A Stitch in Time - Ian Murray-Watson
I had a lot of fun reading this book.
Isn't that enough of a review? There are very few books that just leave me feeling like I've taken a relaxing and enjoyable vacation from life. I smiled, laughed, and overall just really enjoyed the plot, characters, and Ian Murray-Watson's writing style.
I think that the best way to read this book, in order to ensure optimal enjoyment, is to just sit back and let the author take you for a ride. Set aside your rational and linear way of thinking and trust the author to see you safely to the conclusion of the book.
I really can't recommend this book enough, especially if you're feeling overly stressed or have just been taking life too seriously lately. This book will leave you feeling happy and refreshed - at least, that's what it did for me!
Some Bio Information
I’m a retired ancient – not quite as old as Grandfather Time yet but swaying alarmingly in the wind – who gets a lot of fun out of writing silly stories.
I’ve been, variously, a teacher, a researcher (political and otherwise), an amateur jockey, a musician, a software writer and a chocolatier (and probably a few more things I’ve forgotten). I’m far too well educated for my own good, and I get bored easily.
I live in the depths of Herefordshire with wife and dog. I enjoy playing the piano, walking, gardening, eating (when I can remember to take my pills), visits from my sons and grandchildren, and going everywhere and anywhere to hear opera (it’s often cheaper to go to Amsterdam, Paris or Berlin – even Australia - than to go to London) – and, of course, long discussions about the nature of Reality with anybody who can understand what on earth I’m talking about.
1) What inspired you to write this book?
Fun, basically. The desire to take some crazy ideas (dream people are real, the physics of the dream world is consistent and quantum-like) and see where they lead.
2) Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?
I need to be in the right mood (silly), which fortunately I am most of the time. Then I just set the characters off and see what happens. I don't write to the plot, which tends to develop in unexpected directions as I scribble (or, in this case, type). I write scenes and sections and then fit them together.
3) What types of readers would most enjoy your work?
Lunatics? Seriously, ppl do need to have some appreciation of the developments in physics, though only at popular TV program level, and understand that the question of reality and consciousness is a crucial one. Then they may find some interesting, as well as silly, ideas. In practice, and surprisingly, I find that the book appears to appeal most to my generation, perhaps because they are fairly well educated and 'get' the cultural references and jokes. Having said that, I've found people who have none of these attributes enjoy the book simply as a story.
4) What do you hope that readers take away from your work?
I think the above says most of it. Fun, a good story, intellectual challenge maybe. Some of the ideas which appear to be very tongue-in-cheek are actually quite serious, but I'm not admitting which ones. (The sequel, or since there's no time in Astralia, maybe the prequel, is even madder)
5) Who is your favorite fictional character?
Goodness knows. I've never thought about it. Maybe Mouse (the family dog in an Elizabeth Goodge trilogy), or Miss Marple? My taste is not terribly highbrow.
6) How would you describe your writing style?
It can be described? I might say something like plodding with an occasional shaft of wit, and hope that other people might be kinder.
7) What’s your ultimate writing goal?
At my age (70), the next breakfast. Realistically, to sell a book and give people a good read