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Love letter to Jen Williams
« on: March 22, 2015, 05:58:12 PM »
Dear @sennydreadful:

OK, this won't really be a love letter. But it's a good hook.  ;D

I am barely into The Copper Promise but I'm already in love with the book. It's got a wonderful blend of characters, fantasy tropes and cool story. But mostly it's the prose I'm enjoying for how incredibly readable but delightfully skilled it is. I feel as though in addition to the story - the center of the experience, of course - I'm getting a master class in writing.

Here's an example: In the dialogue between Sebastian, Wydrin and Frith, you often tell us who's speaking by switching the action to the speaker, then following with the speaker's dialog. No need for "said Sebastian."

And, you give us believable thinking and timing. Frith asks if Wydrin is trustworthy. I might have just had him answer right off.  Instead, "Sebastian looked up at the sky..." We immediately understand his thoughtful nature, and we believe it when he comes back with a wry story that supports his partner while not being entirely complimentary.  (Now I'm not pretending there aren't other wonderful writers or that any of this is new, I'm just saying it's really well done here. I just finished Dreamer's Pool and for all it's good qualities, the writing often felt slow and stiff.)

And, it's all so much fun. This reminds me of Goldman's writing in the Princess Bride, though obviously a different tone. And PBis one of my favorite books.

So, now it's down into the Citadel, wondering how exactly they'll face the terror that seems to have done away with our poor Gallo.

Goody!

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Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2015, 06:18:23 PM »
That's so nice!
And you haven't even got to the best parts, in my opinion :D

Spoiler for Hiden:
(I would love to have got a lot more action at the tree/glass house, before it got burned and she killed :'()
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Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2015, 06:28:02 PM »
It's on my bedside table, so surely I will know soon what you're talking about. ;)
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Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2015, 06:30:59 PM »
That's so nice!
And you haven't even got to the best parts, in my opinion :D

Spoiler for Hiden:
(I would love to have got a lot more action at the tree/glass house, before it got burned and she killed :'()
Yes, but @ScarletBea, how far do I have to read before I should look i the spoilers?  :o
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Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2015, 06:33:12 PM »
erm... I think very close to the end... sorry :-[
The spoiler is related to a particular character/scenes that will only show up later.

And have you figured Sebastian yet? :D
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Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2015, 06:35:19 PM »
Dear @sennydreadful:

OK, this won't really be a love letter. But it's a good hook.  ;D

I am barely into The Copper Promise but I'm already in love with the book. It's got a wonderful blend of characters, fantasy tropes and cool story. But mostly it's the prose I'm enjoying for how incredibly readable but delightfully skilled it is. I feel as though in addition to the story - the center of the experience, of course - I'm getting a master class in writing.

Here's an example: In the dialogue between Sebastian, Wydrin and Frith, you often tell us who's speaking by switching the action to the speaker, then following with the speaker's dialog. No need for "said Sebastian."

And, you give us believable thinking and timing. Frith asks if Wydrin is trustworthy. I might have just had him answer right off.  Instead, "Sebastian looked up at the sky..." We immediately understand his thoughtful nature, and we believe it when he comes back with a wry story that supports his partner while not being entirely complimentary.  (Now I'm not pretending there aren't other wonderful writers or that any of this is new, I'm just saying it's really well done here. I just finished Dreamer's Pool and for all it's good qualities, the writing often felt slow and stiff.)

And, it's all so much fun. This reminds me of Goldman's writing in the Princess Bride, though obviously a different tone. And PBis one of my favorite books.

So, now it's down into the Citadel, wondering how exactly they'll face the terror that seems to have done away with our poor Gallo.

Goody!

Oh my gosh!

Thank you so much. I finished the first draft of the third book today, feeling hollowed out and exhausted, so this is such a tremendous boost, I can't even tell you.

And The Princess Bride is one of my favourite books ever. To even be mentioned in the same post is ridiculously cool. :D

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Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2015, 06:45:08 PM »
Oh my gosh!

Thank you so much. I finished the first draft of the third book today, feeling hollowed out and exhausted, so this is such a tremendous boost, I can't even tell you.

And The Princess Bride is one of my favourite books ever. To even be mentioned in the same post is ridiculously cool. :D
Congratulations! {doffs cap}  Hopefully, I'll be able to say the same one day soon.  ???

Meanwhile, so happy to have hit good timing for a compliment!  ;D {puts cloak down across the mud puddle of every writer's need for adoring fans}  ;)
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Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2015, 06:46:12 PM »
erm... I think very close to the end... sorry :-[
The spoiler is related to a particular character/scenes that will only show up later.

And have you figured Sebastian yet? :D
Well, you sort of hinted about him in the "Some of my best friends are..." post.  :)
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Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2015, 07:05:42 PM »
erm... I think very close to the end... sorry :-[
The spoiler is related to a particular character/scenes that will only show up later.

And have you figured Sebastian yet? :D
Well, you sort of hinted about him in the "Some of my best friends are..." post.  :)
You were not supposed to read the spoiler!!!! Bad J >:(
(although to be honest, I forgot to put which book I was talking about outside the spoiler tag, duh! :-[)
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Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2015, 10:18:09 AM »
erm... I think very close to the end... sorry :-[
The spoiler is related to a particular character/scenes that will only show up later.

And have you figured Sebastian yet? :D
Well, you sort of hinted about him in the "Some of my best friends are..." post.  :)
You were not supposed to read the spoiler!!!! Bad J >:(
(although to be honest, I forgot to put which book I was talking about outside the spoiler tag, duh! :-[)

Well to be fair it's not the biggest spoiler ever... ;)
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Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2015, 11:23:10 AM »

I am barely into The Copper Promise but I'm already in love with the book. It's got a wonderful blend of characters, fantasy tropes and cool story. But mostly it's the prose I'm enjoying for how incredibly readable but delightfully skilled it is. I feel as though in addition to the story - the center of the experience, of course - I'm getting a master class in writing.


I loved The Copper Promise for those reasons as well, together with an added bonus which I have often said about this book: the story feels like a very classical fantasy tale, of adventure and heroism, but portrayed with in an incredibly modern tone. It feels like it's leading the way towards the future of young (and less young, too) fantasy writers, in terms of prose, plot and characterization.

Besides, @sennydreadful is part of the Fantasy-Faction family, and she has been nothing but incredibly nice in our online exchanges.

I cannot wait to get my hands into The Iron Ghost. And congratulations on wrapping up the first draft of the third book  ;) I know there's must still be a considerable amount of work & rewriting to be done, but the feeling must be great  anyway!
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Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2015, 11:39:26 AM »

I am barely into The Copper Promise but I'm already in love with the book. It's got a wonderful blend of characters, fantasy tropes and cool story. But mostly it's the prose I'm enjoying for how incredibly readable but delightfully skilled it is. I feel as though in addition to the story - the center of the experience, of course - I'm getting a master class in writing.


I loved The Copper Promise for those reasons as well, together with an added bonus which I have often said about this book: the story feels like a very classical fantasy tale, of adventure and heroism, but portrayed with in an incredibly modern tone. It feels like it's leading the way towards the future of young (and less young, too) fantasy writers, in terms of prose, plot and characterization.

Besides, @sennydreadful is part of the Fantasy-Faction family, and she has been nothing but incredibly nice in our online exchanges.

I cannot wait to get my hands into The Iron Ghost. And congratulations on wrapping up the first draft of the third book  ;) I know there's must still be a considerable amount of work & rewriting to be done, but the feeling must be great  anyway!

Thank yooooou! As you say, still loads of work to do but I'm actually looking forward to beating it into shape :D Feels pretty surreal to have written an entire trilogy now....
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Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2015, 01:09:27 AM »
I've been thinking of getting this one. So little time, so many books, but after seeing this it's going straight to the top of my must buy and read list.

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Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2015, 01:53:32 AM »
Oh my gosh!

Thank you so much. I finished the first draft of the third book today, feeling hollowed out and exhausted, so this is such a tremendous boost, I can't even tell you.

Not not you're not trying but any idea on a US release?   I can order the books here but not quite sure you would get credit for it or not.

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Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2015, 09:19:33 AM »
Oh my gosh!

Thank you so much. I finished the first draft of the third book today, feeling hollowed out and exhausted, so this is such a tremendous boost, I can't even tell you.

Not not you're not trying but any idea on a US release?   I can order the books here but not quite sure you would get credit for it or not.

Unfortunately this isn't something I have any control over, and there's no sign of a US publisher buying them up just yet. However, buying a copy of the book from wherever you can is usually good for me :)

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