musing mondays

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying about it.
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

Plot twists. I read a book recently, The Bookman's Tale, that had several plot twists. It got me thinking about how authors manipulate readers by twisting the story. A skilled storyteller makes the story wend its way through the plot, capturing the reader. An unskilled storyteller gives too much away, making the story obvious or cliche. There is nothing I enjoy more than an unexpected plot twist!


Anonymous said...

I think it must be so hard to get the balance right. I'm not afraid to admit that I rarely guess what is going to happen so if I do (especially early on) I know that the author has given far too much away. That said I don't like being tricked in that something unknown is bought in to explain an event, that makes me feel cheated.
Great idea for a discussion post :-)

Anonymous said...

I guess all too often what's happening. Recently I read Succubus Blues and I'd guessed the ending by the time I was halfway through the book. But I'm constantly surprised while I'm reading the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy (which I posted about this week). I love re-reading books and searching for the signposting and clues the author left me.

JC Jones said...

I agree. I love it when I am surprised. I read The Bookman's Tale and loved it.