Thursday, June 28, 2012

Meta-Post: The Age of Miracles

I don't have too much to say about this one.  In keeping with the last review, I took a different approach to writing about The Age of Miracles.  This time I set up a few rules for myself:
  • First draft must be stream-of-conscious
  • 1 hour time limit from beginning to final edit
  • Focus on plot
Maybe some people write all of their reviews like that, but for me it's very different and it was hard to make myself just write without stopping.  Once I finished my first pass, I re-worked a few small sections and moved some paragraphs around.  I was pleasantly surprised by the result.  By the time my hour was up I was convinced that it was the best thing I'd written for the blog.

This is why I'm hot
The next morning I got up and gave it another quick read before I posted it and I was surprised to find that I didn't think it was that great.  I mean, it's FINE and there's NOTHING WRONG with it, but it's not the BEST EVS.  Shows what a good night's sleep will do to your sense of awesome.

Since I did a stream-of-consciousness review, there was a lot that got cut that either didn't fit or was stupid or whatever. Here are my favorite bits that got cut:

* I got The Age of Miracles from NetGalley, which is great for a lot of reasons, but ebooks kinda suck when it comes to finding quotes.  Have you ever tried to flip through an ebook?  Not gonna happen.  You can search an ebook, which is kinda great, but unless you know what you're looking for - it's a struggle.

* In one of my favorite scenes in the book, Hannah is invited to another girl's house to act as a... Oh forget it, I don't feel like writing about that.  It would involve finding that section of the book and confirming the plot points. I don't have the patience for that tonight.

* Books should be judged by whether they've accomplished what they set out to do and not by some other standard.  The Age of Miracles isn't straight science fiction, nor is it quite a YA novel.  Yes, I can concede that some parts of the narration don't hold up to scrutiny, but The Age of Miracles works for what it is - a coming of age novel.  To bad this paragraph isn't succeeding.  Too bad it's going to get deleted.  Too bad I suck.  Moving on...

In Summation:
Given that The Age of Miracles has been highly publicized by it's publisher and that it has been reviewed SO MANY TIMES by bloggers, I'm not counting on it being an especially popular post, but I'm happy with some of the ideas I put out there.  

UK Cover

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