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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / How long do you give a book to grab you?
« on: February 10, 2017, 01:25:28 PM »
So, not wanting to derail the Slow Starts thread, but wanting to know.

How long do you typically give a book to grab your attention? I understand that there probably isn't a magic formula or anything, because my own opinion depends on a lot of factors, but I know in every book I read (or not) there is a point where I ask "Do I continue reading?"

The Background: So, on AbsoluteWrite, they have a thread to submit your first three sentences to see if people would keep reading. I've submitted a few selections just to see, and it seems that very few people there find my style of starting a book to be engaging, some even saying that all I'm doing is description.

It got me thinking, in conjunction with the Slow Starts thread here, how long does the average reader give a book? I grew up with Robert Jordan, Tad Williams, Stephen R. Donaldson, Tolkein, etc. and most of those authors paint the scene initially. There's no hook like many of the modern books, and I feel that that's how I write as well. I set the scene, and gradually lead into the characters, and let the story unfold at a slower pace. But, is that too slow now?

My answer: I know that sometimes I can decide with in the first page or two on a number of books. I'll read the back and open to a beginning page to get a sense of the author's writing style. If it's too jarring or plain, then I normally won't go further. I know for David Dalglish, I started his Half-Orc series and was turned off by the dialogue (I basically felt like I was watching a group of people play D&D) around 1/3rd of the way through, though the rest of his prose wasn't bad, which is why I made it that far.

On re-reading The Lord of the Rings, I got about 20% done with the trilogy before I just found it too slow, even though I had read it before.

I think most books I give about the first 5-10 pages. I feel this give the author time to develop the background, introduce characters, and tell us why we want to keep reading. If you haven't given me something by then, chances are you're not going to.

Fantasy Resources / Brandon Sanderson Writing Lectures at BYU
« on: January 17, 2017, 06:45:24 PM »
I know that they are linked from his blog, but for those that don't necessarily read a lot of blogs, I would like to provide a resource that I felt was really helpful.  Brandon Sanderson was nice enough to post all 12 of his lectures given during his Creative Writing class at BYU.  They are helpful as he goes over (his perspective, but he also tries to be general) the writing process, styles of writing, world building, publishing, character development, magic, plot construction, and agents.


Small Press & Self-Published / Lamentation's Peak
« on: January 17, 2017, 05:20:53 PM »
I'd like to invite you to a brand new fantasy novella, Lamentation's Peak, available on Amazon in e-book and paperback formats.


Throughout his life, Arlyle Phyrein has struggled to survive and make his mark on a world where he means nothing to those in power.  Now, his greatest challenge lies before him as he climbs Lamentation's Peak, an unforgiving mountain that is rumored to house the power to change the world.  More than just physically and mentally punishing, his quest also forces him to confront his past.  Will he survive to find the truth about himself and the power, or will he become just another frozen corpse on the way to Lamentation's Peak?


About the Book
Length: 157 pages
Genre: Fantasy (low magic)
Buy it as an e-Book for $2.99
Buy it as a Paperback for $5.99


I also highly encourage anyone that checks it out to leave a review.  I would love to hear what you think!

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