Thursday, 8 March 2012

Choosing Your Poison

Whether you're a reader or a writer, I think we can agree on this.  It's darn difficult these days to find those books that make our hearts pump, keep us reading late at night even though we have an important breakfast meeting (or whatever) keeps us chatting about its merits to whoever will listen, and posting our accolades on Twitter, FaceBook, Goodreads, and e-mail.  And we do all these things in good faith.  We are thrilled to discover a new author, or the new chapter in an ongoing series, or a genre we never thought would ever appeal to us.

Its not becuase we don't have writers today who are capable of shaking our reading cores. The authors are out there.  The problem is finding them in the gazillions books on offer.  Now my favourite poisons are murder mysteries, historical mysteries, biographies, thriller chillers, Sci Fi, Fantasy - you get the idea - I love stories, well told stories, no matter the genre.  And I will follow an author who can write these stories to the ends of the earth.

Now if we google the newest releases, or go to Kindle, Smashwords, or browse our favourite bookstore, our reader senses become quickly overwhelmed.  Yes, we read the blurbs, the synopsis, the first page and we buy with one click, our Visa, or old fashioned bills and coins.  Most times we hit paydirt; the other times not.

So my question this morning to all you readers and writers out there:  how do you discover your favourite poison among all the deadly offerings out there?

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