ABOUT AUTHOR: Patrick W. Carr is the author of the acclaimed fantasy A Cast of Stones. He teaches high school and makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, with his incredible wife, Mary, and their four sons, Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Learn more at www.patrickwcarr.com
ABOUT BOOK: A CAST OF STONES - The Staff and the Sword series (Book 1)
An Epic Medieval Saga Fantasy Readers Will Love
In the backwater village of Callowford, Errol Stone's search for a drink is interrupted by a church messenger who arrives with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Desperate for coin, Errol volunteers to deliver them but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he's joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom.
Protected for millennial by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom's dynasty is near an end and a new king must be selected. As tension and danger mount, Errol must leave behind his drunkenness and grief, learn to fight, and come to know his God in order to survive a journey to discover his destiny.
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1. As a reader, how much do you want to understand the motivations behind what the villain does?
2. What separates a great book from a good book? Examples?
3. How much does the cover influence your buying decision? Or How far do you read into a book before deciding to go on or not?
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3. I am bad about judging the book by the cover! Most of the time I can tell if I am going to like it or not by the picture, but it's backfired on me before too. Once in awhile I get one that I just can't get into. I will try to read a book half way through before I decide it's just not going to work for me!
I love a good cover. If it is great looking it draws my eye to it. I will read probably 3 or 4 chapters to see if it has got me pulled into it. If not by then sometimes I will quit the book. Love to win this one. thanks for the chance.
The villain reaches a part of us that intrinsically wants to know more. We wish to know more of the villains motivation because it helps us understand the events transpiring in the book. Even so, there must necessarily also be a mystique surrounding the villain. This is essential to sustaining our interest as well as adding that element of unknow to the plot. For to understand the villain completely would almost certainly guarantee little surprise and inhibit any true depth or strength to a twist in the plot. There are of course villains who manage to defy the readers ability to predict their actions and thses are the makings of a villain that rapidly gains fame - even a sort of following. In some instances knowing more about the villain only adds to his infamy and ability to strike at the heart of the reader. Knowing that a particular villain is capable of doing anything does not sufficiently prepare the reader for all scenarions. In fact at times greater insight only proves to make the villain more unpredictable adding a new sense of terror or dread to the plot. This, however, never seems to stop us from wating to "prfile" the villain so we know what makes him tick. When this effort only produces more questions, or when the answers to the "why " prove disturbingly chaotic and unexplained. I have always felt that the greater the development of the villain, the more strenght and depth is needed for the other characters. Essentially, the villain must bring out the best in others even while exposing their frailties and vulnerabilities.
#2 I think a great book is one that is so descriptive that I feel like I am actually in the story. I get lost in the moment. A great one flows so well that it's almost as if the words are actually my thoughts.
#3 I would say a good cover definitely draws me to a book in the store.
What seperates a good book from a great book?
When the story telling, character development and plot intertwine and stir my imagination. I find myself immersed in the story and can see it in my mind's eye as if I am really there. I can imagine everything described and can identify with the characters. It's also important that I can't guess what is about to happen. When the story is predictable, I will read it and enjoy it but I don't consider it one of the greats.
I don't read a lot of fantasy but this one caught my attention and sounds great.
1) Sometimes it depends on how villainous they are. I have read some books where you can more readily understand how they came to certain points but some you just don't see how a person could do things like that.
3) Covers may catch my attention first but it more the book description that gets my interest up. As far as how far do I read a book before giving up? If I have read maybe 40-50 pages or so and I haven't been hooked yet, I flip to the end and read it. If the ending keeps my interest up as to how they got there, I will go back and keep reading. If it ends in a way that makes me not care what happens the rest of the way or I don't like the way it ends, that will usually do it for me.
Or How far do you read into a book before deciding to go on or not?
I can't remember ever starting a book and not finishing it, on purpose. Not sure why... maybe I'm reasonably sure I will like the book before starting it? Now there have been plenty of books that I have started and not finished simply because I have misplaced the book after some interruption in reading.... I guess the answer to the question is, once I start, I complete the book. Even if the book is not a "10" to me, I keep hoping that it will improve as I read................. :D
1. As a reader, I want to understand everything that motivates the villian. I want to know what pitfalls I need to watch out for. I want to be sure not to make the same mistakes in my life and to be sure not to make new ones that will easily lead me down the wrong path as this character who ended up evil or controlled by evil. I need a way to measure how I am doing, and I want to be sure that my heart yearns after God and no one else.
I am very bad about judging a book by it's cover... but I tend to read about 1/2 too see if I like it... I have just read 1/4 of the book ... if I can't get into it or the characters are not interesting... I just put it away...
2nd part of question #3 - If a book doesn't grab me right from the start I will keep going, because most of the time it gets better. I figure if the writer went to the trouble of writing it the least I can do is respect his/her hard work and hopefully end up liking the story!