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May 13, 2012

Sunday Morning Book Thread 05-13-2012: 1/32nd Edition [OregonMuse]

Good morning, morons and moronettes, it's time once again for the ever-popular, widely-read, winner of the coveted Bill Keller 'Excellence In Unbiased Journalism' Award Sunday Morning AoSHQ Book Thread. Accept no substitutes.

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Here is a typical AOSHQ Sunday Morning Book Thread
reader. She's obviously very intelligent, alert, and is keenly aware of
her surroundings.

What a great photo.

This week I started reading Power Down by Ben Coes. The author was recommended by a moron in last week's thread (I think it was Vic, thanks Vic!) and as I was able to pick up the Nook edition for $2.99, I broke into Mrs. Muse's piggy bank and took enough pennies out to buy it. It's a fun read, a real page-turner and Coes knows how to tell a story. Since I do my reading in the evening, I have to ration myself to one or two chapters at a time, and then forcibly tell myself to put the book down and turn the lights out, otherwise, I'd be up all night.

I think there are two ways you can be a good author. You can be a good writer or you can be a good story-teller, either one will work. Of course you can be both, but it's not a requirement.

Good examples of modern story-tellers are John Grisham and Stephen King. Not great writers, but they can hook you and you can't put their books down.

Here's a surprising example of a good writer who is also a good storyteller. I remember reading this book years ago and thinking, "Dang, now that's just good writing." I wish I knew how to explain what I mean by good writing (as opposed to bad writing), but I can't. Objective literary criticism is a very difficult task, where you distinguish between 'I like this' and 'this is good'. Hardly anybody can do it.

As always, book thread tips may be sent to

So, what have you all been reading this week?

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