On Wednesday evening, despite the grey skies looming ominously over London, I took a slight detour en route home to pay Waterstones in Clapham Junction a visit where I picked up 24 copies of the book I’m giving out this World Book Night: Iain M. Banks’ The Player of Games. I was assured by the lovely assistant that my box was the smallest, and thankfully only had a short walk home; making it through my front door just as a clap of thunder sounded and a torrential downpour began.
I mentioned in a previous post that I am yet to read The Player of Games; and were it not for World Book Night, it is certainly not a book I would have considered reading. However, much like the various book challenges I have set myself over the coming months, branching out into the realm of science fiction will, if nothing else, broaden my reading horizons. I’ve been assured by my Aunty Kate in Australia that The Player of Games is well worth a read; and indeed, featuring as a title on the World Book Night list should be indicative of its popularity.
I’m looking forward to spending the next few days giving out The Player of Games, and while it might be over-ambitious to hope to instill in others my love of reading, I certainly hope I might go some way towards encouraging people to read more than they would normally. Whatever the outcome, I’m hugely excited to be taking part in World Book Night 2012.