I have to admit, I don’t read much. Don’t ask me why, I really love reading books, but somehow manage not to get the time for it. Sometimes I find myself reading every day for a period of a few weeks, then months can pass until my next marathon starts. In any case, I rarely get past eighteen pages in one “reading session”. The reason for this is that I read in bed, before sleeping. And so, I need my books to be easily read, and interesting enough for me to actually finish them.
There are a few writers I’ve grown fond of though. As a genuine fantasy geek, it is no surprise to see J.R.R. Tolkien on top of my fond-of-list. Tolkien will always rank at #1 for anyone with a slight interest in fantasy fiction and good writing.
Douglas Adams is another king of kings. Sadly, neither of these two are no longer with us: Tolkien passed away as an old man in 1973, while Adams suffered a heart attack in 2001, and died at the age of 49. I shouldn’t need to recommend you to read these, but here goes: Lord of the Rings and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Seriously, you don’t know what you’re missing.
There are two writers who probably deserves a place in the hall of kings alongside the above mentioned, and they are remarkably still alive! Neil Gaiman is one. Gaiman is Lord. Praise the Lord.
The other is Terry Pratchett. He is responsible for a lot of things, including me wetting myself and having milk come out my nose. Unfortunately, Pratchett was diagnosed with having Alzheimer’s Disease a while back, which made everyone, himself included, afraid that his writing days were over. Not so!
Unseen Academicals is his latest book, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!
From http://terrypratchettbooks.com: “Discworld lives on in Unseen Academicals, the latest novel from Terry Pratchett. Delivering the trademark insight and humor readers the world over have come to expect from “the purely funniest English writer since Wodehouse” (Washington Post Book World), Unseen Academicals focuses on the wizards at Ankh-Morpork’s Unseen University, who are reknowned for many things-sagacity, magic, and their love of teatime-as they attempt to conquer athletics.”
I will wager a month’s pay that you’ll love this book, not even having read it myself yet.
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