Mini Book Review | Ida by Alison Evans

Ida Book Review Paige's PagesAUTHOR: Alison Evans
: January 1, 2017
: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
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One sentence blurb: Ida’s secret ability to switch at will between parallel universes becomes complicated when she starts to lose control and is stalked by shadowy doppelgangers.

The lightdark surrounds, skin-tight and consuming. Warmth starts at the top of my head; it’s quick this time, and I know in my bones, my skin, I’m going in the right direction – page 9 Continue reading

6 Writing Tricks I Learnt from The Hunger Games

Writing Tricks I Learnt from The Hunger Games Paige's PagesWelcome back to my Read Like a Writer series!  My first post, 6 Writing Tricks I Learnt from IT by Stephen King, was fun to write and also helpful as a reflective practice, so I’m back for more. 

The purpose of this series is 1. to reflect on the technique the author is using and how, and 2. ask how I can practically apply this technique to my own writing.

I’m currently rereading The Hunger Games.  Even the second time, it is gripping and tense, well-structured and full of great characters.  I think Suzanne Collins’ writing tricks apply to any genre and audience.  


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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline | Hits and Misses

Ready Player One Book Review Paige's PagesPUBLISHER: Broadway Books
August 16, 2011
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It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.  Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based on Halliday’s obsession with ’80s pop culture.  And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.  Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape. 

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