Writing a Book and Reading Several

The Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild has a team in the ‘Write a Book in a Day’ contest and I’ve volunteered to join the team.  The competition will raise funds for the Pediatrics at the Canberra Hospital (PatCH) program.  The group will meet on 8 July 2012 at the Canberra Writers Centre, Gorman House, Ainslie Avenue, Canberra.

If you feel so inclined we would appreciate your sponsorship.  You can read all about it at http://csfg.wordpress.com/write-a-book-in-a-day-contest/ and there is a link for your sponsorship.

I’ve joined the crowd and have just finished reading Suzanne CollinsHunger Games trilogy I have to say I enjoyed the first and last book as they were fast paced, well written and really got me hooked up in the trials and tribulations of the heroine.  It is wonderful to have a strong young woman in this type of fiction.  I also loved that there were several women characters in this book to identify with in those terms.  The middle book seemed just a bit too much like the first and I did think two or three chapters at the end of the first and same at the beginning of the last book might have done the same.  Nevertheless, it is a great read.

In a different vein I also just read the three books of the Iron Druid trilogy by Kevin Hearne.  It is also fast paced, each book only 245 pages.  These books are fun.  Atticus, the Druid who is over 2000 years old must face gods and witches in order to stay in the town he has finally decided to call home.  He has a wonderful pal in Oberon, a smart Wolf Hound to whom he can talk.  It is the dialogue between these two that is so delightful and well written.  There are also werewolves, vampires (as Atticus’ lawyers – only in America), a lovely Irish widow who loves her whisky, and the whole thing is done in a most irreverent way.  If you have any particularly strong religious beliefs you may find these books a bit confronting.  I loved them and recommend them for a bit of fun and light reading.

One thing these books have in common, and so do some of my other favourites, is that they are fast paced, action packed and seem to run like a movie.  I think this style is particularly attractive because we have come to expect fast development of character and plot from having grown up with television, I know it’s why I like it.  

On the other hand there are times when a slower pace and more detailed characterisations is required such as Tolkien‘s Lord of the Rings, R R Martin’s Game of Thrones to name two popular ones. 

I would love to hear from you if you’ve read any of the above books and have particular opinions about them or their style.

Also, I would like to thank you in advance for any sponsorship of the CSfG team.