I've spent a lot of time reading random fantasy, because most of the other books at the library completely failed to sell themselves to me. What can I say, I'm a sucker for something which displays a hint of interest to come. -_-
But enough about Blurbs/covers/reviews all sucking.
I used to have a theory that I was a trend-setter for certain fantasy. I'd read a book, and then exactly three months later I'd see it on all the 'hot rad' lists.
This happened four or five times, at least. Certainly, I can remember it happening with the Rangers Apprentice
books(pity word Apprentice has become a bit old. Very promising author, I thought) and The Ill-made Mute
As far as Gaiman goes, I generally prefer his stuff for younger readers.
Like, I read a fair few of his proper novelic stuff, and definitely enjoyed it, but it just never seemed to have the charm of The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
or The Wolves in the Walls
. I quite liked his collaboration with Terry Pratchett, Good Omens
, as their different writing styles mixed together into a wonderfully eyebrow-raiser.
Terry Pratchett is certainly an author whom I follow avidly. I'm fast approaching the terrible state of having no more of his books to read, especially with him having Alzheimer's! D:
Orson Scott Card's books, Ender's Game
and Ender's Shadow
particularly, I love. Having got Ender's Game
as an audio-book(VERY high-quality, as overseen by Card himself, and even with a cameo! ^__^) when I was younger, it is probably one of my most read(read: listened-to) books, with 78 full runs through so far!
It serves as much inspiration, and has an INCREDIBLY useful library of tropes to draw upon when explaining ideas.
Recently, I've been getting back into Jasper Fforde[sic] and his completely original and wacky take on writing.
Also, much of the reading I've done in the past two weeks has been less for pleasure, and more as a form of study. I want to do more than just make games. I want to make games that leave an impact(obligatoryplug
), as all good books do. It is possible(see plug), and I figure where better to start than what left it's mark on me!
Anyway, I have to sleep some, now...
* Wonkyth goes to read Eye to Eye, by Catherine Jinks.