14 Day Writing Challenge: Day 12 (or, The Review)

Today’s prompt: Write a book or movie review.

I’m currently in the middle of two books. I’m reading The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson by myself and Myst: The Book of Ti’Ana by David Wingrove, Rand Miller, and Robyn Miller aloud to my husband. And before writing that sentence, I didn’t realize that I have a kind of theme to my current booklist.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve had a great deal of exposure to Brandon Sanderson’s works. My sister-in-law’s fiancé spent a year trying to get me to read one and resorted to buying me one for Christmas. I’ve been hooked since. It’s different than the fantasy I write, but I’ve learned a great deal from it nonetheless. And I enjoy it as a reader, which is perhaps even more important.

The Myst books are a new experience. When we visited a huge used bookstore last year, my husband found it on the shelf. As a teenager, he used to play the Myst video games and never realized there were books. He used to tell me about the stories in the games and told me that I would enjoy them… aside from the puzzles. He would keep a notebook handy to write everything down, and even then he would have to look things up. At the time, I would have been too easily frustrated for that.

It is the first time that I’ve had a full glimpse into the world of the games. Some of the things are familiar to my husband. Other things, not so much. Reading about the D’ni, who live underground and spend so much effort trying to find out if there’s anything above the surface, has been an exciting glimpse into a different sort of world that’s been well-built.

So far, the story has followed two characters: Aitrus — a D’ni who wants to find out what’s above the surface — and Ana — a girl from above ground who surveys the desert with her father. At some point, they’re bound to end up meeting each other, but I’m not sure how that all will work out yet. The story moves a bit slowly — the way that older books do — but it’s not too slow of a pace for us.

The only qualm I have with the book is some of the punctuation and occasionally the repetition of words. (Do you have to keep saying the word “rock”? You’ve said it repeatedly in just one paragraph!) It looks like it didn’t receive the scrutiny of a good editor before it was printed and bound. Sometimes I stop and make a comment about it because I just can’t resist. My husband just smiles, though. He knows that years as an English teacher and a lifetime as a writer has trained my eye to catch those things, even if I’m not responsible for the words on the page. After a sigh, I keep reading and he’s happy to keep listening.

Overall, though, I’ve enjoyed the book and am looking forward to what happens to the characters, especially Ana. Last night, she entered a tunnel and I have a feeling that her meeting Aitrus and the D’ni is just a matter of time.

I suppose that wasn’t much of a formal review, but there are some opinions on two different books. Well, mostly one. But still, I say this counts.

Have you ever read anything by Brandon Sanderson or had exposure to the Myst series? What books are you currently reading?


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