Mar. 25th, 2017

Books

Mar. 25th, 2017 04:18 pm
silailo: (adios)
Been trying to declutter my spaces and reorganize things. It might be because spring is upon us that I've had the desire to clean up. This winter was very depressing.

Finally finished Freedom of the Mask by Robert McCammon. It was very heavy on the emotional side, which is why I had such a hard time getting through it. One piece of writing advice I've heard for creating obstacles for your character is figuring out the worst thing(s) you can possibly do to that character, and Robert McCammon has that down pat. He has put his main character through the wringer--or maybe I should call it a meat grinder, on more than one occasion and it's just amazing to see Matthew grow and change.

What I'm trying to figure out at this point is what direction McCammon is taking his story in terms of genre. These started out as historical thrillers and they'll definitely stay that way, but the atmosphere is getting weirder and weirder, or maybe I should say darker and darker, because it's definitely darker. Like, really dark. But with the introduction of his newest villain, it almost feels like the story is bordering on the supernatural. I think maybe some of his characters and some of his settings are so bizarre that it only seems like the supernatural would exist within the world he's created, but it doesn't, because really these characters are just insane. Certainly the story has a historical setting, but everything else seems better suited to an anime. Something about it reminds me of Fullmetal Alchemist (I've only seen a little bit of it plus one movie), as well as a bit of Baccano!. But what really made me laugh were the similarities Fell's criminal empire and background had with the villains in Et Cetera. Maybe the idea isn't very original, but I was still amazed.

Next I need to finish People of the Earth, which I almost gave up on. There's just a little bit left. I just feel like the story is way too long, and the authors recycle the same characters over and over, and the same could be said of the plot. The story wasn't holding my interest. It sounds too similar to all their other books. I hate to say that because their writing has inspired me a lot, and maybe even my career choice.

After that, I think I'll try an author I haven't read yet. There's a reason I buy all those books to put on my shelves, so I have a ready library to pick from when I'm done with something.

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