How good is Gemini, Carol Cassella's book about a Seattle intensive care physician who becomes overly involved with, then inexorably linked to, her comatose patient, an unidentified hit-and-run accident victim? Good enough to make a reviewer (ok, me) forget about a deadline to review another book for a different editor. Yup. That other book a not-bad one to boot had to take a backseat because I was just that engrossed in Dr. Charlotte Reese's story. What's it got that's so great? Whew. What doesn't it have?
First there is the structure. The bare bones of a novel, or the architecture, isn't usually remarkable. It's either effective - that is, it either moves the plot along - or it isn't. It's a job pretty easily accomplished by any published author. Gemini goes beyond this because it has a double story arc. So right from the get-go ...
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No Man's Land
by Simon Tolkien
Inspired by the experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I.
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