On reading

I just completed the first book of The Kingkiller Chronicle called “The Name of the Wind,” by Patrick Rothfuss. It is an epic tale of lost, of struggle for survival, of learning, and of binding magic. It tells of the story about a lad who loses his family, struggles to live on the streets of the big city, and eventually his life at the university. The story, the style and the writing were superb. I would put Rothfuss up there with Tolkien, Kurtz, Donaldson, McCaffrey and Brooks.

At first, I struggled to get into it, but once I hit about the hundredth page, I was hooked. I could not put it down, and I read two hundred pages at each sitting. I haven’t done that in a long, long time.

I was an avid reader once. On any given week, I would read three, or four novels.

When I was very young these were mostly Fantasy novels: Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by Tolkien, the Deryni series of books by Kurtz, the Thomas Covenant book series by Donaldson, the Dragonriders of Pern by McCaffrey, and the Shannara books by Brooks just to name a few. I did not only read Fantasy novels. I read some Science Fiction novels like: Ringworld series by Levin, Robot and Foundation series by Asminov, Brave New World by Huxley, The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine by Wells for some examples.

This love of reading went on until I started re-writing about four, or five years ago. During my university years, I worked in a small bookstore called Litchman’s News & Books. I loved working there. I was able to sign out books to recommend to customers (Although, I still spent a good deal of my own hard-earned money on books). I no longer restricted myself to just Fantasy and Sci-Fi; I branched out to mystery, thrillers, literature, some classics, and magazines.

I returned to reading the last three or four weeks. I understand that it is no longer sufficient to just write. As a writer, I now realize that it is important to read: To stir the juices, to examine different writing styles and writing formats, and for shear enjoyment.
—Robert Confiant 4 September, 2016

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