Monday, March 18, 2013

Reading Some Interesting Books

Here it is again...Monday. I hope that everyone had a great weekend. Me, well working on the edits for Fable, of course. But I have been reading quite a few interesting books from people I have met on line. I decided to try some of the new, or even, never heard of, authors' out there. I have to say, I am pleasantly surprised at a few of the books. Some were self-published and some traditional, but the one's that were from European authors stood out as the best, whether SP or TP. 

What was great about them is the editing. No head-hopping, no info dumps, just a few punctuation or grammar mistakes. Nice clean and tight works that made them a joy to read. All of the books were great stories, but the editing made them even better. The one that sticks out for me the most is Fargoer, by Peter Hannila, with help from his brother Miika. They are from Finland and they wrote the book together. Sound familiar?! Excellent story, but I tend to enjoy books with a type of 'tribal' feel. It was akin to The Crow series, by Jeri Smith Ready, or a few others I have read with the setting like a Native American way of life and the obstacles that change their way of life by 'white man' intrusion. 

This one in particular did not take place in the America's but in Europe a few centuries ago, and the antagonist was the Vikings. It follow's Verra, a young woman who has grown up in a tribe that is matriarchal, and she is stolen by the Vikings who come to the area for trade. She becomes a slave and overcomes beatings, being raped, and eventually escapes through the help of another Viking. I don't like to give away too much, so if you get a chance, try the novel. It is a great book. 

I have also read a few fantasy fiction works too. The Witch series, by Amber Argyle, great story that follow's a young witch who has to learn about her powers on her own so that she can save the other witches from imprisonment. The Argetallam Saga, by Elisabeth Wheatley,  which also follows a young girl who needs to save herself from an abusive and evil father, and also save her world. The interesting thing about this author is she is very young, 17 yrs old. She has already written and published several books. The reason I decided to read hers is because she was always re-tweeting my tweets on twitter, so I went to her website and became intrigued.  

Also, the Sorcerer's Ring series, by Morgan Rice, and the Runaway King series by Jennifer Nielsen. Both of these follow a young man who has to save their world from evil. Both were great stories, but both need some serious editing and they would become excellent books. I did like the stories though, so I still read them.

And last but not least, I am in the middle of reading At The Walls of Galbrieth, by Alon Shalev. This is another author who again, has a wonderful story and, on top of it, has excellent editing. I give kudos to the author's who take the time to do it right.

I have quite a few more that I have ordered and not read yet on the list, but I am slowly reading them all, and enjoying them very much!

Although, it is true that even though the book might not be well edited doesn't mean it's not good, it is more enjoyable to the reader. I hope that those of you out there that are writing and read my blog take into account how important it is to get your work edited. I recently, as you know, got our book back from the editor and some of her marks took me by surprise. I even googled some and found she was correct. So, even if you think you know all the proper grammar and punctuation, you might find out differently. Not to mention, we can't edit ourselves. Fresh eyes always help.

I hope that some of you check out these books and give them a read. Until Thursday, have a great week and don't forget to drop me a line. The contest goes until the middle of April, so get your name in the hat!

Love, Lisa


  1. Lisa,

    I agree, it is great to have a well edited book, but usually if the story is good, I'll read it anyway, unless it is too bad to get through. (too long a sentence, huh?)

    Even in The Help, which I loved, I found a type-o and I wasn't looking for any. This one jumped out at me, probably because it was a name of one of the main characters. It still didn't take away from the book. I knew who they meant.

    Sometimes, I think things always get missed. All you can do is try to do your best.

    Between my book, blog posts, trying to sleep, dealing with the yard and moving issues, I haven't had a lot of time to read enough to finish anything yet. I did get the movie (The Help) from the library and plan on watching it this week.


    1. I'm sure you will enjoy the movie, it isn't as good as the book, they never are, but you will like it still. I understand being busy, now that my manuscript is back that's what I've been working on. I have time tomorrow morning to work on your chapter so I will get it to you when I'm done. Thanks for the comment!

  2. No books for me for awhile I guess. I've got my hands full with A to Z and other issues. Hopefully after April I'll start reading some books again.


    1. I just read at night before I go to bed. That way I get my reading in because I love to read, it's a must! Thanks for the comment!

  3. Hi Lisa, My novella is currently being edited. Thus far, I have been shocked at some of the comments made by the editor. I want the best. Blessings.

    1. I understand your plight, I was shocked too by some, but I guess we learn something new every day! I hope your novella is successful and I look forward to it!

  4. Lisa and Johnny - you're not the only writers who are sometimes shocked and surprised by the edits we editors make. As I told Lisa privately, I'm currently arguing with another writer over one word which they insist are two words. :)

    And it's like a computer doing what you TOLD it to do rather than what you WANT it to do - you, as the writer, see what you want to see, but the editor sees what you really said. I'm reminded of this personally every time I'm writing a computer program. "Why won't it do what I want?" "Because you didn't tell it to, dummy!" Lol.

  5. So True! thanks Susan for your comment, and i do appreciate your edits on my manuscript. They were spot on and yes, i learned a lot from them!

  6. Hi Lisa,

    Was just reading through the comments after I read your post. Love Susan's! It's so true.

    I need to read more. I'm slogging through a fiction, based on non-fiction that is slow because of editing issues. The story is good, but the editing (if there was any) is horrible. The author asked me to read it, and I will, and she says that this is a pre-pub copy with mistakes, but it's hard. The best I can do is give a review based on the story and hope that the problems are fixed before pub.

    I put this before reading another author friends work, which, I'm thinking, I should stop and read hers before I finish the other. I'm afraid, if I do that, I won't finish that one. Ugh! It's not my genre and it's not a genre I'm particularly interested in.

    Anyway, I have read some very good things lately, which I'll share.

    The Grimoire Series by SM Boyce

    Park Service by Ryan Winfield

    South of Bixby Bridge by Ryan Winfield

    The Former World (1st in the Little Forest Series) by Jessica Grace Coleman

    Geekomancy by Michael R Underwood

    All of these are very good and represent a variety of self and traditional publishing.

    Love ya,