In case you don’t keep up to date with all the latest in book news, here it is: PHILIP PULLMAN IS BRINGING OUT THE BOOK OF DUST, an ‘equel’ to HIS DARK MATERIALS. Guys, we get to adventure again with Lyra!!!!
I love Northern Lights so much, and the rest of the series not much less. Lee Scoresby. Iorek Bryrinson. The fantastic evilness of Mrs Coulter. The wonderful world Lyra lives in, then colliding with our world and others. I read and re-read these books so so many times as a teenager.
So I should be just over the moon about this, right? But my excitement is definitely tinged with some concerns… here we go:
I saw these two barges whilst walking along Regents Canal. At first it was a pleasant surprise, a feeling of connection. Someone else loves that book too, hooray!
But really, underneath, I wasn’t so keen, and I’ve worked out why:
I recently realised how few Mothers with great characters could be found in literature. Two of my fellow English Literature graduates and I compiled a list of eight awesome Mothers which was about all we could think of, and I posted about four of them last week.
These next four are not as well known. Have you heard of them?
A couple of months ago I finished the latest draft of the novel I’ve been writing for a few years. It’s currently with various trusted people for editing/feedback, but it being done for a while has given me some freedom to try writing something new! And this is how I’ve been doing it…
Lee Scoresby and trusty daemon Hester crash-land their newly-acquired hot air balloon onto an island. Almost immediately he finds himself embroiled in the politics and tensions between big companies, tradesmen and the giant bears he sees everywhere. He quickly finds himself drawn into a deadly situation, friendship with a bear and an opportunity to get even with an old enemy…
I got this in January, but have been holding off reading it because I knew that I wouldn’t want it to be over. And I was right. Lee Scoresby is one of my favourites from His Dark Materials trilogy, as is Iorek, so the chance to read another story with them was very exciting. And of course, Philip Pullman pulled it off in his marvellous and magnificent way, telling a thrilling and atmospheric story even in such a short book.
These three theatre experiences just look AMAZING! Really exciting use of set, story and drama to tell some of my very favourite tales that there are. If I had lots of money I’d go and see them all at least once, but as it is we shall see!
I’m sure these days every third book or so follows this simple formula for a title.
Honestly. The Taxidermist’s Daughter. The Time-Traveller’s Wife. The Pirate’s Daughter. The Firework Maker’s Daughter. The Photographer’s Wife. The Gravedigger’s Daughter. The Alchemist’s Daughter.
I find it extremely annoying… and yet still these titles draw me in. I think they work because they make you immediately ask these three questions: