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Samples Read This Week: 11
- The Whispers of the Fallen by J. D. Netto: Kept – It’s a book about fallen angels and the first chapter had the image of one wing on it. Hells yes, I’m going to keep this. I didn’t put it on my really-want-to-read list only because the writing is a little “below” the type I like, but I’m very curious about what happens.
- The Reviled by Cynthia A. Morgan: Passed – Sometimes in reading samples and stories of other authors, you learn what not to do with your own. This book has a prologue that not only introduces the concepts around the book, but also talks about what the narrative is supposed to be a metaphor for. Now if you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you know I love a good metaphor, and I also love if/when a writer/creator confirms if one is true, but it’s lessened if the author tells you what it is beforehand. Give your readers some credit and let them figure it out for themselves. I will always favor Death of the Author over Word of God, considering authors may not even realize the concepts they’re paralleling in their work. Also notwithstanding, the writing wasn’t the kind I favor either.
- The Silver Bough by Lisa Tuttle: Kept (RWTR) – I’m not surprised I kept this one nor am I shocked it found its way (or remained) on my really-want-to-read list. Ms. Tuttle is the co-author of Windhaven, which she wrote with George R. R. Martin, and though I did have some trouble getting into the story, that was more due to pacing and not the writing style. The pacing issue was more than likely due to the novel being made up of short stories and novellas pieced together. This sample was instantly engaging, speaking of which, there’s a mysteriously broken one the MC is going to investigate. Additionally, she’s just recently lost her best friend to a car accident. The author wouldn’t bring something like that up if it wasn’t going to factor in later.
- Krim Du Shaw by Talia Haven: Kept (Purchased) – Since this is a short story, the sample paralleled that length and was only one page long. It’s about horses, and the book is only $0.99, so I figured why not?
- Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon: Passed – Ugh. I’m kind of annoyed I didn’t like this book, because I’ve seen Sherrilyn Kenyon in the fantasy section for years, and her novels look so interesting, but the sample instantly turned me off in both the prologue and first chapter. The main female character wakes up handcuffed to a strange man. Okay. I’m fine with this so far. They’ve both been abducted. How are they going to get out of this situation? She realizes he’s still alive and shakes him until he comes to. He immediately flips her over on her back and presses himself against her. Um, what? Then she gets turned on by this? Um what the fuck? You’ve been kidnapped, handcuffed to some strange guy, and now he’s in the ravishing position over you, and this is cool? Don’t get me wrong. I don’t judge your kink. If that’s your fantasy, please go right ahead, but the thing about fantasies is you’re generally in control of the situation. It just seemed unrealistic and more in line with those romance novels of old where shit like that always happened, and the woman was perfectly okay with it. Then the next chapter did nothing but talk about how great this guy was. He was apparently a god or he had godlike abilities *rolls eyes* Again, one of the lessons I try to learn from books I either don’t like or have major issues with is what not to do with my own characters.
- Pretty Things by Christine Haggerty: Kept – Retold fairy tales are my bread and butter especially since I’ve written a retold fairy tale, and I use them for inspiration in all of my works. This didn’t find its way onto my RWTR list because I’m trying to cut down on that. Actually…I think I’m going to attempt to whittle it down to 100 books if not less. If I haven’t read a sample of a book yet, I’m definitely removing it from there.
- Astarte Rising by Greg Thomas: Kept – I really don’t recall too much about this sample, but I didn’t hate it; it has a fairly high Goodreads rating, so I figure I might as well keep it.
- Darker Than You Think by Jack Williamson: Kept – I’m fairly certain the female reporter is a vampire or a werewolf. Since she’s out during the day (at least I think she is), I’m leaning towards werewolf, though why she’s carrying around a kitten is anyone’s guess.
- The Night Manager by John le Carré; Kept – I’m really glad I liked this book. It was introduced to me through the BBC series staring Tom Hiddleston, my favorite actor ♥♥♥ So reading it, I envision Tom as Jonathan Pine, which is the part he played. I never finished the BBC series, but I’m hoping to before I get to the book.
- Purity by Jonathan Franzen: Kept – The writing in this is so compelling, and the mysteries/plot coupons the author presents are almost too delicious to bear.
- The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson: Kept – So far I like the prologues (there have been two so far, one to the series as a whole, one for the novel at hand), but that’s how I felt about Mistborn, too. I feel like this novel is more showing, less telling though, and his writing seems more on point. I believe Mistborn was his first series, so it would make sense that Stormlight would have a more refined tone.