Category: "Books: Excerpt"

April 16th, 2012
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane SetterfieldEmmeline didn't call me anything. She didn't need to, for I was always there. You only need names for the absent.

April 4th, 2012
Stephen King - On WritingTabby never voiced a single doubt, however. Her support was a constant, one of the few good tings I could take as a given. And whenever I see a first novel dedicated to a wife (or a husband), I smile and think, There's someone who knows. Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of difference. They don't have to make speeches. Just believing is usually enough.

April 2nd, 2012
Brandon Sanderson - MistbornBreeze raised an eyebrow, then laid a hand on Yeden's shoulder. "You should try not to talk so much, friend," he suggested. "You'll sound far less stupid that way."

March 28th, 2012
Stephen King - On WritingLet's get one thing clear right now, shall we? There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun. You job isn't to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up.

March 26th, 2012
Brandon Sanderson - MistbornLife as a human being is about posturing and influence.

March 14th, 2012
Jeffery Deaver - The Broken WindowThat's what happens in love. In the shaded portions where the two spheres of different lives meet, certain fundamentals -- moods, loves, fears, angers -- can't be hidden. That's the contract.

March 7th, 2012
Stephen King - On WritingI felt pretty good actually. When you're still too young to shave, optimism is a perfectly legitimate response to failure.

March 5th, 2012
Stephen King - On WritingI want to suggest that you write to your best abilities. It behooves you to construct your own toolbox and then build up enough muscle so you can carry it with you. Then, instead of looking at a hard job and getting discouraged, you will perhaps seize the correct tool and get immediately to work.

February 29th, 2012
Michael Connelly - Trunk MusicBosch couldn't get comfortable on the chaise lounge. He didn't understand how people did this, just sit in the sun and bake. He was covered in lotion and there was sand caked between his toes. Eleanor had bought him a red bathing suit that he thought made him look foolish and that made him feel like a target. At least, he thought, it wasn't one of those slingshot things some of the men on the beach were wearing.

February 27th, 2012
Stephen King - On Writing"When you write a story, you're telling yourself the story," he said. "When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all of the things that are not the story."