Thursday, October 25, 2007


My novel Hurricane Moon was recently reviewed in the Washington Post newspaper's Book World. As it happens, this review illustrates the possibilities inherent in the opportunistic use of ellipsis. You know, when ads for a book/movie/play quote a critic but conveniently leave out any less than glowing comments. The last couple of lines of the Post review could be quoted, "... strong and dynamic.... a resonant achievement." More accurately, it would be, "...strong and dynamic.... (strongly worded quibble...) a resonant achievement."

Still, I'm very pleased, considering that the reviewer throws brickbats at a couple of other books. The Post chose to run a black-and-white cover detail from my book's cover, which testifies to the excellent work of cover artist Brian Dow.

I'm also pleased that Hurricane Moon has been enjoyed by a fair number of people who usually read mainstream, mystery, or romance books. It seems to appeal to various readers for varied reasons. It was even a 4 1/2-star Top Pick in the September issue of Romantic Times. If I had to hazard a guess, I'd venture that the romantic stage-setting was what the Post reviewer didn't care for. To each their own!


Christopher Brown said...

"[A] resonant achievement." -- The Washington Post. Hard to beat that! Congratulations.

Jayme Lynn Blaschke said...

Kudos for the good words, ellipses and all!