Today's Question: When you're writing, which would you choose: the precise word with the wrong rhythm, or the close enough word with the perfect rhythm? (No cheating and saying you'd find the right word with the right rhythm! We're pretending the above are the only two options possible.)
Okay, at Kate Sterling's request, here are some unputdownables, for those who're looking for one! These are making it through my scatter-brained futz lately, so they have to be pretty good. They're also eclectic, so one ought to work! If you want the official blurb, just click on the images. In no particular order:
1.) Joseph Finder, Paranoia: Read for the pacing and structure -- wow! (And the fact that you can't put it down!)
2.) Robert Gregory Browne, Kiss Her Goodbye (I couldn't put the excerpt down. The actual book hasn't been delivered, yet.) He's got awesome, impeccable rhythm, both in his sentences all the way up to his scenes. Read the excerpt at his site, and you'll agree!
3.) Diana Peterfreund, Secret Society Girl: I have nothing in common with a girl going to college. Nothing. And I couldn't put this book down. It may be chick lit, but it is SMART chick lit. This is the kind of chick lit that is going to bring the genre back into its own. Think Dan Brown meets Bridget Jones, but with better writing. AND think scatter-brained Spyscribbler read it in one day.
5.) Dean Koontz, The Husband: "We have your wife. You can get her back for 2 million--cash. The kidnapper doesn't care that Mitch runs a small two-man landscaping operation and has no way of raising such a vast sum. He's confident that Mitch will find a way. If he loves his wife enough. "He does love her enough. He loves her more than life itself. He's got sixty hours to prove it." Total education in Big Concept. And a fast-paced, emotional book to boot.
6.) Greg Rucka, Private Wars: (I'm eating my words here. I still can't get into A Gentlemen's Game, but Private Wars is a totally, totally different story. Great kick-ass heroine, and a spy to boot!)
7.) Stephen King, Rose Madder: Pick this up, read the first page, and you'll be totally sucked in. I dare you to start it and not finish it!
I'm leaving some good ones out, but I'm sleepy and my brain can't remember them. Besides, I want to go finish The Cleaner by Brett Battles.
What was the last unputdownable you read?