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Sunday, April 1st, 2012 10:40 pm
My reading per month is increasing, and I got through quite a lot this month.

First up was Infernal Devices by K.W. Jeter. This is a relatively early book in the steampunk genre, and is set in a sort of alternative Victorian setting, with unusual technology, and intrigue. There are even some Cthulhu mythos-like creatures. I enjoyed it, but found it a little unsatisfying at the same time. It was told in the first person, and it was hard at first to get into the style of writing. And later I wished the plot would just hurry up and move on!

Next was a graphic novel, Fraggle Rock Volume 1, read on my iPad. I watched the Fraggle Rock TV series as a child, a production of the Henson Company, featuring lots of Muppet-like characters. This collection of comics, by lots of different artists and writers, is aimed at a young age group. I enjoyed it, it captured the spirit of the TV series well, though it was a little erratic, particularly in the variable artwork, which was often a shock to adjust too as you started each new story. But generally thumbs up.

Writing a Novel with Scrivener is an ebook by author David Hewson. Scrivener is a software program for Macs and Windows (and soon to be iPad too) aimed at writers of complex texts, including novelists, journalists and academics. Rather than encouraging people to write the whole text from start to end, as a wordprocessor does, Scrivener provides lots of tools for creatively working with the structure, and approaching the writing in a new way. It has a manual, but this book was for me a better introduction. It's a discussion of how one author uses it, so very practical, including lots of screenshots. I enjoyed this book a lot. I've tried Scrivener in trial mode on my Mac, and can see the potential of it.

Time, Unincorporated Volume 1 is a collection of Doctor Who fanzine essays by Lance Parkin. This was very enjoyable, ranging from essays written in the wilderness years when the programme wasn't on the box, through to the excitement of the upcoming new series, and reactions to it. It also seemed to go on for ages, with masses of content, in a good way.

I followed that with another Doctor Who book, Gareth Roberts' novelisation of Douglas Adams' unfinished TV story Shada. This was great. I've written a lengthy review of it for the Hitchhiker's fan club, ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha, and won't go into too much detail here. But suffice to say that I greatly enjoyed it, and the novelisation enhanced an already highly entertaining story. Thoroughly recommended.

Finally I finished Emlyn's Moon, the second in the Snow Spider trilogy by Jenny Nimmo. I saw the ITV TV adaptation of this as a child, but remember very little of it, apart from scenes in the chapel where the artist's studio was. The story was surprisingly domestic, perhaps not as enjoyable for me as its predecessor. But still good. And I have one more of them to read.



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