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Chance's Take on Books

I'm a novelist who loves to read and discuss all things word-bound.

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Swann's Way
Marcel Proust, Lydia Davis
Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style
Virginia Tufte
The Chicago Manual of Style
John Grossman, Margaret D. Mahan
I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive
Steve Earle
The Cypress House - Michael Koryta The Cypress House is a solid, entertaining read with captivating characters, ambiance, and masterly pace. I was wary, at first, when the story began with military implications, which I don't usually enjoy. Eerie, paranormal elements quickly stole the show, giving the tale more promise than discussions of guns and killing. And then, the main characters emerged, and I was truly intrigued with them, the setting, and time period--Florida Keys during the Great Depression. The villain(s) did not strike me as cookie-cutter variety, although they could well have been, and I can't put my finger on why they indeed lived and breathed. The ending was not unexpected. It had a touch of Hollywood, but I appreciated it nonetheless. Very good read. Paranormal, some horror, love story, mystery, crime -- a well-rounded adventure. Recommended.