Friday, 11 March 2016

Writing - Progression in reading.

I was discussing books and reading with a friend the other day and speculation arose that because of the fact we are living in smaller spaces may have an influence on the number of actual books we buy. The advent of ebooks helps to offset the space issue but then I got to thinking about how children begin reading.

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The Gruffalo

Children begin their reading experiences by being read to and usually from a large brightly coloured and illustrated book. It wouldn't be the same reading the Gruffalo, nursery rhymes or bedtime story books from your Kindle or smartphone.

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Then it is off to school and once again I can't imagine children beginning their reading experiences with an anonymous tablet, notebook or computer screen to stare at. I actually am slightly nervous about that statement as I haven't been in an early years classroom for many years.
We were given the Janet and John primers when I began reading at school.

I suppose from then onwards anything is possible as computers are available to the youngest of children. However, the book shops are still in operation, there are still libraries and there are still authors producing works for traditional and emarkets.

To that end, please keep reading.

December 2015

 My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
The most recent addition to the Steele family is Earth plc in which our hero is concerned with political and emotional issues in this crime fighting adventure.

All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.

This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.

Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.


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