Book #1 – Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
Picked this up on a whim from PaperbackSwap. I had been meaning to read it for a while to see how the movie deviated from the book. To see how ‘literary’ the book is, especially considering the ending. Truth is, it’s not very ‘literary’ in that strange academically vague way ‘literary’ books often seem to be. It’s a solid crime drama that’s more twisty than most. Lehane has a lovely clean style. It’s almost a short-story style without an overage of words. Unfortunately, I’ve seen the movie so that taints just how much of my vision is from it and how much is from Lehane’s prose. The characters are much more likable in the book. They are given slightly better motive for acting as they do, since the reader is given more of their thoughts. My one problem:
I am back at my pretty, pretty desk in the not-as-messy front room. Fortunately *cough*, we had discs to help restore our laptop. It is now fully functional. And since we don’t have a bag for it, I won’t be taking it to the library this afternoon when I go.