The Last Post of the Year

As the last few hours of the year wind down to a close, I think of the many book read, books reviewed, authors interviewed, events attended, dreams achieved, writing done, and incredible things that have happened this year. Overall not too bad.

I had originally planned to have the new BookBanter Episode with Salman Rushdie up some time tomorrow, but with how things are going, with New Year’s plans, it’s just not going to happen. So at the moment it looks like it should be up Monday afternoon or at least by Tuesday. So stay tuned for that. Also coming next week will be posts on: The BookBanter Top Ten Reads of the 2010, a full list of books read for the year, and a post on goals for the year, as well as a selection of book reviews for the new year, if you’re wondering what to read next.

But for now, have a great time, stay safe, and keep reading.

See you on the other side . . .

10/28 On the Bookshelf . . . “The Medieval Traveler,” “The Confession,” “Paradise War,” “Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation”

Medieval Traveler The Confession Paradise War Asimov

Received this interesting quarter of book to read and possible review.  We’ve got your medieval history, your law thriller, your interesting fantasy, and your classic scifi.  Having never read Asimov, I’m certainly looking forward to it; figured if I make myself review some classics, I’ll finally get round to reading them.

Magical Realism Meets Video Games: An Interview with Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is an author that most people know in one way or another.  He is the winner of the Booker Prize (what has been called the British equivalent of the Pulitzer), he has been appointed a Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II, and has had a fatwā issued against him for his book The Satanic Verses.  His latest book is Luka and the Fire of Life, a fantasy tale about a boy whose father is sick and it is necessary for the boy – Luka – to travel into a fantasy world and capture some of this “fire of life” to cure his father; but he is up against unbeatable odds: no one has ever made through this fantasy world and survived; no one has ever managed to capture the fire of life; and no one has ever made it back to the real world with the fire of life.  The book was written for his second son, after he originally wrote Haroun and the Sea of Stories, for his first son; they’d each asked for a story they could read and enjoy.

During our interview, he admitted to originally wanting to be an actor, then decided on becoming a writer, which was certainly not something that was easy for him, and took him many years to hone and perfect until he became a bestselling author with Midnight’s Children.  As for his use of magical realism in his work, Rushdie talked about his being raised on eastern culture, religion and mythology, and that in wanting to make his stories new and different from everything else, magical realism was an ideal fit.  Luka and the Fire of Life employs elements of video games, and while this book was written for his son – an avid gamer – Rushdie admitted to he and games not really getting along, other than fun apps on his Iphone.  The last time he and a video game had any sort of relationship was with the original Super Mario Brothers.

Salman Rushdie hopes readers first and foremost are entertained with an original story when reading his books, but while he doesn’t seek to use overbearing themes or messages in his work, he does hope readers will see something in his characters that will make them stop and think about themselves and their own lives.  As for what Rushdie is working on next, he doesn’t have any novels in the works, but is about a third of the way through what will likely be a fascinating memoir.

The audio interview with Salman Rushdie will be available on January 1st in Episode 40 of BookBanter.

You can read the full article here.

BookBanter Episode 39 with N. K. Jemising FIXED!

There was a sound issue with BookBanter Episode 39 featuring the interview with N. K. Jemisin.  Basically when you go to the interview, we all of a sudden turned into chipmunks!

It’s now been completely fixed and updated.  So just go to the BookBanter site, or you can follow this direct link.

Thanks for you patience and thanks to N. K. Jemisin for catching it!

BookBanter Episode 39 with N. K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin is the author of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and The Broken Kings, the first two books in the Inheritance Trilogy. In this interview, Jemisin talks about how she got started writing, where she got the idea for “The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms,” and what the final book in the trilogy will be about. She also has some advice for writers looking to get published, and goes in to detail about another big project she’s working on.

To hear the episode click on the title at the top of this post.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms The Broken Kingdoms