Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Mortal Instruments Series



http://www.amazon.com/Cassandra-Clare/e/B004MSU9M0/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1409073125&sr=1-1

Every book has to have a setting, characters and plot... Sorry, but having a daughter in 7th grade doing book reports has to rub off on me a little... So let's start there.  Setting: New York.  Characters: Nephilium, Angels, vampires, werewolves, warlocks, and even the Fairy people (with a few "mundanes" thrown in here and there).  Plot: Shadowhunters/Nephium hunt demons and keep the peace between “Downworlders”, like vampires and werewolves, with lots and lots of battles thrown in (obviously I'm WAY over simplifying, but you get the idea).

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Wimpy Vampires are BORING!





So the last time I wrote I was bemoaning the fact that I had nothing to write passionately about.  You MAY have noticed that since then I skipped a week of writing... Yes, it was due to the same issue.  But today I have something I am very passionate about.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Another "Meh" List




Do writers always have a story in their head?  Do they always have something they could write about? Even when they have writer’s block, is the story still there?  Under the surface?  Waiting to be written?  These are the questions that fill my head because I know I am “supposed” to write a blog post, but I have nothing to write about.  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Terrible Writing - Good Plot



http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005983WCQ/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title

This book is so hard to categorize.  I mean, yes, it goes under werewolves, but as far as good, bad or meh…. That’s a whole other issue.  The writing was TERRIBLE!  If it hadn’t been free… AND I hadn’t been in a hurry to find something to read while sitting in a hospital waiting room there is NO way, after reading the sample, I would have clicked “buy.”    

Number one problem:  please stay in one tense!  As the writer of a blog about books there is a fine line on how I should discuss books.  For example… Yesterday I read this book (past… can’t write if I haven’t already read it) and it is good (present… if you pick it up this instant it will still be the same) you should read it as soon as possible (future… you haven’t read it yet, but you should).  HOWEVER, in the story itself there should be only ONE tense!  Either the story has happened or it is presently happening… I guess it could be future, but who really prophesies a story?  That would just get weird.  However, you can’t switch back and forth, especially in one paragraph!   As you probably have guessed Loftis does this over and over… UGH!   In fact there was more than one time where it went from past, to future, to present in 3 consecutive sentences!  

Next problem:  Loftis doesn’t know how to properly formulate paragraphs—specifically dialogue. 

Correct Example: 
“Can you come over?” said Helen.

“Sure.  I’ll be right there,” Rachel replied.  With that she grabbed her bag and headed out the door.

Incorrect example:
“Can you come over?” said Helen.  “Sure.  I’ll be right there.” Rachel replied.  With that she grabbed her bag and headed out the door.

The second was how every 2nd or 3rd paragraph went.  She couldn’t even consistently get it wrong!

SO…. Why did I read it?  As I said I was in the waiting room of a hospital, which didn’t really leave me much chance of getting something else.  And to be honest the plot was really good.  Very similar ideas to the werewolf side of Twilight which I never felt was explored well enough.  It reminded me a little bit of the Significance series which I reviewed {HERE} and loved.  I guess that’s what kept my attention despite the poor writing and editing.

I actually read the whole thing in one day, which says a lot considering how little free time I have these days.  It obviously kept my attention to the point of continuing on even once I got home.

And now to the crazy part… I even bought the sequel (which was a couple of dollars), but immediately regretted it and returned it.  Even crazier… after I returned it I found myself asking: “But what happens next?”  I just need to get over it and move on to something well written!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Little Red Riding Hood... more than a children's story this time



http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009PU7TJQ/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title

I love finding a book that I’m excited to write about!   This is just such a book!  It has everything I look for in a story—dynamic interesting characters, fascinating and complex plot (almost too complex at one point… but more on that later) and even a great setting.