Monday, July 22, 2013

San Miguel

About suffering, they were wrong,
The Old Masters; how well they understood
Its human position: how it takes place
While someone is eating or opening a window
or just walking dully along.
--W.H. Auden, Musée des Beaux Arts

Historical fiction. Extremely well-done. Makes me want to read the historical accounts of the true inhabitants: The Legendary King of San Miguel (Elizabeth Sherman Lester), San Miguel Island: My Childhood Memoir, 1930-1942 (Betsy Lester Roberti) and Mrs. Waters' Diary of Her Life on San Miguel Island (edited by Marla Daily).
Inez Deane
Does life go on? It does though she sank low enough to consider the alternative, even going so far as to take her stepfather's rifle down from its hook and caress the trigger where it shone silver from use, and she spent one dismal fog-haunted afternoon suspended over the ocean on a fragment of rock no wider than the seat of a chair, daring herself to jump. She could hear the crash of the waves, taste the salt spray. The damp penetrated her hair, slicked the rock till it might have been greased....
pg. 199
Great backlist. I'm excited. I love finding an author I love who's beenbwriting for awhile. Keeps me happy m

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hunting Down Amanda

This story begins on a summer's day in Hell.

The day was July thirteenth to be exact. And Hell was a little town called Hunnicut, Massachusetts.

Before it turned into Hell, it was actually kind of a nice little place. A fishing town. Hills of beryl forests above sunlit bays. Trim shingled houses on tree-lined lanes. Restored Main Street with quaint tourist shops and a couple of decent seafood restaurants overlooking the water.
First Paragraphs
Well-written. Takes a bit to get completely drawn into the characters lives. Yet, you do get drawn in and appreciate, then gripped by, the complexities of the story.
Definitely want to read True Crime and his other books. Some written under the nom de plume Keith Peterson.

Sunday, July 14, 2013