Month: December 2015

A Love-ly Quote

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#sigh

BBC: The Rush, Chapters 2 – 4

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It’s been awhile since my last scintillating, comment-less post.

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About THIS book, in case you forgot

Since our introduction to Ivy, we have learnt an important lesson in chapters 2 through 4 of The Rush: it needed a better editor.

CYCLE CO.

Numerous times, we* come across the incorrect use of the word “you’re.” As in, the author uses “you’re” when it should be “your.”

Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.

Me, personally? I’m not the best editor. I am a writer, and I often make small mistakes during drafts, including drafts of my blog posts. I probably often make large mistakes, too, since, in general, the idea of what I am writing is more important to me than the proper grammar for what I am trying to say. And that is okay. We need idea people. But we also need grammar people, to help make the ideas of the idea people sing with clarity, and also not be annoying to the readers reading them.

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Woman: So help me John, if you don’t use proper grammar I will punch you in your moustache.

The problem with using the improper form of your or you’re is that the sentence ceases to make sense. You don’t say “The rain fell on you are sweater, and now it is wet and potentially ruined.” Yet, that is what you are saying when you write: “The rain fell on you’re sweater, and now it is wet and potentially ruined.”

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The rain: pretending to be all cute and friendly, but really just ruining your clothes.

I’m going to keep reading, guys. But I’m probably not going to like it.

*I am making the potentially entirely mistaken assumption that you, gentle reader, are scrolling your eyeballs amongst this book’s e-pages along with me, attempting to make sense of the order in which the author has put her words. #goodluck

The Forgotten, but not really, Room

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Awhile ago, I read ,The Forgotten Room: A Novel, written by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig, and have been meaning to review it ever since.


As you can probably guess from the cover, this novel is a romance novel. There are some things it does very well, and other things it does… not so well.

Let’s start with the pros.

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The book handled 3 different and accomplished writers in a smart and engaging way. Since these 3 writers have their own, distinctive writing style/voice, which the fans of these individual writers rather enjoy, the collaboration that is this novel consists of having the novel switch between the viewpoints of 3 different women, all different generations of the same family. And if you are thinking that you don’t like novels that switch viewpoints every chapter, that is probably because you have never read one that is done well. The Forgotten Room, on the other hand, IS done well. So you should probably read it.

Sometimes, having multiple perspectives can be a good thing. Like in this novel.

Another pro, which is potentially a reiteration of what I have already written, but bears repeating, is that each writer in this collaboration (Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig) writes well. The words they use, the flow of this story, make it easy to become invested in the story, and makes the reading of this novel a generally pleasant pastime.
[insert pic of man reading, thinking hm this experience is rather pleasant]

Which brings us to the cons. One of the downsides of writing well and drawing the reader into your story is that the reader becomes invested in your story, and notices potentially squeamish material such as potential, though accidental, incest (which is addressed,but only after the reader has been questioning it for awhile), or the fact that your narrative was wrapped up too quickly for some of the characters.


Another problem? This novel relies more than once on the trope of love at first sight. In fact, I would argue that this novel doesn’t so much rely on the trope as attempt to advocate for it.

Love at first sight: when you get marrid at 14, and everybody dies.

One of my personal pet peeves, the love at first sight trope. So if you are a fan of it, keep in mind that you may well derive more enjoyment from this novel than I.

Having said that, I did, in fact, derive quite a bit of enjoyment from reading this novel, and do recommend it, despite some of its problems.

Have you read it? What did you think?

A Quote I Quite Like from Good Omens

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May every joy be yoursthis Holiday Season

As you might surmise from the title and quote above, I am currently reading Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens. It took me a minute to get into it, but I am now enjoying it quite a bit. This particular quote occurs amongst a group of pre-teens, and concerns a bicycle that the female (Pepper) in the group recently received.

While this quote is rather funny, the fact is, that Pepper is also right. It is sexist to get a “girly” gift for a girl, merely assuming that the girl will enjoy it, when, in fact, some girls would rather receive a Nerf gun and catch frogs than wear pink dresses and put on lipstick. In fact, it’s rather sexist that we have “girl” and “boy” toys at all. Kids are kids. If a boy wants to wear a tiara, is that so wrong? If a girl wants to play football, who cares?

Food for thought, told by a disarmingly honest character created by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Care to share your thoughts? Have you read Good Omens? What did you think?

What I’ve Been Busy Doing Instead of Blogging

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Hello lovely readers!

Remember awhile back, when I mentioned that I might have trouble blogging soon because of work, etc.? Well soon is now, which must mean now is tomorrow, and the sun, my friends, is not out.

 

#annielied

 

Because I have been ill. It’s only a cold, which is to say, it’s only a lingering, congestive madness that will probably never go away, but nonetheless, isn’t bad enough to cause me to abstain from work.

#madness

 

I also have some other, top-secret projects going on that are not writing-related, and will likely take the better part of the next year. So this blog will likely be relegated largely to sporadic book reviews until these are finished.

Feel free to unfollow if you are not a fan of my book reviews…

 

On a positive note, I know how the story I was writing needs to end.


On a negative note, I have been unable to find the time to write it.


Hopefully, I can carve out some time soon to finish, after which my writing will probably be on hiatus until summer 2016. Which sort of sucks, BUT also means I might be able to release it next October.


I hope this update has been somewhat satisfying, at least marginally amusing, and welcome your comments below. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some coughing at work to do.