To celebrate the release of the Talent Seekers as a paperback, I thought you’d like to have a quote and question from it this month. I’ll add any buying links I have for the paperback to this post as soon as I get them, but it’s still on Kindle and Smashwords!
from The Talent Seekers, Chapter 5: Wall Running for Beginners
Humphrey was still dreaming. He had spent the entire day in the library, and now he was allowing his brain to sort through all the books he’d speed-read while he was there. Always methodical, he’d started by exploring the fiction shelves, working from A to Z, picking one book from every shelf more or less at random. Occasionally something he read made him pick up more by the same author. He had a series by Patrick of Brian about adventures on the high seas, a random selection by Arthur of Clarke, Lindsay of Buroker’s set of tales about interesting machines, and a collection of amusing crime stories set in ancient times by Lindsey of Davies. He’d also completed his collection of books by JR of Tolkien. He was looking forward to rereading that series.
He roused as his brain completed his fiction processing. Two people were talking nearby. His body was still asleep but his mind stretched towards them.
“That is good news, you have done well,” a silky voice said.
“There is no guarantee of course, my lord,” said a female whose tone was familiar but whose accent was wrong for the person he knew.
“This Humphrey, you say he has unique talent?”
“Yes, my lord,” said the female. “I have not known anyone else with his capacity.”
“Hmm. Continue with your plans. Inform me of any changes.”
The voices ceased. Humphrey’s brain relaxed and returned to cataloguing his books. A for archaeology and aviation, B for biology, brassicas, and Byzantine influence on European art…
If you read my blog regularly (or just like similar books) you probably recognise the books Humphrey listed. The question is: what ONE series would you pick up from a library if you were off to a desert island and that was all you could take?
8 thoughts on “Quote and Question: Talent Seekers”
Lord of the Rings. No question (much as I like the Princelings 😀 ).
I would have said LOTR a short time ago but now I think maybe the Harry Potter series as there’s much more reading in them.
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I love The Church cat books by Graham Oakley. I know they are a bit juvenile, but I never tire of looking at the pictures. There are so many mice up to so many things.
Asimov’s robot novels
Of course, if I want something that will take more time to read, I’ll need to take the Canterbury Tales or the complete works of Shakespeare (not sure I can call that a series).
I also thought about HP, but I just don’t like them as well as LOTR. Asimov is good.
These are great ideas. My first thought was LOTR too. If I was not on a desert island I might add Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander series, but given they are shipwrecked on a desert island in one of the books….
Oh, that’s good, though–lots of pages 🙂 I have only read one or two of that series. I think I prefer the older Bolitho series by Alexander Kent, or even the original, Horatio Hornblower.
I tried Hornblower once and couldn’t get into it. Maturin’s more my type 😉
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