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whenever i hit a writing rut, i think the best thing to do is read something good. right now i am rereading 'the whole world over' by julia glass. she is one of my all time favorite authors and it has probably been about a decade since i last read this one. it is familiar but not so much that it bores. what are you reading? does anyone have favorite books they reread? __________________ katieorourke.com
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I do have a few books that I reread occasionally/often. "Red Thunder" and "Steel Beach" by John Varley are the two that top that list--he's a master storyteller, and the first person narratives that he writes should be used to teach how to do it. My other go-tos lean toward farce/humor--"Hitchhiker's Guide", "To Say Nothing of the Dog"...
Right now, because of Pratchett's recent death, I'm rereading some of the Discworld novels and catching up on some that I've not gotten around to.
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I have several favourite books I reread from time to time. At the moment, I'm reading
Operation Alpha Papa for the 7-8th time. It's part of the Operation series by Australian YA author DJ Stutley. My editor recommended it about two years ago as an example of excellent POV writing. __________________ "Growing older is unavoidable. Growing up is optional"
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I'm actually in the midst of reading a book of short stories by a Today's Author Alumnus, Tony Noland. It's called "
Blood Picnic and Other Stories" and I'm enjoying it a lot. It's fantasy and horror and scifi and magic and realism and...well, lots of fun. As for favorites that I read and re-read all the time... pretty much anything Isaac Asimov wrote falls into that category for me, but especially the "Foundation" series. Similarly, I can re-read any of the works of Douglas Adams.
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I'm currently in the throes of having gone back to grad school (Literature), so my reading materials are primarily confined currently to
The Round House by Louise Erdrich (excellent book), Beloved by Toni Morrison (creepy and depressing, but oh what a beautiful writer she is), and modern theater. When I want to relax, I read primarily YA speculative fiction...some adult stuff, too. I especially love books set in post-apocalyptic worlds or dystopias.
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I am going through a phase of reading American authors such as Philip Roth and also like Terry Pratchett, which I have been reading on a random basis with the latest novels first and I have only just started The Clour of Magic which was his first published novel.
I am a member of the local writers' club in Nottingham and have also been attending W.E.A. and other classes which I am finding interesting.