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On the Bluffs: 01/05/11

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On the Bluffs by Steven Schindler is another review book that fell through the cracks of my review schedule. It's a shame too, because I enjoyed the book.

Brian DeLouise is burned out from his graveyard shift job at a conspiracy theory heavy radio talk show. His wife has been cheating on him and he's reached a breaking point. A Google search brings up the current information of his first love and he decides to leave everything he hates about his life behind and go to Cape Cod to reconnect with her.

If the gender roles were reversed and Brian was instead a thirty-something woman named Brianna, On the Bluffs would comfortably fit in the chick lit genre. It reads like chick lit. It has the bad relationship set up, the lover who got away, regret over poor decisions and the change of scenery. For all of those reasons, I found the book to be a page turner.

There are unfortunately points in the book where the emphasis moves away from the character driven plot to extraneous details. While a little bit of detail is great for developing setting and relating it to characters, too much stalls the action. On the Bluffs needed tighter editing in spots to really shine.

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Comment #1: Thursday, January, 6, 2011 at 13:01:50

steven schindler

better late than never! thanks for the kind words...

all the best,
steven schindler
los angeles, ca

Comment #2: Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 16:11:30


You're welcome. Happy New Year.

Comment #3: Tuesday, January, 11, 2011 at 15:34:49


I liked the title and wanted to check your review on this. Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it in spite of some issues.

Comment #4: Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 13:58:53


You should give it a read if you come across a copy. Happy reading.

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