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Very nice post Lance... worth waiting for, plus I got extra weeding done since I couldn't procrastinate try though I might.


I've really enjoyed this series Lance. Thanks. Have a good weekend!


Excellent profile, Lance. You've made me want to check out his stuff.

This, especially, was a great bit of writing on your part:

What ties them is a sense that people are part of a jigsaw puzzle that doesn’t quite fit together, as if the pieces were all cut by a careless hand, and it’s up to them to jam themselves together in the hope of making their lives come together in a picture that is recognizable if not quite as pretty and seamless as they’d hoped it would be.

Sometimes, no matter how hard they try, the pieces won’t connect.


The career arc (or whatever it ought to be called) makes me think of Robert Ludlum, a screenwriter who made a mint writing novels.

blue girl

Matt! You totally stole my comment. That was my favorite part, too.

Did you do that cuz I beat you at "Yay!" at Jeddie's place?

Or do great minds just think alike 24/7?

Mannion, I loved this series of yours. I, like Matt, (as usual, it seems) now want to check out his stuff.


If I ever write a book, you'll be the first person I'll let review it. I'm sure Chris was pleased with your posts.

Adam Daniel Mezei

Lance, sorry for being late on the uptake with this one, but you've gone "where no one has gone previously" in analyzing Chris' stuff. I love the way you've parsed the themes out of The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea...besides, anyone who uses the word "distillates" in a review gets my full marks. Delectable stuff. Kudos galore. Regards from Prague.

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