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    Default A new novel about scents

    I thought this would be of interest to the group. Although, I have not read this book myself, I saw a review of it recently that offered effusive praise so it seems reasonably legit. The description on Amazon is as follows.

    The Scent Keeper: A Novel by Erica Bauermeister

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    Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them. As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world--a place of love, betrayal, ambition, and revenge. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination.

    Lyrical and immersive, The Scent Keeper explores the provocative beauty of scent, the way it can reveal hidden truths, lead us to the person we seek, and even help us find our way back home.

    Erica Bauermeister, the national bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients, presents a moving and evocative coming-of-age novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives.

    https://www.amazon.com/Scent-Keeper-.../dp/125020013X
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    Thank you for the recommendation.

    If the question may not be to indiscreet nor confidential to ask, is the writer a Basenoter (asking this because, at least based on the introductory/reviewing text, this seems like a novel almost anyone here on Basenotes would write, especially if disposable time, income, access to both fictional and non-fictional works, references, sources, useful data/infos etc. were limitless or at least far more permissive, thus no issue)
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    Oooh nice. I have an upcoming 22 hours train ride, this looks like something that could keep me occupied for a day!

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    It's funny, I was just thinking about this yesterday as an idea for a story. I figured the story had been done in some or in many capacities. Now today, poof! This thread appears. Weird.
    Interesting idea. Kinda sounds like a chick flick idea, this book.
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    Wow, those positive reviews are pretty convincing, with specific praise for the quality of descriptive prose around scent. Need something mellow and pretty and relaxing right about now. Placed on hold at the library; will report back when I get around to reading it!
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    Thanks for the info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    Thank you for the recommendation.

    If the question may not be to indiscreet nor confidential to ask, is the writer a Basenoter (asking this because, at least based on the introductory/reviewing text, this seems like a novel almost anyone here on Basenotes would write, especially if disposable time, income, access to both fictional and non-fictional works, references, sources, useful data/infos etc. were limitless or at least far more permissive, thus no issue)
    I personally would have no way of knowing if she's a Basenotes member or not or active on any other fragrance websites. According to her bio she's a "best selling author." It looks like she previously published two books that centered around a cooking school that is a "A heartbreakingly delicious national bestseller about a chef, her students, and the evocative lessons that food teaches about life." So apparently she is drawn to sensorial themes as inspiration.

    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post
    Wow, those positive reviews are pretty convincing, with specific praise for the quality of descriptive prose around scent. Need something mellow and pretty and relaxing right about now. Placed on hold at the library; will report back when I get around to reading it!
    My eye was caught be a review by someone I'm "friends" with on Goodreads that made it sound compelling: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2723573510
    Looking forward to your thoughts on it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juxtapozbliss View Post
    I personally would have no way of knowing if she's a Basenotes member or not or active on any other fragrance websites. According to her bio she's a "best selling author." It looks like she previously published two books that centered around a cooking school that is a "A heartbreakingly delicious national bestseller about a chef, her students, and the evocative lessons that food teaches about life." So apparently she is drawn to sensorial themes as inspiration.



    My eye was caught be a review by someone I'm "friends" with on Goodreads that made it sound compelling: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2723573510
    Looking forward to your thoughts on it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Mitchell View Post
    Goodreads is a good site for getting ideas for my next read.
    Do you ever go to Lit Reactor?
    I haven't used that site. I checked it out based on your suggestion...appears to be a lot of writing tips and classes and how-tos. I took writing classes in college, which I enjoyed a great deal then, but I would dislike that now. When it comes to fiction writing, I don't like to bias my own personal method of discovery. Especially when my goal is to create something original and ground breaking that doesn't follow traditional forms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juxtapozbliss View Post
    I haven't used that site. I checked it out based on your suggestion...appears to be a lot of writing tips and classes and how-tos. I took writing classes in college, which I enjoyed a great deal then, but I would dislike that now. When it comes to fiction writing, I don't like to bias my own personal method of discovery. Especially when my goal is to create something original and ground breaking that doesn't follow traditional forms.
    I agree with you on that. But there are several essays on that site that approach writing with that in mind and how to achieve that. Chuck Pahlaniuk has several useful essays on there. I took a lot of writing classes in college and it helped but I felt like they were always trying to tie my hands, so to speak. It created a challenge but ultimately limited me on my creative process. Lit Reactor helps me to explore my process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Mitchell View Post
    I agree with you on that. But there are several essays on that site that approach writing with that in mind and how to achieve that. Chuck Pahlaniuk has several useful essays on there. I took a lot of writing classes in college and it helped but I felt like they were always trying to tie my hands, so to speak. It created a challenge but ultimately limited me on my creative process. Lit Reactor helps me to explore my process.
    Cool. Everyone has to find their own inspiration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juxtapozbliss View Post
    Cool. Everyone has to find their own inspiration.
    For me, it's more about learning to be critical of my own work in a productive manner. Being able to recognize what I'm doing that works and what doesn't. I hate being so full of myself that I have myself convinced it's amazing but it actuality, it's not. I walk a fine line on artistic freedom and abusing the same artistic freedom. I saw it too much in school in which students pushed the envelope or went 'Method' in their acting, but it was just to tell themselves how great they were. But the teachers eat that shit up, most of em.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Mitchell View Post
    For me, it's more about learning to be critical of my own work in a productive manner. Being able to recognize what I'm doing that works and what doesn't. I hate being so full of myself that I have myself convinced it's amazing but it actuality, it's not. I walk a fine line on artistic freedom and abusing the same artistic freedom. I saw it too much in school in which students pushed the envelope or went 'Method' in their acting, but it was just to tell themselves how great they were. But the teachers eat that shit up, most of em.
    Everyone is welcome to say something is terrible or great or self-indulgent or a masterpiece. Snark and critique is everywhere. I personally have only written for myself. I despise the idea of writing for an audience. It grates on me. But I also have not created art with the goal of commercial success, either. I've created out of a desire to makes something original. To me, critique is the death of true creativity. I write (or draw) until I'm happy with what I've created and then if someone else likes it then that is a nice bonus. But to me, caring too much about what others think would kill my desire to create. It's closer to what they say about improv--you live in the moment, you be. If you judge your instinct then you will fail.
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    Thanks for this, juxtapozbliss. I do miss a good scent-related read.

    Also agree with ‘criticisms seen as a thrown spanner in the creative work’. Best to find your own voice IMO ‘cuz when you do the criticisms usually take care of themselves.
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    Appreciate the info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    Thanks for this, juxtapozbliss. I do miss a good scent-related read.

    Also agree with ‘criticisms seen as a thrown spanner in the creative work’. Best to find your own voice IMO ‘cuz when you do the criticisms usually take care of themselves.
    Precisely.


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    I reserved it online from my library-- thanks for the info!

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    Thanks for the heads up! Putting this on my "must read" list.
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    thanks for the info! will take a sneak peak..maybe good for my 13 hrs flight reading
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juxtapozbliss View Post
    Everyone is welcome to say something is terrible or great or self-indulgent or a masterpiece. Snark and critique is everywhere. I personally have only written for myself. I despise the idea of writing for an audience. It grates on me. But I also have not created art with the goal of commercial success, either. I've created out of a desire to makes something original. To me, critique is the death of true creativity. I write (or draw) until I'm happy with what I've created and then if someone else likes it then that is a nice bonus. But to me, caring too much about what others think would kill my desire to create. It's closer to what they say about improv--you live in the moment, you be. If you judge your instinct then you will fail.
    I agree with you. It's a strange line of work. It's both a very selfish endeavor and artistic creativity gets abused. I'm a firm believer in sticking to what you want and sticking to your own vision. My writing involves video and audio so it's a very collaborative effort after the words are put to paper.
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    I'll have to take a look at it. Thanks for sharing this.
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    I've about finished this one. Blah. It held my interest enough that I'll finish it, but just barely:

    -The scent descriptions aren't great. To someone not accustomed to reading high-caliber perfume blogs and Basenotes posters, it's probably a novel experience. To a Basenoter, probably not.
    -The plot is mostly boring and predictable. There are a couple of interesting premises and threads that don't go anywhere. Feels choppy at times.
    -The main protagonist is a decently developed character. The others are stereotypical, predictable and bland.
    -Scent descriptions aside, the prose is just ok. A few very nice moments, but nothing very memorable.
    -Often reads like young adult fiction. Very fluffy.

    Really had high hopes; oh well.
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    Bummer.

    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post
    I've about finished this one. Blah. It held my interest enough that I'll finish it, but just barely:

    -The scent descriptions aren't great. To someone not accustomed to reading high-caliber perfume blogs and Basenotes posters, it's probably a novel experience. To a Basenoter, probably not.
    -The plot is mostly boring and predictable. There are a couple of interesting premises and threads that don't go anywhere. Feels choppy at times.
    -To main protagonist is a decently developed character. The others are stereotypical, predictable and bland.
    -Scent descriptions aside, the prose is just ok. A few very nice moments, but nothing very memorable.
    -Often reads like young adult fiction. Very fluffy.

    Really had high hopes; oh well.
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