What I’m Reading

December 9th, 2003 • Posted in News |

Somehow, in between working full-time, having two kids (both deciding that sleep is overrated), writing, eating and stealing the occasional bout of sleeping, I’m still managing to read. Not as much as I’d like to, but a little …

Currently reading Jeffrey Ford’s THE PORTRAIT OF MRS CHARBUQUE, and it’s an absolute masterpiece. Ford is one of the most talented writers around today, and this book is set to be a classic. Magical, literate, stunningly imaginative, it’s one of those books I love and love to hate, because every few pages Ford throws up ideas that make me think ‘damn, wish I’d thought of that one’. His writing is beautiful. He’s gone onto that list of writers that make me wonder why I bother. And that’s a good thing.

I’ve also read a couple of novellas from Night Shade/Ministry of Whimsy. The Kage Baker novella THE EMPRESS OF MARS is a lot of fun, with serious messages hiding beneath the humour. IN & OZ by Steve Tomasula is a strange book, reminding me in some ways of Ballard at his most challenging. It left me thinking, that’s for sure, and that’s no bad thing.

On my To Read pile ….. well, about 300 books. How depressing. And exciting! I’m looking forward to going part-time in April so that I can spend a little more time reading.

Next one for me though, after the Ford, is UNTIED KINGDOM by James Lovegrove. James is a wonderful writer, very definite and meticulous, creating a beautiful style that mixes humour and wry observation to perfection. And this new novel sounds right up my dark alley …

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