My Favorite Storyteller

Some authors seem not to write books but sit beside you in the evening under an obscure light of the lamp and read their stories to you. I have exactly this very kind of impression when I open any book of Neil Gaiman, the best teller of amazing fairy-tales full of black humor and dark adventures.

My first acquaintance with Gaiman took place when I went to the theater to watch “Caroline” – a performance telling about a girl who traveled to a parallel reality where all people had buttons instead of eyes. I was captivated by the strangely dark plot and the atmosphere of absurd which ruled the performance. Later I discovered with amusement that the performance was base on the book of Neil Gaiman, an English writer of comic books, novels and short stories and a famous screen-writer as well.

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His Dark Materials

For our children we will always look for the best. The best kindergartens, schools, friends and of course books.

The number of authors writing for kids is numerous, but I really have heard a lot about Philip Pullman (the British writer) and His Dark Materials trilogy. He has been called the bestselling author for several times and I decided to get acquainted with his writing.

All I can say is that His Dark Materials series is really the best for children. Some people say that the books are too scary for children and contain a lot of details that should not be known by kids, but that is not true. Northern Lights, Subtle Knife and Amber Spyglass have everything a child needs in books. There is a lot of magic, adventures and a happy end. All in all the books were interesting to read even for me. Besides, in 2007 the trilogy was called the best book for children for the last 70 years.

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Famous Writers’ Weird Habits And Addictions

Writers, the spoiled children of good fortune! They get away with anything: startling behavior, shocking confessions, weird habits and tainted addictions. Nevertheless, the loving audience forgives them their misbehavior. Talented person has a condemnation when it comes to addictions. So, let’s check the weirdest ones among the famous writers of the past.

  1. Honore De Balzac And Coffee


Coffee addiction doesn’t surprise anyone nowadays. Many people drink tons of coffee daily and start having cravings if didn’t get their doze in the morning. But our regular 2-3 cups of espresso have nothing to do with Balzac’s addiction. Just imagine: he could drink up to 50 (!) cups a day! No milk, no sugar. Besides, he used to eat coffee grains – he claimed that it helps him to stay awake for longer time and feel brisk and fresh. Needless to say, such coffee addiction had an impact on the writer’s health. Thus, he used to suffer from intestinal colic, high blood pressure and cardiovascular issues. People say that his early and timeless death is the result of caffeine intoxication.

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