Thursday, July 29, 2010

Working Introduction

I've finally stop mucking around with the characters and their personalities and have just started to write. Here's a snippet of my progress as of now:

I’m the kind of person that lives with one foot in the past and the other in the present.
         I try not to be, but I’m beginning to think it’s unavoidable. Every time I try to lift my feet, they catch on something. That thing holds me there, and I tug and tug until it suddenly releases me and I fall flat on my face, breaking my glasses. And when I get up again, my feet are still in the same spot they were to begin with, and I’m short 300 bucks.
        Everyone has a reason to dwell on the past, to remember things that are better left forgotten, I know. I’m not really any different from anyone else on this planet, after all. Everyone in this world has at least one event that haunts them, that makes them who they are for the rest of their lives.
       Mine happened when I was seventeen.

I know, I know. It's a work in progress.

Hero by Perry Moore Review

Damn, I had such high hopes for this book.
I won’t lie and say this book is terrible. I read several stellar reviews for this book though, and I was hoping for a lot more than it was. It wasn’t good, it wasn’t bad, it was a big ole cup of “meh.”

Here is what I liked about the book:

The fresh perspective. I haven’t read very many books whose main characters were gay, and I know there aren’t a huge amount out there (which I hope to counterract), so I always appreciate when an author tries to do something different, or just not soaked through the mainstream. I definitely empathized with Thom, even though he was a dumb as a bag of bricks (more on that later).

The addictive quality. This book I literally couldn’t put down until I finished reading it, which was at around 4:30 a.m. on a Saturday. Or into a Saturday, rather. The book is very action-oriented, so it’s impossible to get bored.

Here is what I didn’t like:

The predictable plot. This book was written by someone who has been in around the movie industry, and that really shows through. It has the basic plot of any superhero movie you’ve EVER seen. Think X-men. Boy discovers talent. Boy has family problems. Boy meets other superheros. Boy trains. Boy wins big battle. The end.

The stupidity of the main character. And this isn’t slight. The main character is a stereotypical “jock” in many ways, including in that his intelligence is severely lacking. This kid is so dumb I just wanted to tear the hair out of my head. Things I had figured out within the first few pages of the book, this character didn’t clue in on until the end of the novel. GAH! A lot of wasted potential. I just can’t stand characters that are this damaged in the head.

Overall? Three stars (of 5). Don’t waste your money on a new copy – buy it used.
I am currently reading The Solitude of Prime Numbers, which I am LOVING atm. Also, my never ending throng of National Geographics, which I hope to make a table out of one day. More on that later.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: A Brief Review

Okay, so since my blog is all about me and my attempts to write a book, however long that may take, I thought it might be good to document some of the books I’ve been reading that may influence me later on.

I finished reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies about a week ago. I bought it in January, but alas, I was too busy finishing university to get to it until now.

While it certainly dragged at parts, I would say that the book was overall an enjoyable one. It took me a couple of weeks to get into it, but once I got into it, I read the majority of the book in a couple of days. And to be honest, the parts that dragged for me were the parts that seemed largely unedited by zombies and katanas.

The book wasn’t actually as much about zombies as I had expected. It was more as though the writer, Seth Grahame-Smith, had taken the original Jane Austen and turned it more into an action/adventure story, coupled with romance. The zombies did not often venture into the body of the story, although the fact that Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy were both famed zombie slayers did play a rather interesting role in the novel.

Along with zombies, I was pleasantly surprised to see ninjas introduced into the book as well. While they certainly did not hold a candle to the extreme skill of katana-wielding, bloodthirsty Elizabeth and the swordbearing Mr. Darcy, they certainly added to the story’s entertainment, if not plot. The occasional presence of rather descriptive gore was an interesting add in as well.

I would say, overall, that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a lighthearted, fun read. If you are looking for deep literary merit though, I suggest you look elsewhere.

Currently, I am reading Hero by Perry Moore because of the highly positive reviews I have read about it. More on that later.

What am I doing?

I sure don’t know.

Hello, and welcome to Re: Speculate. I moved this crap over from Wordpress because, uh, Wordpress sucks. :X Sorry.

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