April 18th, 2011

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Greenery, or why Spring is Awesome

a pair of buds at the end of a twig two new twigs on a Japanese maple, each about 25 cm (10 inches), with a dozen light green, feathered leaves On the left is a pair of buds at the end of a twig of my green feathered Japanese maple.
On the right is what it’s grown into a bit over amonth later. I put my index finger where the buds from the picture on the left were. (Both images link to bigger versions.)

The red japanese maple and the one that went wild (that is, the grafted part died and the stump grew shoots with “less fancy” leaves) are doing, fine, too, as do the potted little willow, the older azalea, and both of the oaks that were alive last year. The younger azalea needs a bit more time to readjust , but is growing new leaves, too. And do we ever have forget-me-nots.

Everything grows, and it’s awesome!

Since I like green so much, here are some green images I found on deviantart (thumbnails link to deviantart pages):



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Monday with books

I've heard of a book needing to hook a reader right at the start, and it makes sense. However, I've now abandoned the second book that had a hook, but then went on in a way that irritated me. (Both were self-published, though that may be a coincidence owed to my giving a lot of those a try lately.) The first chapter contained something really dramatic and attention-grabbing. The second and following chapters took place before that.

It felt to me like the writers thought their beginnings weren't strong enough, so they pulled a chapter that would have belonged later in the story to the front, leaving a sort of cliffhanger.

When the end of chapter 1 leaves me wondering what will happen next, I'd like to know what happens next, not what happened before. If the book goes on with a "flashback" for three of four chapters, and the first page of the next chapter showing no sign of returning to the events of chapter 1, chances are good I'll be put off and look for a book that does a smoother job of telling its story.

I do believe it can be made to work (maybe by touching on each "timeline" in alternating chapters?), but offhand I can't think of an example I read.

...General question, what do you folks think about reviews that are middling to bad? I post stuff like that - down to "I gave up after 4 pages and here's why" on my goodreads account, but would it be interesting to blog?

My sorta reading-related to-do list includes
- Quick review of the Sharing Knife Series
- Re-read and review Encrypted by Lindsay Buroker
- Re-read and review the Jokka stories by haikujaguar 
(Well, and read some of the new stuff I got.)
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