Taking a walk while waiting for books to arrive…

Today was a nice and sunny day for walking, fingers crossed that we will not get any more snow now that it has finally melted. (Though we did not get that much this year, luckily.)

I just finished editing one of my drafts and celebrated by ordering some books that were on sale. The first part of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man, P.C. Jersild’s Edens bakgård (Back yard of Eden, not sure if this one is translated), Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Diana Wynne Jones’ Enchanted Glass,  Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Scarlett Thomas The End of Mr. Y and a collection of short stories by H.G. Wells.

Now I’m just waiting impatiently for them to arrive.  

Fantastical stories of love

Author Theodora Goss lists her Top 10 Fantasy Love Stories in this article. Among others she mentions Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife and Patricia A. McKillip’s The Riddle-Master trilogy. I was not familiar with all stories, but have heard of most of them and have read some of them.

One of my absolute favorites of fantasy love stories is the one depicted in Hayao Miyazaki’s film version of Diana Wynne Jones’ novel Howl’s Moving Castle. There is a tremendous beauty in the spell-breaking love that slowly evolves between the cursed Sophie and the wizard Howl.