March BOTM discussion

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March BOTM discussion
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Sat, 03-16-2013 - 4:50pm

Here's the place to talk about The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice. Did you enjoy the novel? Have you read anything by this author before? Any characters that stood out? (Answer whatever question you wish, just throwing a few out to get us thinking of our impressions of the book.)

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Sat, 03-16-2013 - 5:18pm

I haven't read anything by Eva Rice before and was surprised to see in the author blurb that she's Tim Rice's daughter. I've heard of the lyricist once or twice. :) And I'm not shocked that knowing she lives in England is one point in her favour. ;)

So far, by Chapter Four, I'm not detecting anything that would classify this as Christian fiction or the author as a Christian. I thought I remembered checking on it before putting up the vote, so I'm waiting for some spiritual side to the story to sweeten it for this particularly picky reader. ;) Otherwise, it's mildly entertaining - my mum was a little tyke in '54, so the period is interesting and England even more so (though I prefer rural to urban when I have the choice).

I sound like I'm not enjoying myself at this point of reading, and I actually don't mean to give that impression! Will read on and see how the plot unfolds. (Perhaps the slower pace than the suspense and fantasy I had been reading might make a difference here. I don't really have a grasp on the plot yet because nothing much has happened besides character introduction.)

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Mon, 03-18-2013 - 11:27am
One third of the way through and there is still no plot to be seen. I may open the book one more time to give it a third chance before returning it, but I have to say I'm disappointed by it and don't have a real desire to read further. This kind of reading experience frustrates me because there are so many good books out there I could be consuming instead. ;)

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Tue, 03-19-2013 - 7:35am
I haven't started it yet, mostly because I would rather be reading the other one on my night stand. I will probably give it a try today at some time. If it is as slow as it sounds, I may end up returning it.


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Tue, 03-19-2013 - 10:49am
It may not seem slow to anyone else. I've been reading suspense and books with knights in battles or planning sieges, so my reaction to the pace might be reflecting my other reading choices of late. ;)

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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 9:38am
I am not sure I would say this book is slow, it is more about relationships between the characters and their lives. :)

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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 2:09pm
Yeah, that's probably a better assessment than mine. I suppose I've been reading a lot of plot-driven books and assumed that they're the only way to write. Or maybe plot-driven stories are just my cup of tea and the other kind isn't? Hard to say without reading all the stories that have ever been written - more data to analyse, hee hee. Anyway, I hope that the book is good for at least one of us. I certainly wouldn't mind being the oddball of the group. ;)

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Sat, 03-23-2013 - 11:29am
LOL Becca! You are not an oddball. I would like to see the book end somewhere good, so I am still reading. I am on Chapter 13 or 14 I think.

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