spinthemoon (spinthemoon) wrote,

Isn't all life fiction, in the end?

Day 13 - A fictional book

Um, I hope this doesn't mean I'm supposed to write one. I mean, I could if I wanted to, but obviously I don't, or I would have done it by now.

Although it's not that I don't want to, really...it's more I don't want to expend the effort it would take. All my life, I really thought I would be a writer. Then I realized I didn't have anything to say. And then I decided that didn't really matter. And then I got a "real" writing gig, and found out just how much discipline it takes to be a writer, and threw all my writing aspirations out the window.

Anyway, I'm not really sure what I'm supposed to do with this one, so I'll just mention the book I'm reading right now, The Naming. It's a fairly standard ordinary-person-finds-out-she-is-foretold-to-save-the-world fantasy, but it's fairly well done. It has some amusing conceits (for example, the author presents the story as a translation of an ancient manuscript, and even provides a bibliography of "sources" she used during her research) and spends more time on characterization than stories of this type generally do.

Next on my reading list is A Handmaid's Tale. It's from my list of books I can't believe I haven't read yet.

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