Thursday, February 01, 2007

Book reports


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I just got my copy of Amy Guth's Three Fallen Women . Take a look.

I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to this one. Reportedly, her style is offbeat and the themes are dark (even though she started out in stand-up comedy!). I'm a sucker for such.


In a completely different vein, I'm also still listening to Ellen Meister's Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA. I've been listening for some time, but found I'm quite dyslexic when it comes to listening, driving and actually absorbing information at the same time. I'm getting better though.

I like to "listen" the same way I read - I want to not only enjoy the story, but also explore the style. It's light and funny. The last few chapters were terrific, starting with a frenzied kitchen painting scene to a crazy group scene (dare I say too much?) with almost the entire cast of characters. It's a very filmic story - I definitely can see this as a movie. If Ellen checks in here, maybe she'll let us know if it's heading that way? Ellen's blog is here!


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I have a new piece that will appear in February at elimae. I love that zine.

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My main project, Songs of Cicadas, has finally undergone its last set of revisions and was sent to the Ohio State University Fiction Prize contest. I fear it still needs more, but I'll wait for a little bit before I pick it back up. Now, I'm going to work on my novel.

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Finally, there's a new ezine that you should check out. The talented Stefani Nellan is coeditor for Steel City Review. The first ish is up, and looks great with super writers as well including: Marc Lowe, Maggie Shearon and Claudia Smith.

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9 comments:

Ellen said...

Hi Shell! Thanks for blogging about the audiobook. I'd love to tell you that I have some mega Hollywood deal in my back pocket, but alas all is quiet on that front. I do have a film agent, but I'm so out of the loop on that I have no clue what's going on. I'm under strict instructions to keep writing and "not even think about it." Ha!

srr said...

Good things will come, I bet. I'll hope for you (especially because I'd love to see it in living color!)

Keep writing indeed. What sage advice!

~shell

Amy Guth said...

Shelly! How on earth have you been? I do hope you enjoy TFW and come say hello again soon.

srr said...

Amy - I'm not a good multi-tasking reader (meaning I have diff. reading two novels at once) BUT!!

I had to read that very first chapter and your writing is amazing and intense. I'm looking forward now more than ever!

hope to see you again! (now I have a copy to get signed even :)

Amy Guth said...

Thank you very much! Hope to cross paths again, too.

Stefani said...

Hi Shelly, I just saw this in an idle moment -- thanks for mentioning the Steel City Review! I really appreciate it. We really try to get money in order to pay our contributors in the future (we're wallowing in the paperwork for a local grant right now), but for now, recommendations of fab writers like you go a long way in convincing the geniuses out there to entrust us with their work.
So, thanks! :-)

srr said...

Well, I can't wait until I get something polished off to send to Steel City Review. Keep up the great work - and I urge everyone reading (all two of ya) to send something to them also!

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