I just finished reading "The Savage Garden" by Mark Mills. I have to say that I am sad to have seen the book end, always a sign of a great book for me. When I selected this book at the library I did what I always do before deciding to try an author I haven't previously read. I check out the blurbs on the back of the book jacket and read the synopsis on the inside of the book flap.
What instantly sold me was 1. the story line. 2. the fact that The Los Angeles Times said Mark Mills had "an incredible voice." As a writer and avid reader voice means a lot to me. If you aren't aware of what voice actually means, it's the personality that comes through the writing, the way the author turns a phrase to create a mood or a scene, to present a character. Each author has a unique voice, and let me tell you, The Los Angeles Times was right, Mark Mills' is incredible.
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