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Monday, January 30, 2012

Can there be too many characters in a book

I'm not sure if you remember the book I was going to start reading the other week
Deborah Crombie - Water like a Stone

Some warm days recently - just right for doing nothing - meant I could settle down and do just that.
To tell you the truth
even tho it was an easy to read novel there was something about it that kept confusing me.

So many characters arrived in such a short time that by page 48 I had to start a list so I could keep up with them and keep tabs on who was who.  They all seemed to have had 'doings' with each other lol
Heres the proof!!
A policeman and his 'partner' (also in the police force) take his son and her son (oh and their two dogs) to spend Christmas with his parents in Cheshire and thats where the story begins. Two 'murders' or rather deaths did keep things moving along - as well as the descriptions of life on the canals and the narrowboats - sometimes called barges but I believe there is a difference - as well as all the intricacies of families and how they relate to each other.  Teenage fears and worries, marriage breakdowns, corporate crime, social work - all that and more in 500 pages lol

Even tho it had lots of what I call side roads (some people call them red herrings) and there was flashbacks in italics that were supposed to give an insight into one of the characters (unidentified so you had to try and work out who they were) which to me were a pain in the ......... I did enjoy reading the book and might even look for more of what I believe is a series about the two main characters (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James) at the local library.

10 comments:

  1. I like stories where there are few characters and NO 'flash backs', I guess I get confused. :-) I wish they would just do a background before they pull you into the story.

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    1. Hell Sharon - lovey to see you. Is your signal any better?
      Flashbacks do not turn me on at all - they do the same to me lol Mind you thats not too hard a thing to do lol
      Cathy

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    2. That should read - Hello Sharon lol

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  2. I think I would enjoy it and will look in our library too. Thanks for the review.

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    1. Hello Inger
      It appears there is a whole series by the same author so if that ones not available maybe some of the others are - wish you luck
      Cathy

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  3. you can also have too much information in a book, I had that happen to me earlier on in the month. Like too many characters it gets confusing.

    Gill in Canada

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    1. Gill - thats another of my peeves. There are times when you don't need to know every stop in the train line even if the author thinks you do.
      Cathy

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  4. G'day Cathy. Good on you making the list, but if I had to do that, I think I would lose interest in the book. But, you enjoyed reading it and that is the main thing. Take care. Liz...

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    1. Liz, yes it was a good book to read but I was beginning to forget who so as I wrote each person down I sort had a system of relating one to the other which made it easier for me.
      Cathy

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    2. I too am easily confused by too many characters and I love the idea of writing them down I shall do so in the future. Thanks for the good tip!

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Cathy