What Are You Looking For In A Book?

Picture by Emilio Nanni

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Hello again, my blog posts are taking a back seat at the moment, but I thought I should take a bit of time to write one up and let you all know I’m still here, just busy with other stuff at the moment. Anyway, I’m waffling, so let’s get on with it.

I am currently reading Joe Abercrombie’s ‘Before They Are Hanged’, and I have to admit, I’m loving Joe’s work at the moment. Every one of his novels I’ve read so far, have stood high above any other fantasy I have read. I love his style, the gritty, no holds barred, bare your teeth and snarl at anyone that doesn’t like it, writing. To me, his prose is impressive and his stories are unique. There may be other books out there that are similar, but I haven’t read them, and I’m lapping it up because these two elements make his work a truly enjoyable read.

This has led me wonder, what is it others seek from a good book? Is it originality? Is it Style? Is it the emotional journey you take when you follow a character through their journey? Is it all of the above? I’m very interested in knowing just what is it that makes a great book for you?

Thanks for reading my post and I hope to hear some of your thoughts on this.

Know much about adventure? I’ve just had a crash course.

Hello again, I thought I would give you another update as I have just had two weeks off work. I spent the first week fine tuning the formatting I have done for the anthology my writers’ group are producing. I also got stuck into my novella and managed to get my first draft done – Woohoo! The second week I spent taking a break from both work and writing, heading over to New Zealand with the family for some adventure. And what an awesome time we had. In the five days we were there, we managed to visit an ice bar (a bar where everything is made of ice, including tables, chairs and glasses.),


enjoy coffee at the boathouse,


take a walk through Queenstown Gardens,


enjoy a meal at Chicco’s, visit the cookie shop, take the gondola up a mountain, ride the luge, ride a ski lift, do a Zip Line tour, visit arrowtown,


visit Milford Sound (beautiful)


and do this:-

Ledge swing 9

Yep, that’s me swinging in mid-air and now I think I need another holiday to relax!

What was your last big adventure?