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    Quote Originally Posted by Chessie View Post
    I'm currently reading Story Grid: What Good Editors Know, by Shawn Coyne.
    This book was the first one I read that actually help me make sense of plot structure as an important tool to ultimate shape a book instead of just a series of steeps that must occur.
    Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.
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    Chester Himes, Cotton Comes to Harlem. My thanks to the show, Luke Cage for that.
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    Almost done reading Steinbeck's "Cannery Row". It's most excellent. There is only a mere fibril of plot running through it, but the character depictions, insight into people, and sense of place are all stellar.
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    I've been reading The Drawing of the Dark by Tim Powers. Like most books by Tim Powers it's very difficult to describe. Basically, it's Europe in the face of the invading Turks (early 1500s) and an aging Irish adventurer who's fought the Turks before finds himself suddenly witness to various supernatural appearances and events which revolve around the mysterious Aurelianus and the Herzwesten brewery of Vienna.
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    Actually, I started reading Radiance by Grace Draven instead of the fang bride. It's totally sucked me in. I really do love her books.

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    I started re-reading Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series to get ready for The Book of Dust. One of my favorites, it really deserved a better movie

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    Incanus, you might try Travels With Charley some time. It's Steinbeck going cross country with his dog Charley. It's Steinbeck looking at America, circa 1960.
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    Now reading David Eddings, The Belgariad. Just because I felt obliged. Not bad, not great. Just one of those things so I can say I did it.
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    This week was dedicated to reading about writing (Thanks Chessie for the inspiration to choose my weekly reading). Steering the Craft by Ursula K. LeGuin. I read the first version a few years back. The revised version is as good and useful as the first, but manages to take on subjects not covered in the original book. I'm a huge fan of LeGuin and when she talks about the craft of writing you get to see why she is the brilliant writer she is.
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    Story Grid is good stuff, you can really see McKee's influence... although its easily been over ten years since I read McKee's stuff... damn I'm getting old. I'd highly recommend this book for anyone looking to get a grip on structure.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chessie View Post
    I'm currently reading Story Grid: What Good Editors Know, by Shawn Coyne. He was a New York editor (apparently one of the best) and his goal in writing the book was to help Writers' learn how to edit their own work. Not sentences...We're talking character, plot, story. It's fascinating and I'm learning so much. If you're interested in sharpeningg your storytelling abilities, this is a good one!

    Also finished reading Tempered Hearts (Hearts of Valentina saga), S.A Hutchinson. Okay...It's an elven romance! I loved it! So I downloaded the second book but I'll be sinking my teeth into The Snowfang Bride first.
    Craven Raven, black of feather and black of beak,
    of what today shall we speak?

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