Karavansara

East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Recharging the batteries

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tumblr_mwjlmfJ1vx1rkiuhro1_500I’m tired.
I spent these last three months writing, about 5 hours a day every day on the average – without weekends or any other relief.
Mind you, I’m not complaining1 – if there’s something I’d like to do, is increase my output, which means hitting the 8-hours-a-day mark, and the no-less-than-5000-words-per-day mark.
Let’s say I’m working on it.

The problem is, sometimes we need to recharge the batteries.
To me, recharging the batteries means, basically, read for no other purpose than enjoyment.Dragonfly-by-Raphael-Ordoñez
Read for fun and not for research.
And mind you, I enjoy research.
But sometimes just having fun can be… well, fun.

So, right now I’m curling up with two fat paperbacks with great covers and – what’s more important – great contents.

One is a planetary romance -a genre I always loved – written and illustrated by Raphael Ordonez.
It’s called Dragonfly and promises to bring me back to the vibes of C.A.Smith, Jack Vance and Gene Wolfe.
Looks good.
CHA6060a__58851.1426005826.1280.1280Looks very good2.

The other book is a thick collections of stories by Pierre V. Comtois, published by Chaosium. The volume is called Goat Mother, and features a great selection of Lovecraftian stories.
Supernatural horror at its finest – the Chaosium anthologies line edited by Robert M. Price is a guarantee.
Another very good one for my HPL shelf.

So, now I’ll have to nail shut the pinewood box of my second novel, I have to finish a Savage Worlds scenario I promised to my friend Umberto, and then I’ll be able to sit back, relax, and read!

Oh, and then I’ll probably review both books.
Just give me time, ok?
Have a nice weekend!


  1. there’s this strange braindead attitude according to which if you’re not perpetually cheerful your life sucks. Silly. 
  2. and in case you’re wondering, yes, Black Gate Magazine keeps draining my wallet and causing me to sacrifice hours of sleep on the altar of good reading. 
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Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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