Trivia: Last week on a whim, I picked up two of Yasmine Galenorn's Emerald O'Brien series at the grocery store. Read the first in a couple days, then was stuck with a decision. Did I read the series or just the first and fourth novels? Gave in to temptation and bought the second and third. Now my to-read pile is piled higher and deeper.
Reading Lessons: What a pleasure to read a 250 word book with short chapters. My eyes didn't glaze over with excessive description. More important, I could read a chapter during my after lunch coffee break and remember what happened. I didn't have to go back and refresh my memory. I wonder if this is a consideration for others with busier lives. Maybe most people don't read by units as excessively as I do. For me, plot specifics stick with me better when I read by chapters.
I'd read Galenorn's half-fae witch series, but got bored with it around the fifth or sixth book. [The dragon was neat, though]. Really like O'Brien and her tea room (not shoppe). An amateur sleuth with kids gumming up the works -- talk about magical realism. A strong mystery provides the backbone that holds the book together.
I found Ghost of a Chance a book to go back and study. O'Brien's complex backstory of the character is interlaced with the action. Plot points -- a romance and a hint of competition, a second murder, nice red herring who stays unsympathetic, the motive of the real villain mentioned early in the book -- are all nicely strung together, better than most human spines. The pagan foundation is presented in the course of the action with me appreciating Galenorn isn't dogmatic. [Yes, some pagans are.]
I read it in two days, but I think I'll be going back to it when I read the other three. There's a lot to learn in the way she puts the book together. Half-way into the second book, I'm already seeing hints at future plot points.
Progress: Am up-to-date on my critiques. All I have to do is review them to see if I still think the same -- and if I made myself clear. Something I worry about since I'm so dyslexic.
Tangled. Still chopping.
Emma. Been spending more time here. The reorganization to MG continues with me trying to add more emotional reaction as I go.