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My recent reads.

A while back, I mentioned that I’d heard a reading by Audrey Niffenegger – author of The Time Traveler’s Wife.

A good read - the short story is even better.

It was a wonderful story about the death – and afterlife – of independent book stores.  I’ve just discovered it’s available to listen to on NPR – National Public Radio – site. I don’t know if this will work for those of you outside the US – but it’s worth a try. The reading is that good – and there’s some pretty good music on the recording as well.

Listening to it got me to thinking about the books I am currently reading. I do tend to read a lot of big name best sellers- but also books by lesser known authors as well. There’s no telling where you will find a real gem.

So here are a few recommendations for you from my recent reading…

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To boldly go… errr… go boldly?

Captain James T Kirk

Captain James T Kirk

Here’s a bit of a confession – I am a Science Fiction nut.  (OK – the Twilight Zone Blog back in November was probably a bit of a hint).

It’s therefore not surprising that a few nights ago, I was seated in the balcony of a New York theatre – watching William Shatner’s one man show.  I grew up watching Star Trek… although, to be perfectly honest, it was actually Spock I really fancied.

I was just a little bit in love with Spock - showing my geek tendencies even at a young age.

I was just a little bit in love with Spock - showing my geek tendencies even at a young age.

And yes, I know there was a grammatical error in that famous opening line – but I didn’t care.

The thing about Sci Fi is that it’s not about the science. Not good Sci Fi anyway… it’s all about the people (or little green men or Wookies or whatever).

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What I did on my vacation – Part 1.

My first sight of a cliff dwelling.

My first sight of a cliff dwelling.

My head is full of the strangest facts – and it’s all my parents’ fault.

When I was a kid, they brought a never-ending stream of books into the house. The types of books were often surprising – I think a lot of the time my parents got them because they were cheap (we didn’t have a lot of money). I read those books from cover to cover – even the encyclopedia!

One which totally captured my imagination at the age of about 10 was a book about the cliff dwellings in the South West of the USA – at Mesa Verde and the surrounding areas.

I was fascinated by the ancient culture that had built such amazing homes – and then just vanished.

Well – I’ve finally been to those cliff dwellings – and all I can say is “Wow!” Continue reading

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RWA Conference begins

The RWA Literacy Signing

The RWA Literacy Signing

This week is the RWA conference here in NYC.

The fun started today with the Literacy signing event.

This is what 500 romance writers look like raising funds to promote literacy.

The books were all donated by the publishers – the authors donated their time a good will – and writing hands.

Something over 2,000 people showed up – they queued outside the conference centre to get in.

That’s a lot of books to sign – and a lot of money raised for charity.

The series business starts tomorrow.

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My New Toy

My greatest fear is not the dark, or enclosed places or even spiders. It’s being trapped somewhere with nothing to read.

It happened to me once. On a delayed flight, I finished the book I was reading half way into a four hour journey. I started prowling the aisles, looking for any newspapers or magazines I could ‘borrow’ until we landed. I hated it (and I imagine my fellow passengers were a bit concerned too).

My new Kindle

My new Kindle

That’s never going to happen to me again – thanks to my new toy. Continue reading

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