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Friday, November 8, 2013
A Mixed Bag
12:30 pm est
There is a very weak forced connection between my Basset Hound's birthday and the literary suspense mystery, Hotel Noir, by Casper Silk.
FrankieBernard, who will turn six tomorrow (that’s 31 in dog years), is a purebred American
Basset with a pedigree that goes back to the 1860s. In contrast, Silk’s novel is a mutt of a book, blurring the lines
between two distinct literary breeds: mystery/suspense and fictional literature. It's not that I'm a snob about my dog's background,
although I am quite proud of it. I'd love him just the same even if he turned out to be "just" a multi-mix. But
I am a purist when it comes to "my" books. They have to be distinct in their intent, preferably written in one genre.
If the author intends to cross the path of one or two literary types with that of one or two others, then, definitely, it
has to be a well-written, perfect symbiotic melding.
I am not sure if this is the case with Hotel Noir. It definitely is a cross between suspense and literature and does have some mystery as well as some literary merit. But
the pseudonymous author seems to have mismatched the two genres as s/he tries to tell a "good story" while infusing
it with socio-political musings. Like the novel, my review posted on www.authorexposure.com is a mix bag of like, confusion, and disappointment. While overall a somewhat decent read, I found it lacking in many respects.
I'll let you read my comments and, hopefully, the book. You can decide for yourself.
As for FrankieB, he doesn't
lack, in my mind, anything. He is, as every dog-loving owner avers about his/her own companion, the "perfect" canine.
Well, yeah, okay, I admit he is very, very stubborn and quite spoiled. But, then again, in many respects, so am I. So, in
that sense, we're a matched set; an almost perfect symbiotic melding of human and hound. No mystery about that. As for his
birthday, we're going to celebrate in grand, literary style, with a long walk in the park (weather permitting), generous helpings
of his favorite foods, and a long snuggle on the couch with, of course, a really good book.
Happy Birthday, FrankieB!
Happy reading to the rest of us.
J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is
an author, poet, and librettist. Her currently published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations,
volumes of poetry, stories
for children (of all ages) and
a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder: A Novel of Phoenixville during World War I
Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of
Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World
Rainbow in the Sky
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She
is currently working on her sixth novel.