Review: Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis

Review: Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis

‘I had thought of making a sentimental journey to Auschwitz. The place of power on the confluence of the rivers: the place where the numbered Jews, and all the others, who had no number, came down from the heavens; the place where, for a time, there was no why.’ I had heard a lot about Martin Amis’ novel Time’s Arrow before I read it, and was pretty intrigued by the concept. Now having read it, I found it to be…rather bizarre. The novel tells the story of a Nazi war… Read more »

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Literary Archetypes: The Wizard/Wise Man

This is the second part of my ‘Literary Archetypes’ series. Check out the first here: ‘Literary Archetypes: The Dark Lord’. Gandalf: ‘A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.’ From The Fellowship of the Ring (2001 film) Since I looked at the fantasy Dark Lord in my last ‘Literary Archetypes’ post, I thought, why not look at its good guy equivalent? The typically white bearded, all-knowing and often cryptic Wizard or Wise Man can be seen as far back as… Read more »

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My Trip to Waterstones

My Trip to Waterstones

Buy one, get one half price: the bane of my existence. If I find one book, I then feel obligated to get a second – after all, its half price! It would be rude not to. And God forbid I should find a third, because then I would need a fourth! Thankfully (for my bank balance!) I managed to stop at two today:

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Review: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Review: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

“When the cardinal came to a closed door he would flatter it – oh beautiful yielding door! Then he would try tricking it open. And you are just the same, just the same…but in the last resort, you just kick it in.” A few weeks ago I did a post called ‘3 Books I Should Have Read But Haven’t’, and number two on the list was Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize winning Wolf Hall, which had been sitting on my shelf for months. Having now read it, I really wish I’d… Read more »

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Review: The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist

Review: The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist

‘All eyes turned to see Kuglan the magician step forward. ‘I have need of an apprentice and would call Pug, orphan of the keep, to service.’’ Last summer I read the entirety of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, devouring book after book in quick succession. I wanted to watch Game of Thrones, as I was curious to see what all the fuss was about, and I hate watching things before I’ve read the book. As a result I ended up on a bit of a fantasy… Read more »

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Literary Archetypes: The Dark Lord

In the ‘Literary Archetypes’ series I’ll be looking at various examples of classic character types within fiction. And my first victim is…the fantasy Dark Lord! ‘The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches…born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies … and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power, the Dark Lord knows not … and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives…’ From… Read more »

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Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

‘”I think I missed my window,” he said. “What window?” “My get-a-life window. I think I was supposed to figure all this stuff out somewhere between twenty-two and twenty-six, and now it’s too late.”‘ Attachments is set in 1999 when the internet, and particularly email, was still fairly new. A newspaper called The Courier employs Lincoln, a shy IT guy, to monitor their employees email and check that it isn’t being abused. He finds the emails of two colleagues, Beth and Jennifer, repeatedly flagged up and starts to read their… Read more »

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5 Tips For Writers: How To Avoid Procrastination

5 Tips For Writers: How To Avoid Procrastination

I’ll admit it: I’m a highly accomplished procrastinator. I can turn on my computer to do some writing and an hour later still be flicking through such-and-suches latest holiday photos after I decided to ‘quickly check Facebook first’. One of the many reasons I recently started blogging was as a way to try and make sure I was writing on a regular basis, hence why my first tip for fellow procrastinators is:

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Review: Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

Review: Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

‘In the beginning, there were dragons: proud, fierce, and independent. Their scales were like gems, and all who gazed upon them despaired, for their beauty was great and terrible.’ Warning: Minor spoilers. Despite having read the previous three books in the Inheritance Cycle, it has taken me three years to get round to reading Inheritance which was published back in 2011. Admittedly, I only decided to read the book for the sake of finishing a series I began reading back in 2006, as it seemed a shame not to. Although… Read more »

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3 Books I Should Have Read But Haven’t

Everyone has those books; the ones it seems everyone else has read, or has at least pretended to have read, or those that you like the look of but just haven’t got round to yet (and I have a pretty extensive ‘to-read’ list!). These are my top three: 3. The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger Supposedly the coming-of-age novel, this feels like one I should have read. I have the book and started it once… but I have to admit, I just couldn’t get into it, despite everyone… Read more »

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