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The Urban Setting Thesaurus & The Rural Setting Thesaurus A working author's perspective on two unique resources for writers of any genre

Ackerman & Puglisi have published several helpful thesauruses for writers. This review covers both their urban and their rural setting thesauruses, which they recommend be used together.

The Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to City Spaces

Drawing Readers in Through Emotion-Driven Imagery and Realism

Introductory Chapters

The first part of the book consists of eight chapters filled with advice. The authors start by dispelling the misconception that the setting isn’t important. They explain how it can be used as a vehicle for characterization […]

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Patience Required / Patience Rewarded Editorial Analysis of Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith

If you’re a fan of JK Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith, you’re probably well aware how much longer her latest release is than the other four books in the series.

My own first reaction to the size of the hefty tome—darn near 1,000 pages in hardcover—was mostly: Terrific! More of a good thing to look forward to. 

But I must confess to some trepidation as well. For me, one of the appeals of the mystery genre is […]

By |2021-05-11T16:15:08+00:00|Mystery, Mystery / Suspense, RSB, The Writer’s Craft|Comments Off on Patience Required / Patience Rewarded Editorial Analysis of Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith

CASINO ROYALE, by Ian Fleming: A Most Pleasant Surprise Considering thriller craft and the delights of the unexpected in the first James Bond novel

Up until last week, one notable blind spot in my reading life was Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. I loved the movies of the Sean Connery and Roger Moore era but, unimpressed by a later book in the series (written by one of four authors who took the helm after Fleming died), decided that Bond was a character best enjoyed on the screen. It was the somewhat formulaic nature of the stories and lack of character depth in […]

By |2021-05-11T17:04:29+00:00|Book Reviews and Analysis, RSB, The Writer’s Craft, Thriller|Comments Off on CASINO ROYALE, by Ian Fleming: A Most Pleasant Surprise Considering thriller craft and the delights of the unexpected in the first James Bond novel

WRITING A KILLER THRILLER by Jodie Renner Review from the perspective of a working writer

In Writing a Killer Thriller, Jodie Renner covers all the elements necessary to create a compelling thriller. Clearly structured and easy to read, with examples from popular novels and movies, Writing a Killer Thriller offers a wealth of important information for the new (thriller) writer and can serve as a helpful refresher and reference book for experienced authors.

Content & Organization

Divided into nine parts, Writing a Killer Thriller starts by explaining the difference between thrillers and mysteries and exploring the basic ingredients of a […]

By |2021-06-23T15:50:10+00:00|Getting Published, LF, Mystery / Suspense, Recommended Reading, The Writer’s Craft, Thriller|Comments Off on WRITING A KILLER THRILLER by Jodie Renner Review from the perspective of a working writer

Editorial Analysis: WRECKED by Joe Ide Considering the pros and cons of irredeemable antagonists in crime fiction

I’m not exaggerating when I say the discovery of Joe Ide’s IQ series made an often-awful 2020 more bearable. Wrecked is the third book in this series starring the fiercely intelligent but lonely and isolated Isaiah Quintabe (“IQ”), who on first glance might resemble a modern-day Sherlock Holmes of Long Beach. In this story, Isaiah and his sidekick Dodson (kinda rhymes with Watson, doesn’t it?) help a reclusive artist find her long-lost mother and escape the wrath of five former soldiers determined […]

By |2021-02-24T16:02:31+00:00|Behind The Bestsellers, Mystery / Suspense, Recommended Reading, RSB, The Writer’s Craft|Comments Off on Editorial Analysis: WRECKED by Joe Ide Considering the pros and cons of irredeemable antagonists in crime fiction

The Sad, Honorable Life of Jack Reacher Considering Reacher's future in the hands of Andrew Child

October 27, 2020 brought two notes of bittersweet dichotomy for fans of the Jack Reacher series. On one hand, we had a new release to dig into, always a good thing in the eyes of “Reacher Creatures.” On the other, The Sentinel is the first book in the series whose byline Lee shares with his brother Andrew Child (AKA Andrew Grant) and one of the last in which Lee is expected to have much authorial involvement at all, as he prepares […]

By |2021-02-02T18:58:13+00:00|Miscellaneous, Mystery / Suspense, RSB, The Writer’s Craft|Comments Off on The Sad, Honorable Life of Jack Reacher Considering Reacher's future in the hands of Andrew Child