Consternated is one of my favorite words. I think it’s one of the words I learned from comic books, like determined and ultimatum and metropolis.
We interrupt our regularly scheduled blog tour for a nugget of a review of Space Junque at Reading the Paranormal. This is one of my favorite kinds of reviews. The reviewer isn’t sure if she likes the book – but she’s engaged in thinking about it.
Here’s the thing: As soon as I finished this novella I jumped online and downloaded the second, which says to me that there was something here that captured my fancy in a big way. I didn’t necessarily like this book but I can see the bones of something intriguing in it. Does that make sense?
I think she was consternated.
And I get it. The one complaint I hear over and over about Space Junque is some variation of: it’s too short. It was meant to be an introduction to the world of Apocalypto, and it was meant to be short. I think it’s just right, just the way it is, but maybe not.
Space Junque demonstrates one of my biggest challenges as a writer: how much or how little to tell? If I were writing it today, I’d go a little slower – but not much. I hope the reviewer does read Spiderwork and then ventures into the deep end of the pool with Bleeder.