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Review of On Writing by Stephen King

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

4 of 5 Stars

I am a sucker for books on writing. Whether or not the author is famous matters only some, because I just love to read about other’s love for the craft. I was love reading these pseudo guide books, because I hope that they make spark my creative flame once more, or at the least, make me get back into writing.

On Writing has proved to be inspirational in this regard. I know that the muse cannot be waited on. Sometimes you have to prod it to wake it up. As summarized on Goodreads:

“Long live the King’ hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999–and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it–fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.”

Generally on high school and college reading lists, King’s memoir of the craft is educational, and any struggling writer should own this for their toolbox. He does seem a bit scattered through certain parts of the book, after his C.V. Although, how can I honestly critique a man that has written as many best selling novels as Stephen King?

All in all, this memoir has convinced me to start writing again, and it has made me realize that some of the strategies I learned in college creative writing classes need to be unlearned.

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OnWriting

Stephen King’s On Writing is the book that is supposed to make me want to write again, or at least that is what I tell myself. It’s a tall order, but it is Stephen King.

So far, it has help to remind me that I know how to write, that I can write, and well. I just need the gumption and dedication to stick to a story until it’s finished.

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Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series

Rivers of London (Peter Grant, #1)Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant, #2)

****4 Stars out of 5

The Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch is a series I have wanted to read since 2012, when I was studying in London. As you can see from the cover, Diana Gabaldon pitched it as grown-up Harry Potter. I mean, come on. How could I not love this series?

I started reading this series a couple of months ago, and yes, I love it. It is not Harry Potter by any means, but that’s okay. The main character, Peter Grant, is a young police constable, who by happenstance of meeting a ghost, is appointed an apprentice to a magician investigator. There are vampires, and river spirits, ghosts, and of course magic, all this fantasy is mixed in a very believable depiction of the London Metropolitan Police.

This is a light read series, of course. It is intriguing and the main character is very likeable. Peter is a POC, which is refreshing, and the novels do mention that fact in ways other than just character descriptions.

All in all, if you like Urban fantasy, I would recommend this series. So far, I have only read the first two novels, Midnight Riot (Rivers of London-UK name) and Moon over Soho, but I will continue with the series.

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Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On

“Carry on, Carry on, as if nothing really matters…”-Bohemian Rhapsody, Queendownload3.5 out of 5 Stars

This book was a lot better than I thought. I’m apprehensive to reading things that are basically promo items for other books (cough, Fangirl, coughcough) or continuations of other series. I just don’t like them. I was also kind of confused because it is listed as a Fantasy novel, and I like Rowell for her Romance, but it turns out this is in fact another YA Romance, but because the main character is male, it is listed as fantasy. This is no fault of Rowell, simply the way publishing world works.

Summary from Goodreads:

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.

It’s interesting to see an entire magical world built in one book. This book was supposed to the final book in a Middle Grade/YA Fantasy series, a la Harry Potter. This was well done. I just felt like some of the cliches that are often criticized in YA Fantasy were over looked here.

I get that this was supposed to be a companion novel, but it is still a novel. Some of the plot devices used were just…predictable and I feel like if it had been an honest to god attempt at a fantasy novel, it would never had made it past some unpaid literary agent intern’s slush pile.

The characters are what pulled this story through. Rowell is very good at characters and character development, but the relationship in this novel was just too forced. It was like, ‘well everyone knows it is going to happen because of Fangirl, so I don’t have to put forth much effort’.

So, I like it, but I didn’t love it. I saw every plot point coming from miles away, and the romance I love Rowell for was not entirely there. I will continue to read everything she writes though.

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So…

Reading is hard sometimes. Especially when you’ve gone through a slump and can’t find a book that sparks your interest. I was reading Carry On but because I didn’t read it fast enough, my loan from the library expired and I had to be put back on hold. I have it checked out again, and am going to finish it this time.

Wink Poppy Midnight I was really into, so much so that I took it to the gym on Friday to read on the elliptical. It was great, until I got a call on Saturday saying it had been returned to them, sopping wet. Apparently, it fell out of my bag on my way from the gym to my car and then it rained Saturday.  So I owe the library a new book. I’ve ordered it and am going to finish reading it before I hand it back over.

So the reviews may be long in coming, but they’re coming. Just stick with me y’all. The struggle is real some times.

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What I’m Reading Now…

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I’m currently reading Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke. I’ve read Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by the same author and while it wasn’t mind blowingly great, it was enjoyable. I expect more from this novel. So far, I’m about half way through and am really into it.

Plus, the cover is gorgeous.

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Library Haul!


I’ve added Six of Crows, Wink Poppy Midnight, and Red Queen to my TBR pile. Felt like YA, what can I say. Librarian checking me out said “these books look dark and scary”. I guess? Lol.

So, have any of y’all read these? I’ve seen them all over tumblr and have wanted to read them for a while. I’m excited!

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Love Rainbow Rowell, loved Fangirl, but am skeptical on how her Drarry (Draco/Harry) fanfic will turn out. Full review to come.

*Note: This isn’t actually Drarry Fanfic but it’s damn near close.