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Books Graynelore I don t like abandoning books especially books I ve accepted from Netgalley because this was received free

Books Graynelore I don't like abandoning books, especially books I've accepted from Netgalley (because this was received free from the publisher through Netgalley for review, thank you to them). But after fighting the prose to about 15%, I decided to cut my losses and move on to one of the others.I did not enjoy Graynelore. But I have to give it credit for helping me pin down exactly why I don't like it and similar books. See, there are rules of writing and spelling and syntax. The rules exist for a reason. They have evolved in order to make it more certain that what one person says or writes will be understood by someone hearing or reading it. Disregarding the rules increase the chances that that pretty shiny thought gleaming in your brain will not transfer as you want it to be into someone else's brain.That being said, good writers disregard rules all the time, all over the place. It's fun, and can be fun to read… so … what's the difference between those books that break the rules in a good way and these books that break the rules in such a way that I want to hire a skywriter to blazon "Strunk & White" from here to the horizon? (In other words, why do I complain about some and not others?) It was while reading another of this book's pages filled with sentence fragments and missing commas and misplaced modifiers that the answer came up, looked over my shoulder at the Kindle, and shook its head in despair: I have to be able to see the point to breaking the rules. Whether or not the author had a point is irrelevant if I can't perceive it. Using sentence fragments and eccentric punctuation can be a stylistic choice (though I doubt that misplaced modifiers ever are, are they?), but it needs to be clear that that's the case, and that it's all not … well, bad writing.I think part of the object of the tone and choices in vocabulary were to make it sound … antique. Tales of old. Unfortunately, a good many words made me picture Inigo Montoya looking down at the author with his brow furrowed in puzzlement. "You keep using such words…"Once someone asked me what I thought of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, and what I came up with was "dense and chewy". I don't know if I can define that without throwing an encyclopedia's worth of words at it, but for me it's the perfect description. And the adjectives that came to mind almost immediately reading this were "thick and soupy". It has a beautiful cover and an intriguing synopsis, but by 15% I should have had a clear idea of what the story was shaping up to be. I have no idea. And I just couldn't settle into the writing in order to find out. Two stars for what I read because I have actually, sadly, read worse, but … I use the highlight feature on my Kindle to mark text and make notes, either as criticism or out of appreciation. If I highlight a lot of a book it's a sign that either I loved it or it was driving me crazy. I highlighted a large percentage of the small percentage I read of Graynelore. ETA: I don't know what just made me check, but ... there are two five-star reviews of this book. One is by someone with 8 ratings and one review; all eight five-star ratings are for books by Stephen Moore, author of Graynelore. The other is by someone with 16 ratings and four reviews; all of this person's five-star ratings are for books by Stephen Moore. Neither of these Goodreads users has a profile photo, despite having both joined in April & May 2014. One has no friends; the other has one. I could be wrong, but I don't think I am: I smell sockpuppets. And I call bullshit. And there is no reason on earth to cut this book any slack at all.. Graynelore Viral Books Rodrig Wishard is a killer, a thief and a liar He s a fighting man who prefers to solve his problems with his sword.In a world without government or law, where a man s only loyalty is to his family and faerie tales are strictly for children, Rodrig Wishard is not happy to discover that he s carrying faerie blood Something his family neglected to tell him Not only that bRodrig Wishard is a killer, a thief and a liar He s a fighting man who prefers to solve his problems with his sword.In a world without government or law, where a man s only loyalty is to his family and faerie tales are strictly for children, Rodrig Wishard is not happy to discover that he s carrying faerie blood Something his family neglected to tell him Not only that but he s started to see faeries for real.If he s going to make any sense of it he s going to have to go right to the source the faeries themselves But that s easier said than done when the only information he has to go on is from bards and myth.. Stephen Moore is the author of the fantasy novel, GRAYNELORE Published by HarperVoyager Paperback and Ebook A published author since 1996 I ve also written several well received fantasy books for older children middle grade and young adult readers Including, among others, TOOTH AND CLAW, SPILLING THE MAGIC and FAY Published by Crossroad Press Along the way, I ve had books translated into Italian, Hebrew and Russian Though, to date, I ve never set eyes on the Russian translation Truthfully, I d rather be writing books than writing about myself I live in the North of England A beautiful land I never tire of exploring full of ancient Roman history, medieval castles and remnants of the infamous Border Reivers Long ago, before I discovered the magic of storytelling, I was an exhibition designer I have fond memories of working in the strange world of museums Sometimes I can still be found in auction houses pawing over old relics I ve shared my home with a number of the animals that frequent my books, if not the flying pigs I love art and books, old and new I m into rock music, movies, theatre and RPG video games But mostly I like to write, where I get to create my own worlds If I had to name my favourite book of all time it would be, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stephenson The first book to inspire me as a child Maybe, my own books are OK too My Facebook Page is facebook stephenmoorefantasyaMy author page is author stephenoreMy Blog author show. Popular Kindle Graynelore I don't like abandoning books, especially books I've accepted from Netgalley (because this was received free from the publisher through Netgalley for review, thank you to them). But after fighting the prose to about 15%, I decided to cut my losses and move on to one of the others.I did not enjoy Graynelore. But I have to give it credit for helping me pin down exactly why I don't like it and similar books. See, there are rules of writing and spelling and syntax. The rules exist for a reason. They have evolved in order to make it more certain that what one person says or writes will be understood by someone hearing or reading it. Disregarding the rules increase the chances that that pretty shiny thought gleaming in your brain will not transfer as you want it to be into someone else's brain.That being said, good writers disregard rules all the time, all over the place. It's fun, and can be fun to read… so … what's the difference between those books that break the rules in a good way and these books that break the rules in such a way that I want to hire a skywriter to blazon "Strunk & White" from here to the horizon? (In other words, why do I complain about some and not others?) It was while reading another of this book's pages filled with sentence fragments and missing commas and misplaced modifiers that the answer came up, looked over my shoulder at the Kindle, and shook its head in despair: I have to be able to see the point to breaking the rules. Whether or not the author had a point is irrelevant if I can't perceive it. Using sentence fragments and eccentric punctuation can be a stylistic choice (though I doubt that misplaced modifiers ever are, are they?), but it needs to be clear that that's the case, and that it's all not … well, bad writing.I think part of the object of the tone and choices in vocabulary were to make it sound … antique. Tales of old. Unfortunately, a good many words made me picture Inigo Montoya looking down at the author with his brow furrowed in puzzlement. "You keep using such words…"Once someone asked me what I thought of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, and what I came up with was "dense and chewy". I don't know if I can define that without throwing an encyclopedia's worth of words at it, but for me it's the perfect description. And the adjectives that came to mind almost immediately reading this were "thick and soupy". It has a beautiful cover and an intriguing synopsis, but by 15% I should have had a clear idea of what the story was shaping up to be. I have no idea. And I just couldn't settle into the writing in order to find out. Two stars for what I read because I have actually, sadly, read worse, but … I use the highlight feature on my Kindle to mark text and make notes, either as criticism or out of appreciation. If I highlight a lot of a book it's a sign that either I loved it or it was driving me crazy. I highlighted a large percentage of the small percentage I read of Graynelore. ETA: I don't know what just made me check, but ... there are two five-star reviews of this book. One is by someone with 8 ratings and one review; all eight five-star ratings are for books by Stephen Moore, author of Graynelore. The other is by someone with 16 ratings and four reviews; all of this person's five-star ratings are for books by Stephen Moore. Neither of these Goodreads users has a profile photo, despite having both joined in April & May 2014. One has no friends; the other has one. I could be wrong, but I don't think I am: I smell sockpuppets. And I call bullshit. And there is no reason on earth to cut this book any slack at all.

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  1. Stephen Moore is the author of the fantasy novel, GRAYNELORE Published by HarperVoyager Paperback and Ebook A published author since 1996 I ve also written several well received fantasy books for older children middle grade and young adult readers Including, among others, TOOTH AND CLAW, SPILLING THE MAGIC and FAY Published by Crossroad Press Along the way, I ve had books translated into Italian, Hebrew and Russian Though, to date, I ve never set eyes on the Russian translation Truthfully, I d rather be writing books than writing about myself I live in the North of England A beautiful land I never tire of exploring full of ancient Roman history, medieval castles and remnants of the infamous Border Reivers Long ago, before I discovered the magic of storytelling, I was an exhibition designer I have fond memories of working in the strange world of museums Sometimes I can still be found in auction houses pawing over old relics I ve shared my home with a number of the animals that frequent my books, if not the flying pigs I love art and books, old and new I m into rock music, movies, theatre and RPG video games But mostly I like to write, where I get to create my own worlds If I had to name my favourite book of all time it would be, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stephenson The first book to inspire me as a child Maybe, my own books are OK too My Facebook Page is facebook stephenmoorefantasyaMy author page is author stephenoreMy Blog author show

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  1. I don t like abandoning books, especially books I ve accepted from Netgalley because this was received free from the publisher through Netgalley for review, thank you to them But after fighting the prose to about 15%, I decided to cut my losses and move on to one of the others.I did not enjoy Graynelore But I have to give it credit for helping me pin down exactly why I don t like it and similar books See, there are rules of writing and spelling and syntax The rules exist for a reason They have e [...]


  2. This book came about because the author, Stephen Moore, discovered that some of his ancestors had been among the notorious Border Reivers, violent and bloodthirsty inhabitants of the disputed area of border between Northumberland and Scotland for centuries past Not wanting to write a historical novel, he has used the character and appearance of the Border country, mixed with the atmosphere of suspicion and violence which was rife there, to create a haunting and gripping adult fantasy novel Previ [...]


  3. Steve certainly has stepped outside of the realm of children s fiction with the introduction of his adult book Graynelore It is reminiscent of the Icelandic sagas in the gritty descriptions of battles waged and the cold manner in which reivers approach their life and calling to war with their neighbors at the behest of their lord There is a dreamlike quality to the telling of the tale and I was reminded in parts of the ancient ballads of England The ballad of Tristan and Isolde in fact came to m [...]


  4. Exceptional cover art draws the reader into the world of Rogrig Wishard, a hardened Reiver and a crude and ruthless warrior He owes his loyalty to his clan, who are the only family he knows He lies for them, steals for them, kills for them He has no sensibilities, nothing to appeal to for mercy until one day on the battlefield, he faces something greater than himself, something so unexplainable and unexpected that he is left reeling, never to be the same again This novel deftly juxtapositions br [...]


  5. I was first draw by the intriguing cover and name of this book and I wasn t disappointed I was quickly hooked on the main character s story and world he lives in Every chapter left me wanting to read the next and if time allowed I could have quite happily read this book in one sitting.It s fantasy with self discovery, it is extremely descriptive with some sadness along with excellent humour.I loved Graynelore and would recommend it to anyone I will be purchasing the book to go in my book case.


  6. In my view this book is one of the greatest fantasy books I ve ever read The characters and structure are truly phenomenal I love the way the author has coloured his world with details neatly borrowed from the history of the North of England I live in the north so it made me feel even closer to the book At long last a stand alone fantasy novel that doesn t pull its punches and delivers the goods with a totally satisfying final pay off Highly recommended.


  7. Did Not Finish.I was looking forward to this book It sounds interesting and I absolutely love the cover.Unfortunately the writing style, the storytelling and the characters did nothing for me In fact the writingstyle bothered me from page one, and it did not get better I do however think that I would have liked it if I had read it when I was younger around twelve or so.Not because it is a kiddie friendly book blood, murder, rape and , but I wouldn t have noticed the flaws back then, and therefo [...]


  8. Exquisite authorship, deeply rich storytelling, perfect editingThe editing of this book is clean, tight, consistent The many descriptive or colloquial for this universe turns of phrase are always consistently used Completely professional.Bards play an important role in the story and Mr Moore created a bardic tale The writing has an almost lyrical aura, appropriate for a tale including the fey Mr Moore s writing in this tale reminds me in its feel of Mr Rothfuss style in The Kingkiller Chronicles [...]


  9. In a word, bland.There is nothing new or interesting here and what there is isn t very good.It uses the poor style of having almost the entire story narrated by the main character talking about himself in the third person, this means the words are dead on the page, no emotion or empathy just raw facts, it feels like a writing exercise from a course rather than a real book.The author also show a staggering lack of understanding of the use of the comma, he uses them everywhere, there have to be at [...]


  10. Rogrig is a reiver, caring only about stealing and killing and following his graynelord, but when something strange happens on the battlefield, he wanders off on a world changing adventure.In the end, I gave it three stars You might be asking why The book and story are presented well meaning it shows the ticks of someone having scoured over it to bring it to perfection This is no hack job And in fact, others may rather enjoy the long winded sentences that sometimes lead right back to where they [...]


  11. Refreshingly originalGo on Just buy it.It s really unusual to find a fantasy story which is just one book long, but that s what this is Surprisingly it is all told from a single point of view as well.The story is beautifully crafted and written with a very unusual style, it reminds me of many of the best fantasy books from the 70s There is even a beginning a middle and an end, which leaves with all the loose ends tied up I ve really enjoyed this story, I recommend it.


  12. Somewhat Refreshing Sample Overdoes Its Uniqueness To TediumI bought it after reading the sample and finding it refreshing that things were not quite explained and the protagonist talked and waffled rather than narrated However, this was overdone throughout the book and he seemed to recap things over and again There was promise, but in the end nothing really happened and what did never quite made sense, a fact apologised only too often by the storyteller.


  13. I wasn t sure what to expect, but Moore delivers an engaging tale in a fresh fantasy world inspired by the Borders region between England and Scotland A dark adult fairy tale with great details drawing on Reiver culture, something I ve always found fascinating Looking forward to what s next from this emerging talent.


  14. Man discovers that he has faerie heritage and that he must work with different people in his lands to try to fix what has been done to faerie.It was very readable, quite like a fairy tale but fairly unforgettable too.


  15. I found the writing style difficult to read and found myself re reading large passages as the text seemed to veer away from the situation.As i have been unable to finish the book i am unable to award than one star




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