Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Of Cannibalism and Writing

I'm the only male that I know of who is reading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. These books are enormous tomes, though I've listened to all of them as audio books. Gabaldon is an amazingly gifted writer, and she breathes life into her world like few others I've read. Of course, that's easier to do when your novels are so epically scaled...

The characters are layered and complicated, and the storyline is compelling. I wish there weren't as much of the romance. Not the love story, mind you. But the, uh, adult content.

And then there's Davina Porter, the reader. She is truly a joy to listen to. Her accents and acting are stunning. My only complaint is that she doesn't do American accents that well. I'll forgive her that, in light of her Scottish burr.

One quote I enjoyed from Voyager (paraphrased): "Writing novels is a cannibal's art, in which one often mixes small portions of one's friends and one's enemies together, seasons them with imagination, and allows the whole to stew together into a savory concoction."

Too true.

I've recently discovered that she'll be attending the 2011 Historical Novel Society. Giddy up!

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