Archive for March, 2015

Allowing Character Growth

Posted March 27, 2015 By Jandy

image descriptionOver the years J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) has allowed her In Death characters to change and grow. Even so, some things are expected. Eve Dallas, the main character, is the one who catches details. Delia Peabody, promoted to detective now herself, is the foil for Dallas. That’s what is expected and what works in these novels. Now I’m reading Obsession In Death. I was delighted when I read this as the two are checking security video from the first crime scene in the novel.

“It’s like you saw it before you saw it,” Peabody said.

“Yeah, that doesn’t help her much.” Eve shook it off, zipped through until she saw the door open again. “In and out in what, twenty-seven minutes. Control, that’s control, and that’s purpose. Still carrying the box, still blocking the face.”

“But…Do you see it?”

“I don’t know. What should I see?”

“A jaunty spring to the step. Somebody’s happy, somebody’s feeling really, really good, good enough to strut it out. But still careful, careful enough to block the camera, and all the way out and gone…”

Peabody caught the body language change, not Dallas. The Watson of the two was the more observant at the moment. Peabody may be the sidekick, but Robb doesn’t let her stay there. It’s passages like this that make the reader feel these characters are real. We first met Peabody in a small role as a beat cop in Glory In Death, the second book in the series. Look at her now!

Terry Pratchett, Discworld’s Creator

Posted March 13, 2015 By Jandy

We will miss Rincewind, Granny Ogg, the Wee Folks, Death and his granddaughter Susan, and all the other wonderful creations Terry Pratchett brought to the world.

Rest in peace and sympathy to his family and friends.

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Terry Pratchett 1948 – 2015

Reading Oddities

Posted March 7, 2015 By Jandy

Once again I am struck how two completely different books with no real connection can suddenly have one.

I reTouchstone by Laurie R. Kingcently finished Laurie R. King‘s Touchstone. It’s an historical mystery that takes place in England in 1926. A big part of the story is the near riots and impending strike by the union workers. The coal miners are protesting longer hours in the mines with no pay increase – or even a salary decrease. The characters in the book move in and out of the crowds but the plot of the novel rests on that uprising and strike.The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

The next book I picked up was The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. This is a fantasy novel that starts in England in 1984. What’s happening in the background of the novel? While not part of the major plot, the union members are preparing for a strike. The coal workers are having troubles and there is a show of solidarity.

These are two books from two genres by two very different authors. I’m sure not too many people would pick up one, then go on to the other. But I did.

It’s 60 years later in The Bone Clocks, but the unions and worker fairness was still (again?) an unresolved issue. If I was trying to match up books, I certainly wouldn’t have chosen Touchstone with The Bone Clocks!