Hello, Don’tRead faithful!
I’ve finished the first book of the Trilogy and I thought I ought to talk about it a bit.
I liked the other cover better.
This was a unique book for me—to put it concisely, Mistborn was a book I enjoyed and read through despite its deviation from some of the “rules” of writing. Of course we all know the only real rule of writing is “whatever works, works,” and we’ve seen successes who ignore the ‘commandments’ as it were, but it’s still a bit of a gamble to break rules.
Because of this, I’ve decided to make it a little mission of mine to find out what makes this book so pleasant to me. Continue reading
Hello, Don’t Read faithful!
Quick post because I just found out about Booklamp and the Book Genome project.
The Book Genome project uses computer algorithms to analyze a book’s content and style based on a large number of variables and it sounds very legit. The data are then aggregated on Booklamp.org and used to provide similar title recommendations.
It sounds like a great idea, except I feel it has a fundamental flaw. Continue reading
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is a novel about humanity’s future war with an alien race and one family whose children were bred to lead it. Upon thinking about it, it makes me think of ‘Harry Potter in Space’ with a darker ending.
WHY I PICKED IT UP:
I actually read this along time ago in college. It has a great title and while the premise might sound a little trite, it’s hiding some spoilers that help it stand out from the crowd. I’m reviewing it because of the movie, which I haven’t seen. I always thought this would make a better video game adaptation than a movie, though.
Hello, Don’tRead faithful, and happy holidays.
As a card carrying member of the “we dislike most things” club, this is a very special time for me as it marks a ‘gauntlet,’ if you will, of time through which I must pass without ruining (to TOO great a degree) everyone else’s good time, while still maintaining my sanity (scroll down to the bottom if you’d like to see me ruin a few things to make myself feel better).
But positive blogs are better than negative blogs, so on a day when everyone likes to be thankful for the little they have, I’m here to tell you about the benefits of demanding more. Continue reading
Hi, guys. Have I got a book for you…
Rush Revere is basically Rush Limbaugh’s self-insert fan fiction about American history. I post about it due to the proximity with the historical holiday, Thanksgiving.
However I’m not gonna review it here because I couldn’t read it–the cover art and interior illustrations made me cringe. The cartoony graphics CLASH like hell with the poorly photoshopped Rush Limbaugh-head. I can’t imagine children liking this style; I’m a grown-ass man and it made ME too uncomfortable to read. Not a bad concept, though.
Content aside (because I couldn’t get through the content) I can’t help but think this was a poorly thought out vanity project, OR somebody wanted to pimp Rush out for the cash-grab, and didn’t tell him they’d be splicing his head on a cartoon.
If you’d like some FREE tidbits on Thanksgiving history, here’s an awesome blog I follow!
Image courtesy of Desden Codack webcomic, used totally without permission.
Click the link and Check out his stuff–It’s good!
So the time has come, if you’re writing a book in a month, to “bring it on home” as they say in the band. The third act twist is the thing in which one does just that. But you’ve got to dial it up. If you’ve been writing correctly, you’ve been edging the stakes ever higher in your poker game of a story, and your bluff is about to be called.
But the word ‘twist’ is a little misleading; it doesn’t actually HAVE to be unexpected or even reverse the whole course of everything. It just has to be something that escalates the plot, initiates the climax, and leads to a resolution.
This is the part where the character finally realizes there’s no way out but forward, where he’s INESCAPABLY bound for the climax, where the characters have no choice but to put it all on the line and gamble on victory–or whatever it is their goal is. Usually it’s also the time when things seem most hopeless, so a good idea for a third act twist is to take away hope from the characters AND the reader.
(I’d go into this in more detail, but I’ve got a book to write and I’m behind already, so…Promise you a post on it later, okay?)
The above image illustrates some fine twists, but I want to hear what you think. What are your favorite twists in reading? What is an ending or climactic twist you’ve used in your writing? Leave me a comment and let me know!
I wanted to bring y’all a freebook friday, cause I haven’t done that in a while, but as they say in classical literature I’ve “taken ill.” My NaNoWriMo novel, like many other things inside me, is in the toilet and I’m jeopardizing my ability to take holiday leave by using up my hours.
But the ONE thing I was able to do before I came down was give you all a new chapter of H2RP!
This one’s pretty good in my opinion–we get to explore some of Justin’s relationships–and next week’s is even better. So go check it out. I’ve also promised some ‘choosing of your own adventures’ and I WILL deliver–the reason why I’m calling the shots right now is I haven’t written all the different paths yet (that’s what I’m working on this month). So stick with me and ye shall be rewarded–when I’m feeling better, I’ll comb the story and give y’all a date for when I’m feeling better .
Right now though, I’m headed back to bed.
This is a compilation of blog posts by Allie Brosh, the genius behind this image:
and her blog of the same name. It’s basically an autobiography, but it is WAY more entertaining than any other biography I’ve ever read.
WHY I PICKED IT UP
Ordinarily I wouldn’t have given it a second glance, but I saw a post about it on Topper’s Books (I know, I get a lot of recommendations for reviews from Topper. I should just let Topper start picking what I review!) extolling its hilarity and it piqued my curiosity.
It’s usually pretty hard to make me laugh out loud, so I thought this book would be good for a challenge. Continue reading