Archive for June, 2009


Write!Canada: Day 2

   Posted by: Faith    in Write!Canada

Day two started eaaaarly… or at least it seemed that way. It was an hour to drive in, and I wasn’t going to miss breakfast (I paid the money, I’m getting fed!), so I was up and driving in at 7:30am. *yawn*

  • 9:30am - Noon - Continuing Class (Writing for Children & Young Adults)

Believe it or not, we discovered that someone had complained the day before about the amount of writing time given to us in the class… On day one, Valerie presented us with four or five options of projects we could work on (and possibly share on the last day) over the course of the conference, and the plan was to give us about 15 minutes of writing time at the end of each session. We only managed to get the time in once on day one, and only for about 10 minutes… and someone had a problem with that??? It was bizarre. We’re at a writing conference, people. Don’t you want to write? Weird. But, it became the running joke of the rest of the session, and I hope that other person found what they were looking for in another session.

  • 12:30pmLunch

I sat at Audrey Dorsch‘s table, and chatted with the ladies around me again. A few of us had a conversation with Audrey about indexing and the work involved in that… I know it might sound boring, but after my brief stint at indexing in university, I found it interesting to hear about it on a professional level. Audrey had made jokes the night before about it not being the most exciting work, but when she talked about it to us, it was clear that she did enjoy her time on that job. Indexing also takes quite the detailed eye, since so much of it can be subjective (unless someone has specified the terms & formatting), and I imagine that job helped to prepare her in some way for her later editing positions.

  • 1:45pm - 4:45pmWorkshops A & B: Finding Your Writing Personality (2-part)

Well… I can’t say I gained a whole lot out of this workshop, and unfortunately, I felt like it was a bit of a waste of time. Too bad it took up 2 out of 3 workshop slots… and I had such high hopes! We took several tests to determine our personality ‘color’, and then worked in groups to talk about the various personality colors and what made them different… and finally, how that showed through in our writing life. It was interesting… but I think it could have been covered in one session. It was repetitive, slow, and… did I mention repetitive? I mean, I get the point. Greens like research, yellows are organized, blues are emotional people-persons, and oranges are adventurous free spirits. *ta-da!* Can we move on now?

The best part of this workshop was the last 10 minutes, when we were in groups and answering questions about how we dealt with various aspects of our writing. Oddly enough, the session even went 15 minutes over time… but really, you can only tell me what each color is like so many times before I’m going to tune out and work on something else. The woman leading the workshop even said, more than once, “greens hate it when things get repetitive, they get bored and won’t listen anymore because they just want you to get to the point”. Mmm-hmm. Did you hear what you just said, lady? Are you wondering why this table at the back hasn’t looked in your direction for the past 15 minutes?

I may cover more of this session’s material in a future post – hey, I need to try and get something out of it – but I’d say the best part was meeting like-minded individuals who react in similar ways as I do to various parts of our work. That was really nice… but again, something I could have done in one hour, as opposed to two and a half. Sigh.

  • 3:15pmAppointment: Valerie Sherrard

The day before, Valerie asked us all to write down ONE question that we absolutely couldn’t leave the weekend without having an answer to. I posed “one question, many parts” relating to series writing, since the YA and Children’s book industry often seems so centered around pumping out series that will keep kids coming back again and again… but I’ve also heard that a new writer doesn’t necessarily want to write a series, as it could be a career killer. Anyway, Valerie asked me to make an appointment with her to go over the question, since it was pretty involved and perhaps pertained more to me specifically. So I did! The meeting went very well, and I got the answers I needed. More on the meeting in another post!

  • 5:30pmSupper

Sat at Mags Storey’s table, talked with her a little bit, but saved my questions for my appointment with her on Day 3. She was extremely chatty, very personable, and funny. I also met an adorable young woman who works with special needs high school students and has a firey passion for social justice… I wish I could remember her name, but she was very sweet and truly had a heart to change the world. I bet she will.

  • 7:00pmPlenary Session with Brian Stiller

Wow… talk about an excellent speaker! Brian Stiller was inspiring, encouraging, and challenging… and full of one-line inspirational quotes. It was ridiculous. A lot of people weren’t sure what to expect of his talk, but he gave a lot of good advice about following what God has called you to do, speaking to the world instead of hiding ourselves away, and asking for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in your everyday life. I wrote a lot of things down during his talk, and I plan to read it over during those moments of self-doubt, to be reminded that I’m doing the right thing. I’m in the right place. I was born with this desire to write for a reason, and who else would put that in me but the One who made me?

  • 9:00pmAutograph Party for All Authors

Well, not all of them… it was more like: “Set up a table with your books and sit behind it for awhile.” Hmm. The ones I wanted to get autographs from weren’t there… of course. Oh well. I ordered a recording of one of the other workshops that I wasn’t in, got a free book (oooh yeah) from the bookstore, and moved on to…

  • 9:30pm - 25th Anniversary Cake!

By this time, I was tired, emotionally drained, and ready to go home… but I wanted cake, so I tried to hide in the background while they got it ready, with the intention of grabbing a piece and getting out of there. I sent a text to my husband at this point, saying something like “I’m exhausted, if I have to talk to one more person I’m going to scream”… which meant, of course, that someone came over to talk to me. That was fine, though – I managed to excuse myself easily after a few minutes, grab some cake, and head out the door with it. I ate it on the way to the car, and then drove home…

I think at that point I was just so tired from interacting with so many people… being around a lot of people like that – in a situation where I’m constantly talking, sharing, listening, etc. – really drains me, and after two days, I was beat. One more day to go, though…

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Once Bitten, Twice Shy – Jennifer Rardin (Paranomal Chick Lit)

Well… er… at least it’s over? Oh wait, no, there are at least 3 more books in the series. Blarg.

Let me put it this way: The author tries too hard, the characters are unlikable and undeveloped, the plot and worldbuilding is inconsistent (where it exists, mind you), and the logic is sometimes… jumpy, at best. So, why did I bother to read past the second page?

Because I picked it up telling myself: “And now I am going to read some crap, just because I feel like it. And not good crap, either.” Turns out I was right. I don’t think I’ll be looking for any other books in this series… there are just too many other good books out there to bother with something this mediocre.

Rating: 1 coffee out of 5

The Book of a Thousand Days – Shannon Hale (Children’s Fiction/YA)

I picked this up based solely on the merit of good reviews from others here on Librarything. I didn’t even bother to read the description on the book, so imagine my surprise when I started reading and discovered that it was a re-working of a very little known fairy tale! I actually didn’t find that out until about halfway through the book – tells you how engrossed I was as soon as I started – and it definitely helped the second half of the book make more sense, if you will.

Without giving anything away, the climax wouldn’t have made a whole lot of logical sense if it wasn’t based on a fairy tale – especially because we see nothing like “that” earlier in the story – but with that in mind, it’s easier to accept changes in the way the world works at the drop of a hat.

I really enjoyed this book, and I’m glad I picked it up! It was a quick read, and definitely worth the time spent. I’ll be looking for more by this author in the near future.

Rating: 3 coffees out of 5

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Write!Canada: Day 1 Overview

   Posted by: Faith    in Write!Canada

When I arrived at the conference grounds, it was immediately apparent to everyone around me that I was a first timer. How do I know that, you ask? When I walked in the front door, I was greeted warmly with: “Hi there, welcome! Is this your first time at the conference?” said in a very knowing way. Apparently it was quite obvious… probably due to my wide, searching eyes that contained a hint of underlying anxiety.

Ah, but there was nothing to worry about. I was directed (escorted, actually) to the registration room, where I waited for only a few minutes before giving my name and picking up my tote bag & materials. Again, as soon as the woman handing the bags out looked at my name and looked at me… “Is this your first time at the conference?”

Hmm. I sensed a running theme.

My first instinct was to take a look at the schedule, figure out where I was supposed to be first and when… which was followed quickly by a second instinct to head to the ‘freebies’ table and obtain as many sample magazines & submission guidelines as possible. Mind you, I actually took a look at what I was picking up, unlike some other individuals at the table who just grabbed as many papers as they could, as fast as they could, and scurried off to who knows where. It was a bit bizarre, but to each their own, I suppose.

The room in which the registration was set up would be used as the bookstore/appointment location for the remainder of the weekend, which made it a very central place to both kill extra time and meet up with others (or casually run into an editor or agent, for that matter). Before coming to the conference, registrants were able to sign up for up to three 15-minute appointments with faculty… but due to my late registration, I simply didn’t feel I was ready to talk to anyone, and I believe I missed the deadline for pre-conference signups anyway. However, when I looked around the registration area, there were sheets posted on the wall for each faculty member that listed which appointment times were booked and which ones were still open. Those who hadn’t yet made appointments were welcome to sign up for their three before 5pm, after which it became a free-for-all to sign up for any additional appointment space.

I still didn’t bother. Who would I talk to? I wasn’t prepared to show my work to anyone, and besides, I didn’t figure it would be relevant for the kinds of publishers/editors/agents at this conference. So, I was off to my first session…

  • 1:30pm - Orientation Session for First-Time Attendees

This was pretty much a common sense introduction to being at the conference. Things like “don’t panic if someone doesn’t like your work”, “change continuing classes if it isn’t for you”, “don’t smoke on the conference grounds”, “talk to people, they don’t bite”… things like that. The woman running it (can’t remember her name) really just read off a sheet and covered all the required bases before taking questions from some confused individuals. I assume it was a useful intro for most people… I kind of wished I’d just come later and slept in. Oh well, you’re only a first-timer once.

  • 2:15-4:00pm - Continuing Class #1& 2

My choice for the weekend’s continuing class was Writing for Children & Young Adults, run by author Valerie Sherrard. I’ll cover what we discussed and my thoughts about the class in another day’s post, but on the whole, I found this to be a very useful and enjoyable class. I wasn’t entirely certain whether it would be too basic for me when I signed up for it, but I found that I received a lot of helpful advice and information when all was said and done. Valerie was also an excellent session leader – full of warmth and humor, which certainly added to the atmosphere of the class.

  • 5:30pmDinner!

Here’s something I didn’t expect about the weekend: We were fed very, very well. No one went hungry, and even the coffee breaks were packed with fruit & sweets, which was a nice (& tasty) surprise. At dinner, I sat at Sheila Wray Gregoire‘s table, though a few seats away so I didn’t have a chance to talk with her… but that was alright with me. I talked to the other ladies around me, which was nice as well. More on the social aspect of the conference in another post, but on the whole, everyone was very friendly and open… which is a bit unusual for a bunch of writers, I think, so that was a good surprise. Safety in numbers, perhaps…?

The meals worked as follows: We were all given a sheet that indicated what faculty members would be sitting at which tables for each meal (lunch & dinner… not breakfast though, in case they were too tired to wake up early and eat), and you could choose which table you wanted to sit at according to which faculty member you wanted to chat with/ask questions of/etc. It’s a good way to have a casual ‘appointment’ with a faculty member that you weren’t able to get a 15-minute appointment with otherwise, though you have to keep in mind that a) there are other people at the table, and b) that person probably would like to eat their dinner before you launch into a 20-minute pitch on your latest work. I’m just saying.

  • 7:00pmPlenary Session with Audrey Dorsch: ” ‘Nursing’ a Great Ambition”

The plenary session was a good opportunity to sit down & try to digest the day’s events… or so I thought. Audrey Dorsch was a very entertaining speaker, focusing her talk on her journey from dream conception (she decided to be a nurse instead of a writer) to where she is today (freelance editor). She’s done so much over the course of her career, and I was amazed at how each job seemed to prepare her, in some way, for the next… and to come to that point where she can now pick & choose which jobs to take as a freelance editor, that’s quite the measure of success! I have nothing but respect & admiration for this hard-working woman, and if I can muster up even half the drive and energy to succeed as her, I’ll be happy.

  • 8:45pmSymposium on the Future of the Publishing Industry

The discussion here will provide me with information for several future blog posts, but in general, the symposium was informative, encouraging, surprising, depressing, and hopeful all at the same time. Twelve faculty members were give four minutes each to discuss their views on the future of publishing, and it was amazing how much information (and similarities of opinion) came out of such a fast-moving session.

  • 10:15pmNight Owl “open mike” reading… or not

I went home instead. The second day began with breakfast at 8:30am, and I had an hour drive to get there, so I decided I’d just be on my way. It was probably a good decision.

…and that’s an overview of day one. I’ll do the same for the other two days of the conference, and then we’ll dive into some of the material that was covered in the sessions & that I learned about the writing/publishing industry in general.

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Book Review: ‘The Wild Wood’ & ‘Skellig’

   Posted by: Faith    in Tasty Tomes

The Wild Wood - Charles de Lint (Fantasy)

I’d heard some excellent things about Charles de Lint from members of the group here, so I was excited to read something by him for the first time… unfortunately, this book fell far, far short of my expectations. *looks around nervously* Sorry, everyone…

The story itself is about a painter who has lost the passion in her art, and has retreated to a cabin in the woods to recapture the passion again. She begins to see faces in the woods, and she receives some odd messages. In essence: the woods needs her help.

For whatever reason, after the premise was established, the rest of the book just didn’t do it for me. I found the ending to be rather trite and unbelievable, though I’m sure some people really liked it and probably found it ‘poignant’… but I was just frustrated.

I was very glad, however, that it was short book, and I won’t give up on de Lint just yet…

Rating: 2 coffees out of 5

Skellig – David Almond (Children’s Fiction)

I picked this one up on the recommendation of others, but I wasn’t really expecting anything from it. It didn’t “look” very good, and usually I get a pretty good sense from a book when I’m holding it whether I’ll like it or not (I jokingly call it my ‘book sixth sense’… okay, now you all think I’m crazy), and this one didn’t really seem like my kind of thing…

Was I ever wrong. I don’t want to get into plot details because I really think this is a book you need to experience for yourself, but let me say this: when you turn the last page of the book, after the last word has been read, make sure you give yourself a few moments. Allow the sense of the book, the words and the sentiments evoked to wash over you. Absorb the truth behind the fantastic. I finished this book in a coffee shop and had brought along an action-oriented chick lit book to read afterward, but I simply couldn’t do it – I didn’t want to tarnish what I’d just read.

Needless to say, I’m very, very glad I gave this one a try.

Rating: 5 coffees out of 5

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   Posted by: Faith    in Write!Canada

I’m back from the conference… with piles of information, ideas, suggestions, thoughts, and opinions. Over the next few weeks, I’ll do my best to outline the weekend and what I got out of it… but I think I need just one more day to really mull over the things I learned. There was a lot to take in, and it was certainly worth the time and money spent. Of course, I also know there are a lot of things I now have to do, but it’s not as daunting as it was before.

It is possible to call yourself a writer in this day and age (and economy), and it is possible to gain some measure of success.

How is this possible? To summarize:

Just tell the story.

More to come in the days/weeks ahead.

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Book Review: ‘Silent Thunder’

   Posted by: Faith    in Tasty Tomes

Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants – Katy Payne (Nature/Science)

I picked this one up on a whim as I wandered through the shelves of animal books at the library, partially because it looked interesting, and partially because it looked like the shortest animal book there (and I already had a pile of other books to read). After reading it… wow. I think I would have seriously missed out if I skipped past this one, and I plan on tracking down my own copy to own.

Payne is first and foremost a marine biologist, in the sense that she spent a significant amount of time researching and studying whale communications. She’s an expert on echolocation, specifically the various frequencies whales use and the ins-and-outs of the correlation between communication & behavior. So, naturally it seems a bit odd that she would be writing a book about… elephants?!

Apparently one day, Payne visited a zoo and became curious about the way elephants communicate. After some observation, she formed some theories about elephant communication – centered around, you guessed it, echolocation and frequencies beyond human hearing – and decided to conduct some tests. The rest, as they say, is history.

Payne was only the second person to suggest elephants could communicate over vast distances, and it was her work that truly paved the way to a better understanding of these magnificent creatures. The first half of this book is packed with incredible anecdotes about elephant behavior (most of which I repeated to anyone who would listen, I was so amazed) and information about elephant society & structures. I raced through the first half of the book, mesmerized…

But when the second half hit, I slowed down. While still very important to read, the material becomes very heavy in the sense that difficult issues are addressed like poaching, culling, and the inevitable difficulties with working in an African country where the local governments aren’t always as cooperative as researchers would like (not to mention the corruption in some places). Payne details several meetings with governments and conservation groups where drastic decisions are made that affect the elephant populations, and not necessarily for the better. After reading some of these sections, I had to put the book down and walk away for a bit, just to let it sit before continuing. Still, it was important to read, and I’m glad I did.

I’d also have to say that the second half of the book dealt not only with the elephant studies, but also with the relationships between the people of the area, the researchers, and the animals (elephants, lions, et al). There are brief forays into ‘spiritual’ observations about the people (and their traditions) and several dreams that Payne has which relate to the animals, which seem slightly out of place, but I didn’t think they distracted too much from the core of the book. If anything, I thought it slightly intriguing that a scientist would include her spiritual experiences in a book like this, as strange as it was.

On the whole, I’m very glad I read this book. I learned so much more about elephants than I previously knew, and I have a greater understanding of what people go through when they dedicate their lives to observing and studying a species in the wild. My favorite part of the book was definitely the inclusion of behavioral anecdotes, which were fascinating – I’m inspired to read more about African wildlife, and would be interested in reading more about elephants specifically in the future.

Rating: 4.5 coffees out of 5

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Write!Canada 2009

   Posted by: Faith    in Write!Canada

It starts tomorrow! And finally… finally… I’ll be attending.

It was a bit of a last-minute decision, and as a result I probably won’t be able to take advantage of the three 15-minute one-on-one sessions with faculty (I’d rather have a significant chunk of time to prepare for something like that, as opposed to going in cold), but… I’m sure it will still be well worth the time and money invested.

The conference runs from Thursday through Saturday, with three workshops and six sessions of continuing classes + plenary sessions. There are also manuscript critique sessions, but I would have needed to sign up for those (and pay a bit extra) a long time ago, since they need to read your submission in advance.

I’m approaching this conference with the attitude that since it’s my first time attending, I’ll just go with the flow, absorb as much information as I can, and come back next year better prepared in the sense that I’ll know what to expect. I know I won’t get as much out of the conference this year as I could – particularly due to my late registration – but let’s face it, I’m not attending this year with the intention to make industry contacts or pitch article ideas. If I’d had more time to prepare, sure! But that’ll have to wait until next year.

However, I won’t waltz in completely green… I registered my business (finally!), have a splash page for the website going up today (, and will print a few business cards tonight, just in case. You never know what kind of opportunities might come your way, so I want to be prepared in the event that something does arise. I highly doubt it, but… I want to be ready anyway. I’ll also be bringing the first 10,000 words of my fiction manuscript, some samples of my article writing, and a list of prepared questions for the sessions (so that I can get the information I want if it’s not covered, and I won’t walk out thinking “oh crap, but I really wanted to know about…”).

Currently, I’m signed up in the ‘Writing for Children & Young Adults’ continuing session, and I’m hoping that it will be as helpful as it could be (another reason why I think it might be good to keep a list of questions handy). In the workshops, I’m signed up for a 2-part session on ‘Finding Your Writing Personality’ and one session on ‘Five Critical Things You Must Do With New Media’ (hopefully it won’t be a whole session about starting a blog…). I’ll be taking extensive notes throughout the entire conference, and will post about each session, as well as a conference overview, throughout the following weeks.

What I want to get out of the conference as a whole is a reassurance that I’m not crazy for trying to make it in this business, and a sense of encouragement. Some days ‘writing’ seems like such a futile aspiration, especially in the realm of fiction, because that’s not really where the money is – or at least, it isn’t until you’ve established a significant body of work. However, you need to have the time & energy to build that body of work in the meantime (haha), as you try to pay the bills in other ways. I’m hoping to leave the conference refreshed and with a new sense of vision for my future, at least in the short term.

So, we’ll see how it goes. And now, off to finish getting ready!


Hood - Stephen R. Lawhead (Historical Fiction)

This was the first in Lawhead’s new trilogy about Robin Hood, but it was far from being the ‘traditional’ tale as we know it today. Lawhead did an extensive amount of research concerning the beginnings of the ‘Robin Hood’ folklore (the first appearance of the legendary thief was in the 1200s!), and wove this tale from what he believes was the beginning of the Robin Hood myth. Thus, we have a hero whose story is set in Wales, away from Sherwood Forest, and a little more gritty and realistic than simply a tale of ‘merry men’. It’s set in the historical past, with real and fictional characters interwoven – similar to what Lawhead did with his Pendragon Cycle – so that you can truly begin to believe that this was something that literally occurred in history, but perhaps wasn’t retained as part of the period’s ‘official’ historical record.

I thought it was exceedingly well done, and I’m very much looking forward to the next book, Scarlet, where Will Scarlet – who else? – makes his first appearance.

Rating: 3.5 coffees out of 5

Golden Treasures of Troy: The Dream of Heinrich Schliemann - Herve Duchene (Ancient History/Archaeology/Biography)

Concise, brief, fluid… and some great photos. This was a quick look at the life of Schliemann and his contribution to archaeology, incorporating such elements as: his childhood, his training, his business ventures, his tendency toward lies, his archaeological digs & their controversy, and the basics of why archaeologists either love what he did for ancient history or wish he’d never touched a trowel.

The text is woven alongside photos and paintings from the digs, as well as treasures he found, and scans of various documents – it was very interesting to read the tale of Schliemann from beginning to end in this way, because during classes for my archaeology degree, we only heard snippets about him and his work (but mostly about the sites themselves, since my profs tended to speak of Schliemann with a bit of disdain… as it happens, this is not uncommon).

If you’re interested in the beginnings of the archaeological process in the Greek world, it’s worth the hour it’ll take you to read this 170 page book (really, there are a lot of pictures!). I got my copy from for about $5, and it was certainly worth it.

Rating: 3 coffees out of 5

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Book Review: ‘Helpless’

   Posted by: Faith    in Tasty Tomes

Helpless: A Novel – Barbara Gowdy – audiobook (Fiction)

I received this audiobook in the mail awhile back (an ‘add-on’ from a HarperCollins ARC) and finally got around to converting it from mp3 to CD format so I could listen to it in the car. Unfortunately, I wasted my time. I knew from the start that it wasn’t really my kind of book, but I was willing to give it a shot, in hopes that it would provide some level of entertainment during all the driving I do. To give you a sense of what I’m going to talk about in regards to how I felt about the story, here’s the description from the back of the disc case:

“Nine-year-old Rachel Fox has the face of an angel, a heart-stopping luminosity that strikes all who meet her. Her single mother, Celia, working at a video store by day and a piano bar by night, is not always around to shield her daughter from the attention – both benign and sinister – her beauty draws. When a summer blackout plunges the city into darkness and confusion, Rachel is taken from her home. A full-scale search begins, but days pass with no clues, only a phone call Celia receives from a woman whose voice she has heard before but cannot place. As Celia fights her terror, and Rachel starts to trust in her abductor’s kindness, the only other person who knows where the little girl is wavers between loyalty to the captor and saving the child. Will Rachel be found before her abductor’s urge to protect and cherish turns to something altogether less innocent?”

Now I’ll talk about what I thought, so **SPOILERS AHEAD**!!! …mind you, that description from the back doesn’t really leave much out from the book itself. In fact… I think the description from the book jacket gives away the whole darn thing. Sigh.

Anyway, I listen to this book with a sense of trepidation the whole time, worried that things were doing to delve into the disturbing realm of child molesting and I was going to have to turn it off, but fortunately, this didn’t happen. However, as the story progresses (almost all the ‘twists’ of which are revealed on the book jacket), we find the captor begin to struggle with his adoration for Rachel. Near the end of the book, it finally seems like his “love” for her is starting to get difficult to control, and it may turn into something else that he can’t control. He spends a lot of time convincing himself and his female partner that he’s not a perv and that he’d never do anything to hurt Rachel, but in the last chapter, he begins to struggle with the seeds of temptation. We already know that there’s something wrong with his mind – what kind of person would convince themselves they need to kidnap a child to “save her” from her own parents and then lock her in his own basement believing she’ll come to thank him and love him like a father for it??? – so this development isn’t strange.

In fact, this development coincides with the plot twist that Rachel, her captor, and his girlfriend are going to pack up and leave for Florida, since the police search is literally just about to find out where she’s being held. During the grid search, Rachel’s mother ends up at Rachel’s captor’s house, and we get a sense that she knows something is up and will come back to look again. So, they plan to pack everything and leave for Florida. Just as the bags are being packed, the captor’s girlfriend leaves with plans to go to the police station and tell them everything. We enter a scene with Rachel and her captor getting into a van with some suitcases, and it’s assumed that they’re going to leave the girlfriend behind, since they’re running out of time to escape. They begin driving, and the next thing we know, the captor pulls up a block away from Rachel’s house, says goodbye, and lets her go . What? No, seriously… WHAT???

This wasn’t hinted at. This wasn’t led up to. There are a few thoughts that flit through the captor’s head as they’re driving that suggest he might commit suicide (which really does NOT make sense, since it’s completely inconsistent with his character), but then after he lets her go, he drives off and the book ends. I literally sat in my car, pressing ‘rewind’ to see if I’d missed something, but no. That’s it. He lets her go without motivation, and then the ‘bad guy’ is off. Presumably Rachel will tell the police and they’ll find him, but maybe he’ll be dead by then…??? But… but… *holds head in frustration*.

All I can figure is: the author got lazy and didn’t know how to end the book. Or, no one bothered to read this book and edit for consistency. It was just too ridiculous, the way things ended, and I can’t recommend it to anyone… unless you like finishing a book unsatisfied. Oh well. I’m going to pass this one on to whoever wants it, but I can honestly say, I think someone would get more enjoyment out of smashing the CD than they would actually listening to the bloody thing.

Rating: 1 coffee out of 5




   Posted by: Faith    in Everything Else

Welcome to the first Official Post by PHOENIX PRESS – website coming soon! And hopefully a logo, and business cards, and stationary, and…

I’m very excited. I’m not really sure why, it’s not like I’m making any substantial amount of cash at the moment, but for some reason, it just feels more “real” to have a registered business. Maybe that will inspire me to get more work done…?