Stephen King - Bill Hodges Trilogy - Mr Mercedes

Stephen King’s “Bill Hodges Trilogy” has elements of fantasy, particularly in the final book, but primarily it’s just a good detective trilogy. The first novel "Mr Mercedes" won the 2015 Edgar Award for “Best Novel from the Mystery Writers of America” as well as Goodreads Choice Awards for 2014 for the category "Mystery and Thriller". These books are completely different from Stephen King’s horror novels, and just prove he is not limited to any particular genre. Well worth reading.

How to ruin a good book.

Lord Foul's Bane 
(The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever #1)
by Stephen R. Donaldson
I wanted to like this book. It started well enough. It could have been so good. But then the main character raped an innocent girl. Was he supposed to be the hero? A rapist can’t be the good guy. So was he the bad guy? I got the impression he was supposed to go on to be some sort of saviour. I even tried reading on but I couldn’t push the incident aside the way it is pushed aside in the book. I ended up reading the synopses of the series to see if he is repentant and redeems himself in any way, or that the girl might have risen above the despair (or better still that she might have murdered him) but it wasn’t to be, if anything her fate seemed to become sadder and sadder. I prefer the main character to be either a good character I love to love, or a diabolically bad character who ends up copping it big time.

The Horse was my Favourite! A Painting called "Nightmare"

About Elizabeth Elizabeth Leggett is a Hugo award-winning illustrator whose work focuses on soulful, human moments-in-time that combine... I stopped reading one sentence into Hugo award winner Elizabeth Leggett’s profile, but only because I was side-tracked as her artwork flashed across the top of the screen. Such a variety of painting styles and so many are really eye-catching. Very nice!
Portico Arts | The Art of Elizabeth Leggett

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride, written by William Goldman.
I often wonder, if I have to choose a composer to do music for a book I have written, who would I choose? There are some big names out there - Ennio Morricone, Howard Shore, Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Danny Elfman, (James Horner – rest in peace). Yet the composer I might choose, who is right up there on my list of favourites, is Mark Knopfler.
One of the most notable things about the music of Dire Straits through the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s was the precision of the performance of the pieces produced by Mark Knopfler. Whilst his voice and style added a unique element, the music and how it was played grabbed people. It was very neat.
Mark Knopfler went on to create the musical score for several movies including cult classic The Princess Bride.It was impossible not to love the book and the movie. It was equally impossible not to love the music.
If you haven’t read the book, read it! If you prefer, see the movie – it’s wonderful and quite hilario…

Paper books and e-books. Horses for courses.

Paper books and e-books. Horses for courses.
oSo many books available, wherever you are, whatever mood you are in. oBooks are relatively cheap if you buy them from somewhere like Amazon. oExtremely easy to inspect a book, and to buy it and download it. You can have your book in seconds. oGreat to read on an electronic device. You can set your text size, background colour, light-dark, font type, etc. oYou can read in bed whilst your partner sleeps, without the light on! oYou can still read paper books. Reading some books on your e-device doesn’t stop you also reading paper books. oOn Amazon, you can keep your eye out for 99c books and free books. Even the most popular books will have specials, deals where the price is dropped, or even free promotions.
·Cons: oIf you are camping in the bush with no power, your book can suddenly run out of charge. oIt hurts a lot more if you fall asleep and your ‘book’ slams into your face.
Not so many years ago I despised everything about electronic book…

One man's comedy is another man's tragedy.

One man's comedy is another man's tragedy.
Even our own misfortune can be a source of humour. Finding humour in misadventure is one of the great Australian pastimes. Who hasn’t sat around the campfire and laughed with friends about some disastrously calamitous incident in their past. I got out of bed one night because I heard one of my kids cry. Now I know my way around my own house, so why bother turning on a light? Unfortunately, the nickers I was wearing lost their elasticity and chose that dark moment to hit the floor. I staggered sideways, grasping for something to steady myself. My hand shot across the duchess, sending a cascade of ornaments and junk flying across the room, smashing onto the floor. I lurched back towards the dark doorway and smashed the middle of my forehead into the half open door. As a flurry of stars swirled around my head, I managed to reel out into the corridor where my foot landed smack on one of my kids’ toy cars. The car shot down the hallway and …

Fan Art, Ranger's Apprentice

No pictures in your book? Why not Google fan art. It never fails to amaze me how many people have created artwork about their favourite books and characters. As I am currently re-reading Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan, and I took a moment to look up fan art. Every artist has a different take on each character in the series. OK, the occasional one is awful but I like to think the artist is trying hard and will improve. As for the majority, some are cute, some are funny and some are just beautiful.  This one is particularly beautiful.