Friday, 19 February 2016

Libraries, or how to read books free and have the government pay for them...

Whichever way you look at it, libraries are brilliant. A resource too few people take advantage of. It doesn't cost you anything, because the library is funded by the marvellous government...and authors and publishers still get their money.

If a book isn't in stock, ask, and the library will either order it from another library, or if no libraries have a copy, it might cost you fifty pence or so to order it.

If you have libraries in your country, there is no reason for you to not read (if you want to read, of course). I'm not going to ramble about why reading is important for a nation, or why people with a broader view benefit a country as a whole, but the library is there - you might have to be born into money to afford to eat lobster, but you don't have to be rich (in England, at least) to read a book, or as many books as you want.

You can get my books in paperback from the library. You can read on your kindle from the library - there is an app for that, too.

For free.

Why am I touting the library here, not my books? Because if you read my books, everyone gets paid and it doesn't cost you anything. The government pays for it.

Isn't that wonderful? I think that's wonderful.

Thought about writing a short blog about libraries for a while, but had an email stating 'Masters of Blood and Bone' is in the library system, and this is my blog, so I'm going to stick that here, too. (Sticky out tongue emoticon...)

'Shocking and gripping from the get-go, this tightly wound tale of gods and monsters had me hooked from the opening pages. The writing veers from slick, Tarantino-style dialogue and rapid narrative to surreal, bewildering sequences, which gradually coalesce into an ambitious plot involving ancient deities, their appalling servants, demons of the abyss and the apocalypse itself. In the midst of all this we meet a father and daughter; no ordinary parent and child. They see dead people… among other things, and they’re more than capable of standing up to an insane god.

Yet ‘Blood and Bone’ tells more than a simple tale of confrontation and magical battle. These aren’t flimsy, stereotypical tropes of fantasy fiction; they have the feel of real (if extremely weird) people. We’re not weighed down by acres of exposition or establishing back-story, we simply join the cast of characters at a pivotal point in their mutual life stories.
Amid the scenes of brutal, blood soaked carnage and sexual rampage (if books had rating then this would definitely be an R/X), there’s a truly inventive story-teller at work, weaving a new mythology from strands of age-old stories. The writing is razor-sharp and wielded like a deadly weapon; there’s no hackneyed clich├ęs in these pages, but plenty of wince-inducing visualisations of abominations.
There's more thoughts on the plot and characters at

The final payoff is a treat. Ditto the epilogue. And the special guest appearance by Charon was a rare delight, too. ‘Blood and Bone’ is a near-note-perfect adult fable; a squealing, squirming blood-black nightmare with a solid core of potential redemption. Not for the squeamish, but oh-so satisfying.'

- Murder, Mayhem & More.

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