Descriptive Language

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I've only read the review, but I've read books that were overly descriptive as you mentioned here. In rare cases, it can be beautiful to read, but most of the time as the reader, I find it distracting and tedious.
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Her descriptive language was what was so intriguing for me. It was the way in which she described everything, often using interesting metaphors, which helped in forming the picture for me. Her use of certain vocabulary was sometimes challenging, so, because I didn't know the words so I would have to go to the dictionary and find out what it meant. I did not mind, because I knew it was expanding my own vocabulary. The setting was Australia and so she was using slang from that area, expressions that we in America are not accustomed to and, also, the culture came into play as well. Liked it a whole lot.
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Bikko wrote: 09 Jun 2018, 09:30 Desccrptive language helped me a lot to comprehend the backbone of the story just from the blurb to end.
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Erick Bixen wrote: 27 Apr 2018, 12:49 Descriptive language gives the story a local flavor
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The descriptive language adds taste to this book making it great
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Erick Bixen wrote: 27 Apr 2018, 12:49 Descriptive language gives the story a local flavor
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Descriptive language makes this story flow well thus is a perfect read
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It puts the book in to a lot slower pace. Really doesn't need that many adjectives.
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I, also, feel like the overabundance of descriptions tended to slow the story down. It is a fine line to walk to try to describe enough but not too much.
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I liked the stellar vocabulary that showed me quite a few new words, but I definitely felt the descriptions went too far at times. The pace could have varied more with some scenes having more to the point action before slowing down for dramatic effect. Plus, the language wasn’t fitting of a 16 year-old (story being first person), but I guess it worked fine with the notion of an adult looking back to share their story.
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