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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading…it just takes a few minutes: to play along, just answer the following three questions…

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?
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It’s been a while since I did a WWW Wednesday, so here’s how my reading week looks today 🙂

What are you currently reading?

I’m about a quarter through The Goddess Test and after a promising prologue I have to say, I’m not really loving it. The writing style is fine and the premise of the story was one I’d normally really like (the Persephone myth), but the initial set-up of meeting someone who has the ability to bring back the dead and who shows you this very obviously within the first couple of chapters, isn’t something I’d expect someone to just say “Oh, OK,” to. The lack of reaction and realism in the characters has left me a bit cold, but will see how it goes.

What did you recently finish reading?
I’ve just finished Underneath by Michael Cargill. It’s the third of his I’ve read this year and like his short stories, I really enjoyed the characters and plot. This is a thriller, so a different type of story to the others. You can check out my review on here if you’re interested.
What do you think you’ll read next?
I’ve got a few challenges running this year and vampires, angels and dystopian will all count towards one of those, but I’m not too sure… Perhaps some light reading with a modern telling of Pride and Prejudice? I’m not normallyplea romance girl, but might be a nice change before more blood and death in the other books in my tbr pile!
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WWW Wednesday – 5

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading…it just takes a few minutes: to play along, just answer the following three questions…

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?
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What are you currently reading?

Little Zombie 🙂

I’ve just started Zed by Stephen Herfst – really good so far…I’m a sucker for zombie films/shows, but this is the first time I’ve read a zombie book. I’m also still plodding along with The Passage by Justin Cronin – but it’s been relegated to my ‘lunchtime’ read and I don’t often get a ‘proper’ lunch so I think it will be a slow burn.
What did you recently finish reading?
I’ve just finished Shade of Grey a series of short stories by Michael Cargill. Although the stories aren’t specifically linked they have a particular flair and style that is recognisable in each. Overall, I loved the set and will definitely be reading more by this author – he draws such fantastic and beliveably real characters that I frequently found myself lost in the worlds he created. There is something particularly immediate about the way he writes and I love the realistic flaws and personality traits each of his characters exhibit – he does a good job of crawling around inside people’s heads.
What do you think you’ll read next?
Next up in my tbr pile is Last Stop This Town by David Steinburg and Fall for You by Cecilia Gray – both are YA books and the authors are featuring in the Indie Author Month in May on my other blog http://asidefromwriting.wordpress.com Take a look at the site and see who’s featuring as there are a whole range of different YA authors covering romance to horror and dystopian to vampires – there are daily freebies and competitions, as well as the chance to meet new authors and books in time for summer!
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WWW Wednesday – 4

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading…it just takes a few minutes: to play along, just answer the following three questions…

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?
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What are you currently reading?
The Passage by Justin Cronin – as it’s a pretty big book I’d put off starting it in March because I had a lot going on at the time and needed to meet my target of reading five dystopian books for a Goodreads challenge – so even though (I think) it is going to be dystopian-ish, it would have killed my chances in the challenge. Now I just have to read it and give it back to my friend at work and so I’m jumping right in now!
What did you recently finish reading?
Shadowland by C.M. Gray – fantastic YA/adult historical adventure (the male protagonists are both young men). It’s a fast paced, interesting read set in Arthurian England and has some nice twists and turns, mystical elements as well as action. It’s also really well written, lovely description and scene-setting, in-keeping with the historic setting, as well as plenty of witty dialogue between the boys.
What do you think you’ll read next?
I’m really need to start Zed – the zombie with a brain – by Stephen Herfst, as a broken kindle held me up last week (now replaced by the lovely peeps at Amazon) and then I’ve got some other lovely books I can’t wait to get to (but you’ll see those in Friday Finds over on Aside from Writing!) 🙂

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WWW Wednesday – 3

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading…it just takes a few minutes: to play along, just answer the following three questions…

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?
What are you currently reading?
I’m still reading Shadowland by C.M. Gray because I took a break over the weekend to read a couple of different books. I’m about halfway through though now and enjoying it still – lots of dark ages adventure and mystery set against a backdrop of Saxon invasions and the decline of the Roman Empire – the main characters are both interesting and well-written – reads a little like a book springboarded out of a film like King Arthur with Clive Owen.
What did you recently finish reading?
I read The Tower by Jade Varden, which is Book 2 in the tarot inspired Deck of Lies. Really good mystery-thriller contemporary YA and I enjoyed it as much as the first book Justice. You can read my review of it here https://melcj.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/just-finished-the-tower-by-jade-varden/ and if you like the sound of it there’s a giveaway running this week to win both books so you can enter off my review too.
What do you think you’ll read next?
I’m thinking Zed by Stephen Herfst – I’ve never read a zombie book, but I love zombie films (guilty pleasure) and so I’m looking forward to this 🙂

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WWW Wednesday – 2

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading – swing by there if you want to join in…Anyway – back to WWW Wednesday…it just takes a few minutes: to play along, just answer the following three questions…

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?
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What are you currently reading?
I am about 10% into Shadowland by CM Gray – loving the olde worlde Aurthurian-style setting and its really well written. The only thing I find odd about Kindle reading is saying things like ‘I’m 10% in rather than – on page 94’ 🙂
What did you recently finish reading?
I read Bites by Ninfa Hayes this weekend and Alice Parker’s Metamorphosis – both were good, especially liked Demonica short story in Bites. 
What do you think you’ll read next?
Well I’ve started The Passage but ignored it for a week or so now – it’s just so big it’s putting me off! 🙂 Just got The Outsiders through from Amazon for the classic YA read in April on one of the Goodreads groups, so will probably try that.

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Thinking about Cassie…

I’ve recently read a review of Hope’s Daughter on Goodreads (view it here) and it got me thinking – in a good way – don’t worry I’m not about to begin a rant about reviews and readers! Instead I was thinking that it’s really interesting to see how readers view your characters once you’ve created them, bundled them into a book and then sent them off into the world. The lady who reviewed Hope’s Daughter wasn’t really sure of what to make of Cassie at the beginning of the book and I’d agree with that – Cassie is rather confused and has plenty of self-doubt to contend with early on 🙂 who doesn’t at that age?

What I found most interesting was that the reviewer found Cassie more interesting once she got onto her placement and began to interact with Balik. I’m not sure whether I intentionally wrote it to work in this way – it’s hard when you’re inside one character’s head and not another to work these things out sometimes – but I knew that Cassie hid a lot of things from herself and those around her until she saw how open and honest you could be, even on the space station, if you were a person more like Balik. As you read from Cassie’s point of view in Hope’s Daughter it’s not surprising that you see her the way she sees herself – she’s almost uninterested and dismissive of herself early in the book. When you see her later on, especially when she’s with Balik, the reader gets a new filter to look at Cassie through – even though she might miss some of the compliments in their conversations, the reader obviously doesn’t and you get to see not only a different side to Cassie, but I think perhaps the real person there, who she’s kept hidden for a long while.

Cassie turned out to be much stronger in Hope’s Daughter than I think she was going to be originally, which was a pleasant surprise for me. And actually, she’s done the same thing in Outlanders as I work through the plans for that and the next book – I think she’s going to behave in a particular way and start writing the scenes that way, only to discover that once again she’s stronger than I gave her credit for 🙂 But you’ll have to wait to see what happens to know what I’m talking about here!

On a different note, this is all interesting for me because at the moment I’m camped out in Balik’s head as I’m working mainly on The Rainbow Maker’s Tale for release in late spring/early summer. It’s funny because after reading the reviewer’s thoughts on Hope’s Daughter, I realised I have a reversed situation happening inRMT and I’m writing through it now. Balik is certainly very interesting early on – highly suspicious and digging around in places he shouldn’t – but he’s a very lonely character because he isolates himself. One of the nicest things about writing from his side of things is seeing the changes in him that Cassie brings about. He might make her more interesting and confident – at the moment I’m seeing a lot of her making him live and be a little more human…

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PS – I should say ‘thank you’ to Erin the reviewer who sparked the idea for this post in my mind as you’ve helped me get over a little writer’s block I’d been having with Balik recently 🙂

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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading I saw it on Confessions of  a Bookaholic a couple of weeks ago and liked the sound of it. Anyway – back to WWW Wednesday…it just takes a few minutes: to play along, just answer the following three questions…

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?
What are you currently reading?
I am literally about to turn the first page on The Passage, I’m still doing the dystopian March reading challenge with Never Too Old for YA group on Goodreads and have another two to do before the end of the month if I’m to get there. This does look good and sounds like it might be an interesting mix of post-apocolyptic with something a little monstrous…
What did you recently finish reading?
Last night I finished The Long Walk by Stephen King – really good (if gruelling) look inside the minds of 100 young men taking part in a 400+ mile walking marathon, which ends with bullets to the head if you fall below pace or can’t go on. This was for aside from writing’s book of the month – you can see my review there now.
What do you think you’ll read next?
It will either be the first book in the Patrick Ness trilogy, which is in my TBR pile beside the bed, or The Running Man, not sure yet, although I think after The Passage, which is pretty long, I’ll be looking for a shorter book, which would be the Stephen King 🙂

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