Thursday, May 03, 2007
A better blooper.
Looking back on the last two reviews, I realised that the last one was about a well told story, not too well written, while the previous one was about a well written story, not well told. As I explained at the time, my premise is that you can get away with the former, but can't get away with the latter. Writing is essentially about 'story' (in it's broadest sense). Put another way, the art of storytelling is made concrete in the craft of writing. Art can shine through mediocre craft, but craft can never redeem mediocre art.
The last two books I read rather prove the point. If I had to read one of them again, I would choose Angel Rock because the story is so well put together that the writing bloopers can be read through. On the other hand, I almost gave up on The Testament of Gideon Mack, despite the excellent writing, because the story was so poorly constructed.
My original post on this subject was entitled "I don't want to be a writer any more". If you're interested, then go and read it again; it was a fresh conclusion to me at the time, but one that's proving to be quite sound.