Monday, August 17, 2015

The #3DNC Plans of Andrew Stirling MacDonald

Every Labor Day, a great many authors and author-hopefuls embark on a mad quest - attempting to write a novel in three days. It's a sort of NaNoWriMo all compressed into one weekend of frantic, don't-stop-writing-no-matter-how-silly-it-gets work. I will be joining several of my friends this year, and I will be trying to write a complete short story, or perhaps novella. I recently read (and reviewed!) The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, and came away from the book very impressed with the way he made his city come to life. My goal with my novella is to make a part of my Noose world come to life in a comparable way. I have a few small ideas now, but I think I will be setting my story in the capitol city, following one main character and focusing on the part of the city in which he spends his time. I'm looking forward to the experience, and may publish the story here once I've edited the work.

Media Review - "The Lies of Locke Lamora"

This is my review of the first "Gentlemen Bastards" novel from Scott Lynch. They were recommended to by me someone based on my love of everything by Brandon Sanderson, and although these books might not be for every Sanderson fan, I did quite enjoy this one.

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lynch brings a city to life in a way that few authors have. Camorr is as much a character in The Lies of Locke Lamora as any of the people inhabiting it. The book would be a fantastic read for the world-building alone, but it also weaves together a fantastic heist/revenge epic that will keep you up long after you told yourself you'd go to sleep and save the rest for tomorrow. The flashbacks and other interludes can be a little bit jarring at first, but once you get hang of the book's rhythm you'll find yourself looking forward to these extra little bits of juicy character-and-world-building.

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