My favourite books
What I've read, what I'm reading now,
what's worth going back for another look.
For readers. For
by Michael Crichton
The movie, I'm told, is terrible. An observant movie-goer
says that the editors left most of the story on the cutting room floor.
But ... the book should be different (I'm on page 80 -- I'm interested, so
far). I'm a history buff, so I'm kinda curious to see what Crichton does
with the historical scenes. There's one thing that Crichton is brilliant
at: that's picking up a fantastic plot, weaving into it state of the art
science, and making it sound plausible. It gives all his stories that ring
of believability -- this really could happen.
The book hooked my 15-year-old son, who is now off investigating
Quantum Mechanics for himself.
by Madeline Hunter
Not a bad read, so far.. I like the mystery Hunter has inserted
concerning the heroine's past and the questions it raises about the hero's
connection to that past. I'm hoping the mystery isn't as obvious as it
feels right now. I'll let you know when I've finished it.
Key Of Light
by Nora Roberts
This is the first book of a series, and while it's well written
and holds my attention, I'm again wondering if the premise of the series is as
obvious as it seems to me right now (I'm a few chapters in). However, Nora
Roberts has surprised me before, so I'm waiting and hoping she does so again.
The Lord Of The Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkein, various editions.
on my almost-annual trek through Lord of the Rings. For a few years I
didn't get to read it, as my library was reduced to nothing when I moved to
Canada. But I have the set now, and I'm halfway through The Two Towers.
The movie, I'm glad to say, merely enhances the reading. Because of the
movie's popularity, I don't have to explain why I love this book
Secrets of Successful Writing
by Celia Brayfield
The Amazon page for this book is full of glowing reports on the
success other authors have had using the book as a guideline. I'm a third
of the way through it, and still wondering if I'm going to hear anything new --
or even a new perspective on hoary old subjects. Given the drooling on the
Amazon page I may reread it with a more expectant attitude, but so far the book
has sat open on my desk for a few days, untouched while I got sucked in by other
novels. Nothing's dragged me back to it yet.
by David Fryxell, Writers' Digest Books, Oct
This is a return visit to a classic how-to. It's also
another book I've re-acquired since moving to Canada, and I had a struggle to
find it. Finally, I tracked down one of the last copies, held by Writers' Digest
themselves (it's one of their titles), and had to do some fast talking to get
them to let me buy it, too. It's a great read, and I find that now,
several years on into my professional writing career, more and more of the
information has become relevant and useful. If you can track down a copy,
even on loan from a library, it's worth the trouble. I've since discovered
that Amazon.com are holding onto a few new and used copies, too. (Click on the
title, if you're interested).