Writing through Rose Tinted Glasses

The blog of Rose Summers – A bright-eyed realist who shares her random musings in 500 words or less (most of the time) and/or videos.

Review: Click-Clack the Rattlebag by Neil Gaiman

“Click-Clack the Rattlebag” was a free short story I picked up via Audible a while ago, and figured I’d read this for the first time since Halloween isn’t too far away (it’s hard to believe it’s October already). The story is a simple one between an adult writer and a child who wants the adult to tell him a story before he goes to sleep. The adult ends up being the one told a rather interesting story of beings providing the basis for “Click-Clack the Rattlebag”. The ending is just about as creepy as you’d expect it to be. I liked it, namely for Gaiman’s wonderful narration. It was worth the 12 minutes I perused for it, though I almost wanted the story to keep going from the point it ended on. Like “NOOO, don’t stop there!”

Overall score: 3/5 stars.

Review: Baggage by S.G. Redling

Quick review for a quick read. What a wild ride of a read that was. “Baggage” does a great job of keeping the reader in the dark about the “whodunit” for this particular grisly murder mystery. Anna Ray is a young woman who has been through…a number of different things. The date February 17th has much significance – the day her father died, the day her husband died years after the previous death. She tries to put as much distance as she can from the date, though she notably has a drinking problem to forget the pain of her past. Yet, when the date rolls around again – despite being in a new job, new life, with people to support her, yet another person ends up dead with ties to her.

Anna Ray’s a hard protagonist to like – an anti-heroine who has a particular coldness and hard demeanor that isn’t quick to be sympathetic towards others, even surrounding death (though she has her moments where she has that capability), but her story is compelling as the narrative trades between the past and present to shape the reason why the way she is, alongside showcasing details and revelations from the current mystery. As facts and relationships reveal themselves, I’ll admit I was taken into the full thrust of the narrative. The reveals satisfied enough to tie the loose ends that were brought to the forefront of the story, as well as revealing Anna Ray’s role in it all. I definitely appreciated the read, and Amy McFadden did a fine job as the audio narrator for the story.

Overall score: 4/5 stars.

Review: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

Initial reaction: So now when people ask me my favorite book from Colleen Hoover, without hesitation, I’ll point to this book. It wasn’t a perfect portrayal, but it was honest, raw, and an emotional read. I loved Lily’s growth through the narrative. I wish that Atlas had more focus in the narrative though.

Full review:

Where to begin with reflecting about this book? I’ll admit “It Ends With Us” gave me feels that I wasn’t expecting to have through the read. Given the story it chooses to show (without spoiling too much about the experience), it makes sense. In addition to Hoover’s evocative writing, I think what worked for this book most for me was the development of every single one of the characters and the multidimensional nature of the conflicts presented in the narrative. I don’t think Hoover’s other narratives have as much of the same kind of raw honesty, maturity, or character growth as this one did. That’s what made it more believable for me personally.

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Planning for NaNoWriMo 2016: A LSBXE Orientation – Video 2

Hi all, Rose here.  This video is coming a bit belated on Tuesday evening (even with my best made plans, uploading problems had almost bested me.  Here is a follow-up to last Tuesday’s tutorial on Planning for NaNoWriMo 2016.  It shows you a few things you can do with the program as far as the tools available at your disposal: planning project word count, planning settings using the Sequence Feature, a suggested way you can use Contrast Mode, and a few other things.  Hope you find it useful!



Review: Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Initial reaction reading this book: I don’t know if I’m angry at this book as much as I am just completely left exhausted and drained by this book, and not even in a fulfilling way. (I mean, I’ve been left completely gutted by Courtney Summers and Lauren Oliver’s narratives before, but in ways that made me feel like I identified with the weight of the character’s struggles and situations, and to me, the characters they crafted were dimensional, well-thought out, and kept me reading to see what would become of the characters.

I think the problem I have with Niven’s narrative here (and I had this same problem with “All the Bright Places”) is that her characters are too singular in dimension to me, and the problems expounded upon are things that not only lack a certain connectivity despite being well researched and getting some things right in terms of the emotional roughness, but it doesn’t feel REAL. It doesn’t feel GENUINE. It feels like the characters are a means to an end for the purposes of creating a relationship and isolating their differences so that they are SOLELY DEFINED by those differences (despite claims to the otherwise). And the horrible sluggish pacing in this book just amplified that even more because it felt like certain points were rehashed and told instead of shown.

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