Thursday, 7 April 2011

Want to read something?
Try natterjack. I have two new pieces on this select and thoughfully edited zine. Chill your blood with a flash fiction of sheer Vengeance then chuckle over a spot of poet's Revenge!

On the other hand, talking quality writing, have you read David Mitchell's latest novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob Zoet'?  I read this recently and it achieves something quite spectacular, 3D writing! The setting is so well described and the characters are so at home in the setting, the reader is treated to a cinematic experience. We time travel to a distant Japan and an 18th century Dutch trading port where life is brutal and moral strength an anomaly. Two characters with built in morality do battle with the forces of evil and sort of win, in a self-sacrificing way. Everything described and lived through in this tale is totally believable and obviously meticulously researched. Politics, trading traditions, Japanese ceremony and tender, believable homan relationships all blend into an addictive story with a moving ending.

When is the next book coming out?

Let  me know if you have read Thousand Autumns.

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