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WWW 6th September 2017

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What I’m currently reading

The Final Empire

I haven’t had as much time to read this as I’d hoped because I’ve been busy with the final proofread of Wardens of Archos, but what I’ve read so far is good. I mean really, really bloody good. I feel like I should be reading this with a notebook and pen so I can learn from the master (I kind of am, too, since I make a note of everything that stands out to me)

I’m only around page 150 but I already feel like there isn’t enough of it, so i guess I’ll treat myself to the sequel if I do well during NaNo 😀

Blurb:

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?
In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage— Allomancy, a magic of the metals.
 

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

I’ll be honest, I haven’t technically started this yet, but there’s a bookmark on page one, so the intention is there! As I’ve mentioned above I’ve been quite busy drowning in proofreads and I’m editing a book for another author, now, too, but I WILL fit this in!

Blurb:

“A superb tutorial for anyone wanting to learn from pros how to polish fiction writing with panache.”– Library Journal

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What I recently finished reading

Our Dark Duet

This was good! I’m usually torn with Schwab’s books, but this one worked for me. I’ve got a review coming next week so I’ll keep this brief, but it was good! 🙂

Blurb:

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

No Plot? No Problem!

This was excellent NaNo prep. It’s equal parts useful and encouraging, and I can only recommend this if you’re doing NaNo this year. It gives you permission to write messy and just get the words out without worrying about quality, and to buy all the snacks to keep you going. First drafts are meant to be rubbish, and this book encourages you to embrace that,

Blurb:

You’ve always wanted to write, but . . . just haven’t gotten around to it. No Plot? No Problem! is the kick in the pants you’ve been waiting for.

Let Chris Baty, founder of the rockin’ literary marathon National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo), guide you through four exciting weeks of hard-core noveling. Baty’s pep talks and essential survival strategies cover the initial momentum and energy of Week One, the critical “plot flashes” of Week Two, the “Can I quit now?” impulses of Week Three, and the champagne and roar of the crowd during Week Four. Whether you’re a first-time novelist who just can’t seem to get pen to paper or a results-oriented writer seeking a creative on-ramp into the world of publishing, this is the adventure for you.

So what are you waiting for? The No Plot? approach worked for the thousands of people who’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo, and it can work for you! Let No Plot? No Problem! help you get fired up and on the right track.

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What I think I’ll read next

Illuminae

Usually, my new books sit on my shelf for a while before I get to them, but I don’t want to wait with this one. Jay Kristoff is one of the authors, so I know I’ll love it and I love the way the story is being told (I may have leafed through it… not enough to spoil things, of course, but enough to need it now). Gemina is waiting to be read afterwards, and I’m really excited for both!

Blurb:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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Have you read any of these and would like to chat about it? I look forward to hearing from you if you do – just leave a comment below and we can get this book club started!

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One Comment

  1. Emily Wrayburn Emily Wrayburn

    I made a sort of New Year’s Resolution that this year would be the year I finally read something by Brandon Sanderson (and that it would probably be Mistborn) but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen! I’m glad you’re enjoying it, though, and that it’s the sort of book you can really learn from.

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