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Saturday, April 23, 2011


I love to read! It wasn't always so, I'm ashamed to say.  In school, I HATED to read.  I thought I had better things to do with my time. (Don't judge, I learned my lesson!) However, I also never had a teacher, not one, that encouraged me to read or introduced me to good books. 

So, when I began to teach, I had a student ask me about a book and told me he wouldn't read it until I did. I planned on just telling him it was good, but after reading one chapter, I was hooked.  I've been reading ever since.  Thanks to Steven and JK Rowling, I now love to read.

So, what does that story have to do with sense of humor.  A lot. For me, a book grabs me when it has great characters and fantastic dialogue.  If the book can keep me laughing or pull at my heart strings, I can't put it down.  Harry Potter and his friends were hilarious.  I loved the snarky sarcasm of the character's voices.

I recently read a book that had me in stitches!  Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon was a book I devoured. 

Infinity (Chronicles of Nick, #1)

From Goodreads, this is the book description:
        At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity. Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead. But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.
As if starting high school isn't hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?

Even the description screams VOICE! Nick and the cast of characters had me rolling, and this is a book about zombies, for pity's sake. My favorite characters, besides Nick, were Bubba and Mark.  Here are two snippets that shows you great dialogue adds sense of humor.

INFINITY by Sherrilyn Kenyon   pg. 127
The barrel swung wide and instead of hitting the jocks, the shot blasted a huge hole right through the eyes of the picture of Bubba's mama that hung on the wall near the register.  Nick stared at the hole in absolute terror. Ah God. I'm so dead.  Bubba really loved his mama. And he'd shot her right between the eyes...
The look of Satan's wrath on Bubba's face nauseated him. "Bubba...I'm sorry."

He stalked Nick like a hunting lion out for dinner. "Not half as sorry as you're gonna be.  Make me shoot my mama.  Boy, what are you thinking?  What the hell's wrong with you?"

INFINITY by Sherrilyn Kenyon  pg. 133
His face was streaked with camouflage paint and he wore yellow contact lenses that had a rim of red around them. Zombie eyes. Also for camouflage.  But that wasn't the worst of it.  As he stopped next to Nick, there was an odor so foul it took his breath.  Nick covered his nose to keep from being sick over it. "What is that smell?" It was like three-day-old cat vomit mixed with rotten asparagus.

Mark scowled at him as if he was crazy for even asking. "Duck urine.  It keeps the zombies from thinking I'm human."

Nick snorted. "Yeah, well it keeps me from thinking you're sane."

Ms. Kenyon has mastered the art of making totally engaging characters and a perfect sense of humor for each one.  I loved this book so much.  If you are writing, especially a male POV, you have to check out this gem.

So, what is your main character's sense of humor?


  1. My MC can find the humor in any situation, no matter how dire. Oh, wait, maybe that's me too:)

    I think we put our tastes and qualities into the characters we write about. Makes sense, I reckon.

    Great blog.

  2. I love books that keep me in stitches! And I've been eyeing this book for a while - just added it to the TBR list!