I’m currently reading The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons, and I’m getting closer to the end. This book has been taking me a long time to read. It’s a dense book. In this book, as with Endymion, the title character is the narrator. In scenes involving him, it’s in first person point of view, while it’s in third person when it doesn’t involve him. However, there are some scenes that take present tense, which is explained by Raul Endymion in the book as he directly addresses the reader. It’s a rather interesting style of writing, which I’ll touch upon when I write the review.
Now, I read a fight scene in the book tonight, and I was blown away with how intense it was. First person point of view in present tense gives it an incredible sense of being there. I’ve previously read a novella which used this same POV and tense, but it didn’t work for me. However, in The Rise of Endymion, it’s working remarkably well. I just loved the fight scene. I felt drawn into the battle, like I was a part of Raul Endymion. I became him. How did Simmons do that so well?
Most novels I read are in third person point of view using past tense. That’s how I write, as well. But sometimes, first person is very effective, and if done correctly, present tense can make you a part of the story.
Have you read any novels that use both first person and present tense effectively?