OMGosh! I just realized that I didn’t post this around the first of the month! Bad me!
To be fair though, I was a bit busy with editing The Warrior’s Rebellion and writing The Dark God, and then there was the family emergency that took us out of town for nearly a week, and then Amazon decided to remove some of my better reviews from My Lord Hades which was more than a little disheartening.
Outlander: A Novel (Outlander, Book 1)
by Diana Gabaldon
I bought this book sometime around the end of 2014 because I loved the idea of a World War II nurse thrown back in time to the Highlands in 1743 where she does her best to survive one misstep after another. To be fair, many of Clarie’s problems are more from being a strong woman out of her era than complete stupidity, which is refreshing. I’m getting tired of books with stupid damsels that have to be saved at every turn by the “strong” man beside her.
My one problem with the book had less to do with the plot and characters, and more to do with the length. It is a 642 page novel that I think could have been trimmed down a lot. The next few books only get longer with one reaching over 1400+ words in length. These are really too long for my attention span and sadly will most likely keep me from reading the other books in the series. I just don’t have the time for such long tomes. Even if “everyone” loves them and it’s now a popular TV series. 😀
This is one of my favorite books for productive writing habits that I bought sometime in 2013. I believe I have read at least 4 times and I finally broke down and bought the book. Already, I’m filling it with notes. 😀
Every time I read it, I find bits of information that I can add to my writing life. Like if I’m bored out of my mind writing a scene than I can beat money that most readers will skim that section of writing from something more interesting. It’s better to trim away the unnecessary for a better story. And at the moment I’m using a suggestion that I like of Rachel’s about tracking the project I’m working on, how long I worked on it, and the word count if relevant.
Happy reading to ya’ll!