I first encountered Kiersten White's work a couple of years ago, when I read her Paranormalcy trilogy. I enjoyed both it and The Chaos of Stars, but found Mind Games to be an enticing premise ruined by inadequate characterisation, rambling narrative, and too many jumps back and forth in time; it felt like White was experimenting with stream … Continue reading Illusions of Fate, by Kiersten White
About a month ago I picked up Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It had been on my to-read list for a while, and I was immediately drawn to this blue-haired girl (yes, it comes out of her head that way) whose mentor trades wishes for teeth. I devoured the book within a day and … Continue reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, by Laini Taylor
Most aspiring authors I know tend to write at their computers, and I imagine this is similar for published authors, though I don't know any of those personally. In many ways, I think computers and word processors have revolutionised writing, to the point where many of my writing friends would claim writing by hand is obsolete. Most … Continue reading Is writing longhand obsolete?
I feel uncomfortable calling myself a writer. When fellow aspiring authors address blog posts to writers, I shy away, thinking they can't possibly mean me. And, yes, sometimes they are looking for answers from published authors. I have nothing to offer a blogger requesting advice on seeking representation for a novel, because I have never … Continue reading When do you call yourself a writer?
I've mentioned a few times on this blog that I'm working on an urban fantasy novel. After much careful consideration, it's becoming high fantasy. It was always intended to focus more and more on the secondary world as the story progressed, but I became increasingly dissatisfied with the relationship between my primary world protagonist and the … Continue reading Knowing when you’ve made the right choice
Last weekend I re-watched The Hobbit films - I can't wait for The Battle of the Five Armies to come out in December! One thing that struck me when I watched both films for the first time was how much they departed from the source material. While the Lord of the Rings films simplified and … Continue reading Departing from the novel – does The Hobbit make it work?
I saw this meme on Jodie Llewellyn's blog this morning and I've been thinking about it all day, so I had to post on it. There are two places that have been captured on film in adaptations of books that I would love to visit: New Zealand Tolkien is known for his flowery descriptions of … Continue reading Where do books make you want to travel?