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Minnesota Cold Paperback – September 1, 2009
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The real world is always close when I write, even with my speculative fiction books. You will always find characters who resemble someone at your place of work, in your neighborhood, sitting at your family gatherings. Maybe one of my stories will spark a conversation.
My bookshelves are jammed with books by Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Jodi Picoult, Anita Shreve, Pat Conroy, Toni Morrison,Hilary Mantel, William Gibson, Louise Erdrich, Sue Miller, Haruki Murakami, Maeve Binchy, Dave Eggers, Ken Follett, Olivia Butler, Kazuo Ishiguro, Terry McMillan and Stieg Larsson and many other authors. I switch back and forth between reading ebooks and physical books. Stephen King and Anne Lamott wrote my favorite writing craft books. I've found inspiration in Julia Cameron's The Artist Way and David Whyte's The Heart Aroused.
A teaching artist at the University of Iowa's Summer Writing Festival told me to use my time writing instead of attending workshops. I can't remember her name, but she changed my direction.
If you want facts about my background: I have a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, a Master of Science in Industrial Relations and Educational Psychology and a degree in Journalism. I have lived my life in the Midwest.
Top Customer Reviews
The heroine's history of bad relationships and marriages weaken her believability. Her judgement is certainly in question. Even her Doug turned out to be a cad in many respects. Benjamin's ending showed little respect for her and her feelings.
I guess my primary problem with the book is that, while it enumerated the manifold threats to man and to society that actually exist today, there were no new ideas and no new solutions. (rejuv occurs in many science fiction books) How many ways can society self-destruct? Some authors can do that and create an interesting read, but not this one. The location was the only original idea that I noticed.
Who is Weaver? Where did he come from? Where did he go? What was his purpose?
More political statements abound than is conductive to good reading unless you agree with the author. The problem was that she would make the statement and then summarize the opposite idea in a sentence or two. It was hard to tell what she was trying to say. I respect anyone's right to make a statement, to hold an idea, or even to write about it, I just would like to know what side she is on. I nearly gave up on the book because the second half is boring. I did persevere, however, and finished the book. I give it two stars since I reserve one star for books I cannot finish.
The story was a bit slow moving. It wasn't until about half way through that you could describe to someone else what the plot was.
I gave it 3 stars because I like the Genre. If there were more in this Genre (Post Apocalyptic/non-zombie), it would have gotten 2 stars.
Well, I won't bow down and this Communist Liberal claptrap can go to the trash bin, if my Kindle had one.
Go spend your money on something with better reviews, Life is to Short to waste your reading time and money on this drek.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read several of Cynthia Kraack's dystopian novels at this point, and Minnesota Cold is the best of them. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Tom Davis
This book was unbelievable! If you pay attention to the news at all, and are concerned with the state of the world, or the country, this book is mandatory reading. Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by Madelyn M. Reilly
Not badly written, but some very implausible situations. The heroine is not very likeable. I would not purchase another book by this author.Published on July 9, 2012 by leek2065
What the book is about is along the lines of "Handmaid's Tale" and most particularly it's about what happens when we trade our freedoms for security. Read morePublished on September 24, 2010 by Lee Fleming
This book highlighted all my fears of what is happening in our country now. It should be required reading for every member of our Congress. Read morePublished on July 26, 2010 by NCLady
Minnesota Cold is an intriguing look at the world in 2035 through the eyes of Sallie Dodge, a Baby Boomer who is 75 years old when the story begins. Read morePublished on October 13, 2009 by Ellen S.