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Old 9th Nov 2011, 8:24   #31
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I think I will be putting Umberto Eco's The Prague Cemetery on my Christmas list.
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As Diana Wynne Jones died earlier this year, I would probably put in Charlie Higson as a substitute, and also add Margaret Atwood.
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As Diana Wynne Jones died earlier this year, I would probably put in Charlie Higson as a substitute, and also add Margaret Atwood.
Reading Diana Wynne Jones' Reflections, her last work, a compilation of essays and speeches she gave toward the end of her life on writing, and which I found much more useful (or at least encouraging) to me as an aspiring writer of fiction than, say, Orson Scott Card's How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Since the efforts I was inspired to write for the two major American markets in science fiction and fantasy since reading Mrs. Jones's book were met with rejection slips, I obviously need more in the way of instruction, more practice at writing, or both. But Reflections is also an enjoyable read, which Mr. Card's book, sad to say, was not.
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1. Susanna Clarke
On the basis of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, and The Ladies of Grace Adieu, I could probably be found hanging around the gates of Bloomsbury when a new novel is rumoured. Helped by the beautiful cover design for the latter, in hardback.
...and nine and a half years later we're still waiting.
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I have watched the DVD of "Jonathan Strange...." several times - because it is excellent, but also to ready myself for another tome, sooner rather than later.

I think she will follow Childermass in whatever comes next.
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