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The So Blue Marble Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1984


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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
It's worth reading. Preferably aloud with company, for the sheer WTF-ery. 5 Dec. 2013
By Trundle Bear - Published on Amazon.com
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So the 1940s. They weren't like today. This book, it's nothing like today's novels, romance or otherwise. That alone makes this worth reading.

The truly bizarre fixation upon strange combinations of expensive food (lobster salad and coffee)? Even more worth reading.

Random insertions of animals used as verbs ("The bus elephanted its way up the street")? OK, you've got me.

The fact that the marble is blue? So blue? So very, very blue? And you're reminded of this pretty much every three paragraphs? Bring this puppy on.

If you're looking for a good mystery, or a good romance, or a good suspenseful romance, you're probably not looking for this book. If you're looking for a snapshot in time for when this was considered the height of luxury and aspiration for housewives everywhere? You're on the right track.

If you're looking for something with incredible dramatic reading potential, have you ever found the right book.

I originally read this book while on a canoe trip in northern Ontario, around the fire in the evenings, out loud, and it is just as delightfully bizarre now as it was 15 years ago. Make your book club read it. Make your friends read it. Read it to them until they run away from you. They'll come back to hear the next chapter, I promise. Oh, and as raciness goes... I think she might touch his hand once. With a bare hand. Don't clutch your pearls too hard!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
loves mysteries 6 Dec. 2012
By camellia lover - Published on Amazon.com
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this has always been one of my favorite books. clever plotting, wonderful characters, timeless as far as mysteries go. very enjoyable and one i reread every few years. will not lend it, even to my family. some books just don't leave here.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
So bad it's almost good. But not quite. 23 Jan. 2014
By Michael G. - Published on Amazon.com
My expectations were rather high for this early (1940) murder mystery by Dorothy B. Hughes. After all, this is the same Dorothy B. Hughes who later wrote In a Lonely Place, a compelling and groundbreaking crime novel which has become a classic. Now, having read The So Blue Marble I am in a state of shock over how bad a work of fiction it is.

It really is about a marble. You know, the kind kids play with only smaller. Centuries of legend have endowed this particular trinket with indescribable value and many have died in their quest to possess it. Griselda Satterlee, a former actress turned fashion designer, while visiting New York finds herself pursued by malevolent forces who believe she holds the key to obtaining the marble.

This novel is a hodgepodge of romance, international crime and Arabian nights inspired myth. The two main villains are bizarre, dandified twin brothers who would be more at home in the comic strip/book worlds of Dick Tracy or Batman. Nothing about The So Blue Marble bears any relationship with reality. The plot is completely nonsensical and the murders keep piling up even though the identity of the killers is well known.

It really is hard to describe how horrid this novel is. Do yourself a big favor and make it a point to avoid this literary atrocity like the plague. Not recommended.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very intriguing at beginning 10 April 2014
By Ktina - Published on Amazon.com
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The book was very intriguing at the outset, but rapidly developed into a unbelievably shallow story, peopled with unbelievable characters moving around in an unbelievable plot.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Quite different plot and story. Entertaining 12 Oct. 2014
By Betty Sprague - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like a little different twist and turn story with a rather disturbing plot and a surprise ending you will enjoy reading this.
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