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I’m not the biggest fan of Contemporary fantasy, but I’m pretty much obsessed with The Dresden Files right now.

That is all.

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April 2018 Read-a-Thon

Better late than never!

First up: The Dresden Files – Ghost Story

Book Obsession

Currently obsessing over Clive Cussler books. Particularly his Dirk Pitt series. Not my “normal” genre. Rarely have I read books like this as I tend to stick to Sci-Fi/Fantasy first and foremost. Then to my legal thrillers, horror, erotica, erotic fantasy and so on. BUT…Cussler has a knack for making this man, one that clearly does everything better than anyone else, an extremely interesting read. I’m on the 15th book of the set and have yet to be bored by any of them.

I find this rather intriguing.

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve taken a long enough break from reading.

Beware, the Thesaurus Has Taken Over

One of my biggest pet peeves when I read is feeling like the author has supplanted a dictionary or thesaurus into their book. I don’t mind vivid description, please don’t take my meaning here wrong, but I do mind when I read something that makes me feel like Webster wrote half the book.

I don’t mean I need something “dumbed down” for me. I’m a fairly intelligent person. I just don’t like the feeling sometimes that some people write using words they wouldn’t normally use in normal conversation.

There are some exceptions to this. If an author is writing a genius as their character I expect it. You can usually tell if an author sat there writing his/her book with a dictionary and/or thesaurus open next to them. It has a tendency to turn off my enjoyment of the book fairly early on. And it feels, to me anyway, as if they’re trying to sound smarter. I’m not sure if that’s rude or not, but it’s generally the perception I have. I know some people in the world talk like that, but not the majority of us…

In my opinion anyway………

Disappointment in Reading

We write because we love it. Right? Right! So why do some books feel like zero love was put into them? I’ve only come across a few books like this in my life, but they were major disappointments to me. They seemed to read like the authors rushed through them just to meet a publication deadline. It felt like their hearts and minds weren’t in the story they were trying to tell.

Oh, tears of sorrow and rage. How could I possibly put a book down thinking it had no heart, no life of it’s own? That’s truly how I feel about books. They are a world unto themselves. I want to feel like I’m a part of it, warm in it’s light and cold in it’s dark.

Some books, I feel, are incapable of creating that complete immersion for me. Though they are few and far in between. But when it does happen, I at least try to figure out why I feel that way. Sometimes it has to do with technique, character depth (or lack thereof), plot issues… The list goes on and on. I’ve even found this to be true for authors I’ve read most of my life. When I put my finger on it, I try to learn from it.

Not everyone has the same tastes though. We can always chalk it up to this; it’s only my opinion and I’m sure others would disagree with me. But we could also say…it happens. Nobody is perfect and not everything is going to please everybody.

I only hope that if by some miracle I am published sometime in the future, nobody gets that feeling from my book……….