December 10, 2004
Thoughts on Writing

It is interesting how one notices things when one reads, once one has been learning to read critically.

I'm reading Lynn Flewelling's first trilogy (Nightrunner), and just finished the first book last night. As I was about 3/4 of the way through it, I noticed a spot where "Seregil threw his arm over Alec's shoulder" and it caught me.

[possible spoilers?]

It's not something I'd notice if I were critting it chapter by chapter probably. But having sucked the entire book down in the space of a couple of days, it really stood out to me. Because Seregil does this a lot. An awful lot. And I'm sure it's there on purpose, as a part of the way to create connection and tension between Seregil and Alec. But the way it was just suddenly stood out to me in a really noticable way.

One thing I am loving about the books is how she does work in quiet ways to create the tension between Seregil and Alec. To slowly get us to where we can see they're going, which is a point that they haven't really dealt with themselves yet. In fact, at the beginning of book two, as Seregil is being sent on a mission far from Alec, all I could think is how is she going to keep tension high with the two of them apart? I'm interested in seeing how she does it.

I think the noticability of the phrasing in the first book is probably because it *is* her first book. I didn't pick up on anything like that in the new series, despite again, wonderful tension between the characters as relationships are built, explored, understood, and confused.

Mm, yeah, I do love how Lynn does characters. She's got a good touch.

I'll do a proper review of these three books altogether when I'm done. Let's just say, for now I'm really glad I've got the whole trilogy, so I won't be stuck at the end of book two like I am in her newer series! OUCH.

Posted by Deb Atwood at December 10, 2004 09:14 AM | TrackBack
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