Scott Westerfeld has been a supporter of NaNoWriMo for quite some time, so I was pleased to see him put out a book that mentions the program, even ifScott Westerfeld has been a supporter of NaNoWriMo for quite some time, so I was pleased to see him put out a book that mentions the program, even if just in the acknowledgements (but the novel in thirty days sounds familiar, no?). It's good, too. Sometimes it seems a little long, but the alternating chapters (one a story of a high school novelist who miraculously gets a publishing contract on her NaNovel, the other the actual story she wrote) are easy to distinguish and both tell good stories.
I'm sure someone has done the math to see if Darcy's story really is 60,000 words (that's 2k words/day if you want to end up with a novel in 30 days), but I didn't feel like counting. The book certainly is long enough to contain two novels, but it read pretty fast. You'll care about the characters and want to know what happens to Lizzie, and you'll root for Darcy to find the perfect ending. Since I'm not a published author (yet?) I don't know how accurate Westerfeld's portrayal of the New York pub scene really is, but it sure sounds authentic, and scary and exciting at the same time. I certainly would never take the giant step of going off to NY on just my first book advance, but maybe that's just me and my severe risk aversion.
Knowing what I do about agents' dislike of NaNovels, I'm surprised Darcy got an offer on her (unedited?) manuscript. But that aside, AFTERWORLDS is a very interesting book, with characters aren't the typical tropes, a very cute and heartbreaking romance, and enough meta touches that anyone who wants to realize their dream of becoming a published author will appreciate reading this book.
I can only hope that one day my NaNovel will be worthy of a hundred-grand advance.
A quick review for a quick read. If I had read ALANNA when I was at the age of the characters I would have loved it, with its girl-in-boy's-clothing sA quick review for a quick read. If I had read ALANNA when I was at the age of the characters I would have loved it, with its girl-in-boy's-clothing switch and hints of magic. Being far out of that age range now, I can see the pacing issues and the "mary sue"-ness of Alanna. But it's a fun beginning-quest novel, and Pierce doesn't shy away from verisimilitude for her characters. But this is clearly written for younger readers, which is fine--I'll be sure to find a copy of this for my daughter whenever I have one, because it's a good teaching book. I'm glad I got the chance to read it, and I'll try to find other books in the series.
A sweet, short, mystical meditation on broken things. It's not book three, but it is a nice diversion focusing on one of the author's most mysteriousA sweet, short, mystical meditation on broken things. It's not book three, but it is a nice diversion focusing on one of the author's most mysterious characters. You really shouldn't read this first, as he says in his foreword. Enjoy the other two books of the series, then discover a little more about Auri here. A one-day read, or less if you have a few hours to devote to it....more
What a happy surprise of a book. My life is filled with paper, especially since my mother works in paper sculpture, so I was really hoping this wouldWhat a happy surprise of a book. My life is filled with paper, especially since my mother works in paper sculpture, so I was really hoping this would turn out well. The story pulled me along, and while I was right in figuring that not all the magic focused solely on using folds in paper, I enjoyed the plot. Our heroine Ceony wants to be a metal magician, but due to lack of bodies on the Paper side of things, she's forced into Paper magic. Her mentor is a strange almost hermit, Emery Thane. They dance around each other a bit, but then an evil lady magician swoops in and literally steals Thane's heart. What Ceony goes through to save her mentor makes for a very interesting bit of imagery.
We don't get many details as to how the magic works--yes, by bonding to and folding the paper, but what is it about "magicians" that they can do it and others can't? It takes a lot of schooling to become a magician, so it's not inborn talent. Anyway, I read a lot of fantasy and come across a lot of magic systems, and usually they're explained a little better. I have lots of questions after reading this, though I'm sure quite a few of them will be answered in future works. There is also a bit of a weird love story--it makes sense, but some people will be uncomfortable with its sort-of sudden onset.
I saw this on the Kindle-First program, but being only the guest of an Amazon Prime user, I can't actually access the books. So I had to wait until it was on Netgalley, and I'm glad I picked it up. Looking forward to the next book in the series!
Received as a free digital galley via Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more