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Stone's Fall: Ian Pears [May. 20th, 2012|02:10 pm]
Tony Grist
A very clever book full of superficial verisimilitude- including much arcane but entertaining stuff about finance. 

Our financier hero- I'm trying not to give too much away here- manipulates everyone who swims around him- including the leaders of the nations of Europe - into enabling his complicated business plans, whilst remaining largely uncorrupted by his wealth and power.  His greatest sting- though hugely elaborate- never once stubs its toes against the cussedness of things in general or the unpredictability of the human animal. 

I finished it and thought, "That's almost a great novel" and then thought again and riposted, "But it's a complete pack of lies."
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2012-05-20 01:01 pm (UTC)
I believe that's known in writer parlance as a Mary Sue.

Readers don't like 'em, generally.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-05-20 02:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah...

Novels should be true, I think, or else they're worthless.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2012-05-20 05:28 pm (UTC)
Novels should be true, I think, or else they're worthless.

What are true novels for you?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-05-20 08:02 pm (UTC)
Ones that show us human nature as it is- Alice in Wonderland for instance.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2012-05-21 10:42 am (UTC)
I should love a bottle, a cheerful fire and an unburdened hour or two, with which to savor this discussion. The cold of cyberspace cannot do it justice.

There's a related discussion, on romance, that's been much on my mind of late.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-05-21 11:07 am (UTC)
Yes, that would be pleasant.

I'd be interested to have your thoughts on romance
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2012-05-22 10:02 am (UTC)
Thanks. I need to sort my thoughts, anyway.
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