
So tell us when you have a wakeful moment. When you read a client's manuscript, you actually mark it up when highlighter and pen? Margin notes? Still awaiting the good fortune of having an agent accept my manuscript, I really don't know how most agents work. Thanks!
Somehow or another I was skimming your archives and came across your post four years ago about Dave Cullen's Columbine, which sounded interesting. It came from the library on Friday and I will probably finish it by Monday. I don't recall a nonfiction book ever gripping me so fiercely.
Since I finished Wolverine Bros. Freight & Storage, I am clicking around my Kindle TBR pile, looking for a place to settle. Terri
How did you read wolverine bros? Did I miss something?
The sox knocker I am looking forward to reading is the forthcoming Janet Read thriller, HOW TO SWIM WITH THE SHARK AND BECOME A BESTSELLING AUTHOR.It may be everybody's fantasy, and crime oriented authors may want to kill for it, but I know it will not be fiction.
Dean Koontz, "The Bad Place"
Steve Forti - I scored an ARC of Wolverine Bros. I'll be blogging about it after the 1st when it is about a month out from dropping. It is the best Conway Sax yet. Very dark, very gritty.
Last 20 pages of rereading Bruce Catton's "A Stillness at Appomatox."
Just starting The Girls of Atomic City.
Crime and Punishment. Took me 60 years to get to it.
I'm reading the most recent Best American Non Required Reading, and also working on a draft of my most recently finished MS.
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
I just opened a book called ASSHOLES, A THEORY by Aaron James. I'm hoping the rest is as promising as the title!
Terri - can't wait. Very jealous. I live only ten minutes from him, actually. So I'm hoping he's having a release signing at the local bookstore again.
Just finished paper Towns by John Green. Great protagonist, good storyline. And I grew up about a mile from where the story took place (though they went to the wrong high school), but I didn't know that until I got a page in. Now I have to send it to my mom so she can visit the places discussed.
Your cat looks enough like two of mine to be another sibling! My tbr pile is enormous, but I'm writing this weekend instead. I'm trying to write a short story in a day. :)
Sadly, not my kitten in the picture. I have to borrow the cats for the blog. This one is an editor pal's parent's cat. (Isn't he just a fuzzy bunch of yummy?)
Terri, you are so kind! I'm glad you liked WBFS. Steve Forti: I haven't yet arranged an event at our favorite indie bookseller, but I'm sure I will. Even better, I hang around there all the time, drinking coffee and seeing what's new. Maybe I'll bump into you!
I wasn't reading this Sunday. I was writing chapter 10 of my novel-in-the-making, The Gifts of Faith.Love the kitten! I have 3 cats of my own.
I divided my reading time between THE MAZE RUNNER and a 23 page fiction critique for my MFA writing workshop.
The Manhattan Beach Project by Peter Lefcourt. Published 2005. The MC is quoted in a brief preface: "In Hollywood you're never quite as dead as people give you credit for..."
Just finished up CAPE FEAR, by John D. MacDonald. Also reading an advanced reader's copy of THE GOOD SPY by Kai Bird (thank you, Shelf Awareness!). Halfway through. It's really good.
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