Just got home from my buddy Jeff’s place. Driving back, I was struck by the same feeling I get every time I’m in a car in São Paulo. The narrowness of most streets, the height of the buildings that line them, looming fifteen, twenty storeys high in concrete and steel and glass.
This isn’t a pretty city. Booming, thriving, vibrant, alive, a powerhouse fuelling one of the strongest economic booms of this century so far – but not pretty.
And every time I drive these streets and look out of the cab window, catching a glimpse of sky every ten seconds or so through a gap between two towers, my thoughts turn to those future cities of my imagination, those cityscapes where fifty storey scrapers are the norm, where a population boom crams tens of thousands into a hundred square yards.The ugly and beautiful, dystopia or utopia, but all squeezed together cheek by jowl and reaching for all the stars above all the worlds that we’ll have conquered.
The Chronicles of Malus Darkblade: Volume One – Dan Abnett and Mike Lee
Also on my reading pile is this, a compilation of the first three books of (apparently) the second most popular series in the Warhammer canon. Read more…>
Do you firmly believe you’ll be published one day?
Because I do. And I’m wondering if I’m being ridiculously overconfident or just typically overconfident.
The Dark Tower, Book VII – Stephen King
(Look away now if you plan to read this at some point and want to avoid spoilers.)
Still here? Good.
I’m nearing the end of this, the last book of King’s epic fantasy saga – essentially one million-word novel, written over the course of seven books and twenty years. I’ll not go into great detail or summarise: there are a wealth of analyses of the series online already. But I did want to talk a little about the sheer audacity of one of the elements of the novel. Read more…