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Colin Greenland

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Born
in Dover, The United Kingdom
May 17, 1954

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Member Since
August 2011


Colin Greenland's fiction and criticism have been translated into a dozen languages and broadcast on BBC national radio. His multiple award-winning science fiction novel Take Back Plenty, long out of print in the UK, is available again in the Orion SF Masterworks series, and for e-readers at SF Gateway.

Colin lives in Cambridge and Foolow with his wife Susanna Clarke, the author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell . He is working on a novel of some kind.
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Colin Greenland I'd go at once to the village of Nutwood, so perfectly and generously imagined by the great Alfred Bestall. Of course I'd like to meet Rupert Bear, th…moreI'd go at once to the village of Nutwood, so perfectly and generously imagined by the great Alfred Bestall. Of course I'd like to meet Rupert Bear, though I rather feel I have, many times over the years, in the persons of the enquiring and adventurous young sons of friends and neighbours, though few of them are as scrupulously well-behaved as Rupert. Even more, I'd like to see his home, the quintessence of rural England, yet the gateway to countless other realms – the South Seas, Imperial China, the bottom of the sea and the aerial Kingdom of the Birds, the subterranean haunts of the various Imps and the Ice Palace of King Frost. From Nutwood, it seems, you can get to any and all of these with remarkable speed and ease, see all the marvels they hold, and still be home in time for tea.(less)
Colin Greenland I see *Y is for Yesterday* is due out in August. I shall want to read that as soon as I can get my hands on a copy.

Excellent title, by the way.

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I see *Y is for Yesterday* is due out in August. I shall want to read that as soon as I can get my hands on a copy.

Excellent title, by the way.

I first met Kinsey Millhone in *C is for Corpse*, picked at random from the Crime section in Harrow Public Library. I wasn't far into it before I knew I had to go straight back to *A is for Alibi* and get the whole story. I've been getting it ever since, letter by letter.

And as soon as I've read *Z is for Zero*, I mean to go back to A and do it all over again.

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Sue Grafton is so good. I read one of her dad's, and that was good too. They're not much alike, as I recall, any more than Alafair Burke is like James Lee Burke.(less)
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“Plotting is like sex. Plotting is about desire and satisfaction, anticipation and release. You have to arouse your reader’s desire to know what happens, to unravel the mystery, to see good triumph. You have to sustain it, keep it warm, feed it, just a little bit, not too much at a time, as your story goes on. That’s called suspense. It can bring desire to a frenzy, in which case you are in a good position to bring off a wonderful climax.”
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“Plotting is like sex. Plotting is about desire and satisfaction, anticipation and release. You have to arouse your reader's desire to know what happens, to unravel the mystery, to see good triumph. You have to sustain it, keep it warm, feed it, just a little bit, not too much at a time, as your story goes on. That's called suspense. It can bring desire to a frenzy, in which case you are in a good position to bring off a wonderful climax.”
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“Sometimes he tries to catch her, wading frantically through earth that has turned to water, or sometimes through air. Sometimes she tries to catch him. They never catch each other, no matter what.”
Colin Greenland, The Sandman: Book of Dreams

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“A story is not like a road to follow … it's more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, how the world outside is altered by being viewed from these windows. And you, the visitor, the reader, are altered as well by being in this enclosed space, whether it is ample and easy or full of crooked turns, or sparsely or opulently furnished. You can go back again and again, and the house, the story, always contains more than you saw the last time. It also has a sturdy sense of itself of being built out of its own necessity, not just to shelter or beguile you.”
Alice Munro, Selected Stories

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“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
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