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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Another Edition of Why I Stopped Reading

Wow! It's been so long since I did one of these. I think I've been lucky lately to have a bunch of really good books in my TBR pile.

Audience: Adult
Genre: Historical Fantasy, Retelling
Length: 260 pgs.

Where I Stopped: page 39

Why I Stopped: The novel set up this really lovely story, a retelling of a fairy-tale in this fun, historical setting. I totally dug it. And then something happened that seemed really out of place, too fantastic for the way it had been set up, that I just went, "Huh? Too weird." I put the book down and didn't pick it back up. I don't imagine I will either.

The lesson to be learned: In true fairy-tale style...leave breadcrumbs for readers so they aren't pulled from the story. You never want anything to pull a reader out of the world you've created. You want to immerse them in so deep they don't want to leave.

1 comment:

  1. I Am NOT A Serial Killer by Dan Wells had something like that too that totally yanked me from the book, but I liked the rest of the novel enough to keep reading. :) But yes, foreshadow, please!


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I've been writing since I was old enough to grasp a crayon--my grandma even has an early copy of a "book" I made her. I have a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wyoming and will (hopefully) soon be starting a graduate program in English. When I'm not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in the living room or losing miserably to my boys at Uno, I'm ... well, writing or editing, of course! I'm married to my best friend, and we have three rambunctious but simply amazing little boys.


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