Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
- Napoleon

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Ditching Books

Over the weekend, I tried to get some reading done. The first book I picked up, I really made a valiant effort to read. I slogged through pages of bad prose, hackneyed plot, characters without purpose... And I gave up at page 75. I couldn't read any more. If I wrote like that, I'd burn all my manuscripts and take up needlepoint. At least then I'd be doing something useful.

I picked up another book. That one I gave up after 5 pages. I didn't know it was going to be a Christian thriller - it didn't indicate that anywhere on the cover. Totally not my thing.

Finally, thank goodness, my CP sent me some books, and I picked out the smallest one. (Yes, sometimes size does matter - especially when my wrists hurt and the thought of holding a large book seems daunting at best.) Of course, my CP knows her stuff. I spent part of yesterday and most of today reading Holly Lisle's 'i see you'. Good stuff. A thriller that gets right to the point, no unnecessary characters muddying up the works. A paranormal that doesn't jump as being too 'in your face' with the mysticism. All in all an enjoyable read.

Too bad I already paid for the two I won't be finishing. Maybe someone who likes that stuff will come along and buy them from my store. (If I even list them. After all, I don't really want to subject other people to bad writing.)

So, what did you read this weekend? Were your books satisfying, or did you find any duds?


Travis Erwin said...

Used to be I'd slog through and finish any book I started, but the longer I write the less patience I have for lazy or bad writing.

Erica Ridley said...

Agree w/ Travis. Although I did read a book this weekend that sucked for the first 85 pages and then got better. I'm glad I finished it, although it's definitely not keeper shelf material and I won't be recommending it. (I won't even share the title. Be grateful.)

Also read Suzanne Enoch's Something Sinful, which I liked, and am halfway through Karen Rose's Die For Me, which is great. (B.E., do you read Karen Rose? I think you would like her.)

B.E. Sanderson said...

Heh. I agree with Travis, too. The longer I'm in the writing business the less time I have for bad writing.

LOL Erica. That's exactly why I didn't give names for my two bad choices. I've never read Karen Rose. I really enjoyed that Tess Gerritsen you sent me, though, so I'll probably read her on your suggestion. =oD