Tuesday, April 15, 2008

What is Brenda Cooper reading?

The latest contributor to Writers Read: Brenda Cooper, technology professional, science fiction writer, and futurist.

One book she mentions:
The Final Warning, by James Patterson. I enjoyed it for a few reasons - as a pleasure read, it's fun. Mr. Patterson is good enough at the hook that he can get me through his books without my writerly-mind derailing into studying technique on the first read, so they entertain (yes, I do go back and try to learn from him. I don't want to write books that are quite that fast paced, but I would love to be that good at hooks). The Final Warning is also an engaging look at a tough problem I'm otherwise blogging about. And besides, his main character, Max, flies. [read on]
Brenda Cooper is the co-author of the novel, Building Harlequin's Moon, which she wrote with Larry Niven. Her solo and collaborative short fiction has appeared in multiple magazines, including Analog, Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Oceans of the Mind, and The Salal Review.

Last year, she applied the Page 99 Test to The Silver Ship and the Sea, the first book in The Silver Ship trilogy. Her new book, Reading the Wind, is due out in July.

Visit Brenda Cooper's website and her LiveJournal; read an excerpt from The Silver Ship and the Sea, and learn more about Reading the Wind.

The Page 99 Test: The Silver Ship and the Sea.

Writers Read: Brenda Cooper.

--Marshal Zeringue