Monthly Archives: November 2015
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
1 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The plot of the Beasts movies doesn’t sound interesting yet, but more Potter (at least sort of) movies (3 of them) is cool with me. Seeing more of the Wizarding World will be interesting and the already impressive cast is growing.
2 – The 5th Wave
Reading the book is almost like watching a movie at times–Yancey knows how to write action. This series took an unexpected turn in the second book, so it will be cool to see how it translates to screen. The first trailer wasn’t mind-blowing, but I’m still looking forward to it.
3 – Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
Tim Burton is probably the only director for this book to movie adaption, and hopefully he can make the movie as creepy and fast-paced as the book should have been. It will be interesting to see if the movie is better than the book. I enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s, but it had more potential.
4 – Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
The reviews are already coming in for Mockingjay Part 2, and they’re mostly positive. Part 1 was a bit slow and not much happened. But everything ends in this second part so it should be action-packed from beginning to end.
5 – Lockwood & Co. – The Screaming Staircase
Warner Bros. have optioned the rights to Jonathan Stroud’s book, but the rights to the Bartimeaus trilogy were also optioned and nothing happened. Hopefully, things will be different with Lockwood and the movie will happen. It would make an awesome, action-packed film series.
6 – Red Rising
Universal have optioned this one, and Marc Forster (World War Z) is signed on to direct. With plenty of action and an epic setting, this could be a huge movie. But it seems every movie set on Mars (save The Martian) has been a flop at the box office: John Carter being the biggest, despite how wicked it is.
7 – The Martian
The Martian is one of the best books I’ve read this year, and one of my favourite books of all time. The movie had been out a while, but I haven’t seen it yet. From the trailers Ridley Scott nails the scope and action and Matt Damon has Watney’s humor down pat.
8 – The Maze Runner: Death Cure
I’m not a big fan of the book, but if the success of the first two movies are anything to go by, The Death Cure should be pretty good. Scorch Trials needed more plot, but everything has to be wrapped up in the last movie so it should be WICKED (is good).
9 – Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Some weren’t happy with Cruise as Reacher, but he nailed the character in the first movie. Never Go Back is the one Reacher book I haven’t read yet, and I’m holding off so the plot of the movie is unexpected.
10 – His Dark Materials (BBC TV show)
I (and not many others) enjoyed the movie adaption of the Northern Lights. It wasn’t a great adaption, but it was an epic movie in it’s own right. The BBC have recently bought the rights for the whole series. TV seems a better way to adapt the books, so this could be good.
Extras: Steven Spielberg’s adaption of The BFG by Roald Dahl, Narnia: The Silver Chair, Vicious by V.E. Schwab.
Anyone else looking forward to one or more of these, or a different one? Feel free to add a link in a comment to your TTT so I can check them out…
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Top ten sophomore novels I haven’t read yet, but look forward to reading.
1 – J. K. Rowling’s new children’s book
Only recently Rowling announced on Radio 2: “I have an idea for a children’s book, actually I have written part of a children’s book that I really love, so I’m definitely going to finish that. There will be another children’s book.”
She’s written the Galbraith books, but this is her sophomore children’s series. It’s not much to go on, but it’s something. Wicked.
2 – Winter’s Teeth (Sherwood’s Doom series) by Tim Hall
The first book in this series blends the legend of Robin Hood with werewolves and X-Men and Game of Thrones. It’s also action packed and some of the best written fantasy I’ve read, so I’m looking forward to the sequel. Check this series out if you haven’t already.
3 – Miss Peregrine’s: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
The first book was hyped a lot, and I was disappointed after finishing it. It was entertaining, but it should have been creepier and faster-paced. I’m still looking forward to the sequel which will hopefully be better.
4 – Fire (Graceling) by Kristin Cashore
Graceling was as close to a YA Game of Thrones as I’ve read, with plenty of action, adventure and some epic writing. I hear the sequel has different characters, but I’m still looking forward to reading it.
5 – The Map of Bones (Fire Sermon) by Francesca Haig
Even thought this series is dystopia, Haig managed to make it pretty unique. Plenty of action, some gripping set pieces and a solid plot made the first book epic. Hopefully the second will live up to it.
6 – Rebel Heart (Dustlands) by Moira Young
Blood Red Road (the first book) is action-packed from beginning to end. The other books have received positive reviews, so they should be as good as the first.
7 – Zhek by Andy Weir
The Martian is one of my favourite books. Weir has said his next book (tentatively titled Zhek) will be “a more traditional sci-fi novel”.
8 – Veronica Roth’s sci-fi series (Untitled Duology)
Technically this isn’t a sophomore novel, but it’s a sophomore series. I’m not a big fan of Divergent, but her sci-fi duology sounds cool: “In the vein of ‘Star Wars'” it will tell of a boy’s “unlikely alliance” with an enemy.
“Both desperate to escape their oppressive lives, they help each other attain what they most desire: for one, redemption, and the other, revenge.”
9 – Mr. Fahrenheit by Martin T. Michael
The End Games, Michael’s first book, was pretty good. A bit slow-paced, but his second novel sounds wicked, pitched as Stephen King meets Super 8, it will be about a group of teens who witness a flying saucer approaching Earth.
10 – Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Even though I was a bit disappointed with Red Rising after the hype it was still an action-packed, well written book, and I’ve heard Golden Son is better.
Has anyone already read any of these sophomore novels? If so, what did you think? Which sophomore novels or series are you looking forward to?
Writing tips can be invaluable. From something as big as how to structure a writing routine, to something as small as when and when not to use an exclamation point.
I use tips I’ve picked up along the years every day, and am always interested to find new ones.
I decided to start posting a tip (Bite) for writing two or three times a week. If you’re interested in reading more, or if they’re helpful, please let me know in a comment and I’ll keep posting them. All of these tips might work for you or only one or two of them might. But I’ve tried hundreds of different things over the years, and many of them have helped me improve as a writer.
Maybe a few of them can help someone else. If you’ve got a tip of your own, drop it in a comment and I’ll feature it in a future Writing Bites post.
Writing Bite #2
Vary sentence structure to create pace.
If you have a paragraph filled with long sentences, and those long sentences are filled with commas, then it can sometimes slow the pace of a sequence. If you’re writing an action sequence, you don’t want this to happen.
Short, sharp sentences work well in action sequences–as well as in any sequence–to generate pace and a sense of movement.
Breaking longer sentences up into smaller sentences also works well. Even if those long sentences are description, breaking them up can help make it easier and faster to read.
The car swerved, throwing his head against the window, stitching pain across his skull and turning his vision white.
The car swerved. His head hit the window. Pain stitched across his skull and turned his vision white.
The shorter sentences have more impact, which in the case of this action scene works well.