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Locus Amoenus: All By My Shelf

Watch the amazing Locus juggle several books at once, and try not to drop any! Free admission.

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One Corpse Too Many (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 2)
Ellis Peters
Progress: 20%
Shameless: A Sexual Reformation
Nadia Bolz-Weber
House of Leaves
Mark Z. Danielewski

Reading progress update: I've read 19%.

Callie (The Bayou Hauntings Book 1) - Bill Thompson

" 'You're not crazy because I saw everything. She didn't look strange to me except that she was dressed oddly, wearing that party dress out here on the river. She didn't speak like a child either. It was like everything she said was carefully thought out. And she wasn't good at answering questions. She was better at asking them.' "


If the author feels the need to explain (through a character) why creepy child is creepy, instead of showing the creepy directly...


I think I know what bothers me most about the writing style: the book reads like a screenplay, or the detailed description of a movie plot. It doesn't have any narrative aspects, something that would make it feel like a novel instead of a sales pitch for a future script. Maybe some authors write with that goal in mind?