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We have now read 3 of the 100 potential bestsellers listed in The Bestseller Code:
#100 – Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane
#99 – State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett
#98 – Primary Colors, A Novel of Politics, by Joe Klein
Even though the algorithm discussed in The Bestseller Code considered the same parameters, these three books illustrated just how diverse a result can come out of those parameters. Shutter Island is a mystery/thriller, where the weather and the sea (water) are a main theme and everything looks gray and feels damp and dreary. State of Wonder is a literary adventure where the Amazon (both the river and the jungle) is a main theme, providing color with plants, animals, and the indigenous tribes.
Primary Colors, A Political Novel, is infused with its own distinctive color – colorful language, colorful descriptions of rooms, and colorful descriptions of the character’s clothing. The story is told mainly through dialogue – so much dialogue! As an introvert, I was almost overwhelmed with the onslaught of dialogue. And then there’s the number of characters introduced – so many that the book really should come with a list of them.
Read the rest of my review over at It’s A Mystery Blog.