Just a brief note today while I prepare my “Best of 2010” list. It might surprise you, but I’m not paid to read. I’m paid to run a business. If I were paid to read, perhaps I’d be more disciplined. You know, feet flat on the floor, book on the table, dictionary and thesaurus at hand, and a notepad to transcribe the really good stuff.
I’m not, so I tend to absorb instead of memorize. But I’m a fan of great writing, and a brilliant passage adds immeasurably to my enjoyment of a book – and to my ultimate recommendation when handselling it to you.
Many of you know that I have the wonderful opportunity to read books several months before they reach the stores. In fact, I receive far more than I can possibly review. Some of you have helped me in the past by reading and commenting on these advance reader copies. I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ll say it again: I welcome guest submissions for inclusion in this blog, so if you’ve read something interesting, please consider submitting it for publication. At least use the comments section to alert us to it. OK?
In any case, here’s a passage from a forthcoming book by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward – a novel called Heads You Lose. It will be a success, I’m sure, though that doesn’t always transfer to the north shore of the Ohio. We’ll see. I’m only a few pages into it, but I think I’ll be recommending it come April.
So here’s the line:
Sook was a bad liar, but Paul let it go. He’d always thought bad liars were kind of like honest people — you always knew where you stood.
Know anyone like that?
Look for more long after the snow melts.