Obert Skye

Have you ever read anything by the author Obert Skye? If you haven’t (or even if you have) I suggest you read some of his works. As far as I know, they’re all good, and I’ve read all of his books except one. Obert Skye is the author of the Leven Thumps series, which is one of the funniest set of books I know. I’m rereading the first of these books and I’ve seen how much I like his writing.

What the heck do I mean by this?

I have no idea what the heck I mean by this.

That’s a lie. I do know. I see how I like Obert Skye in my own writing. As I read (that’s present-tense read) that book, I realize that I could have written it. It’s the same style, I think, and I know I’ve copied it a lot.

I’m flattering myself, I know.

Obert Skye is a genius. His stories are hilarious, but serious enough to be taken seriously. Unlike my writing, which may be hilarious, but it’s too silly for anyone to say anything but, “That’s really good, Liam. Keep working.” Not, “You ought to publish this.”

One thing he’s great at is writing comparisons and examples. For example, take this line: “The light grew larger like a ghost rapidly gaining weight.” And he’ll start each chapter with an example about life, going into long explanations about what happens to seeds and the downsides to being a tree, like dying. And I’ve tried to do the same in my writing.

But one thing I haven’t learned to emulate is his powers of description. In my NaNo novel, I never described a single character, building, or town. I just assumed that the reader would know already. Bad assumption. That’s my first task for January: to go through and describe stuff. But Obert Skye is brilliant even while describing people. He starts out one description by saying, “Mr. Bentwonder was a big fat meanie.” And then he goes on to describe in detail the man’s dung brown eyes; fleshy, perpetually wet lips; spoiled upbringing; and complete disregard for the poverty-stricken member of his school class who eventually ends up freezing him solid and breaking off his tie. Brilliant.

I hope you will read some of his works. His greatest ones (in my eyes) are his Leven Thumps series. For the dragon-lovers in us all, there’s the Pillogy, or the Pillage Trilogy, starting with Pillage, surprisingly enough. Then he just came out with Wonkenstein, which I haven’t read yet, but I’m sure is good. (And no, the grammar of that last sentence isn’t messed up. Study it.)

So. Read something of Obert Skye’s and comment to tell me what you think. Do it now. Are you doing it? No? Then start. NOW!!

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Look, I know you like my blob, and I like it when you like it, but please go read the books. Now.

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  1. Gwendolyn Copperstone

     /  December 11, 2011

    Okay, Pillage and the first Leven Thump are on hold for me at the library. Now I have motivation to finish The War of the Worlds.
    Good luck going back through your story. Description is one of my favorite things to write. I sent my poor MC and her boss’s youngest son to a basement that I described as smelling like mice, rotting mothballs and raw fish (I got the fish one from a NaNo dare). I finished my NaNo story, and started editing it yesterday. So far it hasn’t been as painful as I thought. My problem was flat characters.

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    • Flat characters? As in, a-bulldozer-just-ran-them-over flat? Or do they just like to lie down very flat? Just kidding. I know what you mean. Backstories are everything. And I promised myself I wouldn’t start editing until January. For my sanity (what there is left of it).
      I suggest you read Leven Thumps first, but it doesn’t really matter.

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  2. I love Obert Skye! He’s one of my favorites. I tried to read the Leven Thumps series, but wasn’t able to get through the first book for some reason. (I promise I tried.) But the Pillage Trilogy so far is definitely up there. Can’t wait for the third.

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