I recently downloaded this very handy little iPhone app called Drafts, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover how much use I’m able to get out of it. The feature that appeals to me the most is the app’s ability to append text to plain text documents I’ve got uploaded on Dropbox.
I decided to give the app a try by using it to document all the thoughts running through my head as I’m reading a novel. It worked like a charm, and now I’ll be able to post these thoughts as “My Reading Notes”!
Here are my first set of reading notes, on London Falling by Paul Cornell. This is the first in a series featuring four London police officers who develop “the Sight” after touching a supernatural artifact. I admit, the main reason I wanted to read this book was because I wanted to be familiar with the characters so I could read the second book in the series, The Severed Streets, in which the team tackles a killer who appears to be imitating Jack the Ripper.
My initial thoughts, on beginning the book:
The beginning is a bit of a challenge for me, but knowing all the supernatural stuff that’s to come is getting me through it. I’m on page 12 now and things are starting to settle with me as I get to know the characters better.
And then things started clicking:
On pg 38: Interview with Toshack. Wow. Okay, now we ‘re rolling.
But I’m still a little confused:
On pg 51: There’s still a lot of things referred to in the text that I don’t understand …
Despite the confusion …
On pg 65: This is getting good!
On pg 98: I love this. No denial crap going on for pages. Thank goodness! I’m hooked now.
On pg 106: I’m starting to see now, a good urban fantasy has a strong element of horror to it. At least, this one does.
Still confusing sometimes as to who’s speaking. Some great lines. Pg 133 “He never told jokes; it had just slipped out and made a change in the world.”
On pg 196: So inventive! Enjoying this thoroughly.
On pg 251: Love the technology they use. Hurray for Google Street View!
On pg 272: Waiting for significance of five over four. Wonder who it will be?
On pg 304: !!! As in, OMG
A good quote:
On pg 327: “It is time that defines whether something is real or not. Time is what makes what people experience a tragedy or a love story or a triumph. Hell is where time has stopped, where there’s no more innovation. No horizon. No change.”
And finally, on finishing the book:
Final thoughts: so much imagination here. Amazing how many different aspects of how the Sight shows you he’s come up with. Think it could have used some tighter editing in parts but overall it was all so inventive and I really enjoyed it. Stayed up till 2:30 am to finish it, which says a lot.
So there you have it. My thoughts on London Falling, in real time, so to speak. I am really looking forward to reading The Severed Streets now!