What Stace had to say on Friday, May 28th, 2010

First, yesterday was the official release day for UNHOLY GHOSTS in Poland!

Witamy polskich czytelników! I z pewno?ci? nadziej?, ?e jeste? korzystaj?cych NIESWIETE DUCHY! Przykro mi, ale nie w j?zyku polskim, ale robi? mój najlepszy z t?umaczy online.

Nie wiem od daty dopuszczenia do NIESWIETE MAGIA (My?l?, ?e), ale mam nadziej?, wynika, USA / Wielka Brytania dat, które b?d? na pocz?tku lipca.

Jestem zachwycony które zostan? opublikowane w Polska!

O to strona ksi??ki na stronie Wydawnictwa Amber je?li chcesz je zobaczy?.

And I certainly hope that looks okay and I don’t get dinged by WordPress for all of the Polish letters.

Of course, I HAD a blog topic, and it was a good one, too, but I can’t for the life of me remember now what it was. I hate it when that happens. Oh! POV, that was it.

On Tuesday I went to a couple of bookstores in the area; three, actually. And I got to chatting at my local B&N with a bookseller I hadn’t met before about urban fantasy in general and POV in particular, because he shares my preference for third person POV, especially a tight, deep third. (Because most men love tight, deep things, you know. Ba-dum-bum. Oh, the hilarity never stops here!)

Anyway. We both felt the same way about first-person, which is that it’s distancing. And I know that sort of goes against the popular perception of it; I think most first fans–at least the ones I’ve spoken to–feel that it puts them closer to the action.

For me, reading a book written in first person doesn’t feel like I’m experiencing it. It feels like I’m sitting in a restaurant or something, listening to someone tell me a story that happened to them. Do you know what I mean? I feel a step further removed from the action, like I’m somewhere safe and I’m just being told a story.

Yesterday I saw a reader comment somewhere–can’t remember where–that they have a hard time truly feeling suspense with a first POV book, because obviously the narrator survived. I don’t necessarily disagree with this, but I don’t necessarily agree either; yes, we know they’re telling us the story, but for all we know they’re dead and telling us from the afterlife, right?

And of course it depends on the story and character and writer. I generally don’t like books written in present tense at all, and have sadly put down a few books I really, really wanted to read and love because I just couldn’t get past the present tense. But then there are books like Angela Huth’s WIVES OF THE FISHERMEN, which I absolutely adore, and which I honestly didn’t even realize was written in present tense until I was over halfway through it. Yes, it’s possible that this is in part due to the fact that the book contains a lot of flashback/memory scenes, which are in past tense, but it’s also because it’s just such a great book and so perfectly written.

Anyway. With a tight third I feel like I’m actually in the story, in the character’s head. I’m not being told a story, I’m seeing it. That’s why I like to read third best, and why I like to write third best. How about you?

And we have more reviews, of course!

The Book Lovers gives it 4.5 bookies:

The pace of the book was wonderful and the story gripped me ASAP and didn’t let me go till the last word. I loved how Ms. Kane shows us that looks are deceiving and we should never judge a person just with taking one glance at him or her. A highly recommended read not only for Urban Fantasy lovers, but for anyone who likes a good story.

There is also an interview & giveaway chat with me at Book Lovers, so go check that out as well if you’re so inclined.

Jessica at A GREAT Read says:

Finished Stacia Kane’s Unholy Ghosts today, her debut in her new series and it was seriously a wild ride! It was dark, gritty, edgy and enthralling from the first chapter!

This weekend I plan to get the PDF of the first three chapter of UNHOLY MAGIC up on the site; I’m doing some general site updates as well (or rather, the fabulous Frauke at Croco Designs is, and those should be completed soon; UNHOLY MAGIC will finally get its own page, with the back cover copy and everything, I’ll finally get my sidebar links updated (there are several things I was able to figure out how to do on my own here but the sidebar links seem to be in a separate file or something, I don’t know, but I need help, lol), we’re going to add some more fun stuff to, well, the Fun Stuff page, and maybe a few other things here and there.

Which is another question. What sorts of things would you guys like to see? The recipe downloads are pretty popular (now that they’re working, lol, because apparently they weren’t for a while), and I plan to add a few more, but of course there’s no cooking in the Downside books the way there is in the Demons books.

So what do you think is fun extra content? Or do you really not care?

Have a great weekend everyone; it’s a long weekend, isn’t it?

I may post an UNHOLY MAGIC excerpt here on the blog later…

5 comments to “Roundup”

  1. Corinne
    · May 28th, 2010 at 3:48 pm · Link

    As far as my own work goes, I usually find myself writing in first person. Characterization and voice are a huge thing for me, and I’m usually so deep in a character’s head that first person seems the most natural. I want to experiment with third more, and of course I’ll use it if the book is told from multiple perspectives, but so far–all first, baby.

    As far as reading goes, I truly have no preference… as long as it’s not omniscient. I don’t like it when we get the thoughts/observations of more than character in a single scene, or when the narrator drops in. Some authors make it work, but it usually pulls me out of the story.

  2. BernardL
    · May 28th, 2010 at 4:02 pm · Link

    I’m halfway into my initial attempt at first person POV and I believe it will be my last. I’ve enjoyed novels in the first person POV – the Stephanie Plum series for one. It’s nearly impossible to sneak in an info dump in any plausibly manner. :)

    Great cover by the way!

  3. writtenwyrdd
    · May 29th, 2010 at 6:23 am · Link

    I don’t care what the pov is that’s used if the writing is good. I think the first person isn’t distancing at all, though. Omniscient 3rd is distant, and, while apparently ‘old fashioned’ and out of favor at the moment, it is probably the best way to convey teh subtleties of your spec fic world when done well.

    I generally don’t care for present tense, but confess to having written it when it gave the voice I felt the story needed. For every rule, there is an exception, yadayadaya.

    On another note, I just received Unholy Ghosts and am avidly setting down to read it NOW.

  4. Bernita
    · May 31st, 2010 at 5:34 am · Link

    Feel bad that you’re not fond of first person.
    Some view it as actually listening to a story–a sort of subtle audio experience.
    I don’t care for present tense–but really liked Anne Aguire’s(see me mis-spell her name) “Grimspace,” was past chapter three before I realized it was in present. And one of my favourite authors, Guy Gavriel Kay uses it in some chapters of his “Under Heaven.”

  5. kirsten saell
    · May 31st, 2010 at 7:17 am · Link

    I just find that I have a hard time believing wholeheartedly anything anyone tells me about themselves. People are self-protective, self-deceptive, and often grossly unself-aware, so that even when they’re out and out lying to other people about themselves they feel like they’re telling the truth. They do things for one reason (instinct, self-hate, fear, feelings of inadequacy, etc), and then after the fact apply logic to come up with acceptable explanations as to why they must have done them, and the more they think about it the more they themselves believe it.

    People in general are…just unreliable at understanding their own shit.

    So it’s hard to convince me that a character even knows what’s motivating them–and sometimes that unreliability is a hook, because the reader knows the narrator is fooling him/herself. But usually it’s distancing for me.

    I have an easier time with first person if it’s in present tense–which I know some people find really annoying. But because it’s immediate, I feel more like I’m in the character’s head rather than listening to them tell me a story–and because it’s *right now* they haven’t had a week or a month or a year to come up rational or flattering explanations for their actions, either, heh.

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