I read all John Grisham’s books and most of them are excellent reads, but I found this particular book a bit hard going in places. It is a hard-hitting story of the death penalty and the killing of an innocent man, mainly because the people involved in law enforcement and courts were too eager to pin the crime on a black man and too wrapped up in their own positions to care about the truth. It makes you examine your own thoughts on the death penalty, death row, and what it means for the men held there for years. I can appreciate all the research and hard work that has gone in to writing this novel, but I must admit to skipping paragraphs and I felt the story lost its way a bit towards the end.
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Have I read a different book to everyone else? This book didn’t really grab me at all. I kept reading, hoping it would improve, but it didn’t. The only character I like is the main one – Peter Hammond, the secret agent, whose brother is murdered. Hammond returns to the UK from Rome, where he has been working undercover, and sets out to solve the mystery surrounding his brother’s death. The story is long and far-fetched and I became bored with it in the end.
This is the first novel I have read by this author, but it definitely won’t be the last. After starting and rejecting three other novels on my Kindle and not having anything else to read, I bought this one on the spur of the moment. What a lovely heartwarming story it turned out to be, I just wanted to keep reading. Such great characters, all with their own problems, coming together in a caring, kindly way. A bit far-fetched in places, but generally how we would all like our society to be in real life.
I loved satire even before I knew that using humor to draw attention to serious issues was called satire.
In my lifetime I have learned more about the world through humor than all other news sources combined.
Johnny Carson, David Letterman, PJ O’Rourke, Dave Barry, Stephen Colbert, George Carlin, The Onion…these are my most trusted sources of information. The first time I saw The Daily Show (going way back to the days before Jon Stewart was the host) I thought it had been created specifically for me.
For many years I hid this fact from almost everybody I knew for fear of being seen as uneducated, uninformed or just a clown who pretended to know what was happening in the world.
Second to the comics, my favorite part of the newspaper has always been the political cartoons.
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Yesterday, Bailey had a back tooth removed. When we picked him up from the vets, he was still very wobbly on his feet from the anesthetic. One of the instructions we were sent home with was *If Bailey is interested, offer a small meal and water this evening* That was a joke! We got him home, he staggered down the steps and into the house, went straight to the cupboard where we keep his food and whined loudly. I made him scrambled egg, cooled down with milk, which he gobbled up, then half an hour later, he was back at the cupboard whining loudly again, so then it was soft mixed vegetables and he hasn’t stopped wanting to eat ever since. That’s what happens when your poor dog has to be starved because of the anesthetic!
Extremely useful tips!
My marketing strategy is really simple. In fact, it can be summed up as follows:
- Be real,
- be fun,
- be helpful.
If you do that, people will buy your books simply because they will like you and will want to support you. In other words, “if people like what you’re saying, they’ll like what you’re selling.”
I have read many marketing guides, but have come to realize that it all boils down to how people perceive you. In marketing speech, your brand.
Having a consistent author brand is liberating. It allows you to publish pretty much anything you like, irrespective of genre. People will read your books because you have written them – and they trust you to offer them a good time.
That’s great. How about some real tips now?
The other day, a visitor to my blog asked me for…
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1. Write more blogs
2. Read other people’s blogs and reply to them
3. Finish my latest book
4. Write reviews for every book I read
5. Sell more books!
Of course I need to lose weight, exercise more etc etc, you know, all the usual stuff, but these are just plain boring resolutions, and I’ll never stick to them!