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About Dottiethedemocrat

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    The Photograph by Penelope Lively
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    Horror, sci-fi/fantasy, historical fiction, and general literature.
  1. Your Book Activity - June 2019

    I greatly disagree with you about Wuthering Heights! I happen to find it one of the most passionate books out there! The intensity of the character's provides a great deal of interest to me! To quote from said book.... "I cannot live without my life; I cannot live without my soul!" We can draw so much desperation from Heathcliff it simply pours out of him towards the reader. Emily Bronte was connected to emotions in ways most writers can only hope to achieve. Perhaps I could agree if you stated her novels were over dramatic or had too much intensity to be real but I would simply point out the goal is to get the reader emotionally invested. Bronte sought a bolder approach to modern (at least at her time modern) writings by focusing on her characters emotions rather than relying solely on plot to get readers through her books. I happen to believe this is evident in her novel Wuthering Heights and she certainly proves her point! Stories are much more exciting when the reader is emotionally invested!
  2. Current Read

    Hi guys! I finished my previous novel and have started a new book! It is titled The Photograph by Penelope Lively. It appears to be a Today's book club selection. It is a shorter read but I'm using it to gear up for My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk, which will be a physiological puzzle questioning the meaning of life and what happens after death. Back to my present book, so far I have to admit it is intriguing! Typically any famous picks from "Oprah's book club" and things of that nature I do not enjoy, they come off too clean. Like there was no labor of love, just some schmuck at a computer typing away with little imagination beyond character's names. The plot lines already laid before the writer, void of challenges, of significant character development. However, this appears to be different. So far I've piece together its about a man's dead wife and her story after death provides many answers I believe, if alive, she would've been unable to provide the proper suspense with. For example, the novel The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty, I believe The Photograph is going to do what The Husband's Secret couldn't and prove me with a thrilling suspenseful read. Any options on authors I've mentioned so far? Even if you don't agree I would love to begin an open discussion!
  3. Mrs. Sherlock Holmes

    Hi! Do we have any fans of Brad Ricca out there? Anyone read his 2016 book, Mrs. Sherlock Holmes? I'm about midway through and I have so many opinions already! His main strength as a writer seems to be repeating main themes and he has strong symbolism throughout the novel as well. His imagery appears fact based, which ordinarily, is not my favorite, but it does allow easier access into the mind of the main character. Does this carry into any of his other books or is it due to the nature of the book? Historical writing is almost clinical in the way it can blow through facts, and while I enjoy it for this particular piece of nonfiction, it is not my favorite. While Ricca is a male author, it is clear and present in his diction that he has a respect for women even during his dialogue that suppresses them. It is a weird paradox for the time period that I typically don't deal with but I'm discovering a new appreciation for him allying women, even during such a time where women's rights were still absurd. Does anyone have any specific thoughts or feelings regarding the author or book? I'm excited to hear any and all commentary!