Ah, the beloved Ides of April – the playful trill of birds reveling in the warming skies. Squirrel couples out for leisurely strolls in the greening pastures of springtime lawns. Yes, even with the occasional lightning-ripped thunderstorm thrown in – the raging teenage angst of what a few months ago was baby New Year – this time of year always gives me a feeling of renewal and joy. I hope it is the same for you.
Today, we have a review of the Thief followed by a look at my ROW80 week.
Review of The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Gen is a thief that brags of his unmatched talents in wine shop after wine shop – which, of course, lands him in an inglorious incarceration. At least, that is, until the need for a master thief comes along – a quest for an ancient item of the gods that is said to grant immortality.
Turner blends together fantasy, medieval culture and the myths of an alternate Earth history to create a magical world filled with mystery and the machinations of the power hungry. The Thief is a fun and clever adventure with interesting characters, well designed settings and plenty of twists. I found the book enjoyable and am looking forward to reading the next two in the series at some point in the future. Recommended for those that enjoy light adventure mixed with a healthy dose of dark reality.
And now, this week’s ROW update.
-Write 7k of fiction per week. This was another week were I barely managed to get this in, but I did get it. The job side of my life has seen quite a few twists and disruptions over the past couple of months but I think that things will finally be calming down (knock on wood). Having a set writing time and daily word count target that I’m accustomed to has made all the difference. For those that wonder how I manage this each week the above is one of a couple key factors. I actually started this routine last year during Nanowrimo and have tweaked it to work as my every day thing.
-Read and review 4 books by May 20th. Above is the review of the first of these. I’m currently reading The Eight by Katherine Neville who has a gorgeous writing style that I’ll be paying close attention to – the story is excellent as well. The Eight is around 600 pages long – not a light afternoon read – so, it will be a couple weeks before I finish it.
-Visit at least 15 ROWers each week. Oddly, due to the disruptions I mentioned above, I missed this by one – really should have counted better I guess. So, today, I’ll aim for at least 16 of you. Support your fellow ROWers and try to meet someone new today.
Until next week…