Monday, November 30, 2009

What to do with an old phone box?

I read today in The Guardian about the upcycling of a village phone box into a village library (link).

I've been really interested in the rise of the digital book (this link takes you to a great comic about online reading), but I have to admit, there are advantages to the old paper and ink. For a start, you can convert an old phone box into a spontaneous library where people simply drop off their old books and 'borrow' new ones.

The Times has released a list of sci-fi and fantasy novels for Christmas. I was amused that of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians it was noted: "It could be described as Harry Potter for grown-ups." Still? We're still going with that comparison? Never mind... I should probably look that one up myself.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Of Peter Pans and Harry Potters

The Charles Vess illustrated edition of Peter Pan just arrived at my door. I love Vess's illustration and although his Peter looks a little older than the Peter described and not quite so creepy and the paper isn't the best, it's a terrific little book. I'm a particular fan of Vess' title pages where, as on The Ladies of Grace Adieu, you often see the magical creatures and characters of the tale bursting forth from a book.

Regarding Harry Potter... what did you make of the Epilogue of The Deathly Hallows? I'll admit to not being such a great fan of that particular part of the series (the name given to one of the children in particular...), so I wasn't that upset with Grossman's remarks.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Getting the dialogue right

I'm beginning to find my way out from under essays and exam papers, but I spotted this piece today at i09 about writing dialogue. It's great advice for those of you working on your short stories and novels.

And don't forget, it's National Novel Writing Month. It's based in the US, but this is the internet, so if you're having trouble getting down to the writing of your best seller, this is a terrific scheme to help keep the motivation ticking over.