Don't you love it when you find an author whose work you really like. Last year on one of my many trips to Barnes & Noble I was perusing the aisles looking for something new. I had finished all of Steve Alten's books and wanted something else exciting to read. A paperback jumped out at me, it was called "Map Of Bones." The cover was right up my alley, and inspired me to pick it up.
When I read what the book was about it certainly sounded intriguing. I noticed some of his other titles and started reading the back covers of them all. I left the store with three of his books. I read "Subterranean" first. It was fun and exciting and a little silly. Next I read "Map Of Bones" and liked it even better. I read four more of his books and had three more waiting to be read. He tends to use topics in his books that I am familiar with, which makes them all the more enjoyable. I love history, science and theology and intermingling those are common themes for him. Even R read a couple and he isn't a big reader. He wants to read the rest though.
A while back I was again in Barnes & Noble to get the latest installment from Steve Alten, when I saw his latest book had also been released; "The Doomsday Key." I never buy hardback books, but since I love both authors I splurged and got them both. I read Steve's book first since I had been waiting so long for it. Then I read "The Black Order" from James Rollins. I think I liked that one the best. I am no stranger to quantum theory, die glocke and most of the other things he used in the plot.
This morning I started reading "The Doomsday Key." I only read a little and thought I should go to bed. I flipped to the back of the book though to see if there might be an excerpt from his next book. Instead I found a section telling what was real in the book and what isn't. I didn't want to read it however, because I didn't want to know what happens. I am not one of those people who flips to the ending, I like to wait til I get there.
The very last line caught my eye however...it said something about "go buy Kowalski a bear, he earned it." Right above that it said that Sixpenny Bears in Hawkshead is a real place that only sells teddy bears.
Now I have no idea who Kowalski is yet, or why there is a teddy bear shop in this type of book...but I can't wait to find out. How exciting is it that an author I like so well has included a reference to a teddy bear shop in his work! It's certainly not a common thing to see in a novel, and helps me identify even more with his work. As a bear artist, that thought makes me very happy...and it made my day!
(On a side note, going back to a post I made last week about the possibility of writing a book of my own...I outlined two possible options for stories. They are characters and plots I have had in my head for years, and finally fleshed them out a bit and set them to font. I will keep you updated.)