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Books: As Simple As Snow
Thursday, 2005 August 4 - 11:06 pm
The best novel I've read in a while.

Gregory Galloway's As Simple As Snow is a quiet mystery, told from the perspective of a teenage boy who befriends an unusual girl named Anastasia.

That's really all you need to know about the plot. The real reason you should read this book is because it does such a brilliant job building its characters, and gradually building the elements of the story. This book blows away The Da Vinci Code with the intricacy of its mystery, and it does so without having to use chases and gunfights to spice things up.

You can choose to read this book in a couple of different ways. If you want a light, fast, read, you can breeze through the book and enjoy the story as it is. If you want a challenge, you can twist your mind around all the subtle clues embedded within the small details. Or, you can do what I did: read the book once through quickly, and then go back and read it again to try to catch everything that you missed. The book was even better the second time through.

Sometimes you start looking for clues so intently that you start to see patterns that aren't there. And I think that's exactly what the author intended. It can really start to fry your brain cells, but if you like puzzles and mysteries, you'll like this book.

Rating: 4.5 / 5
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Comment #1 from Jenny P. (Guest)
2005 Aug 5 - 10:19 am : #
Oooh sounds great! I'd tend to do as you did: the breeze through and then the closer perusal.

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