Monday, December 20, 2010

Micro Book Review- The Replacements, Writing the Great American Romance Novel, etc

A sampling of what I've been reading lately:

This book just didn't cut it for me.

I enjoyed the author's writing and the fun Tim Burton-style atmosphere.
After reading the cover blurb, I thought that the idea of a story from a changeling's point of view sounded fascinating, but it didn't work when I read it.
I just couldn't get into the teen boy's pov. The romance didn't work, maybe because I would rather read about love from a girl's pov.
The ending felt rushed and didn't satisfy and the language was a bit too rough for my taste.

I don't want to write erotica, so I was leary of this book, but I have found it invaluable.  Anyone who has any bit of romance in their WIP could stand to learn a lesson from Catherine Lanigan, the author who novelized Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile. 

I don't know why, but I never knew that Yeats was an Irish poet.  Duh!  Although I do enjoy poetry, I don't usually read entire books of poetry.  For my WIP, I am writing a poem that will emerge a bit at a time at the beginning of each chapter.  I want the poem to have the feel that it was written by a poet anciently, and in Ireland.  Yeats creates pictures with words that take me away.  I am about halfway through with this one and recommend it to anyone interested in Irish mythology and history. 

What I am reading now:

The Lost Saint ARC by Bree Despain (I'm so excited about this one)

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Lord of the Dance by Michael Flatley

Irish Dancing Costumes by Dr. John Cullinane


Leave me a comment-I'd love to hear what you think!