Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.
I thought I'd keep track of all the books that end up in a terrifying and teetering tower on my second desk (technically I bought it for my fiancé but you can never have enough writing space, y/n?) so here goes. A weekly review! There's a lot a writer can learn from reading books (I always steal an awesome word if it comes across the pages before me!) and I find that it's a hobby that stimulates my imagination.
And how can I expect anyone to read my stories if I never read theirs?
Roland has his night all planned - he's going to get drunk in a pub and enjoy the last few dollars he has left. As a bonus, Roland gets himself into a brawl when he decides to defend a mysterious newcomer. This is Griffith, a sorcerer on his way to Salem in the north of New South Wales, Australia - turns out he could use a bodyguard with smarts. Roland takes the job without quite realising just how much attention Griffith has attracted (and will continue to attract) from dangerous entities...
Purcell immediately triumphs in sinking the reader into noir aesthetics and Roland's voice is strong and his journey to redemption a believable one, if cliched. There's a lot of potential here but it felt like the author was swerving away from some of the more interesting aspects of the story in order to remain focused on Griffith and Roland. And sometimes there were weak moments that I felt could have been fixed up in a more ruthless edit - there were also some typos spread throughout that could have benefited from that as well. All in all, a diverting and promising work but the author still has a way to go before he gives us a much more polished piece.
I picked this up for my Kobo Mini but you can find assortment of sources here.
Alyce Caswell is an aspiring writer who apparently lost her mind, threw away a steady job as an office junior and entered the realm of imagination.
She has blamed her accomplice and husband for giving her this most excellent opportunity.
Alyce has written articles, poems, short stories, books
and several embarrassing blogs. She hopes this venture will avoid the usage of cat gifs.
Links of Interest
A Rambling Rover
Alyce's travel blog which features various castles, stone circles and bemused musings about the Northern Hemisphere.