On Reading…

As opposed to ‘On Writing’, which is a great book by Stephen King.  Believe you me, that previous sentence is something I never thought I would write and actually mean.  I’ve read quite a few of the illustrious Mr. King’s works.  I liked the first three books of the ‘Dark Tower’ series, in particular ‘The Drawing of the Three’, but then there was ‘Wizard and Glass’.  The trip to Hell was made all the quicker by the grease on the handbasket.

And all this led me to think: “I need to re-visit that series.  I need to re-visit it and be aware of what it is that actually makes me dislike it so much once it hits ‘WaG’.”  And then THAT train of thought chuffed out of the station and off on a scenic tour of ‘task for the rest of October is to randomly pull books off the shelf and say why I do or don’t like them’.  It’s part of a writing exercise.  Really it is.

I’m sat here right now looking at one of my many, many bookshelves.  I also have books on other surfaces, because you really can’t have enough of them.  I have a vastly eclectic mix of books up there, too – years of trying to get out of the fantasy/SF genre.  There are:

  1. Well known books (the Discworld series, the Dresden Files series). 
  2. Children’s classics (The Wind in the Willows, Charlotte’s Web, Tarka the Otter, the Harry Potter series). 
  3. Books that I bought on a whim, read three pages of and wished I’d never bothered (‘Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus). 
  4. Bubblegum books (Marian Keyes falls into this category, but it seems almost unfair)
  5. A book that I was forced to read, practically at gun point for my English A level that were I a different breed of person I would happily burn in a grand ceremony.  (Pride and Prejudice)
  6. Works of non-fiction (Ancient Rome, the Plantaganets, In Search of the Edge of Time by John Gribbin, which I don’t understand at all, but which makes a great pretentious talking point)
  7. Books that don’t fit into any other category but which are books and therefore Good To Own.

So.  To pick one at random, without being naturally pulled towards something I WANT to read.  Plan is to force self to say wahat I do and don’t like about it.  So…

I’m going to randomly go for ‘Winter Warriors’ by David Gemmell.

It was entirely random and had nothing to do with the fact that I love it.


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