Thursday, March 11, 2010
have you ever been saved by a book/books?
For example, a small book of about 150 pages (Flesh by Ph. Farmer) was one of the main reasons for our actions to prevent the destruction of the ozon layer... And I’m sure anyone could name some other examples too of the great power many books have! I’m sure also there are other readers and writers who could share similar stories, like mine:
About ten years ago, there was a period in my life when everything seemed hopeless and meaningless, it seemed my studying of English would be endless (I’m not a native Englishman or American, I’m Bulgarian and realized very soon English was a very difficult language, with so many meanings of a single word, there were so many expressions I had to learn, etc.). After that, it seemed almost impossible to find a publisher for my translated in English book, or even a literary agent who would find a publisher... Then I was so depressed because all these happened so slow, that I wanted to suicide myself...
Fortunately, the reading of some of Terry Pratchett’s excellent books changed my mind and way of thinking once and for all. They made me realize to cope well with any situation in life one has to find the funny side even of the worst events and mishaps. But what was even more incredible was something else. Terry Pratchett’s books’ most amazing quality was that they could make anyone think about serious and important things like wars, good and evil, the real difference between perfection and imperfection, human stupidity and its many forms, the good and bad sides of humans’ faith, etc...
I’m really glad Terry Pratchett’s books appeared in my life at the right moment! Now, when my first book Tale Of The Rock Pieces is finally published I feel I have to thank Mr. Pratchett for his amazing works. I don’t know whether he will read this, but I have to admit he actually helped me to make my dreams come true!
Ivan Stoikov - Allan Bard
A writer, healthy food consultant, massage therapist, who thinks there's nothing else like writing and reading of books! the best activity one could have, that's actually connected with everything else one could think of... It's not a job, it's way of life! ;) My 1st book has been published recently: Tale of The Rock Pieces, there are a lot of other books in my head that wait impatiently to be written: the Opposite Of Magic (almost ready), Kids'Funny Business, The Lord Of The Christ, lake Mystery, Parasites, Incredible Future, Space Ghosts, A Writer's Adventures, A Detective's Life, The Origin Of Gods, etc...