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I am often asked what I read or what I'm reading at the moment, so
what I propose doing is, every now and again, I'll post about the
book I am currently reading. As some of you know I had a
long-running career as a book reviewer on TV and I am going to apply
the criteria here that I applied then: if I don't like a book, I'll
simply not review it. It is far too easy to give a book a bad
review, but I'm never sure what good that serves. Much better to
recommend good books.
Now that The Sorceress is delivered, I've been catching up on my
reading. While I'm writing, I will not read in the same genre I'm
writing in, so I've a pile of young adult fiction (mainly fantasy,
science fiction and horror) to read, as well as the latest crop of
adult fantasy novels.
Right now, I'm about half way through my friend Michael Carroll's
next book, the marvellously named "Conspiracy of the Fifth King", a
prequel to his stunning Quantum Prophecy / New Heroes series. The
eagle-eyed amongst you will note that Michael is thanked in both The
Alchemyst and The Magician (and the Sorceress too.) He gets to read
the text before anyone else - even my editors! (See if you can find
the character I named after him!)
Reading "Conspiracy" reminds me just how much good YA fiction there
is around at the moment. I think it is a remarkable read about what
it means to have superhuman powers.
Those of you who have read the Quantum Prophecy books will know that
with that series Michael achieved something unique: a spectacular
comic-book-style superhero adventure told in the form of a "text-only
"Conspiracy of the Fifth King" is set a whole generation before the
Quantum Prophecy books, right in the middle of the Age of
Superhumans. Because "Conspiracy" won't be published until the
middle of next year I don't want to give too much away, but I will
say that it's a tremendously fun, exciting adventure that ties in
very neatly with the other books in the series but can be enjoyed on
its own. It features some great characters (including younger
versions of characters from the Quantum Prophecy series), some
laugh-out-loud jokes and one-liners, and the sort of action sequences
that just beg to be turned into a movie.
So that's what I'm reading; now let me know what you're reading now.