There’s not a lot to report on the writing front this month. First drafts can be a bit like watching paint dry! Scarborough Book Two is progressing slowly but steadily and the word count is now 56,000. Since I have nothing further to report on writing, let’s move swiftly on to reading.
I seem to have packed in a lot of reading this month, although I’m only half way through Half Life: The Divided Life of Bruno Pontecorvo, Physicist or Spy by Frank Close 😉 .
I chose Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris because I wanted to read a psychological thriller. This book was well done, but I have some reservations about it. Basically it had one idea and it just banged the same drum for 80,000 words. I couldn’t put it down because I had to find out how it was going to end, but reading it was not an enjoyable experience.
Another disappointment for me was Divergent by Veronica Roth which I read as an example of “the hero’s journey.” I’d seen the film and thought it was pretty good, so I wanted to read the book. You can read my review on Goodreads here. Suffice it say that I think the book is off kilter and the director of the movie did a much better job of creating a well-balanced story.
In April I finally managed to finish Abundance by Peter Diamandis. I thought it was a fascinating look at the way technology will impact our future, even though some of the technicalities went over my head.
If I had a Book of the Month award I would give it to Anhedonia by Nico Reznick. I discovered Nico at an alternative literary event in Oxford, Not the Oxford Literary Festival. Anhedonia is a brilliant novel – a dark, comic look at life, death, celebrity culture, reality TV and social media. The writing is outstandingly good.
I woke up on 26 April and just decided to launch a new website, as you do! I want to create a website devoted entirely to writing and self publishing. I plan to write articles on tricky aspects of grammar and my own experiences of indie publishing. The website is called The Good Writer and I hope you’ll drop by and check it out.