Just read: Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett

I’ve been a fan of Terry Pratchett’s novels for as long as I care to remember. Just after Mort was published a colleague introduced me to The Colour of Magic in paperback and within a few days I had got up to date. I’ve been getting each new Discworld novel as it comes out, until very recently. Due to various other pressures I failed to notice the publication of Unseen Academicals at the end of 2009 and it wasn’t until last Christmas that I managed to remedy that situation. Continue reading

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Just read: Alexandria by Lindsey Davis

I must admit that I’m always happy when a new Falco novel hits the shelves.  I’ve been reading this series of books since the first one, The Silver Pigs, came out and have never been disappointed.  The main protagonist, Marcus Didius Falco, is a great character with an almost perfect mixture of honour and character flaws that keep you guessing exactly what he’s going to do next while still being quite sure he’s not going to do anything shocking. His wife, and partner in crime-fighting, the stunning Helena Justina is one of the most tantalising and desirable women in fiction [just in case my wife actually gets around to reading this, note the use of the word ‘fiction’].   Continue reading

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On reading

As well as writing, I spend as much time as I can reading (well, that is, when I’m not doing other things I enjoy like eating or having quality time with my family).  I frequently travel by train, which is a perfect opportunity to immerse myself in a good book, occasionally missing my station through happy oblivion.  So I thought I’d share what I’m reading, or what I have read, on the rather egotistic assumption that somebody might care.  To that end, therefore, I will be occasionally Jotting down some comments on books other than my own ;-)

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Starting a new blog

After much cajoling and coercion, I have finally accepted the fact that a blog is a worthwhile activity.  Worthwhile, that is, for an author; where else can you expect to be able to write what you want and deliver it directly to your readers without the intervention of a middle man person?  Hopefully worthwhile, also, for a reader – ideally for more than one reader, but I mustn’t set my expectations too high!

Quite a while ago I wrote a post or two for the blog run by my publisher, but have been extremely lax about continuing to contribute.  This time I can’t hide behind a corporate logo, so if this blog isn’t being updated there’s no-one to blame but myself.

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