Posts from ‘October, 2010’

Links I Like

Bookish news Jay Rubin, Murakami’s translator gives an interesting interview Webcomic Fans Boost Self-Published Book to Amazon’s #1 Spot Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry battles censorship in India Fiction Uncovered, a new book award, has been launched. Six scientists tell us about the most accurate science fiction in their fields A new digital-only publishing house, […]

Pretties – Scott Westerfeld

 The second book in the Uglies quartet I really enjoyed Uglies, the first book in this quartet, so was disappointed to discover that Pretties wasn’t in the same league. It is impossible to give any details of the plot without spoiling Uglies, so I’ll just point you in the direction of my Uglies review if […]

Paprika – Yasutaka Tsutsui

 Translated from the Japanese by Andrew Driver I bought this book because I saw the following phrase on the cover: A Japanese master to be ranked alongside Haruki Murakami I hadn’t heard of the author, but I’m afraid I have no self control when I see the word Murakami – I just have to see […]

Cold weather is reducing my reading time!

As Winter draws nearer I had expected to find myself reading an increasing number of books. I envisioned myself curled up with my favourite blanket, spending the cold, dark nights immersed in fictional worlds. This doesn’t appear to be happening. Instead I find myself reading less and I am currently finishing about half the number […]

Stonehenge – Bernard Cornwell

In preparation for hearing Bernard Cornwell talk I wanted to read one of his books. The reviews on Amazon seem to indicate that his King Arthur books are the best, but unfortunately my library didn’t have a copy of The Winter King in stock and so I ended up with Stonehenge. I was equally intrigued by the historical setting, but […]

An Evening with Bernard Cornwell

Earlier this week I was lucky enough to attend a rare live appearance from Bernard Cornwell. The event was organised by Foyles and took place in Westminster, Central London – right next to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The talk took place in a beautiful, old room packed with oil paintings and so the atmosphere […]