The Frivolous Reader

My impressions of books and other vague attempts at writing



Did that ended the way I thought it ended???

Villette by Charlotte Bronte (Barnes & Noble Classics series) Did you, Bronte??  Did you end it the way I think you ended it??  Just like Fredrik Backman's Beartown.  Take you for an emotional roller coaster ride then spit you out.... Continue Reading →

¿Viva la revolución?

The Underdogs: A Novel of the Mexican Revolution by Mariano Azuela I'm sure this novel has merit.  That's probably why I am giving it 2 stars.  However, I just didn't like it.  The chapters were too short, which made for... Continue Reading →

The mechanics of creative writing

Characters, Emotion, and Viewpoint by Nancy Kress This is the second book in the "Write Great Fiction" series put out by Writer's Digest Press that I've read (the previous one was on Plot).  I like a lot of the examples... Continue Reading →

Where a community is the main character

Beartown by Fredrik Backman Atria Books (to be release in the US on April 25, 2017). *This is a review from an advanced reading e-copy from the publisher through Edelweiss.* I'm in a bind.  For the first time I am undecided... Continue Reading →

From a painting, a story

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline (audiobook) I thought this book was ok; not bad, not fantastic.  I don't think this was a waste of time, the story was interesting enough. Things I like about it: Rural... Continue Reading →

Flannery O’Connor listen-a-thon, Part 3

Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor (audiobook) This was also narrated by Bronson Pinchot.  He is only good in short spurts, such as her short stories.  I got real tired of his narration towards the end.  At that point I stopped listening... Continue Reading →

What happens after tragedy

The Underworld by Kevin Canty *review based from digital reading copy provided from the publisher via Edelweiss.* So this author is said to echo the likes of Russell Banks and Richard Ford in his style.  To me, this read like... Continue Reading →

Are all the sheriff dispatchers in literature named Ruby?

Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash (audiobook) This is not a Longmire mystery. This is not a Longmire mystery. It reads like a Longmire mystery, in a way.  Another sheriff dispatcher named Ruby with a similar attitude. No Vic though.... Continue Reading →

Flannery O’Connor listen-a-thon, part 2

Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor (audiobook). Bronson Pinchot reading several of these stories - Classic! What is up with the mothers in her stories? It makes me want to run away from them too. Again, there's a... Continue Reading →

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