“A book has been taken. A book has been taken? You summoned the Watch,” Carrot drew himself up proudly, “because someone’s taken a book? You think that’s worse than murder?”Guards! Guards! – Terry Pratchett
The Librarian gave him the kind of look other people would reserve for people who said things like “what’s so bad about genocide?”
Welcome to the very first post on my very first blog. I won’t pretend that it doesn’t feel a little strange, having never ventured into the slightly terrifying realms of blog creation before. And yet, here we are.
So, why this? Well, this blog is a creative outlet for all the collective hours I’ve spent in immersed in other worlds. Because I wanted a place to put all the things that I don’t write for magazines to have a home.
I like reviewing books, recommending them, gifting them, sharing them. I like discovering the stories beneath the covers, especially stories that I might not at first have picked up. I like seeing other people’s faces light up when they discuss their favourite novel, and hearing why it makes certain parts of their brain tick (or, indeed, why they hate a book. Not every review is good, after all).
I’ll primarily be reviewing fantasy, science fiction, and historical fiction works, but honestly, if something off those beaten genre paths takes my fancy, I’ll chuck it into the pile too.
So, if this site encourages you to pick up or leaf through a book, then I’ll consider this a job well done.