Frustrating and disappointing. Adams’ writing is stuffed with metaphors, giving everything a dreamy quality that makes it hard to take anything seriously.
Didn’t help that I just came off reading Octavia Butler’s Earthseed books, which do a much better job of narrating a woman’s journey through a post-apocalyptic world.
Three things it taught me about writing:
- If readers already know the narrator survives a scene in a flashback, don’t try to wring tension out of their survival.
- Readers need to know not only what your characters are doing, but why, if they’re going to care.
- When writing a character from a different country, do several editing passes to be certain their dialog, analogies, and expressions all match where they’re supposed to be from.