Writing & listening – style, flow & rhythm

Writing is a kind of way of speaking, and I hear it and I think a lot of readers hear it, too. And so the sounds of the language and the rhythm and the cadence of the sentences are very powerful. - Ursula K. Le Guin, in an interview with NPR There are a lot… Continue reading Writing & listening – style, flow & rhythm

My favourite books to read again and again and again

I love it when I read a new book that pulls me in and doesn't let go. It happened to me when I first read Bernard Cornwell's books about King Arthur: The Winter King, Enemy of God, and Excalibur. (They're a truly original take on Merlin, magic, Lancelot and all that jazz. A book that… Continue reading My favourite books to read again and again and again

Science fiction books I love

   Isaac Asimov's Foundation novels These books are so much fun to read: action-oriented, old-school, history-infused science fiction. I have a big soft spot for the initial trilogy especially, but the rest of the series is a great read as well. For me, one of the most interesting things about these books when I first… Continue reading Science fiction books I love

George Orwell on writing

George Orwell is one of my favourite writers. If you, like me, originally studied English as a second language, you probably encountered his book "Animal Farm" at least once during your studies, and probably more than once. It's just one of those books that foreign students of English seem to stumble over in the curriculum… Continue reading George Orwell on writing