Walker of Worlds | The End of the Journey

They say that all good things come to an end. I'm not sure who 'they' are, but it's often a true statement, and it's one that can now apply to Walker of Worlds. Of course, that's assuming that what I've been doing here for the past six years can be classed as good. I'm not so sure myself. I've loved running this site, but the past couple of years have made it clear to me that it's had its day, that I should bow out.

I've made many false starts on trying to get things moving again, but that's just what they have been. I can't stick to any sort of regular posting, and reviewing every book I read has long since had its day. I love reading, I can't stress that enough, but recently I've found so much more pleasure in simply enjoying the stories, in being just an average reader again - not all the time, but enough to make a difference.

Is this the last you'll see of me? Hopefully not. I still want to talk about the books that get me excited, the ones that aren't discussed nearly enough, but I want to do it in moderation, with perhaps a bit more structure to my process. I have some ideas in mind of what I'd like to do, how I'd like to continue talking the talk, but that's all for another day, and another place. And truth be told, none of it may lead anywhere at all.


I'd really just like to say thank you to anyone and everyone - be you a fan, publisher, or author - that has taken the time to stop by here over the years. Every page view, every comment, every email - they've meant a great deal more than I can put into words.

You've been fantastic.

gav  – (31 December 2013 at 18:30)  

It's been a pleasure to read your views. Hope you still hang around twitter :D Happy New Year.

ediFanoB  – (31 December 2013 at 19:01)  

Thanks for all the good stuff. I understand you very well based on my own experience.
Looking forward to read more about your ideas.
Happy New Year

Anonymous –   – (31 December 2013 at 20:50)  

Well I just wanted to thank you, I've really enjoyed reading your blog for the past few years.

I wish you luck with whatever you decide to do next.

John Fox

Les Simkin  – (31 December 2013 at 23:41)  

Yours has been one of my favourite sci-fi book blogs for ages. I learned that if you liked a book, then I probably would too. All the best for the future. Thanks.

graywave  – (1 January 2014 at 23:28)  

As you know, I'm a regular reader. I'll be sorry to see you go. Thanks for persisting so long.

Larry  – (2 January 2014 at 16:05)  

Sorry to see you go, best wishes for 2014!

Ron Buckmire  – (3 January 2014 at 08:23)  

sorry to see you go...Loved the references to Mark Chitty in Great North Road by Peter Hamilton!

Girish Menon  – (8 January 2014 at 05:30)  

Really sorry to hear this. I discovered your blog a year ago and frequently came back to it to check your views on books that I had read, or even to get tips on which books to read. I wonder if you are open to direct correspondence, to discuss some of these books, writers, plots...

Jasper –   – (12 January 2014 at 04:45)  

Hey Mark thanks for all the time and effort you have put into this site. It will be missed, but we understand. I hope you continue with your passion for reading. I found your site from the Unsphere and you have introduced me to many more fantastic authors.

Here is to many more good reads in your future,


Sam –   – (25 January 2014 at 12:33)  

So sorry to see the end of this blog. It was one of the first SFF blogs I followed and I've found a lot of good books and new authors from you that I wouldn't have enjoyed otherwise.

I just want to wish you all the very best for the future and hopefully you'll continue to drop some book knowledge elsewhere on the net.

All the best mate and good luck for the future

Anonymous –   – (28 January 2014 at 10:13)  

Dear Mark.

Thanks for years of running a great blog! I have found the blog great to consult in my work at a public library. I dont have the time to read everything that I want in every genre so it has been a joy to read all your great thoughts on this type of literature. SF needs enthusiasts like yourself and I hope you continue to enjoy reading without the pressure of running the blog. But I for one will truly miss it and am yet to find a blog that can really top or replace Walker of Worlds.

Cheers from Erik in Sweden.

EricB  – (26 February 2014 at 14:23)  

Sorry to see the website come to a close, Mark. You've provided the SF community with a great service over the years. And many thanks for covering so many of my own books; it's much appreciated. Good luck with future projects.

Mike  – (12 April 2014 at 06:06)  

Do you frequent any place that you might recommend books? I do enjoy your reviews, and you haven't steered me wrong yet. :) While late to say it, I'll miss this blog.

Mark  – (12 April 2014 at 21:13)  

Sorry for the delay in replying here, but a massive and sincere thanks all, it's really very much appreciated.

I can still be emailed on mark@walkerofworlds.com, so please feel free if you'd like to chat!

Reading is certainly up this year - 30 books up to the end of March. I've also started contributing over at www.sffworld.com. I'm there every few weeks with a review, and hopefully more regularly in the future though. The team there are great - Mark and Rob have very similar tastes to me and are a great source of recommendations :)

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