Through September, I have mostly been reading;
Sourcery – Terry Pratchett
One of the earliest in the Discworld series, it features Rincewind – a magician with a negative capability for magic and an unerring aptitude for staying alive. He’s possibly one of my most favourite literary characters ever because he is so very wise. I can’t remember (or find) the exact quote, but he advises the others to run when the creatures from the Demon Dimensions break through. They ask him where to. No, he replies, the important word is ‘from’.
The Mad Ship – Robin Hobb
Slowly I’m getting through all of these! The Mad Ship is the second in The Liveship Traders trilogy and continues to concern the fates of Wintrow, Alethea, Malta, and Vivaccia and Paragon, the liveships. Secrets are revealed, plot-twists abound, edges of seats are sat on. As well as being ALL ABOUT DRAGONS, these novels deal with some of the basic philosophical questions of life, as Wintrow deals with becoming a pirate instead of a priest and Alethea considers what she would do to regain the Vivaccia. Although there are so many characters, you learn to know them all and, argh!, don’t start reading unless you’re prepared to give up your life for a couple of days. They are gripping.
The Named – Marianne Curley
I read The Named once a very long time ago, and rediscovered it when I was browsing Amazon. There are two more in the Guardians of Time trilogy, so I bought them all. The Named follows Ethan, a member of the Guard, who is given the task of inducting Isabel and training her for their missions to protect time from the Order of Chaos. They’re adventure stories for…kids, in the vein of Animorphs. Kids with extraordinary powers save the world. Not everyone who is Named is a kid, of course, but Isabel and Ethan are maybe 15? I like them, anyway.
Labyrinths – Jorge Louis Borges
I had been meaning to get hold of a copy of this for a long time. Labyrinths is a series of short stories which are surreal and fabulous, seemingly logical, twisting and turning through pathways you never expect, full of imaginary worlds, gardens within books, invisible miracles and refutations of time…I’m planning a Borges quotes post later in the week, but that won’t be enough. Get this book. Read this book. Then read everything else by him. That’s my plan.