amergina: (reading)
Sometimes life is synchronous.

On the same day, I saw a topic over on the Absolute Write Forums about Francine Prose's Reading like a Writer and Nicole Peeler asked two questions on twitter:

Do you think it's important for readers of genre fiction to be proficient at reading, especially close reading?

Kay, do you think people who want to be WRITERS of genre fiction should be proficient readers?

During my last term in Seton Hill's MFA for Popular Fiction, I read Reading Like a Writer as part of a class I took on reading YA literature.

Prose's book is pretty much all about close reading. This got long )
amergina: (nuts&bolts)
Most people probably haven't noticed because it's the weekend, but Amazon (in the US) pulled all of the titles published by Macmillan group off of their website.

Print and e-book.

Want the latest Wheel of Time book? Can't get it directly from Amazon anymore. Tor is part of Macmillan. Sure, you can buy it through Amazon Marketplace, from some third party seller. But not from Amazon.


long post is long )
I'm pretty much with the authors on this one. Regardless of the business struggle, Amazon chose an option of protest that screws over the authors. And I don't like that. It's the bully tactic.
amergina: (seton hill)
First things: I'm 166/596 on my thesis revision. I've hacked off about 5000 words. It feels great. I'm really liking the process of uncovering the story nearly as much as I liked discovering it.

Second: Been thinking of a sequel or sequels. Need to ponder more.

Third: Desperately need to work on my 12 and 25 word pitches. People at Pennsic kept asking me what my book was about and I could not tell them. Because Lo! I am Lame. And not gold and glittery.

Fourth: Read Perdido Street Station by China Mieville. As part of the Genre Reading course I'm taking, I had to write up two journal essays about it. I'm going to stick them here under cuts.

Without a doubt, spoilers.

Story framing: Seducing the reader via two narrative angles )

Of MICE and Moths )

My "did I like it or not" review of PSS is over here at Goodreads.

Fifth: I had had had to read Cast in Silence by Michelle Sagara before I started the next genre read book. Swallowed it whole in two days. Loved it. Except for the grimaces. My fangirl review is here at Goodreads, too. I CANNOT wait for the next book. Well, I can, because I know (now) how hard it is to churn one out.

Sixth: Started reading Spin by Robert Charles Wilson. Great book so far. But I'm way behind on posting about it. I need to do that tomorrow.
amergina: (reading)
Book: The Cipher: A novel of Crosspointe
Author: Diana Pharaoh Francis (also [ profile] difrancis)
432 Pages

Short Thoughts: Reasonable read. Great opening line. Love the resistance to explaining.
From the cover:
A member of the royal Rampling family, Lucy Trenton possesses a most unique talent: the ability to detect majick and those who wield it. She has kept her ability secret all her life to avoid bringing scandal to her family, but lately Lucy has grown careless. When she recklessly uses her gift to locate a valuable and treacherous magickal cipher, she finds herself embroiled in a dangerous intrigue that threatens her life--and the life of every person in Crosspointe.

And to make her troubles worse, she's also kept her secret from a most persistent suitor, dashing and mysterious ship captain Martin Thorpe. And now she desperately needs his help...
Here there be spoilers. No, really. )

This is the first in a series of books about Crosspointe, but I believe that each book is supposed to stand alone.

Interestingly, I read some reviews that commented that the romance seemed flat and that's why they didn't like the book, and that's true. The romance is flat. As a subplot, it could almost be removed and the book would still work. However, I think those reviewers were looking at The Cipher as a romance first and a fantasy second, and despite the male/female POV, the book is a fantasy. The romantic sub-plot is just a vehicle, not the heart of the book.

I have to wonder, though. Are all books that have a male and female POV automatically read as romances? I have issues with my own romantic sub-plot (which is going to be toned down a lot a lot a lot, as it's not supposed to be the heart of the story, but kind of takes over for a while), but I really like alternating my two main character POVs. How many people will be cranky when they read a fantasy that isn't really a romance? Something to ponder.


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