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Olivia Acts Out by Jodie Shepherd
Rules of the Net by Jennifer Guess McKerley
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Shooting an Albatross by Steven R. Lundin
Sugar Time by Jane Adams
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Comments for Sugar Time

Sugar Time cover art (Link goes to Powells)Sugar Time: 02/12/10

Sugar Time by Jane Adams is the story of an actress over the age of 50 who is on the verge of a comeback if her television script is picked up. She's also helping her son and daughter-in-law with their new baby. And she's worried about her health.

Sugar Time by Jane Adams opens with a wonderful visual of an octopus squeezing the life out of Charlotte "Sugar" Kane. It ends up being angina and a wake up call to take charge of her life and her health if she wishes to live long enough to see her career relaunched and the birth of her first grandchild. The octopus makes a few more cursory appearances but isn't developed into the robust motif and metaphor he should have been.

The octopus should have been on the cover. There is an octopus at the start of each chapter which serves at reminder of how much stronger Sugar Time could have been. There's a lot to this novel that felt like a series of original but undeveloped ideas.

Having an older protagonist is refreshing but she never gets a chance to prove she's been in the business as long as we're supposed to believe. There are a few throw away lines sprinkled throughout the book but no truly memorable scenes that I can point to as a concrete example.

Behind the scenes plots can be fascinating and humorous portrayals of the madness that is Hollywood. Instead of putting a personal spin on the television part of the industry, Sugar's days mostly show the drudgery. If this is television, why does she love it so?

I received the book for review from the author and have since released it through BookCrossing.

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Comment #1: Saturday, February, 13, 2010 at 16:53:56

Aths

Great review! This book looks really interesting. Like something I might enjoy!



Comment #2: Monday, February 15, 2010 at 11:13:56

Pussreboots

I'm happy you enjoyed the review. Happy reading.