Tag: Dan Abnett

Where I Belatedly Realise Dan Abnett Answered My Question


Wanna hear something freaky?  (No?  Well screw you, this is my blog.)  I was lucky enough that my work load yesterday consisted of completely boring document which were entirely possible to reformat while I listened to something to else.  Yah, i know, right?!  Seriously though, I love work days like this, because it allows me to trawl YouTube for advice from published authors to those of us just starting out.

So I gone through Salman Rushdie and Ian McEwan (both always a pleasure to listen to), when I came across the video below.  Why am I posting this?  Because way back when Dan Abnett opened himself up on his blog to questions about his work and writing.  I’m a huuuuge fan of Dan’s writing.  Some might say he’s wasted on IP work, but in my mind it’s writers of his caliber which give the genre its legitimacy.

Anyway, I asked.  And then I forgot.  And then I listened to this video.  Skip to the 7:45 minute mark if you want, but I’d suggest you listen to the whole thing….

A funny answer for an entirely unnecessary question.  But how do you write for someone who’s smarter than you?  I think I’ll ask Stephen Fry…..



Magic, edited by Jonathan Oliver


Step one: Pick up a copy of Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane, edited by Jonathan Oliver.

Step two: Go to page 79.

Step three: Read ‘Party Tricks’ by Dan Abnett.

Step four: Realise you’re in the hands of a master. Sit back and enjoy the story.

Without realising it, I’ve managed to collect and read three anthologies by Jonathan Oliver in the past two years.  The first two, House of Fear and End of the Line, were because the rather talented Adam Nevill was involved, this time it was Dan Abnett, but honestly, it was not until I put it on the shelf I realised Jonathan edited all three.  I’m of the mind tha there’s no greater praise of an artist that someone can enjoy their work without realising who did it.

Anyway, yes, get this anthology.  Get it, go on.  You really won’t regret it.


Guilty Pleasures


I have a rule a try to follow.  Well, actually, I have several, such as ‘do not slap the guy ahead of you on the pavement upside the head for walking at a glacial pace’, but the one I’m referring to now is just as hard to keep.  This rule is; I try to read one book I really, really, want to reasd, followed by one I feel I should read.  The decision on what I should read is based on prevailing attitudes in the literary press and recommendations.  I do hold that all writers should read a lot and read widely, however kids and work, plus writing itself, means the amount of time I can actually read is tiny compared to a few years ago.

Which leads to moments of weakness like I’m having now.

I have just finished ‘Descent of Angels’ by Mitch Scanlon, book, um six, I think, in Games Workshop’s Horus Heresy series.  The series is pure IP geekiness, I’ll admit to that.  And the different novels’ quality varies from author to author, from the creative giant Dan Abnett and down.  ‘Descent of Angels’ was one of the better books, and I enjoyed the ride, putting it on the shelf after the last page and picking up my next read, in this case ‘Atonement’ by Ian McEwan.  I’ve found I’m a fan of McEwan’s without actually reading any of his novels, thanks to reading and watching numerous interviews, and have two books of his on my shelves.  Of the two, Atonement has the better reviews, so that one t was….. until I realised the next book in the Heresy series was another by Dan Abnett.

It took me all of 27 seconds to decide that time is short and books are not.

I’m loving the book, bythe way.  Abnett can set the scene of a war within a page.  The man’s a genius.