Wednesday, 6 December 2017

November's Reading

I'm back in the game with five books read in November - not that I'm competitive but reading only three books for the past couple of months isn't good for me.

2084 Edited by George Sandison
This fantastic anthology of stories depicts possible futures of what life could be like in 2048, one hundred years after George Orwell's 1984You can read my review here.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
This is a young adult thriller about a privileged family with their own island, and the younger generation trying to deal with the expectations of family mythology and the pull to follow their own paths in life. We Were Liars includes a brilliant twist near the end. Definitely get your hands on a copy of this.

The French Exchange Whale by Cal King
This small book includes ridiculous rejected book ideas but some of them might have you wanting them to be written into full books. This would make a fun Christmas present for a writer or reader in your life. Review will be appearing later in the week.

His Guilty Secret by Helene Fermont
Affairs, dead husbands, friends with addiction and secret children. This book is full of secrets and lies, exploring the complex tangles of modern life and love. My review will be appearing later this month.

The Power by Naomi Alderman
Winner of the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and I can definitely see why. Women across the global realise they have an electric power within that comes alive when attacked or angry. They can inflict pain or even death. The power struggle between men and women starts to tip the other way, and men are finding they no longer have control. This is a fantastic novel - go and buy this one and read it!


In November I went to the Gollancz Festival at Foyles, celebrating science fiction writers with talks and workshops. Not only was the day a great way to hear from authors on their inspirations but it was also got me interested in writers who I've not read before - I'm definitely going to read something by Joe Hill. Here are some highlights from the day...

  • Try to tune out 'normal' life for your mind to start working and piecing together ideas
  • Write into the gap of stories
  • Write first then edit afterwards so you know the direction you're heading with the narrative
  • A deadline gives motivation and tricks you into working
  • There are no magic tricks to writing
  • you can't wait for an idea - you need to put down the 'seed' and then tease out the idea into something bigger

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