This week’s pick is a piece by a two-author team. I have always been fascinated by co-authored books. Being a little of a loner and having done a smidgeon of writing myself, I can’t imagine how a co-author deal would work, yet we have seen it work time and again in all forms. I have to admit, again, to my penchant for the horror/thriller genre and say that genre is just about the only one I’ve seen a successful co-author project. (Think Stephen King and Peter Straub’s dual hits “The Talisman” and “Black House”) So I shouldn’t be too surprised when I see yet another successful co-authored novel.
This week’s pick is a piece by father and son team, Tom and Johnny Lichtenberg. Tom is one of our more prolific writers here at Free-eBooks.net and extremely talented at that. For this week, I suggest Prisoners of Perfection is the book to be reading.
“I like this piece from author Robert Fuller, who explores the controversial and traditional standoff between the religious camps and the scientific community in a respectful manner that is crammed with critical thinking. I’ve seen far too much animosity and hostility in debates related to this subject and it is a pleasant change to see someone attempting to debate the subject with respect and dignity, casting aspersions equally on both sides. Whatever your personal feelings and conclusions, I have to applaud this author’s approach to very controversial and topical subject.”
What is it that makes bad writing bad? Well, that is a rather subjective judgement call. According to the writer of this WSJ article, “[i]t’s impossible to define bad writing because no one would agree on a definition.” This is true. Bad writing for me is likely to not be the same as bad writing for you.
To be completely honest, I am somewhat of a book snob. I have been known to turn up my nose, sniff and repeatedly utter “My word!” in a very Miss Marple-esque way when I encounter what I deem to be bad writing; such as stilted dialogue, descriptions that don’t quite flow, run-on sentences, overly flowery metaphors, or metaphors that are not quite believable. None of that is enough for me to I absolutely refuse to read a book, I usually continue reading if the story is good enough.
As far as I am concerned, a lack of understanding or experience in expertly wielding language as a tool (or a weapon) does not preclude being heard (or [ more ]