All the beta copies came in, and I’ve been going over them and doing some rewrites. Because I wrote this one over about eight months, it was more disjointed than my usual manuscripts. The readers did a terrific job of spotlighting weirdness.
After I finish this initial cleanup, it’s going back to one of the betas for yet another read-through.
I didn’t do a flash fic this week. The picture was really cute, but it didn’t lend itself to anything other than romance in my eyes. If I’d had the time, I would have thought about it awhile and probably come up with something different, but when I wasn’t editing, I was reading.
As some of you know, I’ve been on a Cory Doctorow kick lately after discovering Little Brother. I followed that up with a free short and a cheap novella, but they didn’t grab me. Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother did, though, and I raced through that one, too.
Then I picked up Makers, which is nearly six hundred pages long. I settled into it fairly quickly and then I couldn’t put it down. I had to take breaks to charge up the kindle, during which I watched movies, but otherwise, I read for two-and-a-half days straight, giving myself a reading hangover. When you live alone, you can do things like that and no one thinks you’re crazy. 😉
You know what I mean, right? You can’t stop even though your eyes are tired and your brain is exhausted. And when you finish, you can’t sleep even though you really want to. I wrapped up just after midnight and was awake until two.
This one was written in 2009, and it’s more adult than the other two, which are definitely geared toward teens. I liked the writing style in Makers better than the YA books, but the latter also kept me reading until the wee hours.
It’s been awhile since I got my hands on books that wouldn’t let me put them down. When I find an author who can do that, I keep buying their stuff. 🙂 It’s a combination of writing style, story, and characters, and it’s a bitch getting all of them right at the same time. Doctorow isn’t perfect–no writer is; I thought Homeland’s ending was a little weak (the villain just goes away, eh? Uh, no), but I was invested by then and wanted to see how it ended for Marcus. Still glad I read it.
Next up is an old book by Larry Niven named Dream Park (this will by fourth or fifth time through), and then For the Win, another YA book from Doctorow. And then maybe the one about Disney World. 🙂 Sounds kind of fun. Speaking of which, in Makers, Disney World is the villain. I wonder how he got away with that? I mean, how do you badmouth a company that rich and not get your ass kicked? I’d be interested in your opinions.
Armada from Ernest Cline appears around the fourteenth! Very excited about this one. I loved Ready Player One so much I just read it a second time and enjoyed it as much as the first.
Have a great week!