Photovember #12

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So, why has this rather fuzzy photograph made the ‘Photo of the day’?

Well, for a couple of reasons.
I know the writing isn’t in English, but you might notice the name ‘Grahama Mastertona’ on the pen. Which, I am assuming, is Graham Masterton in polish? I was sent an email from the authors mailing list some time last week offering these pens for sale after they’d over ordered for their ‘Written in Prison’ Award.

Seeing as Graham Masterton is really the only author that I still manage to get excited about whenever I see a novel of his I’ve not read, and an author that I’ve ‘reviewed’ the most and talked about the most and recommend to everyone I talk to about reading/books. So naturally, I jumped at the chance to grab one of the pens. Maybe inĀ  the hopes that some of his writing talent will magically flow out of it whenever I use it!

So, that’s why this pen is todays photovember picture.

I’m also now a day behind on photovember, due to the fact that Monday was a bit of a bad day with Marcus being unwell and as such pretty clingy. I doubt I’ll be able to catch up with it, but I think I’ve submitted a few ‘extras’ in previous posts that make up for it.

 

 

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Masterton

It’s not like I sit about the house and consciously think; “I’m not going to update my Blog today,” that would be daft and very silly.

I think it’s more that I am actually running out of things to say, but then I look down at my chest and notice that I am wearing the new Rambo T-Shirt that my sister brought me for Christmas and think… maybe I’ve not.

I recently read a book, by Graham Masterton called Edgewise – I have been a big fan of Mastertons writing for a good while now. I was introduced to him by my ex’s Father who used to read the books to his son as bed-time stories. It was initially the Night Warriors series that I enjoyed; mainly because I was a Freddy Krueger fan at the time and there was some similarities between the two but I digress.

Back to Edgewise, the book itself wasn’t overly stunning – it had it’s moments but as the book went on it went a bit downhill. However, it did introduce me to a character that I just adored. The wonderfully named John Shooks – A Private Detective who helps the main protagonist; Lily Blake, – with Native American links.
I can’t put my finger on exactly why I liked this character, he was weird and apparently smelled of old carrots – maybe it is that attention to detail? Which is something that Masterton always seems to be able to get across in his characters, even if they’re just minor characters that you know something tragic is going to befall them; you always feel something for them. They’re a real character not just a name. I’d love to read more about Mr. Shooks – maybe some of his adventures before Edgewise.

Who knows, but if anything he has made me remember another character of Mastertons that I am loathe to admit I am near head over heels for.

Harry Erskine – Erskine the Incredible. He has appeared in a good few of Mastertons novels – Starting with The Manitou. I’m pretty sure I’ve read this book, but Masterton has written so many books before I was a mere thought that reading them in any chronological order is downright near impossible. Whenever I pick one of them up of my shelf, I always say to my partner; “I think I’ve read this one before,” but continue on regardless anyway and thoroughly enjoy myself!

But, yes, Harry.
What is it about him that I just keep picking up the books and reading about him.
Maybe that… he is just so normal, so regular to read about.
He’s not some insanely fearless warrior fighting off evil spirits with one hand and conjuring spirit guides with the other. If anything, he just stumbles his way through his life and problems and bad things just keep happening around him. Even though I can’t always relate or sympathise with him. He can be a bit of an idiot at times in the way that you have to ask him “How did you not see that coming?”
I’m yet to read his latest instalment, but I confess, I’m looking forward to it. I have one of his books installed on my Kobo at the moment; The Djinn, and it’s different to his usual adventures – thus far not an evil Indian Spirit in sight, an arabian one instead. So who knows where things shall be heading?