G.L.i.B – bed: The Clifton Chronicles
G.L.i.B – bed: Crime and fiction
G.L.i.B – bed: LGBTQ
G.L.i.B-bed: Share, share, share
G.L.i.B-bed: Worie
G.L.i.B-bed: Shackling a continent
G.L.i.B – bed: The funny thing is…
G.L.i.B – bed: Ghana Must Go
G.L.i.B – bed: My first Stephen King book
G.L.i.B-bed: The Bourne Initiative

G.L.i.B – bed: LGBTQ

farafinabooks.wordpress.com Recommended or not, if a book fails to capture and keep my attention it will be discarded. I only saw Under the Udala Trees to its logical conclusion because I hoped to agree with the reason it had garnered some traction and won a couple of awards at the time of its publication. Alas, at the end of it, I didn’t. Or I must have missed it.  Besides some of its themes – same sex love and the Biafra war, it was pretty lacklustre for me. The writing style was not phenomenal, neither was it pedestrian. And the book took up time enough I would have spent on two such volumes. 

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G.L.i.B – bed: My first Stephen King book

Never read a Stephen King novel. His movies, themed on horror and sci-fi, are indications and keep me at arm’s length. Not this one though. Not this one on his journey to being the brilliant writer he is known for and his opinions on the techniques of writing successful books. I heard about On Writing 18 years ago and only just got my hands on it. My notes from the book are 14 leaves long. It was well worth the time I spent in the mind of this genius writer of the 21st century. I now have a new reference material henceforth. Here are some excerpts: To write is human, to edit is divine. Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open. Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of difference. Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position. Life isn’t a support – system for art. It’s the other way around. The basic use of vocabulary is use the first word that comes to your mind, if it is appropriate and colourful. Writing is refined thinking. You have to read widely, constantly refining (or redefining) your own work as you do so. Reading is the creative centre of a writer’s life. Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life as well. It’s important to get the back story in as quickly as possible, but it’s also important to do it with grace. Let your hope of success (and your fear of failure) carry you on. Every book worth reading is about something. Good fiction always begins with story and progresses to theme; it almost never begins with theme and progresses to story. The story should always be the boss. Writing good dialogue is art as well as craft. Description”more

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G.L.i.B-bed: The Bourne Initiative

The Brotherhood of the Rose was the one Robert Ludlum book I read in the ‘90s. That I didn’t look for another of his work meant it didn’t make a memorable impression. However, I went ahead to see the first movie adaptation of The Bourne Identity. It left the same taste the aforementioned book had previously – no desire for more. Enter Matt Damon and the recent version of the Bourne movie series – Identity, Supremacy, Ultimatum. Now we’re talking. I could watch all three movies time and again without a trace of boredom. So it was Matt Damon I saw in my mind’s eye as I read The Bourne Initiative (Didn’t even know it existed as well as many other Bourne titles not written by Robert Ludlum), all 500 pages of it. No disappointment here. It was classic fast – paced, espionage, multiple-countries setting Bourne read. The entertainment value was perfect to the t. The language or rather style of writing made my eyebrows climb a rung. The use of nouns as verbs, even in odd constructions, proliferated the book. A little too much to my taste. The blood fountained. Where they bivouacked. Her skin goose-fleshed. Though some were fascinating to come across, I doubt I’d adopt the style for my personal writing. Nevertheless, excellent read.

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