Tash Judd: writer, wife and web-geek (wordhunter) wrote in fictionistas,
Tash Judd: writer, wife and web-geek

Greetings from New Zealand

Just another newbie, just another book-lover.

Hi everyone, I'm Tash, 24, and for another month or so, an MA student in Creative writing.  I love words and writing, poetry, plays, novels, bookcrossing, book buying, and I'm sure this community will be a great place to find new titles and authors to add to my "must read" list.

At the moment, I’m participating in a Bookcrossing challenge to read the books on the Booker Prize Longlist.  Has anyone else read any of these?

First one I read was Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguru.  I thought that was was just fantastic.  It dealt with cloning and organ donation, but it wasn’t preachy about it… and rather than worrying about the science fiction elements, I was just absorbed in the story and the characters.   Wish I could write a novel like that!  The next one I started was Hilary Mantel's Beyond Black.  There's an interesting premise to this one - the story of 'normal life' for a medium and her sidekick.  But I didn’t care about any of the characters.  Nothing seemed to be happening.   And I got to thinking, what’s the point?  So I've put that one down for a while (I'll finish it eventually, because I hate not finishing books), and started reading A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry.  I'm only a chapter or so into it, but so far it's just beautiful. 

Anyway, that's probably enough from me for now.  It's good to be here, and I look forward to reading other posts on this community.
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