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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Review of Robert B. Parker’s Spare Change

I picked up Robert B. Parker’s Spare Change to read because I have enjoyed his Spenser Mysteries series. Having gotten to know those characters in the TV series, Spenser for Hire, which was based on the books, I was able to get into the flow of those books without a problem. However, the same choppy dialogue that helped give Spenser and Hawk from the other series their unique characteristics, came off as laughable and added to a void of character in this installment of Sunny Randall novels.

Sunny Randall is a Boston private investigator pulled in to tracking a serial killer who had eluded her father during his career as a police officer. The story eventually becomes a battle of wits between Sunny and the second generation “Spare Change” killer.

Unfortunately, neither one of them is very witty.

A dialogue-heavy novel trying to depict the stereotypical fictional Boston police officer shouldn’t go anywhere near trying to be a psychological thriller. The book is dominated by dialogue that often doesn’t stretch beyond half a line of text. It actually became comical at times. No doubt Parker was going for realism, but it was just over done, and, again, there needed to be a hell of a lot more depth at some point when the author is going for a psychological thriller.

An added bonus was reading Parker’s attempts to show the feminine side of his female protagonist. First of all, it was a complete departure from the rest of the writing, making these segments awkward enough. Throw in the fact that it read very much like a man trying to write a woman, and it’s clear the author should have left it out.

It’s also clear I should have stayed with the Spenser novels.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Politically Correct Terms Failing People with Disabilities

This essay has been deleted from the blog and will be available in my upcoming book.