Scottoline's returned to her roots -- to the crisp, snappy stuff she started off, and lured me in, with. If you've been turned off lately by the Rosato & Associates saga, which was getting to sound like a bad mix of soap opera and "Cagney & Lacey," come back for this one. Bennie and the Airheads don't show up at all.
The Old Testament is written to be narrated -- in retrospect, I guess that's obvious, but I didn't know it. Lots of repetition and callbacks. So, listening is a good way to get it. Yes, long passages are tedious -- the begats, the precise blueprints for the tabernacle -- but when they're done you're given a refresher before the narrative presses on. Very helpful, Whoever wrote it. (No comment on New Testament, I'm not there yet.)
But that's okay. It's kind of narrative of his life, including his horrible accident, with digressions into his advice on writing. More inspirational than practical. Also, he sounds remarkably normal for somebody who writes the books he writes.
Some of the new rules are funny, but not $20 worth. Bill sounds like he's rehearsing to be a cranky old man.
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