Why Dinosaurs Are Extinct.
A friend sent me this cartoon. You may have seen it before as it is probably one of those gigglers that sweep like solar dust through the blogverse.
That wonderful Jennifer from Reading with Tequila who wrote such a terrific review of Dark and Disorderly invited me to write a guest post for her site. It's about the ghostly types identified in paranormal research and it's up today.
One of the reasons I like to read various low-brow mysteries and thrillers ( and I'm not suggesting that mysteries and thrillers are "low-brow"--just some of them) on occasion is the smartass language--the exaggerated, visual (and sometimes fresh and clever) comparisons, similes and metaphors.
And low-brow or not, sometimes it's a relief to read straighforward, knock-em-down-blow-em-up stories...On the otherhand, maybe I have no taste...
Here's some examples I've culled from a novel while on my latest binge:
An entertainment center with "more switches than the cockpit of a 747;"
Chances '"so slim they were anorexic," something or other "dropped faster than the price of icecubes in Alaska." A bar's decor "had all the class of an aging camp follower, and needed twice the paint."
Or," he knew just how dessicating the desert could be, leaching juice out of mind and body alike. It could turn most Westerners into whispering husks fit for little else but blowing away to crumble like old corn leaves in the desert, bleached of color by the pitiless and constant sun."
Visual is good.