Our Favorite Authors – Garth Nix
Posted by Cameron Y.
Our goal with “Our Favorite Authors” is to help our followers find new authors whom they might never have tried before and also thank those authors whom have touched our lives over the years. And since there is no shortage in authors whom we love, we are positive this monthly post will be a success! =^-^=
My first introduction to Garth Nix was when I happened to stumble across his Abhorsen series one day when visiting one of my local bookstores. The first book happened to be on display and I found the cover intriguing enough that I picked it up to read the back synopsis. Little surprise that it ended up coming home with me that same evening. I’m not entirely sure at what point I got the other two books of the series, but eventually I managed to finish all of them and found that I liked the books, though not enough to pick up any of his other books at the time. Skip forward to about four years ago when I happened upon the audio version of this series. Now normally I’m not one who listens to a lot of audio books, preferring the feel of an actual book over the ability to listen to a story while on the go, but for this series I made an exception. You see, all three titles in this series were read by Tim Curry and I must say that he does an absolutely fantastic job reading the books! I particularly enjoy him as Mogget, but he does a great job with the other characters too. Listening to the audio versions made me reevaluate my interest in Nix’s writing. There was something about hearing them that drew me deeper into the storyline than by physically reading them myself. Maybe it was the fact that they were read by Tim Curry which made me enjoy them more, or maybe it’s simply that I find Nix’s books lend more enjoyment when read to me, I don’t know. What I can say is that I definitely wanted to check out more of his books.
So in my quest to discover other books by Nix, I happened upon his Keys to the Kingdom series, which I now also own on audio. This is a fun series! Not only were they a fast paced read, yes I did actually read the books while listening to them (old habits die hard), but the plot line was very creative and engaging. I’ll admit that I’m rather sad I didn’t pick these up sooner because I enjoyed them immensely. And can I say that the two-year wait between the sixth book and the release of the seventh just about drove me crazy? This series has something for everyone who picks them up. =^.^=
After two successful discoveries, I’ve begun to look closely at Nix’s Seventh Tower series and at his newest novel A Confusion of Princes. The Seventh Tower books look like they will be fun, but I am not sure if I want to get caught up another series of his just yet. As for A Confusion of Princes, well, there’s just something about the cover art that I find fascinating. There’s no question that I will be getting this title as an audio book once it is made available. My curiosity towards it is just too strong! While I will admit to being rather sad that it took me discovering the audio editions of Nix’s novels for me to appreciate them more, I must say that I am thankful I did because otherwise I would have missed out on a great many wonderful stories. Time will tell whether I will continue preferring to listen to the books on audio over physically reading them myself. Either way, I’m looking forward to some new adventures!