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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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it was amazing
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Not often enough, a writer comes across books she wishes she'd written. Her only recourse is to study such a book so as to steal, as invisibly as possible, that writer's techniques. THE HUNGER GAMES is such a book for me. I read it in three hours, took time to pee, then went back and read it again. A few days later, again. How did Collins force me to turn the page from chapter to chapter? I needed to know, because I was writing my own mystery and needed any tips on how to make it compelling. I discovered--as most readers of this series do, consciously or not--that at the end of every chapter we either learn a new piece of information, see another key character in danger, watch the stakes get even higher (which I kept thinking was impossible, but wasn't, not for Collins), or see Katniss do something that demands we read on to see the reaction. Etc.

I learned that my own story UNACCOUNTED FOR had plenty of events in it, but the pacing could be improved. Also, my hero needed to take a tip from Katniss and keep thinking about his immediate goals, to remind the reader why things are important. I re-ordered it a la Hunger Games--it ratcheted up the excitement enormously. I'm not claiming my book's as riveting as Collins', but I owe her a big debt. Not only did she give me three books of tremendous entertainment value, but she stuffed them with serious issues that demand thought of serious readers--the kind of readers you hope will savor your own work. (Or just sit next to you at dinner.) A must-read series for any mystery writer, or any reader in search of a compelling tale.
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Quotes Nan Liked

“Destroying things is much easier than making them.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Reading Progress

Started Reading
March 1, 2009 – Finished Reading
March 29, 2012 – Shelved

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