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Sonia Mitchell on J.K. Rowling's Naked Lunch
at 21:33 on 14-12-2014 - link
Ha, yes indeed.
And I do agree that it's accurate for a certain type of writer. I just can't help feeling that (in any field) it's mean for extremely successful people to make fun of people lower down the pecking order. But not a major issue by any means.
It occurred to me this morning that one thing the previous novel did very effectively was to manage the time directly covered by the book. The device of having Robin for a limited period worked very well in adding an artificial timeline. For this novel, in contrast, I felt slightly adrift as to how many days it was covering. The snow and the Christmas preparations definitely helped anchor it in a rough period but I couldn't tell you how long it took them to solve the case.
I look forward to the inevitable future installment of the series where Culpepper is murdered or accused of murder or something and Strike and Robin have to clean up his mess.
Me too. Especially if it means the return of Nina Lascelles, who I rather liked.
- Michal on J.K. Rowling's Naked Lunch at 17:12 on 14-12-2014 - link Did the character's blog posts resemble something like this?
Arthur B on J.K. Rowling's Naked Lunch
at 13:48 on 13-12-2014 - link
I think it was cruel if applied to self-publishing as a whole, but at the same time I don't think the caricature was too far removed from reality in the sense that there are some individuals out there that it rings true for, if you see what I mean. I think we are meant to twig that she's one of those self-published authors who are self-published for reasons of not quite being good enough, rather than self-published because they are writing in a market where self-publishing makes more economic sense than going through a publisher. (It's not as though the sort of fantasy she writes is an obscure or underserved niche presently.)
Also, since it's implied she makes stacks of money from the controversy I can't feel too bad for her.
Sonia Mitchell on J.K. Rowling's Naked Lunch
at 00:45 on 13-12-2014 - link
I've now managed to read this and also enjoyed it a lot.
I thought the portrayal of the self-published author was rather snide. The poor grammar of her blogs posts combined with a self-importance about her own writing (particularly using an extract from her own work to illustrate a literary technique) seemed to make her into a bit of a caricature. It felt a bit cruel when coming from a very successful author.
But overall it was definitely a good read. There was a great atmosphere of getting a glimpse into different worlds, and the cast of characters was a manageable size, with good distinctions between them all. I also liked that it committed to a definite time-frame rather than a woolly approximation of 'present day', and made a effort to drop in bits of news and weather. It made the story feel anchored in the moment.
The premise of the next novel doesn't sound all that compelling but I'll await your review with interest.
https://bishopsreviews.wordpress.com/ on Five Years, One At A Time
at 18:31 on 12-12-2014 - link
Necro-ing again with the news that they're apparently making a movie of it (with Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan). Although the central conceit seems to translate poorly: based on the trailer the two of them are interacting in more scenes than just the midpoint, so the time-shifting doesn't seem to quite align with a viewpoint shift, which feels kind of like it's missing the point completely.
Speaking of Anna Kendrick musical films missing the point completely, some of the trailers for Into the Woods seem to be, uh, a bit coy about the fact that it's a musical. I mean, yes, reading between the lines the references to Wicked and Chicago are pretty big clues, but if you get those then you were probably already familiar with Into the Woods in the first place.
- Arthur B on Fresher Than You Think at 08:07 on 10-12-2014 - link It is all of those things, though the mechanics of lycanthropy here are rather untraditional (it's people astral projecting in animal form rather than their bodies actually transforming).
Craverguy on Fresher Than You Think
at 23:00 on 09-12-2014 - link
Your review has inspired me to put in a hold on this book with my local library.
Incidentally, I notice that this is described as a "werewolf" novel on both Amazon and Wikipedia, rather than a "witch" or "psychic" novel. Is that an accurate reflection of its contents, or more of a marketing thing?
- Arthur B on Please Don't Be Sad, Sam Neill at 18:58 on 07-12-2014 - link This is displaying some epic esprit d'escalier, but I've just realised you could make a case that Resident Evil was, in fact, Paul Anderson's take on Stalker.