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Kinsey and Me: Stories by Sue Grafton

colleen_mc's review against another edition

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4.0

I enjoyed the Kinsey stories a lot. The "Me" portion were wonderfully written but dark - they were a fictional biography of sorts I believe.

booklover28's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional mysterious reflective tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.25

tall_tales's review against another edition

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dark emotional informative reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

sjgrodsky's review against another edition

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2.0

Of some interest if you really love Kinsey Millhone and, therefore, her creator and alter ego, Sue Grafton. The nine short stories that comprise the first half of the book star an early formulation of Kinsey. This Kinsey lacks the rebellious spirit, contrarian voice, and reprehensible diet of the novels. She's not very funny and not very entertaining. The plots are so insubstantial you forget the story after you turn the page.

The last half are the stories of ACA Sue -- they are, as Grafton herself explains, the stories she wrote to help herself understand her alcoholic parents. Her memories are sharply detailed and well told. But I skimmed through these sad, rambling pages and turned the last one with a sense of relief.

julieb118's review against another edition

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2.0

This one was hard for me. I am about as big of a Grafton fan as anyone else I've found and I generally devour any of her ABC books. I didn't at all love this one - in fact, it took me over a year to read it becaue I found it so easy NOT to come back to.
here's what I liked:
it was obviously intensely personal. Grafton uses it as a way to try to fill her readers in on her background and life story, but uses the character of Kit to do so. I admire her courage in doing this.
What I didn't like -
I did not like any of the short stories (the Kinsey section). I think what I learned, through reading this one, is that what I really like about her novels is the very rich plot and character development. This is absent in a short story. I'd feel like it was just develping and, viola, Kinsey woule solve the case, and I'd be left wondering how. Not fulfilling at all.
I also found the "me" section very difficult to read. Not difficult because of tough subject matter (though it is) but difficult because it was BORING. There is a chapter where she basically lists inventory of everything in her mother's closet. I couldn't come up with a reason for that. I'm guessing she was explaining her grief process - but still, it was in painful detail.
So, I'm not sure how I would advise anyone on this one. Liek any of her works, it is, of course, very well written. But, if you are a Grafton purist, you may want to borrow this before you buy it to see if it is for you.

gma2at's review against another edition

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2.0

Thanks to Goodreads for sending this First Reads book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.

The short chapters at the beginning of this book were fun. I am not a short story fan, but this one was a good exception to make. Part of it is that Sue is an amazing author and she does mystery quite well. I'd recommend the first part of the book for a fun, quick read.

The second part was vastly different and I am not sure the intent in combining the two into one volume. While I didn't enjoy the last part as much, it was obvious that even in that genre, Sue is a master of writing.

I don't plan to own this one and would not recommend it to others overall.

littletaiko's review against another edition

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4.0

As a long time Sue Grafton fan I really enjoyed this book. It's unusual, in that the first half of the book are short stories featuring Kinsey instead of the usual novel. The stories were fun and clever and as always it's fund to spend time with Kinsey. The second half of the book are stories that Grafton wrote after her mother's death that feature Kit Blue, a version of Grafton herself. No mystery with these stories, just the author working her way through complicated emotional family issues.

constantreader471's review against another edition

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4.0

I enjoyed the ten short stories. The thirteen autobiographical stories were sad and depressing, although they do explain the author's outlook.
I have been reading and enjoying Sue Grafton's alphabet series since 1995. Now that I have read this book, I can better understand Kinsey Millhone and how much of Sue Grafton is part of her.

stella_starstruck's review against another edition

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3.0

I loved the short stories at the front of the book, liked the stories at the back. The latter were autobiographical and probably let Grafton work out some of her inner feelings and events in her life. They were deeper than the Kinsey stories, but not as enjoyable for me.

marcies_8's review against another edition

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4.0

Any chance to read more about Kinsey is delightful for me! The Kit stories at the end were too dark and sad for me to enjoy fully. I enjoyed reading them because it gave you insight into Sue Grafton's background, but I prefer the lighter, wittier Kinsey stories.