One of the gifts I was fortunate enough to receive for Christmas in 2015 was this handsome volume of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, from my son Jack. In addition, I have two volumes of the Game of Thrones series to read, as well as The Custer Wolf, The Doors of Perception and two volumes of stories by the incomparable H.P Lovecraft, so I suspect that for the foreseeable future, I’ll be spending the long winter evenings absorbed in a book, rather than writing.
“Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. The library connects us with the insights and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all of our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species.”
Carl Sagan, 1934-1996.