In 2002 I decided I would like to write books. In 2012 I finally managed to start. I did a lot of thinking time... and still do!
Several books on the go, and aim to actually finish one this year! Doing this purely for fun and a sense of achievement, and not seeking greatness (although I may dream it occasionally).
Lover of hard sci-fi and adventure, but occasionally foray into myth and legend.
Lifelong fan of Iain Banks (RIP), who inspires me most in writing. Over-user of the word 'the', and hater of the word 'shrugging'.
Favourite books include:
'The Count of Monte Cristo' by Alexander Dumas - possibly the best revenge story ever.
'A Fire Upon the Deep' and 'A Deepness in the Sky' by Vernor Vinge - these epic hard sci-fi stories are well worth a read, even if you're not into sci-fi, as the characters and settings are done to perfection. Deepness is astonishingly good, and pulls off the trick of making the reader care deeply for spiders!
'Dark Materials' trilogy by Phillip Pullman - for its scope and raw emotional ending.
Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian - superb writing that I can loose myself in within seconds of opening any one of the 20 completed novels in the series. My favourite would be 'Desolation Island', for reasons I can't quite put my finger on.
Culture series by Iain M Banks, for bringing us all the highest of high tech in spaceships and AI, and of course those snarky, show-off Rapid Offensive Units. His universe is full of ideas, galaxy-spanning technology, nirvana, and sudden, gruesome endings that always surprise and delight.
If you're after some good reads on Wattpad, check out the writers below, for whom I have great regard:
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