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  • mark_chitty.jpg Mark lives in Caernarfon, North Wales with his wife, Jane, and hyperactive cocker spaniel, Snoop. He has the exciting job of dealing with students on a day to day basis at Bangor University but escapes the real world whenever possible to read and blog about science fiction. He blogs at Walker of Worlds. Mark Thwaite: What first drew you to blogging Mark? Mark Chitty: I started blogging about 18 months ago, mainly to have somewhere to post my thoughts and reviews about what I was reading. I was reading quite a few of the genre blogs but found that nearly all of them were predominantly fantasy based with the odd science fiction title here and there. As someone that doesn't read much fantasy I though it would be a good idea to get a more science fiction specific blog on the go. Since then I've been quite happily putting my reviews up with bits of news here and there using my wedding this year as an excuse for the slow output. With that out of the way and a weight lifted off my shoulders I thought it was about time to seriously invest more of my time in what I love doing: reading. Of course, with more reading comes more blogging, and then more reading, etc. It's a vicious circle, but one I enjoy enough to keep on going - it's surprising how much I still find each week that adds to this whole experience. MT: What do you most get out of it? MC: I think the enjoyment for me comes from finding out about books that I normally wouldn't look for, whether they be from smaller publisher's or mixed genre books that are outside my comfort zone. It also means I can get the word out on the things I'm finding interesting and try to promote them whenever possible. I also read a little more carefully, which in itself makes the whole reading and blogging experience more worthwhile. I guess you could say it gives me a greater appreciation of everything I read - even those books that I don't enjoy. MT: What are your favourite blogs? MC: The quick answer is to check out the list on my blog, but out of those I visit the following on a daily basis: Graeme's Fantasy Book Review - a great blog that's updated regularly with plenty of reviews and news. I've learnt of quite a few books through Graeme that I would have otherwise missed. Fantasy Book Critic - another excellent site run by Robert and with reviews from a few contributors, Liviu C Suciu being the reviewer I read without fail. Dave Brendon's Sci-Fi and Fantasy Weblog - Dave is a great reviewer from South Africa and probably the Star Wars expert when it comes to the blogs I read. 9780230709256.jpg
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