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Book Review: The Dragon Waiting by John M Ford

12 Sep

I love John M Ford’s writing. He has a distinctive style, especially in his earlier novels, of telling stories from multiple people’s viewpoints. He takes each individual’s story and wraps the whole narrative together, often skipping large amounts of time and leaving the reader to piece together what happened.

This can be a very successful and rewarding (for the reader) style. Not so much in The Dragon Waiting. I had a hard time figuring out some of the background or understanding why I cared about the outcome. Not one I’ll be recommending (unlike The Last Hot Time which is fabulous).

My Favorite Authors – John M Ford

05 May

Ford was not the most prolific of authors. He wrote 12 books. I’ve read 5 of them and am constantly on the lookout for the others. Each of those books left a distinct and lasting impression.

Ford did two things amazingly well – write characters and write in the moment. In The Princes of the Air, years pass in between sections, and yet Ford never gives in to the temptation use flashbacks. In The Last Hot Time, you only learn the main character’s background when he tells others. In neither case does the reader care, because the moment is so engaging.

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