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I read a totally crap book last night. "Mirror Mirror".

I was having a hard time getting through it, and finally realized.. I think it's punctuation was all off or something. I'd have to read really slowly and carefully just to get the sense of the sentences. And there was just weird writing, where I'm not sure if it's an editing error, or really fancy words, or something stylistic I'm not getting.

Examples..

"Damn: she'd be shabbed into waking early with the sunlight" (Shabbed? Is that a word?)

Or

"She passed under the Rialto bridge, which was as clear of crowds as if plague had wiped its bloody bottom on both approaches." (Ew)

Or

"Upon its buckling knee the horizon balanced the head of a jackal moon, so called because, once every generation or so, a smear of celestial flotsam converged behind the crescent moon of early autumn. The impact was decidedly creepy, a look of a brow and a snout. In the weeks the moon took to round out, it turned from a starvelying into a successful hunter, its cheeks bulging"

Stupid dumb book.

Date: 2006-09-07 06:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] finalcut999.livejournal.com
Apparently shabbed is indeed a word.

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=shabbed&x=0&y=0

I certainly had no idea.

Date: 2006-09-07 12:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dabunz.livejournal.com
Ewwww is right. Personification + metaphor = bad writing.

Date: 2006-09-08 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kmfda.livejournal.com
fuuuuuuuck. Who was it by so I'll know never to read anything else of theirs, either?

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