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For Science!

Posted on: October 23, 2017

As I said last week, I’ve done a lot of reading lately.  Different  genres, authors, size works….  This weekend I finally dipped my toes into the ocean that in James Patterson’s body of work.

Basically, I had to test out the hype for myself.

Now, I do have to confess that these works, two of the Bookshots series to be exact, were only co-authored by Patterson; they were also of a very different style than I normally read.  So to say I didn’t find myself as enthralled as I hoped I would be by the works of this mainstream master isn’t me trying to be critical of his work.

More it was me trying to be critical of myself.

I wanted to understand why I never read any of Patterson’s work (or Nora Roberts or… insert name of best-selling author here).  I often actively avoid such books, preferring to try someone with a smaller backlist or an author I’d never heard of before when I go looking to try something new.   So, yeah…  it was definitely about understanding the hype, but also wondering what made me avoid the “popular” books.  Was it years of high school angst that made me fear messing with the In-crowd.  Did I just inherently dismiss it all as booorr-ing mainstream fluff while the read “deep” things were being done behind closed doors in band and by the kids doing AP Bio and French?

Maybe…  Though also, knowing that many of Patterson’s works were highly action-driven stories, I wanted to see some of that writing style… well, in action.

The lessons I learned, as well those from last week’s foray into Barbara Pym’s and Sir Walter Scott’s works (Crampton Hodnet and Excellent Women as well as The Talisman and Ivanhoe respectively) and my feast of Denise Swanson’s Scumble River detective stories (one a day keeps me at the library) are…

  • putting down a Bookshot book is easy, almost as easy as Ivanhoe, but not nearly as satisfying to pick up again
  • if I’d known about Pym’s works sooner, I’d be a serious Austenite instead of the half-hearted one I am now.
  • I need a series.  Seriously…  if I can’t follow characters through several books (or seasons if it’s a video thing), then it better be a very long book
  • most contemporary fiction characters do not act the way I would write them acting but many of the more classical characters do
  • there’s not much action in an action scene…  at least in a Bookshot

There’s more of course.  But this post is getting long already and I still have a ROW80 check-in to finish.

So, how’d I do?

  • I didn’t quite manage the daily note in my journal.  Some days I didn’t really write anything except texts to be honest.
  • Devouring books however was right on course.  Saturday morning I returned 18 finished books (including the four listed above) to the UHLS and two to the MHLS.  As my interlibrary loan requests were still in transit, I picked up a few books from the books sale and freebies racks to tide me over.  Finished three of those and now working on a romance by a fellow member of our local RWA chapter.
  • I think this definitely qualifies as a mini-post about books I’ve read, though it definitely can’t be called a review
  • have not set anything into motion at the ROW80 blog, though I did have last weeks posts up on schedule for a change
  • and no outline for ‘Listii’s story…  silly man is trying to urge me to return to the Swan Song Series books instead of focusing on him, so I’ve outlined and replotted that

Pretty much all my stuff so far.  This coming week is bound to be extra hectic, so I am probably not going to be posting on Wednesday.  Just sayin’.

 

6 Responses to "For Science!"

I am slowly emerging from a couple of months of marathon reading. I found your thoughts on bestsellers and classical characters interesting. I don’t tend to like bestsellers; whether due to my prediliction for underdogs extends beyond characters to authors, or not, I don’t know.

Your reading strikes me as filling the well before entering into a creative flood of words. Here’s to loosing the flood.

I’m hoping that’s what all this reading will do in the long run. Hoping for a flood, though… right now I’m content with a trickle. It’s easier to manage. 😀

I thought I commented, but I forgot!

It’s funny – I was planning to ask about books in my post. You got there first!

Looks like there’s some good learning going on here. =D

Well, you did say you were mostly a Wednesday commenter as opposed to a Sunday post one.

And there can never be too much discussion on books, imho. 😀

well done for trying the books – can’t say Patterson is my style – belonging to four book groups here on earth I have to read outside my norm every month – mostly good experience or interesting at least – but I return to my norm whenever I can just to relax my brain a bit – reading is so good for the writing I am told:) keep smiling:)

If you’ve got author suggestions, Alberta, I would happily take them (I know! This could be a conversation for a lifetime). Yes, Patterson is definitely not my cup of tea either, but I couldn’t say that with a good conscience until I actually read some of his work.

Right now I’m reading some of Joyce Porter’s Dover mysteries… Definitely amusing but I suspect I’ll tire of her biting humour soon. Nice change for the moment though.

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