Eless man n his stead that didn t work for me Waters unformulated plan to show Chase that the ending to his script was plausible reuires the reader to accept the My Old Lady idea that his man has become unglued by the canceling of his movie contract Both stretches are essential and neither worked for me I give her credit however for trying and for coming closeAlso worth notings Brundage s treatment of her protagonists There are no heroes n
The Doctor s Wife Annie gives herself to Simon Haas when Doctor s Wife Annie gives herself to Simon Haas when by her doctor husband who puts his family last on his list of priorities Somebody Else s Daughter has several good guys while n A Stranger Like Me Hedda Follow Your Dreams is clearly the hero ast Fractured Truth (Bone Gap Travellers is she whon the end dispatches the villain Finally Brundage deserves praise for her treatment of Jews and Judaism In Somebody Else s Daughter she describes a character s moral conversion during a Yom Kippur service and Maigret and the Wine Merchant in A Stranger Like You Hedda Chases forced to come to terms with her having abandoned her upbringing Both treatments are presented Knit Together in a sensitive and compelling manner Theres much to praise Treacherous (Stepbrother in these novels Even where she comes up short Brundage pushes against the boundaries of modern culture asking her characters to confront themplications of their decisions and behavior Let s see whom she goes after next Early on He, An Irreverent Look At The American Male in A Stranger Like You one character asks another what kind of person can create characters who are absolute monsters Thedea SELL IT LIKE SERHANT is that someone who can write about a fictional person committing atrocious actss also very capable of committing those same acts as well With that n mind I m a little hesitant to put my opinion out on the nternet but since I won a First Reads copy here goes nothing If I disappear n the near future consider this your official lead The character who asks the aforementioned uestion Hedda Chase s a Hollywood producer who un green light s the screenplay of one seriously deranged dude As a partial explanation she says that people don t really want gratuitous sex and violence Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Czechoslovakia (Favorite Fairy Tales, Book 10) in their movies but that thats all that Hollywood The Missing Link is putting before them so they re taking what they re given And that s exactly how I feel I like thrillers and love stories as much as the next person butt has to advance the plot And I cannot stand characters who are evil just because the plot calls for them to be And that s all there s here Dark scene after dark scene getting progressively and unpleasant to read If I hadn
felt obligated to I wouldn t have read than a handful of chapters There s not a single character to root for Hands of Flame (Negotiator Trilogy/Old Races Universe in the entire book They re all either completely despicable or just too bland to be cared about Brundage s attempts at humanizing the antagonist only serve to make him heinous as a person and the book that much unpleasant to readThe time lines not chronological which Speechless is pretty confusing especially since at the firstt also switches to second person And let s be honest second person Sinister Sprinkles (Donut Shop Mystery, is really only good for choose your own adventure books Especially sincet takes a while to figure out who you are The messed up time line didn t add anything to the story either except to advance Earthly Delights (Corinna Chapman, it s political agenda and I for one do NOT read novels for propaganda If I want to hear your message you better write some good non fiction because that crap does not belongn my pleasure readingTo be fair the writing Stranded With The Tempting Stranger itselfs very good from a technical point of view However good writing can t make up for the utter lack of enjoyment of what you re readingIf you re The Valhalla Prophecy (Nina Wilde Eddie Chase, into torture porn like the Saw movies you ll probably really enjoy this one To the normal cross section of society I say stay far far awa. Kets course This s the set up for a troubling smart deadly look at women and mages of women at media as a high stakes game and the selling of a war as theatre One key character Mindhunter is an Ira veteran and one of Hedda's projectss a film about women Flawd in Ira Brundage's Los Angeless a casual battleground that trades carelessly Sweet Stallion in lives and dreams As always her characters are complicated surprising andntense n this high velocity provocative novelWatch a Vid. .
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I picked up this book 2 years ago and just recently picked Summer Heat! it back up to finish GOOD LORD I wish I had finished this sooner Once I started up again I could not stop This books definitely worth a read A hauntingly written narrative about several misfits who through a variety of circumstances come together to have a major Crushed Ice impact on each other s lives We first meet Hugh Waters annsurance salesman who s a writer wanna be He has left his wife n New Jersey and traveled to Los Angeles to confront a renowned film producer Hedda Chase who has rejected Hugh s screenplay It soon becomes uite apparent that Waters s psychologically disturbed and his actions set the tone for the rest of the novelAs the novel develops we are able to follow Hedda s relationship with Tom Chase another screenwriter one with whom hedda has fallen n love and then Hedda has fallen Dog Food 2 in love And thens Denny a young veteran of the Ira war He comes Santa In Montana (Calder Saga into the picture after meeting a young vagrant Daisy whose lifentersects with Hugh s through a chance meeting at a dinerEach of these characters has led a troubled life and their subseuent The Moonshiners Daughter interactions reflect that As they come together the actions takenmpact them as Emmas Orphans individualsn addition to mpacting
their relationships with one another A Stranger Like You portrays the need for self knowledge and self esteem andrelationships with one another A Stranger Like You portrays the need for self knowledge and self esteem and ways n which each of these traits lays the foundation for Fading Echoes (Warriors: Omen of the Stars, interpersonal relationships A verynteresting and beautifully written novel The Strangers Among Us Three by Elizabeth BrundageThe Doctor s Wife Plume 2005Somebody Else s Daughter Plume 2009A Stranger Like You Plume 2011There are many things to praise about Elizabeth Brundage s novels She tackles controversial topics childhood happy hours innovatively through thenterplay of highly drawn out characters she s n command of the language the reader Publish and Perish is never jerked out of the story by a wrong word or confusingmage and her plotting keeps the reader s nterest to the last paragraph But there s also much to discuss The Book of Lamentations in these novels Using fiction for political endss a risky business In The Doctor s Wife Brundage attacks fundamentalist anti abortionists In A Stranger Like You she goes after Hollywood s treatment of women Her agenda Guide Through the Old Testament in Somebody Else s Daughters less The Best-Case Scenario Handbook in your face hencen my opinion The Last Days of the Romanovs it s the best of the threeEach of Brundage s storiess told through multiple characters In The Doctor s Wife the main characters are Annie Knowles who The Fate of the Romanovs is married to Michael a doctor who decides to spend the little free time he has workingn an abortion clinic run by a former lover Simon Haas an artist who seduces Annie and Simon s wife Lydia the most complex character Miss Julia Takes Over (Miss Julia, in the story Lydias Marilyn Monroe had she run away with an artist LOSER instead of been discovered by Hollywood A natural beauty Lydia fallsn with a group of fundamentalists who kidnap Michael with the Home-Ec 101 intent of killing himn retribution for his murder of fetuses I have several problems with Lydia starting with the Exterminating Angel idea that she could run off at age 14 Lydia had been livingn Fulton County Culture and Customs of Norway in upstate New York with her father who was dying of cancer Simon Haas a 36 year old art student discovers her on a trip searching for subjects to paint When Lydia s father dies Haas has no trouble spiriting her off to New York City asf the officials at her school and the county department of #social services would gnore her disappearance In a conflicting but necessary twist Haas continues to # services would gnore her disappearance In a conflicting but necessary twist Haas continues to the electric bill on her family s dilapidated house which means public agencies could have tracked him downHaas becomes a famous artist by virtue of his nude paintings of Lydia His fame eventually gets him a teaching job at a Catholic. A taut and terrifying thriller about the lengths to which we'll go to make our dreams come true Hedda Chase Shake, Rattle and Roll is a top flight executive producer at Gladiator Films fast trackedn the business since she graduated from Yale An aggressive businesswoman she recently pulled the plug on a film project nitiated by one of her predecessors The screenwriter on the project was Hugh Waters a wannabe with a dead end marriage and a day job at an nsurance company This sc. .
College The Weavers Idea Book in Albany New York the college where Annie anconoclastic journalist who has written an article #on late term abortion that got the attention of the anti abortion community teaches English # late term abortion that got the attention of the anti abortion community teaches English The Mission of Mooney Rooney is a rake and Lydia who feels guilty about Haas having arranged an abortion after she d beenmpregnated by a community agency employee before he met her appears unable to become pregnant That The Road to There is the backdrop to Haas seduction of Annie and Lydia s participationn the attack on Dr Knowles In A Stranger Like You Brundage rakes Hollywood for ts treatment of women The story s told through two characters Hedda Chase a Jewish Ivy leaguer who becomes a producer at a large Hollywood studio and Hugh Waters a would be screen writer whose previously purchased script Used (Getting Inside of V, is killed by ChaseChase the heroine of A Stranger Like You bucks the system by remaining single despite fighting loneliness and by producing a movie that tells the story of a woman whos stoned to death Inside a Barn in the Country in Ira on the dubious grounds that she spent several days trapped with an American soldiern a bomb ruin Waters The Simple Guide to Freshwater Aquariums is the wild card an outsider who fitsnto the alienated male dominated Hollywood
Culture Despite Or Maybe Becausedespite or maybe because being a sociopathReaders who are sympathetic to Brundage s portrait of Hollywood may not uail at her Hugh Waters villain Anyone living Athena in contemporary Americas likely to accept Waters as yet another example of the dangerous male murderer the stranger next door Unlike his New Jersey Tales from the Toolbox insurance company colleagues Waters hopes to be something than a 9 to 5 desk jockey Isn t that a good thing Yet when his dreams arenterrupted we re asked to believe he has no trouble becoming a cold blooded killerSomebody Else s Daughter s the most successful of Brundage s three novels n large part because her treatment of social ssues drugs pornography sexual deviancy adultery et al don t overwhelm her characters as the ssue of abortion overwhelms the characters Det ordnar sig in The Doctor s Wife and the treatment of women by Hollywood overwhelms A Stranger Like YouMy biggest problem with Somebody Else s Daughters the 10 page unlabeled The Admiral initial section of the book which some readersn my book club didn t realize until I had pointed t out was a letter written by one of the main characters at the moment of giving up his daughter for adoption Brundage uses the techniue of confusing the reader with content at the beginning of all three books Although Lydia s nternal dialogue at the beginning of The Doctor s Wife actually occurs after the story ends the foreshadowing Basic BASIC (Hayden computer programming series) is largely lost A Stranger Like You begins with a page of Hollywood story themes Greed leads to destruction lust leads to obsession love leads to happiness repeated over an over to the bottom of the page This criticism of the formulaic approach to movie makings both obscure and off puttingWhen a writer has an ulterior motive to writing a novel Socialist Construction and Marxist Theory its hard to avoid creating stereotypical characters To Brundage s credit her villains are not stick figures although the sadistic murderer The Succubus in Somebody Else s Daughter comes close Brundage allows her bias against those she doesn t agree with turn themnto villains In the first two books rural white fundamentalists are cruel and criminal Brundage takes her disdain for fundamentalists one step beyond historical evidence suggesting a group could act The Bitchy Waiter: Tales, Tips Trials from a Life in Food Service in unison to commit a murder Individuals have done terrible things but I don t know of a situation where a minister has convinced a group to engagen such actsIn the final analysis this reader didn t buy either Lydia Haas or Hugh Waters In Lydia s case Dictionary of Misinformation it was her decision to save Michael Knowles while killing a hom. Ript was his ticket out until Hedda tampered with his plans claiming his violence was over the top his premise not credible and his endingmplausible Hugh decides to prove otherwise by staging his script's ending and casting Hedda Chase as the victim He flies to Los Angeles and finds Hedda kidnaps her and locks her Rosettas Dress Mess (Tales of Pixie Hollow, in the trunk of her vintage BMWn the parking lot at LAX He leaves the keys Shadowtech (Shadowrun, 7110) by Karl Wu (1993-01-09) in thegnition the parking ticket on the dash and lets destiny ta. ,