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In this first novel of the Perpetual series, Matthew, a dreamer with a savantlike gift for science, who envisions a safer and cleaner world, and Maria, a Spanish beauty intrigued with the criminal mind, run for their lives across America’s Eastern Seaboard—fleeing sinister forces of evil.
Perpetual’s myriad subplots filled with grinding tension and lightning-fast action lead to a stunning climax. Along the way, Matthew learns that, for him, Interstate 95 was never just a road . . . it was destiny. More . . .
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What I've been reading . . .
Back to the Classics for the Summer
Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers
I was curious as to what caused Dumas' story about three witty heroes engaged in fights and antics to last and expand exponentially over the past 150 years. Is it the dialogue that catapulted this work into sixty films and hundreds of reprints and hundreds of different languages? My first impression is that Dumas' dialogue keeps the book moving at a quick pace, something I try to achieve in Perpetual. I also like how he draws from history and actual events as well as previous works of nonfiction literature. I also think that I subconsiously follow that style. It's funny and worth noting that he was not considered a serious writer by his peers and the critics of his time -- how could he be a polished writer? His work was a smashing hit with the common man. I'm encouraged to continue to write the Perpetual series with plenty of dialogue and in common language. Maybe 150 years from now, I can enjoy the critics acclaim.
I’ll comment more later as I delve further into Dumas's work. I know -- is it Dumas' or Dumas's? I think the Chicago Manual would suggest the latter, but many editors would say it's a tossup. --BH
Also on my bookshelf for the month
A Tale of Two Cities
A Secret Agent
by John Steinbeck
When I read Steinbeck, I wonder if I'm a writer at all.
"When a child first catches adults out -- when it first walks into his grave little head that adults do not have divine intelligence, that their judgments are not always wise, their thinking true, their sentences just -- his world falls into panic desolatiioin. The gods are fallen and all safety gone. And there is one sure thing about the fall of gods: they do not fall a little; they crash and shatter or sink deeply into green muck. It is a tedious job to build them up again; they never quite shine. And the child's world is never quite whole again. It is an aching kind of growing." pp 20-21
by Ayn Rand
I have to tell you, that in High School and again at Chapel Hill, I read the Cliff Notes. So, this is my first reading of Ayn Rand's American Classic. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, she was a woman who knew where she wanted to be and what she wanted to do at nine years old. Mrs. Rand got to where she was going and she became what she conceptualized. I was challenged to read Atlas Shrugged while traveling to Hollywood recently. The flight attendant was reading a well worn hardback version. We struck up a conversation and he compared my writing to Mrs. Rand. I was humbled and intrigued. Perhaps the "Perpetual" premise has even more undercurrents and overtones than even I suspected. I find when discussing "Perpetual" with avid readers that the subconscious zone that all writers enter, brings forth more between the lines than even we consciously concocted. As Rand writes, there is concreteness and there is abstraction.
More to come as I stroll through these 1,073 pages of Objectivism.
Join me if you dare. ~ BHuey
By James Joyce
I find that Joyce wrote purely from experience giving the reader a picture of his life, family, friends, bars, as well as the political and economic climate of turn of the century Europe. It's interesting while studying his life, how difficult it was for him to publish. So, when we think it's tough to get published in today's crowded world, remember that all great writers from the classics to current thriller genre authors (like Patterson) tell the same story of rejection and struggle. It's the same for any artistic, business or inventive endeavor. Idea -> research and invention -> investment (time and money) -> struggle -> development -> sweat and sometimes tears -> completion -> struggle -> taking your talent, product, or idea to market -> waiting -> struggle -> losses -> break-even -> over the top! Your CJ Energy Cell, music, art, books, product, idea, service, is in distribution and you’re paying the bills. James Joyce stayed the course. He wrote poetry and prose whether anyone read or published his work, or not. He toiled with many side jobs as did the love of his life who stuck by his side until his death at only sixty years old. I wonder what he would have thought had he known his books, some of which only sold 1,500 copies during his time, became contemporary classics recommended at all levels of academia, societal strata. I think without looking up, he would have said, "Well isn’t that nice, lassie," poured him another scotch on the rocks and dabbed his pen into the inkwell.
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