So as I’ve mentioned before, I don’t plan my books out in advance, except for that one time, and that one time the book didn’t come out anything like how I planned it. This tends to end up working out well for me, but it also means that, sometimes, I end up going in a direction that doesn’t work out. In the case of Dragon Stones, that entailed the wholesale excision of a character’s point of view scenes*; but in the case of the book I’m currently working on, Blue Roses, I’ve decided that the direction it was going with three of the main characters (four if you count the squirrel**) just wasn’t working out, and so I’ve axed the last 20,000 words or so, pruning the story back to where it branched in the direction that proved unproductive***. Because sometimes you’ve gotta be ruthless.
Teaser Tuesday: “Theory of Bastards”
So this week I was reading Theory of Bastards, by Audrey Schulman, AKA Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Bonobo Sex But Were Afraid To Ask.
Teaser Tuesday: “Green Earth”
So this week, and probably for a few weeks more (the entire thing being just north of 1,200 pages), I was reading Green Earth, by Kim Stanley Robinson:
(Don’t) Mind the Gap
So those who have been around here for a while are likely to be aware that my fantasy novel Dragon Stones was and remains by far my post popular book, having even been, briefly, the #1 fantasy novel in the Kindle UK store.
Teaser Tuesday: “The Seventh Sword” Collection
So this week, and likely for several weeks yet to come*, I have been reading The Seventh Sword, an omnibus collecting the four books in “The Seventh Sword” series, by Dave Duncan:Continue reading “Teaser Tuesday: “The Seventh Sword” Collection”
Teaser Tuesday: “Across the Universe”
So this week I was reading Across the Universe, a YA/SF novel by Beth Revis, in which colonists from Earth are loaded into a gigantic spaceship and sent to Alpha Centauri to see about setting up shop there:Continue reading “Teaser Tuesday: “Across the Universe””
Teaser Tuesday: “The Gone-Away World”
So this week I was reading The Gone-Away World, by Nick Harkaway:Continue reading “Teaser Tuesday: “The Gone-Away World””
Teaser Tuesday: “The Boy Who Lost Fairyland”
So this week I was reading The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, the next-to-last entry in Catherynne M. Valente’s “Fairyland” series (not counting a couple of interstitial short stories):Continue reading “Teaser Tuesday: “The Boy Who Lost Fairyland””
Teaser Tuesday: “The Magicians”
So this week I was reading The Magicians, by Lev Grossman, AKA This Is Not A Harry Potter Book Even Though It’s About a College of Magic and References Quidditch.Continue reading “Teaser Tuesday: “The Magicians””
Teaser Tuesday: “The Stone Sky”
So this week I’ve been reading The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin, the final book in “The Broken Earth” trilogy:
The premise of this trilogy is, basically, that the Earth hates humanity and is trying to destroy it via disasters both natural and man-made.
And here you thought I only read fiction.Continue reading “Teaser Tuesday: “The Stone Sky””