Top 5 Classic Short Stories

Top 5 Classic Short Stories

The short story is a form that has had its ups and downs. Whilst immensely popular during the early twentieth century – the likes of Joyce and Hemingway penning their masterpieces – it could be seen to have fallen out of fashion in later years. However, 2013 saw Alice Munro win the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first short… Read more »

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Review: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Review: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

‘The original source of the Skill will probably remain forever shrouded in mystery. Certainly a penchant for it runs remarkably strong within the royal family, and yet it is not solely confined to the King’s household.’ Warning: Minor spoilers. Seen as I’m currently having a major fantasy-reading phase, I decided it was about time I checked out another big name… Read more »

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Top 10 Shakespeare Quotes

Top 10 Shakespeare Quotes

– ‘What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet.’ Romeo and Juliet – ‘This above all: to thine own self be true.’ Hamlet – ‘If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumbered here, While these visions did appear.’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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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… Read more »

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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… 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… 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,… 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,… 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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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