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Scarlet FeatherFor the most part, I really enjoyed both Scarlet Feather and its companion book Quentins. Binchy sets her modern day fiction in Ireland, and intertwines the stories of numerous quirky characters in an almost soap-opera type fashion. But I won’t be reading any of her books again. Why? Because I can’t sleep after reading her books, and I love to read in the evenings and right before bed. No, it’s not like reading Stephen King before bedtime–of course you won’t sleep then. I’ve never experienced anything like I did after reading Binchy’s books, and I’m still not sure what it was. The best way to describe it is that she juggles so many different characters, has so many different plots running together simultaneously, and moves back and forth between stories so quickly, that I just get mentally exhausted hopping from one scene to the next. It really is very much like reading a soaQuentinsp opera. So even though I did enjoy my time in Ireland with Binchy, I just won’t go back. Sound sleep is just too valuable for me.