Journal

Operation 52 – Week 6


  Well it is official. I have read the largest book thus far for the Operation 52 project of mine. At 1,074 pages it was a veritable tome of information. In the end I’m pleased with how it ended, I do again feel those pains in the back of my mind as that cast of characters flutters away. But I must admit that at least this time I did feel that I couldn’t have stuck with them for much longer. Barbara was certainly an interesting character, and some of the female cast around him were interesting, but overall I didn’t like any of the rest of the cast.

  Since I am going to do my best to never speak poorly of writers I read, as I would be hurt personally to be bashed, I will say this: The last 400 pages of the book are worth any amount of difficulty that comes from finishing the first 600 or so. They are not BAD, those original 600 are very much needed to lay the groundwork for who the characters are. But I do think most people will have difficulty making it through them.

  I have also begun redesigning my story, I’ve found that my original ending would have been pretty grand. Which meant that the book following it would likely feel less interesting, to put it in war terms, once you’ve seen a nuclear bomb every bomb after that feels a little less grand and awe inspiring. Because of this I’ve decided upon a new ending and am going to work in the same way that a person finds the median amidst a large swath of numbers. You line everything up, then start pecking away at the beginning and the end until you meet in the middle. I will write both events, the start of the book, and the very last events in the book, and decide what series of events would best tie the beginning to the end.

  I want it to be satisfying and to feel like a journey that wasn’t written on the fly, though those are indeed my favorite kind. Maybe if I get better at this I’ll do that more often. The information about my reading for this week are as follows :).

Pages Read

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Pages Read

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  My next book will be much smaller, at the rate I tend to read it might be done in 3 days. That’s quite alright with me. I’ll probably start reading the next book after that. My goal is to make sure I read at LEAST one book a week, if I read more than that, all the better. I’ll need to get off my butt and grab the next 4 books and list them soon before I run out of information…though that WILL force me to do it :).

Month 1:

  Week 1: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling (448 Pages / 64 Pages Nightly)
  Week 2: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling (752 Pages / 107 Pages Nightly)
  Week 3: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling (870 Pages / 125 Pages Nightly)
  Week 4: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling (652 Pages / 93 Pages Nightly)

Month 2:

  Week 5: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling (784 Pages / 112 Pages Nightly)
  Week 6: Under the Dome: A Novel – Stephen King (1074 Pages / 153 Pages Nightly)
  Week 7: Foundation and Empire – Isaac Asimov (272 Pages / 38 Pages Nightly)
  Week 8: Second Foundation – Isaac Asimov (272 Pages / 38 Pages Nightly)