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10 August 2010 @ 05:26 am
Book Discussion: Midnight Never Come and In Ashes Lie, by Marie Brennan  
Hello again.

This week I'd like to talk about the narrative structure in both Midnight Never Come and In Ashes Lie. Both of these books use techniques of non-linear time and alternating points of view. Do you think these techniques enhance the story, or detract from it?

For example, do you think that the knowledge that some characters will survive to fight the fire in In Ashes Lie takes away some of the suspense of scenes that occur earlier in the timeline, but later in the book? How about the multiple points of view? Do you think they add depth and variety, or split the focus?


Cheers,
Sarah
 
 
 
thistle in greythistleingrey on August 10th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
At the risk of being unfair to your first question, I'd say that MNC would be a different story if it had a different narrative structure because I'd put the pieces together in a different way. Neither enhance nor detract, then, strictly speaking, but cause.

I haven't read In Ashes Lie yet (and I don't mind spoilers), so I'll skip the second set of questions. :)
I'm shiny, Captain.: sirenslessthanpie on August 10th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
No, that's a fair point. :)

I can't really decide if I prefer (stories in general) to have the depth of one consistent POV or a breadth of several. I suppose it's all in how it adds up in the end.
thistle in greythistleingrey on August 12th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
For me, what kind of emphasis the story has matters. Sometimes it's best not to see how each character is scheming, I think, and sometimes, not seeing that means that it's much harder to make sense of what happens (or why the reader might care).

...Not that someone must always be scheming :) but it's the clearest categorical example, for me.
The Katanasmilie117 on August 12th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
This week I'd like to talk about the narrative structure in both Midnight Never Come and In Ashes Lie. Both of these books use techniques of non-linear time and alternating points of view. Do you think these techniques enhance the story, or detract from it?
---I think in both of these books, it enhances the story.

I don't think it takes away from the suspense of scenes that occur earlier in the timeline to know some characters will survive to fight the fire - it made me wonder how it got from one point to the other to fill in the gaps of knowing. :) I think for In Ashes Lie, the multiple points of view added variety so that we may know what various characters were seeing as it all played out.