Montgomery Advertiser: Best Reads of 2002

Montgomery Advertiser, Lifestyle, December 31, 2002

The Montgomery, Alabama, newspaper, Montgomery Advertiser, ran an article in their December 31, 2002, issue entitled, "Best reads of 2002". The mini-reviews were sent in by readers, and Speaks the Nightbird was mentioned by three different readers.

Best reads of 2002

Admit it. You're a little tired of hearing from the same old people (that would be us) about what books you ought to read. And frankly, so are we. So when it came time to write a year-end wrap-up of the best books of 2002, we decided to turn to the real experts out there (that would be you).

Only, we didn't want to limit you just to the new books published in 2002, so we've been asking you several weeks to tell us about your favorite (and least favorite) reads of the year, old books or new, and here's what you said.

" Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon has the best three opening paragraphs I can remember reading in years and goes on to fulfill the promise of those paragraphs by being an excellent book. The writing in this book simply is amazing. The characters are well drawn, the plot is great (each time I thought I had it figured out, another wrinkle was thrown in that made perfect sense in the end) and the writing is fabulous. I read an interview with McCammon about how much trouble he had finding a publisher for this book because no one was sure how to market it. This mystifies me. How hard could it be to market a fabulously written mystery and thriller by a best-selling author? The publishers who rejected it must be idiots. Unless you are someone put off by off-color language or a few (necessary) graphic descriptions of sex, read this book, read this book, read this book!!!" -- Madelyn Dinnerstein

"My No. 1 read of this year is Speaks The Nightbird by Robert McCammon, whom I was oh, so lucky enough to get to meet at Capitol Books! It was a long wait for this book, and so worth the wait! I just could not turn the pages fast enough while reading this wonderful book! Second was 'The Lovely Bones' by Alice Sebold. This book was lovely, well written, I cried while reading it. I hope we get to hear much more from Mrs. Sebold! Last, but far from least, was 'The Secret Life Of Bees' by Sue Monk Kidd. What a great story she told in her book, I loved her style and the type of story she told. There were many great books I read this year, but these three really stood out for me!" -- Laura Thornton

"Without a doubt my favorite book of the year was Robert McCammon's Speaks the Nightbird. It is a fascinating story, provides a wonderful account of life in the Salem witch trials era and is beautifully written. It was the first of his books that I've read, but I'm hooked." -- Susan Salter

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