House of Earth Question #17 - Style

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House of Earth Question #17 - Style

Unread postby Liz » Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:22 am

What did you think of Woody’s writing style?
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Re: House of Earth Question #17 - Style

Unread postby nebraska » Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:30 am

I am not really enthused about stream of consciousness writing over all. The portions where he just strung a bunch of similar sounding or rhyming words together were really annoying to me. But I suppose they served to illustrate a bit about how Tike's mind worked, it seems he was the one who rattled off those long lists.

Woody had flashes of brilliance -- so many scenes and characters were well drawn and I had strong mental pictures as I read. He was able to select bits that really illustrated the people and places without disturbing the flow of the narrative.

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Re: House of Earth Question #17 - Style

Unread postby Gilbert's Girl » Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:26 am

Reading the first few pages he seemed to do a good job of describing the landscape, but I'm with Nebraska on the stream of consciousness thoughts, I just found that really irritatiing.

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Re: House of Earth Question #17 - Style

Unread postby Liz » Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:23 pm

I didn't mind the stream of consciousness. I guess you could consider it to be like the lyrics to a song.
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Re: House of Earth Question #17 - Style

Unread postby fireflydances » Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:51 pm

Liz wrote:I didn't mind the stream of consciousness. I guess you could consider it to be like the lyrics to a song.

That was very much my reaction. I don't know that I read his words for meaning in these sections, more floating along on the top of them. Eventually the repetition of sounds, and images kind of invades the mind. It was sometimes like chanting for me. Yeah, I liked them a lot. In fact, I was so pleased to find that a book can still be published that isn't all stripped down to the bone. There is something to be said about playing with words, in the same way that a musician plays with sounds.
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Re: House of Earth Question #17 - Style

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:26 pm

At time it was very annoying and I admit I skipped a few lines when it went on and on. I had the same thoughts about Woody being a songwriter and how that may have reflected on his choices. Firefly, I thought of chanting too, especially when it came to Tike.
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