Thursday, August 23, 2018

Having a Horse in Your Story

I slipped a fresh clip into my revolver and slipped off the safety... and every firearm aficionado reading this story rolled his eyes and stopped reading, then gave the whole sorry business a one star rating on Amazon and explained why - the author is willfully ignorant.  The same thing happens when horseman reads about horses.

Lucky for writers everywhere, Blake Smith, an irregular member of the Mad Genius Club, has written a three part article on horses specifically for authors.  I read all three parts, and it's an informative, easy read.  I'll give it four stars out of five.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Book Review: Instinct by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

Instinct (previously published as Murder Games) by James Patterson (Author), Howard Roughan (Author)

File Size: 1922 KB
Print Length: 369 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316273961
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (June 26, 2017)
Publication Date: June 26, 2017
Sold by: Hachette Book Group
Language: English
ASIN: B01M0CDHMG

My Rating: * (out of 5)


I'd cheerfully give it one-half star, but I can't find a decent icon.


The writing is very poor.  In the first part of the book, the authors, editors, and proofreaders, all offer conclusive proof that none of them know anything about guns, hunting, or hunters.  In the second part we're given equally solid evidence about their knowledge of motorcycles and the people who ride them.  In the conclusion, the protagonist wins and doesn't deserve his victory, the villain is dispatched via suicide so as to safely shift any possible blame, and the final showdown is just bad writing, no more, no less.

This is the last book by Patterson I'll ever waste my money on.