Today I was going to post a short story introducing the first character in my second novel. The reason I spared you? It ended up being over 2,700 words. I’ve done several longer posts recently, so I thought I’d give your eyes a rest. Also, there’s death involved (of course.) I need to give that a rest, too 😉
Instead, I decided to do an update to my recent post about book purchases. In the last two weeks I’ve read three books (one of which was leftover from last year.) Some call it entertainment, I’ll call it research. Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version of what I thought:
The Book of Love (by Kathleen McGowan)
What I liked: I loved the storyline of Matilda of Tuscany. I liked the blending of real characters and events with fictional twists. I was also intrigued by the idea of the Church hiding historical information because it contradictwd their doctrines. It was easy for me to believe it could happen.
What I didn’t like: The modern-day character wasn’t memorable. To be fair, this was book 2 in a series and I didn’t read the first one. I also had trouble believing the character wouldn’t be more careful, especially knowing that someone is after her.
Recommended? Overall, I enjoyed it, so, “yes.”
Beyond the Shadows (by Robin Lee Hatcher)
What I liked: The author made me care for the main character. Though I’ve never lived with an alcoholic, I could relate to her struggle of not knowing how to make life right. It was a desperate story but ended on a note of hope.
What I didn’t like: Some of the dialogue didn’t feel ‘real.’ The too-ordinary names chosen for Gideon’s older brothers made them feel “flat.” Gideon was the main male character, and his older brothers were “Jack” and “Bob”.
Recommended? If you don’t mind strong Christian theme (prayer and struggling to follow God’s way is a major part of the story) I think it’s a good read.
In a Perfect World (by Laura Kasischke)
What I didn’t like: The oldest teenage daughter wasn’t memorable. I felt cheated because the front of the book promised a “riveting ending.” When I got to the end, I actually flipped the page, hoping there was more. There wasn’t.
Recommended? No, not really. However, if you like end-of-the-world stories, it may have some appeal. Had I realized it was this type of story, I would’ve passed on reading it.
So, what about you – do you go through phases of reading where writing gets neglected (or vice-versa)?