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Men Beware Women Paperback – September 25, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
While her dialogue and characters are strong, one of Gwen Thompson's outstanding talents is in the description of setting. It is an overlooked quality, like the cleanliness of a clean room: you don't tend to notice it unless it is done poorly. She knows which elements of a scene deserve to be present on the stage of the reader's imagination; she also knows to keep these tangential descriptions slim and noninvasive lest they become distracting to the plot, or--worse--a bore. For example, she slips into the flow of a scene:
"...Malcom sat down at the kitchen table; blackened with age and grease, wood grain raised with scrubbing, it looked left over from another century."
Tangential details of custom and terminology also do much to place the reader in the setting, and they are worked in seamlessly to support rather than disrupt the plot.
The characters also seem realistic and ring true to my own, very different college experience. Malcolm represents a believable male protagonist written by a female writer. As a male reader, I cannot help but notice this is something not all female writers pull off, just as the inverse, a female character in male writing, probably does not always read as "right" to a female reader. Rather than overthinking the gender difference, I think Gwen simply focused on writing a real person. Whatever the case, I believed in and identified with Malcom's motivations and lovelorn plight.Read more ›
My husband and I both enjoyed Men Beware Women thoroughly. It's a pretty quick read; I finished it in a few enjoyable evenings and had to drag myself away from it each night when it was time for bed (that pesky getting-up-for-work thing really gets in the way of a good book sometimes). It's a great example of what the novella form can be given proper care and feeding. Ms. Thompson effortlessly mixes the concise, rich language and plot of a short story with the stride and depth of a novel. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful book by a talented writer. I enjoyed reading it and I look forward to more by this author.Published on June 8, 2014 by Amy Metroka
This is an artfully crafted story that I bought for my wife but once I took a peek at the first couple pages it drew me in and I could not put it down.Published on April 15, 2013 by Andrew Abello
In Men Beware Women, Gwen Thompson shows a keen ability to engage her reader. By employing thoughtful, witty, and realistic dialogue - both internal and external - Thompson... Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by LO
Even if you're unfamiliar with the worlds of academia, Shakespeare or rowing, there is something for you in "Men Beware Women. Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by digitaldiva
When a writer really loves language, that fact is evident in their writing. Gwen Thompson is just such a writer, and her masterful crafting of prose in Men Beware Women makes... Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by NP