April 26th, 2015

I am a list maker. Always have been. There are countless lists all over my house, some of them crossed off, some of them not. On backs of envelopes, mostly. Sometimes I make lists to remind myself, other times I make them for the sheer pleasure of crossing stuff off.

But I realised this morning (as I was making a list) that there’s one thing I never write down.


That’d be like adding ‘breathe’ or ‘eat’ to the list. The reading happens in the gaps, or if there are no gaps I chuck a couple of things off the list to make time for it.

Yesterday I read one of the best prologues I’ve ever read. It comes at the beginning of Scrivener’s Moon by Philip Reeve, and when I came to the end of the prologue I sat back and said ‘Wow!’ Too hard to explain why – go and read it for yourself.

Philip Reeve has also written one of the best opening lines of all time: ‘It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea.’ (from Mortal Engines)

How could you not sit down straight away and read a book like that? Forget those stupid lists – there’s important reading to be done!



0 thoughts on “Lists

  1. Io says:

    I can relate! If a good book lands in my hands, there will be no time for sleep until I have read every word and punctuation! (even the Author’s notes and the publications 😉 )

    Io 🙂

  2. Kate Burbeck says:

    Hi Lian,
    I’m looking forward to your visit to Alice Springs Public Library later this month for a session on creating fantasy worlds. We’re holding the session during our storytellers club – I expect the members of this club will enjoy you workshop very much. Can you please send me a photo of yourself that you’d be happy for me to use in our promotional material?

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