What's Going On Here?

There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A New Direction

As I was reading Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot I noticed that there was no longer the usual:
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But I didn't think too much of it.  I was listening to it, so I didn't even notice that it wasn't written by Michael Brandman, who had penned the three books after Parker's death.  I found this here.   The latest book is written by Reed Farrel Colemen.  And it has gotten great views.  I found this all out after I read the book and gave it a 4 of 5 stars.  Now that I have this new information, it has made me re-think the book.  Especially this part, "Unlike Atkins, Coleman hasn’t attempted to mimic Parker. Instead, Coleman is continuing the Stone saga in his own crisp prose style. For one thing, Coleman says, he doubts that he could reproduce Parker’s distinctive voice. For another, Spenser is the late author’s most iconic character; Parker wrote only nine Stone novels. That, Coleman says, gives him the freedom to continue the series in his own style -- and room to explore fresh aspects of the character."
Now I have changed by rating to 5 of 5 stars.  Because, what was I really expecting?  Robert B. Parker to come back from Heaven and write more books?  Would ANYONE come back from Heaven?  Na, I don't think so!
But you know what I mean.  Coleman has something good going on here.  And I am excited about the change.

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