I was told to read Matt Hughes. Not Matt Hughes the ultimate fighter, but Matt Hughes the writer. (though if it were a book about Matt Hughes the fighter, I’d hope the last chapters would explain how George St Pierre was going to beat him in November). It’s a novel called Black Brillion and it was very hard to find. I actually had to order it from Chapters.ca.
So I’m two pages in. Had to go to the dictionary. Not once, not twice, but three times. Two pages!
perambulating – to walk about
renunciants – can’t find in dictionary
surreptitiously – obtained in a secret manner (okay, I know what this means…but honestly)
gainsaid – to deny
I really should reserve judgement, but the words he uses to describe something simple — it feels like his thesaurus has run amok. This is supposed to be a sci-fi thriller. How can it thrill me when I’m trying to figure out what he’s trying to say.
Let me pick out a standard passage…nothing out of the ordinary. How about this: At ease in the red-tab compartment’s sumptuous lounge, the fraudster helped himself to a smattering of delicacies from the circulating buffet..
I don’t find that easy to read. Perhaps, once I’m reading it will flow. Afterall, the guy isn’t a hack — he’s published through TOR (one of the biggies) so he knows what he’s doing.
I just hate when a novel makes me feel dumb.
Maybe that’s how he will get beat.. too busy looking for the big, fancy word of the day word, when WHAMMO he gets kerplooyed in the head, and he will know it hurt because we go, “AHHHHHHHHHH!”
renunciant (this looks like a noun to me, so I don’t know what the deal is, but read on)
adj : used especially of behavior [syn: renunciative, self-abnegating, self-denying]
root word seems to be renounce: Synonyms 1. forsake, forgo, forswear, leave, quit. See abandon1. 2. resign, abdicate. 3. disclaim, reject, disavow, deny.
There. We’re even now. (This is for the “wicked” thing. And thanks again.)
Reading? Reading??? Does this mean you are finished the stories (either one, don’t care which) and you’re just sitting on them? Reading and playing hockey? Right?
A story. Soon. Please. Or I will have to go back to my own writing. (ha ha)