Book recommendation: The Marbury Lens, by Andrew Smith

The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith

I won’t lie: The Marbury Lens, by Andrew Smith, is one of those books I had on my to-read list for a long time before I read it. I don’t even know why it took me so long; every time I saw the book, my desire to read it was renewed. I just never seemed to get to it, for some reason.

That changed recently. I was looking for something a little bit dark, a little bit literary, and a little bit fantasy. The Marbury Lens fit that perfectly.

True, that can be a bit of an odd combination, but it works for this book. Don’t believe me? Well, here’s your chance to check it out for yourself–I’m giving away a copy of the book. You can hop on over to my rafflecopter giveaway* now, if you like. Entering is as simple as clicking a few buttons.

Now, are you ready to learn a bit more about The Marbury Lens?

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Wednesday links: Critique groups and writing monsters

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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Book recommendation: It, by Stephen King

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I’m not a big fan of horror movies; they tend to put me too on-edge, make me too jumpy. And yet, I’m somehow pulled to them. I want to know what they’re about and how they turn out. Especially if they have a really great trailer.

IT is one of the most recent examples. The trailers look amazing, tempting me to watch the full movie. I don’t fully trust myself to do so, however. So instead, I re-read the book, written by Stephen King.

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Author of influence: Stephen King

Welcome to the third in my series of Author of Influence posts. I’ve told you a bit about how each Meg Cabot and Christopher Moore have influenced my writing style. Today, I’m here to talk about Stephen King.

King, one of the most well-known names in horror, has written more than 50 books, several of which have been made into movies or adapted for television. Some of his most popular include Carrie (which also happened to be his first published novel), It, and Misery.

So far, I’ve only recommended one of King’s books here–On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. That’s something I intend to fix; I have a recommendation for It planned later this month, and I hope to re-read a few of King’s books over the next year so that I can introduce you to more.

That said, I don’t need to direct you toward recommendations to tell you about how King has affected my writing.

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Updated book recommendation: Haunted, by Chuck Palahniuk

(Note: This recommendation was first published in December of 2013. You can see the original version here.)

Alright, I want to kick this updated recommendation off with a warning: I love Haunted, by Chuck Palahniuk, and I highly recommend it… just not for everybody. Why? Because it’s one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read.

Well, actually, “weird” isn’t the word to use. But the word that does come to my mind isn’t one I generally use on this blog, so I’m leaving it out. Basically, the novel goes into some pretty gory, unexpected details.

And yet, Haunted was a novel I just couldn’t put down.

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