Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wheel of Time

If I were going to review Towers of Midnight - which I'm not - this is what I'd say:
  • Sanderson continues to do a very good job with the imposing task he was given.
  • It's a good book, a compelling read, a solid installment in the series.
  • It's nice to see the characters finally maturing, accomplishing things, working together, and getting along.
  • However, there's perhaps a bit too much of that. I like it, but it seems a bit too pat to me.  Jordan didn't write characters standing around camp fires singing Lean On Me very often. His characters were frequently unreasonable.  And these are still his characters . . . still, we had to work toward the ending eventually and this is satisfying.
  • Sanderson is working very quickly and effectively, keeping up with his own projects while making deadlines on The Wheel of Time stuff too.  But . . . his prose lacks a little something that Jordan's had.  I like the way Sanderson brings pieces together, ties up loose ends, and gets things done.  I don't mind an occasional typo.  But the split infinitives and clunky grammar wore on me in this book, especially when an educated person was speaking in an otherwise rather highbrow fashion.  Minor complaint but not insignificant, to me.
  • Finally, I'd rather laugh with Mat than at him, wish the author had dialed that back a bit.
But all that's if I were going to review the book.  And I'm not going to do that.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Writers Write

Here is the sentence I worked on - in my head - for an hour last night while awake with a sick child.

"As it turned out, Tuesday morning’s breakfast buffet at the Sugar Maple B&B was far more deadly than usual, though it took quite a while for anyone to notice."

I'm still waffling about the first bit and keep taking it out then putting it back in. They're unnecessary words. So they should go. But I like the tone and voice they suggest.

Obviously I tend toward verbosity.