Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Judith Michael

This featured author may not be as forgotten as most people below but their (yes, they, since it is the collaboration of husband-and-wife Judith Barnard and Michael Fain) heyday was definitely in the 80s-90s. Who can forget the 1985 miniseries starring Stephanie Powers which was based on this novel. I, for one, would have loved to see other Judith Michael adaptations on the small screen but it was not meant to be, since this one did little for NBC. Now, little may be too harsh a word; it was in the top 20 of most watched television events at the time, but compared to other biggies such as Hollywood Wives, Lace it was a disappointment. Yet, people have fond memories whenever there's mention of:


DECEPTIONS by Judith Michael (Pocket, 1982)

Would you change places with your twin sibling? If you'd ask Sabrina Longworth, the one half of the duo protagonist team of DECEPTIONS, she'd probably say not on your life. She'd also say that having tried it more than once, thanks to the imagination of Judith Michael's Judith Barnard and Michael Faine, she lived to regret it, big time. Indeed, faith has a strange way of throwing a curve ball when least expected. Especially to this fictitious bunch whose lives make for a pretty decent time-waster read despite the been there seen that plotline. Just go to show you that originality comes in small doses. Just simmer it in creativity and punchy dialogue, and you've got yourself one hot bestseller that is as juicy as a pack of Doublemint gum.-----Martin Boucher.

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