I have just had another of those moments, where the gaps in my education become chasms, full of words that I need to understand, before I can move on.
Both words come from my latest, fantastic read ‘The Summoner’ by Layton Green.
Don’t get me wrong, Layton uses the English Language to its full capacity, in his writing and for that I applaud, not berate him. So often these days, I find that authors, both those who are established and those new on the scene, tend to use as few words as possible to describe a scenario or situation, so that I am left wondering exactly what feeling or emotion they were really trying to convey, only knowing that it has failed to grab my attention, in the way that I would have liked it to.
Other reviewers of this amazing debut novel, have commented that they found the descriptive dialogue too wordy and their constant need for word clarification an annoyance. I actually found it quietly satisfying to have to search out the definition of a word that I hitherto didn’t know and store it away as another new piece of knowledge gained.
Perhaps this is just another ‘age’ related observation and someone, somewhere, has decided that we don’t need all those words any more, that we should say what we need to, in as few words as possible and move on as quickly as possible to the next experience.
Anyway, I digress, back to my vocabulary lesson:
“He grew restless, tired of pointless perambulation. He reached unconsciously into his pocket, but grasped only fabric. Do prdele. He knew why he’d left her in his suite, but he still berated himself as he peered around the boulder. No matter – soon his second drug would be available: The chthonic milieu of forbidden knowledge. Would he witness something tonight that raised more questions? Would he find another piece of the greatest puzzle of all?”
Chthonic – adjective …..
Relating to or inhabiting the underworld ….. a chthonic deity
“A thick stillness blanketed the inside of the house. After a few minutes the room adumbrated enough for Grey and Nya to make out the banistered stairwell and the vague outline of the slender hallway and it’s doorways.
Adumbrated – verb …..
1. To give a sketchy outline of.