Imagine this: my parents gave me books for Christmas! In 2018, instead of any particular goal, I’m going to use this blog to document and share what I read, from the Personal Library and beyond.
There is no greater happiness than a well-crafted thriller.
Plotiness is the most important quality: unexpected twists and turns, the occasional stiff, an ever shifting landscape of who’s good and who’s bad, who can be trusted and who can’t. Plotiness depends up premise: where does our protagonist come from, where does the adventure begin? Sure, anybody or anything could be the start of a good story, but how cliché is the “random bystander turned protagonist bad-ass”? (hint: very). A good premise, on the other hand, sets up moral dilemmas and establishes interesting characters. Ah, character, the third element. Plenty of thrillers run thin in the character development department, but the best ones? Yeah, they have complex characters, too.
Plotiness. Premise. Character. Get all three right and the result is the kind of novel that can’t help but be engaging.
Mick Herron’s Slow Horses is a masterpiece.
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