Friday, May 31, 2013

The Cephalopod Coffeehouse: Corrective Action by Gordon R. Kelly


I recently told the Squid and our colleagues that this book really reads like it should be a stage play.  It is dialogue rich and has very few "sets".

The story revolves around the machinations in a small New England town's medical community.  The protagonist of the story is Dr. Munro.  After his mentor, Dr. Wade Bowers, dies, he leaves Munro a lengthy handwritten letter.  The letter details Bowers' differences with a third man, Dr. Miles Warner.

If you are a fan of "soapy" reads or stories that explore the "secrets" that a small town holds, then this might be a book for you.

I have two caveats to share.

First, when my mother gave me the book to read, I was certain she told me it was a murder-mystery or involved some sort of crime.  The cover made me think the same thing.  I was about 120 pages into this 168 page book when I realized that I was mistaken.

Second, Dr. Kelly saved my life.  He was my eye doctor growing up.  At a check up before heading off to college, he discovered some abnormal swelling behind my eyes that turned out to be the result of a brain tumor.

So why am I sharing a book with you?  Well, the aforementioned Squid set up a Blogging Book Club.  Details are HERE.

Others in the Club...

1.The Armchair Squid2.Cygnus
3.Scouring Monk4.My Creatively Random Life
5.Words Incorporated6.StrangePegs
7.Subliminal Coffee8.Ed&Reub
9.Back Porchervations10.WearingLemon
11.more...MILLVALLISON12.The Bird's Nest
13.Trisha @ WORD STUFF14.Writer's Block
15.Choice City Native16.Counterintuitivity


17.What It Is Like To Be A Frog (You Think?)
18.The Random Book Review

16 comments:

  1. 'I was about 120 pages into this 168 page book when I realized that I was mistaken.'

    I don't know why, but this heartily amuses me.

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    1. I was determined to make it a detective story until the end....I remember realizing "Nope....either I misunderstood or mom has a very different definition of murder/mystery than I do!"

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  2. In the end I guess the best novels are always really about the secrets of the human heart.

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    1. True that! And in that light, this book was successful!

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  3. Apparently, you really can't judge a book by its cover, because this looks like a crime novel to me, too. I wonder if it is at all autobiographical...?

    Jenny at Choice City Native

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    1. My mother told me she "recognized" a lot of the characters and a few of the anecdotes....I'm going to see her tonight for her birthday and I'll ask her about the big reveal...

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  4. I'm just glad Dr. Kelly found your brain tumor. My life wouldn't be nearly as fun!

    Thanks for participating, my friend. June's bloghop list goes up tomorrow.

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    1. That makes two of us!!!!

      Missed you this week...I'll be texting you later before I leave...Worcester bound!,

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    2. Sadly, I'll be missing your class again next week - middle school show is on Friday. I think that means I won't see them again this year. It's too bad - fun group. I'll see them again next year, hopefully in drama, too.

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    1. Isn't it though! I think I can be forgiven my misconception!!

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  6. I like stage plays even more than books, so this sounds like a good one for me! BTW, dig your profile blurb....DHWAV, etc. :O)

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    1. Thanks! I have a soft spot for plays and scripts....this one would be fun to adapt.

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  7. Stunned by your connection to the author. Holy cow. I would read every word this guy ever wrote if I were you.

    Great cover for a crime novel! Yeah.

    I think it's so cool that your mother recognizes some of the characters; now that really is a small town.

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  8. The really good books are the ones that surprise us, pleasantly, late in the read.

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  9. Can I just say (like everyone else has stated) that the tie-in with the doctor is an amazing story! Thanks for sharing it! The final question is: Did you actually like it?

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