This was a year of sequels - the long-awaited sequel to Steven King's 'The Shining' was the standout for me. A dedicated King fan, I was never not going to read it, but the sequel to 'The Talisman' was rather disappointing (at first read), so I approached it with few hopes. And it was a masterpiece.
Also out this year was the sequel to 'A Time To Kill', 'Sycamore Row'. I wasn't as keen on this, but there will - inevitably - be a movie.
And the year I rediscovered an old friend.
*sighs* Yeah, OK, I can wait until you stop laughing! I know, I know. It's become a joke, sometimes for good reason, but, damn it, I wanted to know how it all turned out for Tarl Cabot.
And isn't that the hallmark of a damned good story?
I'm not sure why Norman's 'Gor' novels upset the left so; with their central theme that women crave a strong master who tells them what to do and wear and eat, they really ought to be right up their alley...
He also seems to be the last professor in the US who can actually teach without interjecting his personal agenda, which, as David Thompson reminds us, is rather unique:
He's 82 now, and it seems he's written his last 'Gor' novel. A pity...