Beatles 3000

29 11 2009

Even 1000 years after they’ve died, the world will still remember the incredible talent of John, Paul, …
Funny, sacrilege!!

Ranger’s Apprentice Series

7 11 2009

Halt's Peril (Bk9)by John Flanagan
Random House Australia

Towards the end of September, the first book in the series was being offered for $5. I bought books 1 & 2. It didn’t take long to read them.

Borders were selling the series at 3 books for the price of 2. I bought books 3-8. And just a week or so ago the ninth book was released. All 9 read now!! That ended the current 2 book story, so no loose ends.

The books can be found in the Child Fiction section of book shops. Don’t let that put you off, as the whole series has been a great read. Read in sequence to not miss anything.

John is an Australian writer, and here’s a description of book 1 to whet the appetite.

“Will is small for his age, but agile and energetic. All his life, he has dreamed of becoming a great knight like the father he never knew, so he is devastated when he is rejected as an apprentice to Castle Redmont’s Battleschool. Instead he is apprenticed to Halt, the mysterious Ranger whose uncanny ability to move unseen is thought to be the result of black magic. Reluctantly, Will learns to use a Ranger’s secret weapons: a bow and arrow, a mottled cloak and a stubborn little pony. It may not be the sword and battlehorse he longs for, but when Will and Halt set out on a desperate mission to prevent the assassination of the King, Will finds that a Ranger’s weapons are not so useless after all…”

Books 1-4 comprise the first adventure
Books 5-6 the second adventure
Book 7 is a prequel to 5
Book 8-9 complete the 4th adventure
Book 10 starting a new thread, is due out in Nov 2010

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Recommended reading for all ages

This is Me, Jack Vance

7 11 2009

Jack Vance BiographyISBN 978-1596062450 (Subterranean)
Hardback, 2009

This is Jack Vance’s biography. His journeys around the world. The people he meets. For much of his career, Vance has been one of the field’s most private writers, an author who preferred to let his work speak for him. this book has been released to coincide with the release of the tribute anthology “Songs of the Dying Earth”.

It is not a story about his works. Towards the end…
“I have been counseled .. to the general effect that since this is the autobiography of a writer I ought to say somthing about writing.” That takes all of 4 pages.

Jack was born in 1916 and led a pretty interesting life thru to 2009. He doesn’t write any more due to blindness. This biography being his only exception.

I gave up reading Jack Vance novels long ago. In my library I have:
– The Dragon Masters
– Emphyrio
– Showboat World
– The Dying Earth

None of which I retain memories of. Maybe I should read them again to remind myself of his writing style.

Jack vance most recent publications have been released through Subterranean Press.
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October Books

4 11 2009

My last review was entered on 20th September. Have to catchup with my reviews because this is what I’ve read since:

John Flanagan
– Rangers Apprentice Series. Books 1-9

L.E. Modesitt Jr.
– The Imager Portfolio. Books 1-2

Jessica Hagy
– Indexed

September Reading (not yet reviewed)
Ian M. Banks
– Matter (A Culture Novel)

David Weber
– Safehold Series. Books 1-2

November Reading
I’m currently reading Jack Vance’s biography – interesting.
Other biographic tombs yet to be read include those about H. Beam Piper and Richard Matheson.

Too True

4 11 2009

Peter Bakowski, poet

” My greatest extravagance is … buying books more quickly than I can read them”

Too true. Not the only person to have that problem ;)