What to read while waiting for ‘Game of Thrones’ to return & ‘Winds of Winter’ to be released

I hardly watch any TV at all, except whatever TV-shows my kids subject me to (though I do actually quite like both SpongeBob, and Adventure Time). The one show that is currently a must-watch for me, is HBO's Game Of Thrones. I fell in love with the books first, so season 5 has been a… Continue reading What to read while waiting for ‘Game of Thrones’ to return & ‘Winds of Winter’ to be released

The importance of rewriting & editing: for T.S. Eliot and other writers, too

A few years ago I received this beautiful and rather amazing book as a gift. It's called The Waste Land: A Facsimile and Transcript of the Original Drafts Including the Annotations of Ezra Pound. Just like the title indicates, the book chronicles the making of T.S. Eliot's famous poem The Waste Land in astonishing detail, with images of… Continue reading The importance of rewriting & editing: for T.S. Eliot and other writers, too

Books to read for kids, young adults, and adults

I was a voracious reader as a child, and I still am, even though I read a lot less than I did back in those days. My husband and I read to our kids every night before bed, and they have also started reading by themselves - even though both of them still seem to enjoy the "read… Continue reading Books to read for kids, young adults, and adults

This book broke my daughter’s heart: now she wants to read it again

I just finished reading George R. R. Martin's book The Ice Dragon to my daughter, and it broke her heart. She was in tears as the book ended, and truthfully: I was on the verge of tears too. It was a fantastic ending, the kind that makes you see the story in a new light, but… Continue reading This book broke my daughter’s heart: now she wants to read it again

Happy vs. bittersweet – an insightful quote by George R.R. Martin

George R.R. Martin is all over the media these days, because of the success of A Song of Ice and Fire, and the TV-show the books spawned: Game of Thrones. I know he is sometimes viewed as the "anti-Tolkien", but I believe that is a misunderstanding. Tolkien and Martin set out to write totally different kinds… Continue reading Happy vs. bittersweet – an insightful quote by George R.R. Martin

Bernard Cornwell & George R.R. Martin discuss historical fiction & fantasy

Bernard Cornwell & George R.R. Martin discussing writing, fantasy, history, and more. I just found this talk between two of my favourite writers yesterday. The writers are George R.R. Martin (the writer of A Song of Ice and Fire), and Bernard Cornwell (the writer of the Sharpe novels, and the Arthur-chronicles I mentioned in my… Continue reading Bernard Cornwell & George R.R. Martin discuss historical fiction & fantasy

Fantasy books I love

   J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings This is it for me. This is my favourite book of all time. I re-read it every year. I love it. I worship it. I cried the first time I read it, and parts of it still make me cry. The scope, the breadth, the depth, of… Continue reading Fantasy books I love