Saturday, January 20, 2007

Artemis Fowl

The night before last, DW and I finished reading Artemis Fowl, a book I received for Christmas, about a young criminal mastermind and the Fairy Police Force. It was a good read however, I did find issues with the way it was written.

First, the point of views would frequently change between the beginning and ending of a scene without warning. You think your inside one character's head and the next instant your in another's. This could get disorienting if you're not paying close attention.

Second, the time frames would switch too frequently. One scene would go through a series of events and then the following scene would be about events that already occurred but from a different perspective... which was switching around randomly already (see above).

These storytelling techniques are fine if used properly but in this case they tended to actually distract from the story itself, which was very entertaining. A nice light read but no Candid or The Stranger.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!

Well, its that resolution time again, the time of year when everybody declares with firm conviction that they will perform a complete personality transplant on themselves and become somebody they are not.

That would probably explain why so many people's resolutions don't last long. Don't try to take on every single character flaw you have in one year... let alone one month. Continue to be yourself and set modest achievable goals. Line upon line, precept upon precept, so the scripture goes. Even our savior grew that way. Why should we be any different?

I have also found that unless you are willing to start doing something RIGHT NOW toward your goals, you are not likely to do it tomorrow either. I haven't been blogging lately so I figured I'd start up again. That is something modest and not too hard to do. So happy new year everybody and may some of your resolutions be achieved this year!