I don’t know if you can read that too well — it’s a picture I snapped of a page from Fleshmarket Alley by Ian Rankin and the defacing left by a fellow Nampa Public Library patron. This particular Rebus reader wrote “LOVE LOVE LOVE” over the word “hate.”
Every time the word shows up.
(well, every time so far — I’ve got another 50 pages to go, they might have missed one)
Given that it’s a book about a cynical, negative detective investigating what looks like a racially motivated murder with a truckload of racist suspects (and maybe a less-than-PC investigator or two on the case), there’s a more than a couple of opportunities for this patron to pencil in this correction.
I’m not sure that I completely understand the impulse to replace hate with love, love, love — but I sorta get the gist. However, in almost every case here, it’s actually undercutting the subject matter. (I think one of the references was to hating some kind of food or music)
If you’re this hung-up on that word, maybe crime fiction isn’t for you, eh?
Well, things have been going here pretty steadily for a month now — and I’ve even got posts scheduled through the beginning of next week (feels nice to have that cushion) — so, I’m taking the plunge and publicizing things further, making things more public. If this is your first time here, welcome, thanks for dropping by.
I’ve read that it’s very important to build a readership to put up new content each day. Which would be easier if I could make any progress with For Whom the Bell Tolls — been reading this thing since 5/30, and I’m not quite at page 300 yet! Not sure what’s going on there.
So instead of a review or something, how about a quick State of the New Blog?
Well, the first few days of this lil’ endeavor are going better than I hoped. I do appreciate the reads, follows, and likes — BookHubInc, soyouwanttobeanauthor, Liz, and countingducks!!!! So glad you stopped by, hope you come again…maybe even drop a comment or two.
Speaking of comments, Lee Flippin’ Goldberg left the first comment here! That’s a heckuva start, IMHO.
Anyone else out there?
Lastly, I wanted to post this picture I’ve seen floating around, from Pilzy Lee, a great life motto for me:
Odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case: