Congratulations to joanneanderton who gets a copy of Besieged!
January 1, 2012
Happy New Year and have an excellent year 2012!
June 18, 2011
The winner of the Dreams Unleased ebook is Iestyn! Congratulations!
July 19, 2010
Wow! I was one of the winners of the Dragon Variation omnibus ebooks by Lee and Miller!
Hopefully, the heat wave will pass soon so that I can bear to read ebooks on my computer.
May 21, 2009
What book would you love to be able to read again for the first time?
Any of my favorite books, really (notice the plural). Bujold’s Vorkosigan sci-fi series, Brust’s Vlad Taltos fantasy series, Anne Logston’s Shadow fantasy series… On the comic front, my perennial favorites Sandman and Elfquest.
Of course, I’m hoping that I will be reading new books in the future which will come favorites.
January 30, 2009
September 4, 2008
I was looking through books yesterday at the shops and saw all the Twilight books, which I know basically nothing about. What I do know is that I’m beginning to feel like I’m the *only* person who knows nothing about them.
Despite being almost broke and trying to save money, I almost bought the expensive book (Australian book prices are often completely nutty) just because I felt the need to be ‘up’ on what everyone else was reading.
Have you ever felt pressured to read something because ‘everyone else’ was reading it? Have you ever given in and read the book(s) in question or do you resist? If you are a reviewer, etc, do you feel it’s your duty to keep up on current trends?
Well, yes. I don’t think that I was ever actually pressurized as such but certainly I was felt not part of the crowd because I don’t like that same books that the, apparently, huge majority of Finnish fantasy fans like. George R. R. Martin and Robin Hobb are the rulers of the Finnish fantasy circles. I read the first Martin book and I guess I have him to thank for a realization: that I don’t care for his style of world-building or writing, and that I didn’t have to and nobody could make me. I’ve also declined reading other epics which people tend to assume are automatic reads for fantasy fans. (The old “epic is the end-all and be-all of fantasy”-syndrome.)
I liked Hobb when I was younger and I still have the first book of her third trilogy (Fool’s Errand) waiting in my to-read-pile. But I think she’s way too verbose and could have easily shortened her books.
If I was paid to review, then I think I’d feel the need to keep up. Now, I don’t.
August 18, 2008
Over at Amy’s blog I saw this which seems like a very good idea! Essentially it’s celebrating all book bloggers. I’ve certainly enjoyed reading book blogs around the net and I’d also like to thank you all for you’re great work! So, thanks all of you!
December 22, 2007
Happy holidays! And since I won’t be on-line until next year: I hope you all have an excellent year 2008!