19 February 2008

Writing on Reading: D.A.

I recently read the YA novelette (?) D.A. by Connie Willis, published in 2007. It was quite good. It features Ms. Willis' fabulous voice--which I really enjoy. Her voice is particularly suited for the young female protagonist in this work; thus, characterization is excellent. The plot is also good: the protagonist is basically forced to become a space cadet against her will and, suffice to say, antics ensue. You will have to read it for yourself to find out what the mysterious title refers to. :)
If I have criticism of this work it's that it is too short. It is also quite difficult to get a hold of. If you can find it and afford it: enjoy!


Anonymous said...

I think the word you're looking for is "novella."

Good call on Willis. She's a great writer!

lesleylsmith said...

Do you know the definitions of novella and novelette? The piece in question was quite short; it took me about a half hour to read. :(

Betsy Dornbusch said...

novella--17,500 and 40,000novellette--7,500 and 17,500

according to Sci Fi and Fantasy Writers of America Nebula awards, via Wikipedia.