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Thank You For Your Suggestion



So yesterday I saw a meme on Facebook that made me go hmm.  It triggered - or rather confirmed a direction for my writing.  My writing has been on hold for a while.  For many reasons that I'm going to spare you here.  Because that is not the point of this entry.  


Although the start over in the meme is what I'll probably do with the project that won't go away.  That I tried to set aside and, yes, is again nagging at me.  

And when I shared, I did put a line or two about my writing when I shared the post.  Some friends hit like.  I appreciate that.  Then there is that one friend.  The one trying to be, shall we say, overly helpful.  She hit like but she also replied that she had gone to a local library and heard a mystery writer talk and had I read her books.  I did the virtual version of smile and nod.  Or in this case, replied that I had just finished (no, really, yesterday) a book by this author.  Did not say that I found the novel adequate but lacking (the concept was good, wanted to smack the protagonist and I just can't love a book where I dislike the protagonist unless you are, say, Patricia Highsmith and we are talking Ripley).  So thanks for your... what do I call that?  Support?  Although that is not support.  I know you think it is.  Because for me it was a books suggestion from someone who knows I like mystery and suspense but doesn't really 'get' what I really read and enjoy in a book (and I can be very very nit-picky)

And while I'm on a ramble about suggestions, can we talk about reading suggestions.  You've seen them around the net.  Books to read if you loved "Gone Girl" for instance.  This is not helpful to me.  What I need is suggestions for books to read if I read "Gone Girl" wanted to love "Gone Girl" and found the whole experience a load of hooey and I should have gone with my initial gut reaction and skipped it but didn't because I wanted to see what the big deal was (after the movie came out).  And, okay, I may have read it to check out the whole unreliable narrator aspect.  

By the way, the friend above babbled to me in person about "Girl on the Train" and said, paraphrasing, I had a hard time getting into it but then I did and I figured it out way before the end.  This, by the way, was a glowing recommendation.  No, really, because it confirmed my suspicions (see all comparisons I had read to Gone Girl) about my not reading the book.  I don't want to figure it out long before the ending.  

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What about a suggestion for someone who read half of Gone Girl, figured out the plot, googled it to confirm, and then tossed the book aside because she didn't really any of the characters enough to continue? 

Or someone who read a book off the Amazon First list and immediately wanted to rewrite it?

Which Girl on the Train? There are two that came out at the same time. I have read neither but I don't know which is the one everyone raves about because they look very similar. 

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There are two books out there with the same title?  Oish.  That explains the two movies out - one recently in theaters, one that has shown up in my amazon suggestions with the same title.  

I just abandoned a different audio book yesterday.  I feel guilty when I do this.  But when I went to rate it on Goodreads I noticed that I was not the only 1-star rating (a rating I use for things I could not finish).  With similar reactions.  

I only finished Gone Girl because I was 'studying' the unreliable narrator concept.  There was major talking back to the audiobook on that one.  


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