I visited a LIBRARY.
I love libraries. They're quiet, comfortable, and a great place to read and write. Everyone should go out and visit their local libraries. Check out a book! It's free! I mean come on. FREE BOOKS? What could be better?
Although I admit, it can get pretty distracting at times too. I spent most of my morning here on Twitter. >> Oops.
Though when the computer died, I decided not to go for something comfortable and familiar. I walked up to the massive shelves and plucked a random book off it.
Here it is.
And the main character, according to the summary, lacks the magic that the rest of his family has. He's a Squib, apparently.
(Harry Potter Reference FTW)
I will say though, I started off reading this somewhat disappointed.
I am so sick of present tense books. I know that's the latest "trend" but that doesn't make it good. It's jarring to me. I instantly recognize it as a writer's trope and a "trendy technique" being used because "everyone's using it" and it doesn't give me the greatest opinion of the author.
We tell stories in past tense. We always have. You don't tell a story of your latest bike crash by saying "I am riding a bike and I see a bump in front of me and WHAM, I crash into it, fall head first, and I crack my skull open." Because if you said something like that, your friends would immediately ask you why you aren't in the hospital, since it MUST have happened recently if you're using present tense.
They'll probably also think you're nuts since you're talking to them in present tense. Better get that head checked.
We don't narrate events as they happen. We relate them later after they're already done.
I know the technique is trying to keep a level of "mystery" about it (OH NO does the main character actually LIVE? How can we know if they're telling us events as they happen? </false suspense>).
But you know what? People die in past tense books. Heck, they've been dying in past tense books for CENTURIES. You know what else? PEOPLE DIE IN FIRST PERSON BOOKS TOO. Even narrators! Gosh!
I end up reading books in past tense anyway, even if they're written in present tense. It's just how my brain works. And then when I come across something that's very difficult to auto-past-tense it, it pulls me right out of the book and reminds me I'm reading something that's using a "technique."
But still. I'll give this book a chance. Let's see how it goes.
---------------SIX HOURS LATER----------------
Okay I take back what I say about first person present tense. o_o The book was awesome. And yes, I finished the whole thing in six hours.
Give me a little time and I'll write a nice book review. XD
What do you guys like about libraries?