First Impressions & Life Sentences

October 2015 @ Shelley’s House with Liz, Mary, Marie, Viviane, & Yours Truly. (We miss you both Karens, Angelika &  Kitty.)
First Time EVER since 1988:  book selector (Sue) not present (date confusion)…she attended virtually!

Chatter

  • Marine Corps Marathon – Katie ran it the day before; Liz’s Nannie Squad (from days of yore) also was represented..INSPIRING event
  • Mary vs. Seltzer bottle opening:  going to the kitchen ‘Is just too easy.’ One must wait out those dastardly bubbles.
  • Boatright’s Awesome Basement Fix up – who says back ups + asbestos = nothing but bad?
  • Halloween: even from Oslo, Queen of Creepy Decor Hege reigns
  • Whole Foods a.k.a. Whole Paycheck. Nuf said.
  • Did anyone else notice that each time we meet at Shelley’s Kirstie comes home from work with another story about that day’s party?
  • new Bethesda/Rockville shopping mass – not user-friendly! parking? nope. enough stuff open? not really. better, but who is marketing this? do they visit the site or talk to people who have the real-time construction info?

The Book:  The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens Front Cover

Sue picked it because she found it via an Amazon search & it looked good. Sue, Katie, Liz, Mary, Viviane read it all.

  • easy read, nobody thinks they’ll rush to read another Eskens book
  • some of us:  found writing way too simple & characters not very engaging…but, thought there were interesting plot points/’nuggets’ that showed (not fully developed) promise
  • some of us: hated the ‘nuggets’/themes (police procedural, abuse all around), but the writing & some intriguing characters were the factors that kept us going
  • Was the mystery predictable? Kind of. But that didn’t defray the tension of the big scenes.

No casting – we just weren’t feeling it. But the character Gary Sinise played in Forest Gump could be Carl Iverson.

Song –
Psycho Killer by the Talking Heads
(but not for the character one first may think…)

Sample lyrics:
You start a conversation you can’t even finish it.
You’re talkin’ a lot, but you’re not sayin’ anything.
When I have nothing to say, my lips are sealed.
Say something once, why say it again?

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One response to “First Impressions & Life Sentences

  1. Thanks, Katie for the enjoyable read! Happy November first all,  My baby boy is twenty!  (and glad to be out of his teens, Michael tells me). Mary From: enjoytheread To: marydmt53@yahoo.com Sent: Sunday, November 1, 2015 11:24 AM Subject: [New post] First Impressions & Life Sentences #yiv1566612838 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv1566612838 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv1566612838 a.yiv1566612838primaryactionlink:link, #yiv1566612838 a.yiv1566612838primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv1566612838 a.yiv1566612838primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv1566612838 a.yiv1566612838primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv1566612838 WordPress.com | Katie Engen posted: “October 2015 @ Shelley’s House with Liz, Mary, Marie, Viviane, & Yours Truly. (We miss you both Karens, Angelika &  Kitty.)First Time EVER since 1988:  book selector (Sue) not present (date confusion)…she attended virtually!Chatter Mar” | |

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