Out of this world…

Went for a quick jaunt down to London last Friday, ostensibly for a bit of research for the story I’m working on, but I also had time to go to the British Library for a look around. Such an amazing place, entering gave me the same hushed-reverence feeling as entering a church, which might be a tad blasphemous but for a book-lover…

Their Out of This World exhibition of Sci-Fi writings and media (#outofthisworld) was brilliant – a fascinating and insightful look at the genre through the ages. And surprisingly, there’s nothing modern or new about it – it’s been around for centuries. I have an uneasy relationship with Sci-Fi, some I like, some I don’t, but I certainly bulked up my summer reading list from the books featured in the exhibition.

One author in particular caught my eye – China Mieville – and his featured book The City and The City. Searches of my local library failed to find it but I did get Kraken – also by Mieville – and am currently being blown away by it. His writing style is unlike any other, perhaps vaguely Neil Gaiman-ish but not really and manages to pull you right into the heart of the story. I haven’t finished it yet but I’ll try my hardest to today.

If you haven’t heard of him – I’m waving the flag – go find a China Mieville book as soon as you can as prepare to read something unlike anything you’ve read before…

 

Food for the Soul…

Had a brilliant evening last night at Waterstones in Nottingham. Mark Chadbourn came to launch his latest novel in the Swords of Albion cycle – The Scar-Crow Men.

A genuinely nice guy, Mark treated all who were there to an interesting talk, a short reading from the new book and a generous Q&A session, followed by a signing. He was good enough to sign all 11 (!) books I brought with me, as well as the 2 I brought whilst there – none of which will be lent out ever again! Buy your own people!

A Swyfte drink in Pit and Pendulum, some new friends and a person to put behind the words I’ve read and enjoyed for so long – a pretty much perfect night.