Why Fiction?

There are some people who believe that fiction is a throw away genre; that only non-fiction can teach us about the world we live in. There are some who believe that my shelves of fiction books are not as important as my reference library. But why must we choose? Stories were passed down the generations…

The gunman, is useless.

The gunman, is useless. That’s how it starts. This brilliant opening sentence can be found in Markus Zusak’s The Messenger. It sets the scene so incredibly well and yet, is full of questions. Why is the gunman useless? What’s the gunman’s relationship to the narrator? What environment is it; a war zone, a robbery, a…