One Sentence Book Reviews
I’ve been doing a lot of editing, which isn’t conducive to my usual posts about writing… except to say that I really dislike editing. It makes me question myself, my intention with my story, and whether or not I’m beating all the life out of it.
That said, I really love reading/listening to other books to help my own writing and just for the joy of it. I have an Audible subscription and a Kindle, so I end up reading a lot. On top of that I’ve been working on query letters for my book Hunting Annabelle. Part of that process is trying to squish my book down into a really short description – which is something I’m not great at. I thought I’d do some quick, one-line reviews of the best books I’ve read/listened to in the last few months to give me a little perspective. Here’s the result (note that these aren’t a summary of the book or anything, just what I have to say to recommend them):
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King: Ever wondered what happened to the kid from The Shining? Ever wondered what would happen if Joe Hill’s worlds and Stephen King’s mad skillz came together? This is that book.
(Sorry – that was longer than one sentence.)
I am not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells: John Cleaver is a young sociopath trying to get along in the world, but as murders follow his every step he begins to wonder if he’s really a psychopathic serial killer.
Rip Off! by a variety of authors: A bunch of short stories which start with the first line of different of classic tales. My fave was the noir version of Moby Dick.
The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty: A New Yorker looking for a job in the tooth and claw publishing industry finds herself in the underworld of zombies, vampires, demons, sprites, and other so-called “coterie” living in NYC.
Under the Skin by Michel Faber: (SPOILERS) An alien modified to look like a human picks off hitchhikers for a menacing corporation which sells human meat to upper class aliens as a delicacy. CREEPY AS HELL.
So… how did I do? If you’ve read any of the above, give me your take. Just try to keep it between one and three sentences.