Yep, and I can't wait till I can delve back into "'Round The Corner" by Nancy Moser and Vonnette Bright.
One of the great joys of my job is that I frequently get free books in the mail. (I know--YAY!!!) When I got Francine Rivers' "And the Shofar Blew" from Tyndale House, the package included two other books. One of them was "'Round The Corner."
Quite honestly, I didn't think I'd like it, and I have no idea why, because I'm a huge fan of Nancy Moser. Nothing against Vonnette Bright, but maybe I was thinking a book Nancy co-authored with someone else couldn't be as good.
Well, I couldn't have been more wrong. Apparently, "'Round The Corner" is the second in the Sister Circle series. (That may have been another reason I subconsciously panned it--maybe I thought a book about a "sister circle" would be boring or trite.)
Turns out, this is the kind of book in which you immediately start liking the characters and wanting to spend time with them. You're interested in what happens to them, and you're sorry when the book is over, because you don't want to stop hanging out with them.
My liking for Nancy Moser shows me that I'm attracted to much more than one style of writing. Nancy's can be described as crisp and clean. She moves the story forward in a no-nonsense manner, free of frills and frou-frou. I love her writing, while still loving writers characterized by more poetry and descriptiveness, like Jane Kirkpatrick, B. J. Hoff, or for that matter, the Gothic melodrama of Charlotte Bronte and Emily Bronte.
I don't know what part Vonnette Bright played in the writing of the book, but the style is vintage Moser.
Look for a review of "'Round The Corner" in the reading page of my website in the not-too-distant future. In fact, if you're a bookworm like me and love fiction, you may want to head over to that page now and read some of the reviews I've posted there. Quite frankly, I only post reviews of books I really like. I figure it's my website, so that's my perogative! :)
This from PluggedIn's "Culture Clips":
QUOTE: "No longer is the male universe divided between homosexuals and heterosexuals. Now we have metrosexuals. These are straight men who act like they are gay. Metrosexuals obsess over their appearance. They preen in front of mirrors. They love to shop. They try to emulate the look of the pretty boys in GQ and the Abercrombie & Fitch catalogs—buff bodies and effeminate faces, photographs modeled after gay erotica—all, ironically, to attract girls." —Gene Edward Veith, World Magazine's cultural editor, further refining a term coined by journalist Mark Simpson back in 1994 [World on the Web, 9/20/03]
The Tuesday Three...
Thanks to Rick's blog, I answer the burning questions of the day:
1) what is one WORD you think could be dropped from our vocabulary?--The "F" word. It viscerally assaults my senses whenever I hear it, in real life or on a movie. There are other ways to emphasize your point without being a potty-mouth!
2) what is one COMMERCIAL you never want to see again on television?--OK, maybe I'm a prude, but do we need those Victoria's Secret commercials? They're practically soft-core porn.
3) what is one SONG you wish would vanish from all music collections, never to be played again?--"Imagine," by John Lennon. I think that's an AWFUL song. I wouldn't want to live in the world he describes--a world without religion, without posessions, et cetera--because far from being some sort of Utopia, it would actually be a bleak and dismal Godless wasteland. And I can't help but think that even John Lennon enjoyed the money and possessions he earned...why did he want us to imagine not having any???