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These are clever boooks. Perfect murders to be sure. How will they catch him, that is what I want to know. I enjoyed them through and through. The first chapter of LAW OF THE LUNG has a great deal of info, but I went to this site first and the overview really helped. Dave
LAW OF THE LUNG. I thought what a weird title. Then I understood. Nick is a whack job. When is he going to make a mistake or blow up. Zoe is a smart girl. I see me in her. I can’t wait. The description of Stupidity is hilarious, that and the description of Roger the Codger in Chapter One. I am buying book two for vacation reading. I want to talk more I am sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nancy
Thanks Nancy. The characters are complex and not symmetrical-just like real life. People who have read LUNG FU say it runs smoother and faster. This is, in part, because in the first book of a series you have to get the entire solar system into movement. Plots. Major and minor characters as well as background story. We all have secrets. Are there secrets you would kill to keep hidden? You’re right. Zoe RRT is very bright, very smart, but is she wise enough to avoid Nick’s wrath? Stay tuned.
I read Lung Fu. It grabbed right away, but I can’t predict what is next. The way you end chapters makes me want to go on reading. Your idea of sex makes Fifty Shades of Gray look pale. I was hot but feeling more revulsion. It was almost unbelievable. But I couldn’t stop reading either. Its sick. I’m only now understanding what is really going on in the plotlines. I really liked (plot twist deleted here from comment.) You make me figure things out. But you talk too much. Too much dialogue. A solid B. When is the next one coming out?
The chapter you are talking about is necessary to the evolving plotline. I agree, it is severe. On purpose. Consider what is steam ironed flat in this chapter. Now you know who these people are. You know them by what they value. Answers arrive with a foreshadowing to what may be coming. Did I have to say that word? It was “unbelievable,” you say? Drugs make people do all sorts of insane things. I talk too much? I won’t say another word here. Frank
You make our profession out to what it is. We matter. We change outcomes. So cool. There is good people and bad in hospitals-just like everywhere else.
Agree, Joe. But should he describe murder techniques?
Murder is an essential element in American entertainment. See CSI, Dexter, Sopranos, House, Nip Tuck, Gray’s Anatomy. I understand. Permit me what society allows for all Hollywood. Frank
I feel like I’m really at work when I’m reading LAW. It is so real. Some of the insights Nick has about care have never occured to me and were not taught to me in school. But, I am a new grad therapist with alot to learn. I don’t get something in the book. What is with the priest and the journal thing? You don’t need this in the book. It is good the way it is. I want you to stay with the clinical parts. G
Great dialogue at times. Masterful description. Heavy intent early. You are at times so intense, hopeful, funny, factual and cynical. I don’t know how to take you. Are you making fun of it all? Are you serious? You do all these, sometimes all at the same time in your writing. Is it just style? Or, do you practice like this? Are these your actual words in patient interaction?
Frank, you’ve already had Naomi as the spotless sacrifice who traded (delete –this discloses plot line/lunglord) for the President. You’ve already had her opposite, Evil Nick, betray his vow (deleted — this discloses plot line/lunglord) to Naomi and murder again leaving Naomi to pay for it. She gets the Black Spot of a pirate, sickle cell anemia. And now you’ve sic’ed the demons of hell on her. Next you will morally weaken her with a seduction? but then after she mates with a murderer she will receive super strength to kick butt? It doesn’t make sense. She is your only protagonist, and Nick is of course a degraded humanistic everyman we always expect in humanist literature. He’s vengeful, a porn addict, obsessed with visual perfection, caustic and accusing of the obese, the addicted, the privileged well as the unfortunate.
Don’t make Naomi Fallen from her First Love. Don’t give her ’round heels’ If a murdering dirt-bag like Nick is able to seduce Naomi, you won’t have a single character left that anyone will be able to identify with. If she has enough discernment to stay uninvolved with the (deleted) RT and to save the world, she won’t fall for Nick either. Tempt her all you can and make it look like she is going to give in but make her fall in love with a patient she is caring for and let the turning point of the story be built around this friendship. Give us protagonists.
You feel strongly about this. You’re upset and worried. This means you identify with the storyline and have strong ideas about the characters. I’m glad you do. Your conclusions are a little early. This story is just now starting into its stride. Tsunamis are coming. Nothing is certain in this fiction. I like to think I throw a good curve ball in the plot line, so you will have to wait to see. Karma, for 90% of people in this fiction, like real life, is wholly unavoidable, blindly created from our own decisions. Frank
Enjoyed first book. Keeps you interested and wondering what is next.
Once through the first two chapters the book moves fast. Nick’s Laws are clever. It all felt real and the pulmonary aspects are interesting.
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