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100 Words, 100 Days: Day 40. On Fantasy Sagas.

After almost 2000 pages of brilliant writing, tense set-pieces and searing betrayal, I’m taking a break from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, stopping at A Storm of Swords. I have the next two in the sequence, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. Given the length of time it took Martin to write the most recent in the series, I can wait a bit longer before tackling the next one.

I have masses of books screaming to be read. The only problem I have is where to start. Maybe some Sherlock Holmes is in order.

100 Words, 100 Days: Day 22. On Reading.

If you really want to know me, ask me what I’m reading. If you want to know me better than most, ask why I’m reading what I’m reading. Better still, ask me why I read. You might be surprised by the answer. I have to read. If I don’t, my brain goes into atrophy, my well of creativity runs dry, and I’m no use to anyone including myself.

A friend popped in today with a late birthday present: Bill Bryson’s At Home: A Short History of Private Life. In order to allow my creativity to flourish, reading the same genres time and again is not an option. More on this later.

 

100 Words, 100 Days: Day 9. On Concentration.

My reading challenge for this summer is George R.R. Martin‘s A Song Of Ice And Fire. You might remember this fantasy saga from such spectacular television series as A Game of Thrones. It’s a sprawling seven book sequence (five already published, two to come) that demands concentration. And I’m fine with that.

Last year’s reading challenge, Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, gave me all the preparation I needed. So far, so brilliant. With enough characters to fill up a dozen telephone directories, Martin’s epic fantasy saga is a treasure to hold and a pleasure to read.

Just keep concentrating.