Thursday, June 12, 2008

Beyond the Deep Woods

On a different note....

I finished this audiobook tonight. It was eh. Too much action. Too much drama. Perhaps because there were two authors? I'm not sure. I haven't decided if I will read or listen to the next book in the series.

When Twig's mother - a wood troll - sends him off to stay with relatives, Twig dismisses her advice and strays from the past. Lost in the Deepwoods, he falls into one batch of trouble after another.

Maybe it was the narrator, but I thought Twig was much too whiny. I wanted to offer him a bit of cheese to go with that whine (har har har).

So, I give this book a *yawn* and say read it if you are looking for something and can't find anything else. It's not the worst that I've listened to, but definitely not the greatest.


Anonymous said...

My cousin and I are just beginning to write a fantasy novel about a really unique idea I had. I noticed that you claimed a book you read (or listened to, rather) had two much action, and you thought that it way because of two authors.
I'm wondering if you think that will affect the book my cousin and I are writing? I think the idea could do very well if we come through with it and it's well written...

Ama said...

I think that if you work together throughout and can make the story flow well, it can be done nicely. This story felt like the two authors were almost competing for the action scenes or that one author wrote a bit or a chapter, then the other author wrote the next.

I’ve read other books that had more than one author that were, in my opinion, very well written. One example would be The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.

So, if you and your cousin collaborate in your writing you can write an excellent tale. Just write, rewrite, reevaluate, read, write, and continue the cycle until your story flows as if from one pen.