Pacing and style of writing

Discuss the November 2016 Book of the Month, Roan: The Tales Of Conor Archer by E. R. Barr.
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Re: Pacing and style of writing

Post by lucymn11 » 16 Nov 2016, 18:11

I like the writing so far (I haven't finished it yet) but I agree that some parts are too slow.

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Post by Jennifer Allsbrook » 16 Nov 2016, 20:41

I like the style of the writing and the pace of the story. I like the way each character is introduced and then you get to know them a little at a time as the story progresses. Each towns-person, all the players on the side of good, and all of the players on the side of evil are well developed.

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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 21 Nov 2016, 14:50

Jennifer Allsbrook wrote:I like the style of the writing and the pace of the story. I like the way each character is introduced and then you get to know them a little at a time as the story progresses. Each towns-person, all the players on the side of good, and all of the players on the side of evil are well developed.
I agree with you on this. One person did say that if people had given Conor information a little more freely, there would be overall less repetition. However, IMO, the pace worked fine. A lot of books written now give out the storyline too quickly, leaving little compelling reason to continue reading through to the end.
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Post by jacnthabox » 22 Nov 2016, 13:03

Obviously, I was a huge fan of the pacing.

I think the difference of perspective is based on what one reads on a regular basis. As an example, I'm about 150 pages into Clare's Lady Midnight, and I'm not sure a single thing has happened yet; however, I do have a full understanding of the political and social structures of the Nephilim, which I can only assume will play a greater role as the series continues. I appreciate the nuances of fantasy fiction and its desire to tell a full story that stands in a world outside the reader's own existence.

In boxing, some people enjoy Mike Tyson's ability to knock a fool out in under two minutes. I always leaned toward Muhammad Ali or Floyd Mayweather, who are content to tell a wonderful story no matter how long it takes. I'm happy to watch eleven rounds of build for a killer twelfth. It's all about the payoff.

Successful authors are the ones who understand how to reward readers for their time. I think Mr. Barr did this spectacularly. I was very pleased at the end and would have picked up Book 2 immediately, if indeed it existed.
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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 22 Nov 2016, 15:52

jacnthabox wrote:Obviously, I was a huge fan of the pacing.

I think the difference of perspective is based on what one reads on a regular basis. As an example, I'm about 150 pages into Clare's Lady Midnight, and I'm not sure a single thing has happened yet; however, I do have a full understanding of the political and social structures of the Nephilim, which I can only assume will play a greater role as the series continues. I appreciate the nuances of fantasy fiction and its desire to tell a full story that stands in a world outside the reader's own existence.

In boxing, some people enjoy Mike Tyson's ability to knock a fool out in under two minutes. I always leaned toward Muhammad Ali or Floyd Mayweather, who are content to tell a wonderful story no matter how long it takes. I'm happy to watch eleven rounds of build for a killer twelfth. It's all about the payoff.

Successful authors are the ones who understand how to reward readers for their time. I think Mr. Barr did this spectacularly. I was very pleased at the end and would have picked up Book 2 immediately, if indeed it existed.
Thanks for this assessment. I think you nailed it in my opinion.
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Post by Rachaelamb1 » 29 Nov 2016, 03:03

I am about halfway through the book and seriously thinking about giving up on finishing it. For me it is slow because it just seems like day in, day out nothing much happens and then something big will happen and then back to nothing happening again. It just feels like to me that there are a lot of unnecessary days added into the story.
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Post by gali » 29 Nov 2016, 05:13

Rachaelamb1 wrote:I am about halfway through the book and seriously thinking about giving up on finishing it. For me it is slow because it just seems like day in, day out nothing much happens and then something big will happen and then back to nothing happening again. It just feels like to me that there are a lot of unnecessary days added into the story.
There is more action in the second half of the book. Nonetheless, if you don't enjoy it so far, quit it. No need to force yourself to read a book you don't connect to.
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Post by va2016 » 26 Dec 2016, 03:43

I like romance and fast-paced stories,
so I am not sure if I will like this book.

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