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July 26, 2010


Well, thank you K-line.  That comment certainly buoyed my spirits today.  I dont feel like a tower of strength, just a mass of questions and worries.

Thank you for the very kind words.  I truly hope you never have to deal with anything like this.  I wouldnt wish it on anyone.

I understand about the cutesy-flip bit and I can see how it can and probably will get tiring.  I dont think I will ever read the entire series, and I agree with you completely that the one thing I dont want to notice with genre fiction is the writing.  In fact that is part of the appeal for me, as good fiction is always noticeably good and makes me want to delve in deeply.    This particular Grafton was very annoying in that the prose style, or lack thereof kept cropping up and it somehow reminded me of Rowling whose cliches drove me to distraction even though every single member of my family loved those books except me. Even my step-daughter, who looks down on popular fiction, loved those books.  But I digress.

Generally with the Lee Child books I dont notice the prose, which is just perfect.  And the characters are good enough that I enjoy the read.  I dont mind action or blood if the characterizations are good enough.  I suspect that is part of why I enjoyed  the Stieg Larrson series as much as I did.  After an initial pause, I got very wrapped up in the characters and was more than willing to put up with long asides that explained history and psychology and implausible turns of events just to learn more.

I am finding Reacher quite intriguingly multi-dimensional even though he is in many ways a caricature.  New psychological dimensions seem to appear in each book.  This is the first book where the prose really got to me in places; in the others I was happy to not notice, which is nice.  I suppose that is it, for me, I want to be transported with genre fiction, whatever the genre, and am annoyed when niggling details get in the way.

Honestly, you are a tower of strength, M. I can only imagine how torturous it is to wonder what's happening and to fear the worst. I worry for you managing all of this on your own. Are you ok? Are you lonely? I am very hopeful that G will rally. The matter of former colleagues treating him is double-edged, I see. Perhaps it's time to pull in someone with no previous relationship (not that it's easy to do that)? Do you suppose you'll get an opinion that's free from emotional bias that way?

Keep sharing with your blog friends. It's a way to unburden yourself of concerns without needing to involve the people who are around you all the time. Of course, involve those people too! I mean, sometimes we like a break from out thoughts and to talk about everything everywhere can be overwhelming. Kxo

I'm so sorry to hear about the problems with G's apparent mental competence and I hope you see improvement as he heals from the surgery. I find it hard to imagine how I might manage in the same circumstances, and I admire your patience and wisdom.
As for the books, I used to enjoy Sue Grafton but haven't been able to read the Kinsey novels for years -- that whole cutesy-flip heroine (and I use that feminine diminuitive deliberately) just began to irritate me.
Some Lee Child books are better written than others, but at least I'm rarely made conscious of clunkiness -- I don't want to "Notice" writing much when I'm escaping in genre fiction, although I'm happy enough to do so if it's good (and I do believe some of it can be quite good -- we really like James Lee Burke's descriptions of Louisiana, for example). I'm also surprised how much I enjoy the Reacher novels, given that I'm more interested in character, generally, than in plot, and that I'm not usually keen on too much action.

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