17 February 2011

Just finished reading...

Blast from the Past (Where are They Now #3) by Toni L.P. Kelner.*

Freelance writer Tilda Harper's specialty is tracking down former stars and writing profiles of what they are doing at present. But when she's offered the opportunity to observe the filming of Pharos, a graphic novel-turned live action film, she jumps at the chance. The lead actor, John Laryea, may be popular now, but as a child he did star in a popular Saturday-morning kids show.

Then she realizes that the driver of the limo that picks them up at the airport is another of the stars of that show, though he's not admitting it. When she meets the film's director, Joni, Tilda is surprised to be asked to track down the reclusive creator of the graphic novel that is the basis of the film, known only as "Leviathan".

The investigator in Tilda accepts eagerly (besides, she's getting a free pass to Comic-Con!), but even she runs into a brick wall.

Tilda is such a well-realized character, and her relationships with her friends and family are so incredibly human and honest and funny. It's a pity that Ms. Kelner is so busy writing short stories and editing collections, because it prevents the amazing writer from creating more novels.

Short stories are just so ... short!

*FTC Full Disclosure: Many thanks to the publisher, who sent me a copy of the book for review purposes.

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