This is a semi-repost from what was originally posted back after the Sandy Hook school shooting. I’m going to re-post this – slightly modified – each time there’s another mass shootings.
I expect by now you’re sick of articles telling you what to do or not to do in order to write better. Here’s another one.
The Man in the Empty Suit – Sean Ferrell
The Man in the Black Suit – Stephen King
Stardust – Neil Gaiman
20,000 Leagues under the Sea – Jules Verne
Paper Towns – John Green
Which words do you prefer to write?
– Women or Female?
– Know or Believe?
– A Historic or An Historic?
– First or Firstly?
It’s possible you’ve got some learnin’ to do.
The Book Thief – Mark Zusak
Dark Places – Gillian Flynn
Nemesis – Philip Roth
Room – Emma Donoghue
Bossy Pants – Tina Fey
& a couple of spoilers
Do you know the difference between farther and further? Between like and such as? Do you know the differences with ’til and till and until? Do you know what’s wrong with telling me your character “lied”? If not, have a seat. You’ve got some learning to do.
Another mix of autobiography, biography, classic, a trip to outer space, and a beloved children’s/YA author trying to branch off in a new direction. Good luck with that.
I read, therefore, I have opinions. Some good, some not so good. Here are five more books I’ve read recently and my condensed reactions to them. If you’d like my complete reaction, you’re probably not going to get it unless you corner me at The Treehouse, a coffee shop in Audubon, one of these Sunday afternoons.
“We don’t have the funds to upgrade or repair our old radar guns. Speeding tickets are given out pretty randomly anyway, so we’re saving money while providing the same services. That’s a win-win in my book.” – Wilsonville Police Chief Artie Stone
“It’s the latest thing, a fascinating new piece of software, and we have no idea where it came from. It’s like it’s been hidden in our computers all these years, only to surface recently,” said the doctor.
“It’s ridiculous,” said Zuckerberg. “This is not what I had in mind when I started this. If that’s what you want, go back to Myspace. Start a blog. Get a life.”