Reading Notes: The Girl With the Silver Eyes

The Girl with the Silver EyesThe Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Girl with the Silver Eyes is about Katie, whose strange eyes are accompanied by telekinesis. The book follows her as she tries to find others who are like her. It’s a bit strange to see that this book is shelved as science fiction. When I was a kid, I might have agreed, but now I tend to think of ESP as being fantasy.

I read The Girl with the Silver Eyes at least twice when I was a kid, but it had been at least 15 years since my last read of it. I have to say that it holds up pretty well (unlike many other things from my childhood). However, there’s a remarkable lack of actual physical danger to Katie, at least when you compare it to more modern children’s books.

One of the things that struck me when I started reading this was how the voice captures your interest even though there’s not much happening. Most of the beginning is about how strange Katie is, but it’s done in a way that makes you feel sympathy for her. I also liked how most of the adults in this book are neither all good nor all bad. Instead they have complex feelings towards Katie and her abilities.

Book Source: Free Library of Philadelphia

A Reading Confession

I really hate having to admit this, but I must. I haven’t finished a book in about a month. I mean, I’ve been reading, but the two books that I’d started just haven’t held my interest. Luckily, they were library books, so I didn’t feel bad about spending money on them and then not reading them.

I did feel bad, though, since one of these books is a paranormal/urban fantasy—the genre I’m writing in. Another writer pointed out to me, though, that no one has time to read every book in a particular genre. Likewise, a friend and avid reader pointed out that life’s just too short to read books you don’t enjoy. And finally, my own personal spin on this is that I don’t want to inadvertently absorb bad writing habits from my leisure reading. Now, that’s not to say that these were necessarily bad books. They just lacked whatever I needed to pull me in.

It’s also possible that I’m at that point in my development as a writer were I’m just hypercritical of everything. My understanding is that eventually this happens to writers, and some learn to move past it and others simply become more discriminating about what they read. I’m not sure what will happen in my case. But I’ve decided not to feel guilty about it.

Reading Notes: Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville #1)

Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville, #1)Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn

As you’ve probably guessed by now, I’m trying to read other books about werewolves to see how other writers think of them. This series was recommended to me by a friend. I’m not in love with it, but I thought the story was solid, and I think there’s a good chance I’ll like it better as I read more.

Kitty, the title character, is a werewolf and a late night radio DJ. During one show, she decides to take calls from people who think they’ve had supernatural experiences. Her ratings soar, and suddenly the whole country becomes aware of werewolves, vampires, and other supernatural beings. Unfortunately, the alpha wolf in her pack and the local vampire lord aren’t too happy about it. Oh, and a rogue werewolf is going around killing people and a werewolf hunter tries to kill her.

In Vaughn’s series, werewolfism is like a disease that’s transmitted by biting. They can be killed by silver bullets. Vaughn’s werewolves can change shape anytime they want, but they have to change shape during the full moon. However, the more time they spend in wolf form, the more they lose touch with their humanity. They also display a lot of canine pack behaviors related to dominance and submission.

It was interesting to read this, since Vaughn’s werewolves are very different from mine. It distracted me, but I suppose that’s only to be expected, since my werewolves have been living in my head for… well, a good long while now.

Book Source: Free Library of Philadelphia