If you’ve read my blog much, you know that I’m a sucker for writers who can mesmerize me with their use of language. I’ve said it before, but Theodore Sturgeon’s The Silken-Swift (a short story in his anthology E Pluribus Unicorn) still stuns me with its lyrical beauty. I reread it off and on just to remember how beautiful words can be– (available here: http://www.baen.com/Chapters/9781625791177/9781625791177___2.htm). Alice Hoffman and Sarah Addison Allen feel poetic to me when I read them because of their what-feels-simple-but-isn’t, visual, almost magical quality. Elizabeth George’s mysteries…well, what can I say? I idolize her writing. It makes me work, it has so much depth, so many layers. She’s NEVER a fast read for me. I savor her.
All that said, to my shame, I’ve discovered that I can be had with almost any magic and abandon, even if the writing’s just passable. Sometimes, I just want something FUN. If word repetition and misplaced commas are only occasional, I go with the characters and the story. I’m reading The Crystal by Sandra Cox right now and absolutely enjoying it. Yes, once in a while, commas are in the wrong place. Do I care? For about half a second. I’m too busy trying to keep up with all of the characters’ shenanigans. And there’s MAGIC. Kathy Palm would be proud of me. Her book series, which someday I’ll gladly announce and promote because she belongs to my writers’ club and she’s read us chapters that are AWESOME, is a fantasy series. She loves magic, but I might love it just as much. My magic taste runs to fun and games, though, like When Demons Walk by Patricia Briggs and Firelight by Kristen Callihan. And Sandra Cox delivers plenty of fun. There’s a crystal ball–that was bespelled–by a fairy. Gabby Bell buys it before Christopher Saint can steal it, and the mayhem begins. (I found this book on Mae Clair’s blog: https://maeclair.net/blog/). I’d read three romances in a row–all good–but I was ready for something fun and frivolous. And so far, this book is really delivering. The writing is solid–(no, it’s not up to Elizabeth George, but neither am I). The star of the book is the STORY.
Every once in a while, I get so absorbed in word choice, plot, and pacing that I forget to just have fun with my characters. Yes, every book needs a BIG question that drives the story. It needs tension and pacing. But some books, every once in a while, have a SPARK. And that spark can make me stay up past midnight and risk turning into a pumpkin to see what happens next. It’s just plain FUN. And inbetween serious books, romances with angst, and characters buried under problems, a little fun is sometimes welcome. Can’t wait to finish this book!
The Crystal, by Sandra Cox: https://www.amazon.com/Sandra-Cox/e/B002BM3AKC/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1483562143&sr=1-2-ent
By the way, I put up chapter 3 of VERDANTA on my webpage if you like nymphs, sprites, and mortals. http://www.judithpostswritingmusings.com/
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