Describing Things – A Writing Exercise

Under_Heaven_(Guy_Gavriel_Kay_novel)_cover_artI am reading Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay.  It has served as my introduction to his work.

The man writes beautifully.

I read the first page then turned to my girlfriend and read it to her aloud.  We spent several minutes commenting on the structure of his prose and the simple beauty of his descriptions.

I do not do this often.

As I continued through the book, I found myself reading and re-reading sentences and paragraphs in much the same way, allowing myself to appreciate the construction and flow and choice of wording again and again.

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Thoughts on The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

I have been on an absolute reading tear lately.

I’m at the tail end of time off of medical school for interviews, and I have been making the most of it.

I spent the last three days blasting through The Black Prism by Brent Weeks.

The Black Prism came as a recommendation from the fantastic Fantasy Faction forums.  If you’re into fantasy books and want some advice about what to pick up next, I suggest you head over there.

I was not disappointed.

In fact, I had a great time reading The Black Prism, and I’m sure to pick up the sequels over the next few weeks.  I highly recommend you give it a shot.

Here are some thoughts.  Be forewarned: there are SPOILERS.

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Thoughts on The Gentlemen Bastards 1-3

Here are my thoughts on The Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Seas Under Red Skies, and The Republic of Thieves, books 1-3 of Scott Lynch‘s The Gentleman Bastards.

I’ll admit.  It was with some trepidation that I decided to give the Gentleman Bastards books a shot.

You see, I started reading them earlier during medical school – during a particularly time intensive rotation – and I wasn’t able to get into them.  I knew it was probably due to the ridiculous time demands of school and the extra studying, but it still left a bad taste in my mouth.

In the end, I decided, well screw it.  I’m going to read them.

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Conflicting Evidence – A Review of Serial [Updated!]

Serial_(podcast)_logoI just got home from a brutal road trip. It was rough.

But it would’ve been a lot rougher if not for Season 1 of Serial.

Serial is a podcast narrated by Sarah Koenig.  It tells the story of Koenig’s investigation into the fifteen year old murder of high school student Hae Lee.  Adnan Syed was found guilty of the crime in February 2000, but things might not be quite as they seem. Continue reading