Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pre-ordered Prose

So, I said that I would only post on the blog every Monday but, living in Spain, you come to realise that any rules here, aren't actually fixed. They are merely guidelines, which could change at any minute. So I've decided to post, when I've got something to say!

Over the last week, I've got back into the swing of reading other people's blog posts every morning. Unfortunately I was horrified to realise, that Kate Atkinson' new novel 'Started Early,Took my Dog' is released tomorrow and I had not pre-ordered it, as I said I would!

A lot has happened in the last for weeks and so I suppose that I could be forgiven for letting it slip my mind, but I'm still gutted that I won't get the book when it's released. It's not often that I pre-order books, but, as Kate Atkinson is one of my favourite authors, any new material from her is quite exciting.

I was first introduced to Kate Atkinson's writing a few years ago. I was lent a copy of 'Emotionally Weird' for some holiday reading and since then, I've been hooked. I love her novels, because she skillfully weaves many strands of plot and characters throughout her books, but somehow (I would love to know how she does it) she managed to connect everything together, in a way that you couldn't possibly foresee. Also, her 'Jackson Brodie' detective series, perfectly weaves humour, mystery and suspense, to create a wonderful tapestry of writing, which doesn't alienate people, who have never previously been interested in crime fiction.

Looking at Kate Atkinson's official website, I'm excited to see that in 2011, a 6 part television series is going to be broadcast on the BBC, which has been adapted from some of her mystery novels. I'd be very interested to see how her complex, multi-stranded stories, translate onto the small screen.

As for 'Started Early, Took my Dog' I will have a painful wait, until I have a permanent address before I can order it. However, I will review this as soon as possible.

In the meantime, there any authors, whose novels you just HAVE to pre-order?


  1. I haven't read any of her stuff. I'll have to check out some of her books now.

  2. I have from Amazon Vine Kate's latest book, but have yet to read it.

    I look forward to it though and have not been put off by Eomtionally Weird.

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  3. Jo, I would be interested to hear what you think of Kate's new book, although I'm going to TRY and keep away from reading people's reviews on it, until I've actually read the book myself.
    Although, I'm not sure how easy that will be!

    Also Steph, I'd definitely recommend Kate Atkinson's books.

  4. Yes and Yes to Kate Atkinson!

    I greatly admire her work and know that I could never write like that, but would love to!

  5. Same here! Although I'm not sure how you could make her novels into a programme, due to the strands of story. Maybe it won't be a good as reading the stories? We will have to wait and see....