The Incredibles!

I have read three incredibly good books over the course of the past two or three weeks. Now, I’m not really one for reviews but I did want to mention them here.

They were all great for very different reasons. The first, The Winter of Enchantment, by Victoria Walker, is a wonderful children’s book; a rediscovered classic. Highly recommended by me. Here’s what the book’s publishers, Fidra Books, have to say about it:

“Out of print for thirty years and incredibly difficult to get hold of, The Winter of Enchantment is an iconic and elusive book written by the author when she was just 21. It tells the story of Sebastian who travels back from his Victorian world to a magical world of Melissa, Mantari and the wicked Enchanter. The reissue of this book has been clamoured for by many, including writers such as Garth Nix and Neil Gaiman.”

The next I read was American Gods, by Neil Gaiman. A book as vast, entertaining, odd, creepy, powerful and wonderful as America, its people and the gods they brought with them – which is what it’s about. Brilliant.

And finally, last night I read Sarah Salway’s Something Beginning With. It is an odd book, utterly readable and expertly written. It’s funny, whimsical, sad, honest and feels very real. It’s the first book I’ve read cover to cover in as long as I can remember. Yup. It’s that good.

The only down side to mentioning and reading these excellent novels is that it reminds me of the ones I can’t wait to read but struggle to find the time for. There are some books, for instance, that I’m avoiding until I’m not writing because I know they’re going to influence my style. I do want to read them though.


And I’m just wrapping up the WIP. I’ve a couple of bits to check and go through but I reckon, (gulp!) that it’s about done.



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  1.  by  Annie Wicking and Loman Austen

    A lot of reading, my dear friend but have you left any time to put pen to paper or fingertip to key board. I know us writers are always being told to read, read, read, but I have so little freetime to write, write, write. How does one find the time to do both and work?Best wishesAnnie

  2.  by  Nik's Blog

    Very true, Annie. I don’t read half as much as I should, to be honest. Recently, I think because I’m revising, rewriting and editing I’ve been able to fit it all in. I reckon I’ve completed two full redrafts while reading those three books – and I’ve done it by staying up a bit later at night! The quality of the books has helped, I must say. They are all excellent in their own way.Thanks for dropping by again. Always lovely to see you here.Nik.

  3.  by  JwBennett

    American Gods is a fabulous book, the best thing Gaiman has written since Sandamn (well, Stardust is up there, but it was more of a novellette, I thought). Glad you enjoyed it. I love my signed copy! 😉

  4.  by  Nik's Blog

    Welcome Mr B! Wonderful to see you over here. Yes, AG is a truly brilliant book. Utterly fantastic. I’m a wee bit jealous your copy’s signed though!Nik.

  5.  by  Welshcake

    Oh, I so agree with you about the Winter of Enchantment! It was one of my favourites as a child. I recently re-read it thanks to the Fidra edition and it was as lovely as I remembered it. The memory of reading that book the first time around is one that inspired me to wirte for children myself.

  6.  by  Nik's Blog

    It is a wonderful book, isn’t it! I read it for the first time the other week and, what I think is a Very Good sign, it seemed absolutely fresh. There are so many great books out there; I just wish there was the time to read ’em all!Hope you and your writing are well.Nik.

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