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All the world’s a page…

03 Mar

Today is World Book Day, a fact I was made aware of by Audrey, who went to school dressed as a witch, (her class are all being Harry Potter characters for the day) as part of the global celebration of all things literary.

Obviously I’m going to cynically use this as an excuse to promote Stories In Green Ink, the anthology containing my first published works of short fiction (written as Guy Thair)

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…ahead of the second collection featuring another one of my stories, which should be out later this month.

But I’m also going to take the opportunity to recommend a few of my (possibly rather predictable) all time favourite book series, starting with one that is soon to make its long-awaited appearance at the movies.

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Stephen King’s Dark Tower series is an extraordinarily ambitious and groundbreaking epic that defies classification.
It takes a classic western theme and mixes it with elements of thriller, mystery, fantasy, horror and sci-fi, resulting in a deeply satisfying and unique tale that takes the reader on a thrilling journey that manages to combine our world and that of the anti-hero, Roland, the last Gunslinger in a way that is natural and seamless.
Many people have told me they hadn’t read the books “because I don’t like horror stories”, but King is so much more than a horror writer and if you appreciate a fantastic story that’s beautifully written then I urge you to enter the world of the Dark Tower, I promise you won’t regret it.

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I know I’ve enthused about the genius of Douglas Adams on many occasions, but this is simply because I cannot praise him enough.
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy books are without doubt some of the funniest I’ve ever read (even after reading them over a dozen times, they still make me laugh out loud) and the story of Arthur Dent and his adventures in Adams’ surreal universe are endlessly inventive and thought-provoking.

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I couldn’t possibly talk about books without once again plugging the awesome Terry Pratchett and his hugely popular and influential Discworld™ series.
Terry has been compared to writers as diverse as P.G. Wodehouse and Jonathan Swift; his talent for taking everyday situations and familiar stereotypes and relocating them to his own version of the universe enables him to discuss important social issues and intellectual concepts in a way that is not only accessible but hilarious, with a wit and warmth that very few authors have ever achieved.

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And finally, a series of which many of you may never have heard; G.W. Dahlquist’s Glass Books of the Dream Eaters trilogy.
“Steampunk” covers a wide range of styles, but I think the Glass Books series epitomizes the genre; a faux-Victorian setting, a rollicking adventure, dark humour, a creeping sense of dread, erotic undertones and mysteriously advanced technologies being put to sinister use, Dahlquist crams all this and more into his books, which follow three wildly differing protagonists who have to rely on each other to foil the dastardly plans of some truly despicable villains.

So there is my contribution to World Book Day, I hope you are sufficiently tempted by my choices that you go and seek out at least one of my recommendations. With nearly fifty titles to choose from, it should be a while before you need to top up your book pile.

To play us out, who else but Elvis Costello and the 1983 classic, Every Day I Write The Book.

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8 responses to “All the world’s a page…

  1. Dr. Rex

    March 3, 2016 at 14:48

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    “Today is World Book Day” …… read, read, read!!!

     
    • dalecooper57

      March 3, 2016 at 14:51

      Thank you Horty, hope you find something you like. ;~}

       
      • Dr. Rex

        March 3, 2016 at 17:48

        You’re most welcome ….. hugs!! 🙂

         
  2. Bee Halton

    March 3, 2016 at 18:16

    Ah I love Douglas Adams and Terry Prattchet. The only King book I’ve ever read and loved is The Stand. I saw the TV series first and just wanted to read it. But I harbour the same prejudice towards him like you mentioned. That series sounds interesting though because I believe he is a brilliant writer. And the last of your choices I have never heard of. Happy World Book Day. I am off to follow Mr Wallander to Sweden 🙂

     
    • dalecooper57

      March 3, 2016 at 18:22

      Honestly, the Dark Tower series is NOT a horror story. It’s a love story, a thriller, a fantasy epic and yes, there are elements of horror, but that’s all they are, small parts of a complex whole.

      Gotta love a bit of Wallander too. ;~}

       
      • Bee Halton

        March 3, 2016 at 18:49

        I think “The Last Stand” is similar so bet I would like it. Yes, I love Wallander. I read all of them in German and now re- read them in English. The best husband ( Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world has a list of books I would like (about ten A-4 pages 🙂 ) and he uses it for all occasions that need presents. I am blessed 🙂

         
      • dalecooper57

        March 3, 2016 at 18:52

        Hahaha, it’s “The Stand” actually, I’ve already edited it in your previous comment.
        The original tv series of Wallander is brilliant too.

         
      • Bee Halton

        March 3, 2016 at 19:27

        Lol of course …. Got a bit confused there

         

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