Monday, March 16, 2015

Monday Muddle: No Title

I'm in a holding pattern writing-wise. Still waiting on news of a submission, still chipping away at my March story for Sexy To Go 3. Still chipping away at my two FF novellas. I have an edit job I haven't started yet. What's that I see, an avalanche?

Some good news, I'm able to post reviews on Amazon again. In the past I'd get dinged, I suppose for being a KDP account holder. It's nice to know I can recommend books there again. So I'll be building up my review count there soon.

I finished The Dowry Bride by Shoban Bantwal (ARe / AMZ / BN / KOBO) in the time since Friday's post. The synopsis drew me in, because I haven't read many romances set in India. I had enjoy The Bollywood Affair and this came up on the search algorithms. On the whole, I liked the story but I wish it had ended differently. It's about a woman escaping what she once thought was a good marriage. Megha discovers her mother-in-law's plot to arrange an "accident" for Megha, thereby freeing up her son for another, more profitable dowry marriage. She finds safety with another in-law, one who's loved her for a while.

The story had the makings for a great book, but the execution was off for me. I don't want to spoil the story, but I had wished for more interaction toward the end between Megha and her detractors, aside from the flashbacks.

I enjoyed Revival by Stephen King (ARe / AMZ / BN / KOBO), which I also finished as anticipated. This is a slow-churning story about a man coming into contact with a faithless former minister at various points in his life, and how the man's obsession with electricity has messed with a lot of people. The story builds and gives you that stomach know something WTF horrible is going to happen and when it does you're still shocked. Lot of people are saying King is back to the way he used to write. I think this reminded me a lot of The Green Mile - a touch of magic realism and psychological horror. I look forward to Finders Keepers.

Right now I'm working on A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley (ARe / AMZ / BN / KOBO). It's $1.99 everywhere but Kobo right now, and it's on the Pulitzer TBR. Really need to whittle down that list. Next up, probably The Yearling.


southernwoman8 said...

On Saturday, you asked about flapper 1920s books. There is a free classic called Bernice Bobs Her Hair.

Leigh said...

Thanks! The Flapper book mentions that story, so I will definitely check it out.