TITLE | The Crimson Petal and the White
AUTHOR | Michel Faber
STAR RATING | 5
ABOUT | Sugar, s 19-year-old prostitute in Victorian London who years for a better life.
WHAT I LOVED ABOUT IT | Its glorious sweep and subtlety. I fell for Sugar on page 28 and was in love by page 894. (Yes, it’s 894 pages long, and not one page is extraneous.)
WHAT I DIDN’T LOVE ABOUT IT | That it ended.
WHO I’D RECOMMEND IT TO | Anyone who enjoys Victoriana or a cocky heroine with big ideas and a heart to match them.
I am seriously hyped to type that I have been commissioned to write TWO NEW PLAYS AND EIGHT NEW SHORT STORIES.
This, and knowing that my new novel is coming out this month, is making me properly giddy. I apologise in advance if you find rainbow vomit on your shoes. My bad.
TITLE | The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, and Earn Your Audience
AUTHOR | Chuck Wendig at terribleminds.com
STAR RATING | 4
ABOUT | Excellent writing advice delivered in an easily accessible, totally hilarious way.
WHAT I LOVED ABOUT IT | Funny! Oh, so funny. I was ROFLing all over the place. Also: great, up-to-the-minute practical advice.
WHAT I DIDN’T LOVE ABOUT IT | There were a couple of typos. A minor thing that if nothing else made him come across as more human and less like a velociraptor writerbot from the future that has come to eat us up like the happy skinbags of soylent green that we are.
WHO I’D RECOMMEND IT TO | Every single one of my writer friends. (Except those who don’t like naughty words. Wait … I don’t have any friends that don’t like naughty words).
FAVOURITE QUOTE | ‘Self publishing is a viable path. It is not, however, the easy path. […] You don’t just do a ballerina twirl and a book falls out of your vagina.’
Also: ‘So plan the plot, for Chrissakes. This isn’t an improvisational dance. Take some goddamn notes.’
TITLE | Stein on Writing
AUTHOR | Sol Stein
STAR RATING | 3.5
ABOUT | Renowned editor advises you how to fix your writing using ‘immediately useful’ tips.
WHAT I LOVED ABOUT IT | Very practical advice.
WHAT I DIDN’T LOVE ABOUT IT | Some of his examples were corny.
WHO I’D RECOMMEND IT TO | Any writer who enjoys reading about the craft.
FAVOURITE QUOTE | “The secret of creating conflict in the scenes you write is to give your characters different scripts.” (p.92)