My last post had me mentioning (again) Robin Hobb, so I thought I’d follow it with a quick update on where I’m up to in the world of Hobb and other reading exploits.
I’ve been a bit behind on my reading lately, and seem to be progressing far slower than usual, so I’m only up to book two of The Tawny Man Trilogy: The Golden Fool. Loving it of course. But I’m quite keen to finish this trilogy, not only so that I can read more Hobb, but also because I have a number of other attractive books that continue to stare at me from their place on the bookshelf, alone and unread and tempting me with their alluring covers and seductive stories. They include:
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin– I am SO very excited to start reading this series because I recently watched the new HBO television adaptation of it and thought it was AMAZING! Apparently the author also played the part of executive producer in the making of the show, which gives me high hopes that the novels will be just as spectacular if not better.
On Writing by Stephen King – I have been hearing about this book literally everywhere I go. I started reading it at work one day and already understand the hype. Looking forward to reading the rest.
Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres– I recently heard Marianne speak at the Supanova Fantasy/Sci Fi Convention in Sydney. I was inspired to read her books and was lucky enough to meet her at the book stall and have her sign this one. I have heard nothing but good things about this Australian writer, so can’t wait to check it out.
Friday’s Child by Ian Kennedy Williams – The author of this collection of short stories is a fellow member of my writers’ group, and a talented writer at that. Yesterday I went to hear Ian at a National Book Council meeting here in Launceston, where he discussed where the ideas for some of his stories came from and some of the places that have inspired stories he has written. Having already read one of his short stories in the writers group, and finding his presentation yesterday fascinating, I decided it was time to stock up on some more of his work, starting with Friday’s Child. After hearing him read some excerpts, I already know I’m going to like it.
La Bella Lingua by Dianne Hales – Gifted to me on my birthday by my best friend Priscilla. It’s been a while since I read a travel story and I’m having severe withdrawals.
I’m not out of work!..I’m a Writer! by Wayne E. Pollard – I was lucky enough to be sent this by the author when I mentioned his outstanding blog in my post about The dangers of ebook world domination. Thanks Wayne! Meanwhile, his blog Bo’s Cafe Life has some highly entertaining comics relating to all things writer-ly.
And yet, despite this excellent line up of books yet to be read, I continue to find excuses to keep buying more books to pile up in sweet anticipation. Today alone I ordered another three from the Book Depository, which by the way is where I buy all but my home grown Aussie books these days. Free delivery anyone? And super cheap new books too. Book lover heaven I tell you.
Okay, I think it’s time to scoot. I do, after all, have a KAZILLION books to read and so little time.