Happiness is …

… cracking the spine of a debut novel and being awed.

I’ve had Kristin Cashore’s Graceling sitting on the shelf for months now … and the voice in my head (okay, one of the voices in my head) kept saying ‘Read the book … read the damned book’. This morning I gave in, took it with me on the train. I am always a bit suspicious of fantasy novels because, whether you want to hear this or not, often they are verbose, ill-edited rip-offs of Tolkien novels (there, I said it) … the cover blurb reads “Book One of a 437 book trilogy!” (Yes, yes, I know, I exaggerate a little.)

But thus far, Graceling is great – kick-ass start, terrific heroine, good writing, great pace. It made me happy as both reader and writer. I also liked that in her acknowledgements she said ‘A debut novel is a true team effort’ – so nice to see that acknowledged. She blogs here http://kristincashore.blogspot.com/

I also have Fire – I think that will be my Christmas Day reading.

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7 Responses to Happiness is …

  1. Flinthart says:

    Alright… so if I buy this novel, I’m gonna like it, right?

    Oh, and while I still don’t know what His Hoopiness wears under that purply thing (other than the little yellow singlet thing) I do know he’s happy to scratch his ‘pits thoughtfully, while on stage in front of two or three thousand people.

    That’s composure for ya.

    BTW: questions had to go into a box, and some yammerhead pulled ’em out and filtered ’em, and then read ’em aloud to the Dalai Guy. Your undergrundies question, sadly, did not reach him, though I did try. (I put your name on the question slip. It only seemed right. Regrettably, I couldn’t recall your email address offhand, and as I had my mobile phone turned off I didn’t get to supply your phone number, so I don’t suppose the Dalai Guy is likely to drop in for tea and lingerie comparisons.) Likewise, my own personal and very clever and interesting question did not reach him. I am officially grumpy.

  2. Angela Slatter says:

    Remind me again while we’re friends? Offline …

  3. Alan says:

    Good for boys or girly fantasy?

  4. Angela Slatter says:

    Does it make a difference??? It has a female protagonist but is a rollcking good story – either boy or girl would enjoy it.

  5. thuylinhnguyen says:

    I wasn’t a big fan of Graceling, but Fire definitely gelled well, I thought. Hope you enjoy it.

  6. angelaslatter says:

    A few people have said it loses puff towards the end, so we’ll see. BTW: ‘Words’ has been shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards in Best Fantasy Short Story category. That’s the one you did a copy edit on, so thank you! 🙂 x

  7. Alan says:

    Good enough for me.