Stephen R Donaldson was the author who introduced me to fantasy with his The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever series many years ago. I then went on to read the wonderful Mordant’s Need series – Mirror of Her Dreams and A Man Rides Through (Vol. II) – and loved them but I never liked … Read moreStephen Donaldson
This was the strangest book. It started out repetitive but kept my attention, then the pace increased so much I hated having to put the book down. Then…at a major turning point (I won’t say a word) it flipped into repetition again. It was a really good book. I read all 700 odd pages, so … Read moreFinished “Passage” by Connie Willis
You may have noticed in the right hand column that I’m currently reading Passage by Connie Willis. It’s a thick book, over 700 pages, and it’s hard to put into words my thoughts on how this book started. The first 300 pages was a series of events that repeated themselves over and over again. Now, … Read moreThe Value of Reading
Today, I went into Sydney and listened to Garth Nix talk about his books and more importantly his writing. He said nothing that I didn’t already know, but it was good to listen to someone who has been through what I’m going through now. He wrote for 15 years before he got published, and as … Read moreA talk by Garth Nix
On Monday at 1pm, Garth Nix will be giving a talk on writing, in Sydney. I should go to work but I’ve decided that I’m going to have a sickie and go with a friend to listen to what he has to say. His latest book, Drowned Wednesday hasn’t been out long and I haven’t … Read moreGarth Nix, Author
This is a thick book…really, really thick. I just finished reading part 1 (approx 250 pages) and I was beginning to think that I wouldn’t make it to the end because there is too much technical stuff in it and I was beginning to get bored. But… I said in my last post that I … Read morePassage by Connie Willis
What is bookcrossing? It is the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise. I’ve heard of this before but have never thought about doing it … until now! If you visit the website –BookCrossing – FREE YOUR BOOKS! – you can … Read moreBookCrossing – FREE YOUR BOOKS!
I’ve been reading a lot of young adult novels lately and think it’s time I read something for adults. Passage has been sitting on my book shelf for some time and the blurb sounds interesting. It’s not fantasy but that will probably make a pleasant change. The novel is over 700 pages long and as … Read morePassage by Connie Willis