I went to Marie’s first signing of Gods Behaving Badly at Crockatt & Powell in London last night.
It was great to finally meet up and talk with Marie having “virtually” known her for so long and having followed her progress as a Struggling Author of the last few years. It seemed a great success and Marie seemed to be radiant, excited, bubbly, and damned well just so pleased to be there! I suspect however this morning she will be feeling a little hungover with a tired signing arm!
The shop is a nice little, well presented store and the owners Adam and Matthew seem like really nice blokes. It’s the kind of shop that I would like to spend time in even if it did mean spending a lot more money buying more and more books!
I also met a good number of people to talk with while I was there. In particular a number of members of the reading group that meet at the shop. Thanks to Julie I am now a proud owner of Rastamouse for the kids. I read it on the train home and it is such good fun. I’m sure the kids will love it… Rebekah seemed to like it this morning even if she couldn’t get her head round the rast speak! 🙂
I’ve read the first 100 pages of the book. Basically it’s about Greek Gods living in modern day London. It’s good, I like it. Very funny. It’s an easy read. I don’t know ultimately how deep it is, it’s not that kind of book, although there are some interesting issues in there about dieties and how the world works with regard global warming etc… more later when I finish.
Being immortal isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Life’s hard for a Greek god in the 21st century: nobody believes in you any more, even your own family doesn’t respect you, and you’re stuck in a delapidated hovel in north London with too many siblings and not enough hot water. But for Artemis (goddess of hunting, professional dog walker), Aphrodite (goddess of beauty, telephone sex operator) and Apollo (god of the sun, TV psychics) there’s no way out… Until a meek cleaner and her would-be boyfriend come into their lives, and turn the world literally upside down.
, Greek Gods
, Gods Behaving Badly
, Crockatt & Powell
I’ve been working on a childrens story on off for a while. It is something that Rebekah and me have been throwing around. I’m about 4 or 5 chapters in and have the high concept in place, but have been struggling with some of the detail in my head. To be honest, I also struggle for time. Anyway, I think I have now found a good enough process to allow me to move forward and am hoping to get the provebial ball rolling ASAP. What I am now looking for is someone to draw pictures for me. It is not intended to be an illustrated book but I do think characters and places could do with imagineering. I also want to start the process of a website and blog to follow the process and images would be essential in this.
So if you are or know an illustrator who would be interested in collaborating, get in touch… comment here and I’ll email you back.
, Children’s Story
I read John Grisham’s “The King of Torts” a couple of weeks ago. It’s the first Grisham book that I’ve read for a while; The Partner being the last one.
Well, I really enjoyed it in an odd kind of way… the story just rolls along and seems to twist and turn, not plot twists, but more what the story is about. There are a number of places where I felt that the author has lost the plot and was breaking rules of coherent and acceptable writing practices; he seems to give you too much information up front. However, this seems not important to the actual story… which is ultimately a moral about greed.
, John Grisham John Grisham
, The King of Torts
, The Partner
I finished reading Sideways a few weeks ago, yes I know it’s taken me some time to mention, but there you go. It’s the third in the Trilogy of film books… ie: I read 3 books on the bounce that were made into films all of which I had seen the film first. The book is very good. The story is that of 2 friends who go on a stag week. The groom is going to have his final fling and his best man, Miles, is there for the wine tour. The story has a very interesting interplay between the characters and you seem to get into their mindset pretty well. However, one of the real interesting thing is the detail for the Wine. Miles is a real Wine snob and you get a lot of detail about wine and drinking wine. Although this may sound a little boring, which indeed sometimes it does feel while reading, it actually does two things perfectly… a) gets you into Miles’ character, and b) makes you want to drink the wines they are talking about!
See Also: The Green Mile | Big Fish
, Film Adaptation