The nature of my relationship with Jeff VanderMeer (mind out of the gutter, people) means that I probably shouldn’t review his books anymore, not because of impartiality, but because of the potential for claims of impropriety. However, that doesn’t mean I cannot recommend his work, and I shall continue to do so. I say this because it is Christmas and if you are a creative type or have one in your life, Jeff’s award winning Booklife is well worth checking out.
I am someone who is very wary of promotion and/or commercialism, and this post is not intended in anyway to be an advert. The reason I’m happy to recommend it is because if I hadn’t read Booklife this blog wouldn’t even exist. Unlike most other books on the subject, it doesn’t purport to teach you how to write, but provides practical ideas and strategies for maintaining your creative energy and dealing with your creative life. It has helped me a great deal (as a critic, never mind as a writer) and as a result I am happy to recommend it to anyone who thinks they could benefit from this sort of advice.
I know it has been a bit quiet around here lately, unfortunately the political situation in this country has made me so disappointed and depressed that I have been finding it hard to read. Fear not though, over the weekend there will be a new instalment of the review troika (with a bit of a change due to circumstance) and an upcoming dreaded best of year post over on Booksmugglers.
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