How long do you read before you give up on a book? How many chances does the author get? I’ve been reading The Twelfth Imam by Joel Rosenberg and couldn’t take any more of it. I don’t mind when religious themes are blended into a novel, and I expected it with this one. But the handling of it was so obvious and clumsy, I just couldn’t keep reading. It quit being entertaining (in fact, it never started) and became preachy.
Lots has been written about the importance of opening sentences in a novel. Make it intriguing. Jump into the action. Introduce your protagonist. No backstory.
Well, today’s a big day for lots of folks. Parties, hats, parades, perhaps an adult beverage or two. I refer, of course, to Evacuation Day.
I know what you’re thinking, because I thought the same thing. No, the holiday has nothing to do with any bodily functions. Evacuation Day refers to March 17, 1776 when the British retreated from the area around Boston during the Revolutionary War (which I believe was started due to excess taxes on green beer. I could be wrong.).
Raise your hand if you remember Stuckey’s!
Red rover, red rover, send (someone) right over! Yeah, gonna be stuck in your head all day, isn’t it?