Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Coming up for air and a review of Echo in the Bone
One gets the sense that Diana is trying to wrap up all the loose ends from all the characters that you meet along the way, but there are so many scattered so many places that it just isn't necessary. We've moved on. Let's keep focus.
There will obviously be another installment in this series, and I will read it when it comes out - probably another three years by Diana's reckoning. Hopefully she will be able to conclude the Revolutionary War by then. As to Roger and Bri - I'm thinking she ought to just give them their own series, the way she has with Lord John (I haven't read any of the Lord John books). Then those folks that care about those characters can have their fill (and I can skip over them).
One person's opinion. Now, from a writer's perspective, Diana has broken so many writing rules. Again, I enjoy reading Diana's books and if she wants to break the rules, she has gifts that counterbalance, so far be it for me to criticize the writing. Her ability to bring her characters to life far outweights wondering which point of view you are reading because she hasn't identified the speaker in a chapter. Her overuse of "ten dollar words" doesn't bother me, I have a ten dollar vocabulary. I can only hope I write well enough for people to overlook the rules I break! In the meantime, I'll have to try not to break the rules.
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