The Frivolous Reader

My impressions of books and other vague attempts at writing


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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 →


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 →

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 →

Beautifully Depressing yet Hopeful

Mischling by Affinity Konar Devastatingly beautiful story on a very, very dark portion of history. Like, how can anyone write so beautifully about such tragedy? I love that it ended so hopefully though. Would have sucked if it ended on such... Continue Reading →

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