Review: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Review: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

‘Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life. I thought of their unfathomable distance, and the slow inevitable drift of their movements out of the unknown past into the unknown future.’ Ages ago I read The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells and really enjoyed it, despite being immensely creeped out by it. Therefore I thought I’d give one of his more famous works a go and went for The Time Machine…and yet again found it enjoyable but extremely strange and… Read more »

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5 Little Things I’ve Done To Boost My Blog

5 Little Things I’ve Done To Boost My Blog

With my second blogoversary drawing ever closer, I recently decided to really try and step up my blogging (probably because it’s about that time of year when my hosting fees are due – it makes me want to get my money’s worth!). Therefore I decided to make a few little adjustments to my blogging routine to try and keep things more consistent, and hopefully give my blog a little boost in time for its’ second birthday. And to my surprise, my little adjustments seem to have worked! Now we’re not… Read more »

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Do you reread books?

Do you reread books?

When I was a child, most of the reading I did was actually rereading. I had a cycle of a few favourite books that I read over and over, occasionally mixing it up with a different book from the library, or adding a new favourite to the cycle. Amongst these several favourites were the Harry Potter series, various Jaqueline Wilson books, Watership Down, Black Beauty (not sure what it was with me and animal books!) and a handful of others. These days, however, I can’t actually remember the last time… Read more »

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Review: Death Note – Black Edition Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba

Review: Death Note – Black Edition Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba

‘The human whose name is written in this note shall die.’ I’ve been meaning to read some manga for ages, so I decided to start out with Death Note (story by Tsugumi, art by Takeshi Obata, translation by Yuki Kowalsky). I really liked the sound of the concept and thought it opened itself up to a lot of the ‘questioning what’s right and wrong’ dilemmas that I love to see in fiction. And I certainly wasn’t disappointed! Death Note tells the story of genius student Light Yagami who finds a dropped notebook… Read more »

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4 Books I’d Recommend To Writers

4 Books I’d Recommend To Writers

Whilst the art of writing is best learnt through practice, it always pays to get advice from more experienced writers on the craft. Now most of us aren’t personal friends with writers as successful or as experienced as Stephen King, but we can still get advice from him and other successful writers through books they’ve written on the subject. So here’s a quick list of four books I’ve read that I feel are helpful to writers, and if you have any recommendations for me, please leave them in the comments!… Read more »

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How did you choose your blog name?

How did you choose your blog name?

One thing I’ve been trying to do more of lately is discovering and commenting on some new blogs. Whilst checking out some different blogs, the variety of wonderful and inventive blog names I encountered really got me thinking about the process of blog naming. Seen as my second blogoversary is looming, it would have been about this time two years ago when I was wracking my brains to come up with the perfect name for this blog. Whilst I was itching to get started, I knew that choosing my blog… Read more »

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Review: The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen

Review: The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen

‘”Not an hour ago, there was a rush of falling stars – one of the women told me. Do you know what that means?” Anne didn’t have the energy for any reply, let alone the furious one she wanted to make. The midwife smiled brilliantly. “It is a sign, Your Majesty. A sign of God’s good pleasure on you and all England. He has given us a prince. A Prince of Wales to follow in his great father’s footsteps.”‘ Whilst I’m a huge fan of historical fiction I’ve never actually… Read more »

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Likes and Dislikes in Character Descriptions

Likes and Dislikes in Character Descriptions

Character descriptions are a pretty essential part of character building for me. I know for some people they prefer little to no character description as they would rather build up their own image of characters, but personally I like a little something to go on! However, I think it’s really easy to get character descriptions wrong, and so here are a few of my personal likes and dislikes: Things I Like  Some basic information… To build up an image of the character in my head, I like to have just a… Read more »

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What To Do When You Think Your Writing Sucks

What To Do When You Think Your Writing Sucks

Recently I’ve been writing a fantasy novel, and for the first few thousand words, it went swimmingly. My hands seemed to dance across the keyboard, pouring out words and crafting a world of magic…until suddenly they stopped. And why did they stop? Because I stupidly read it back, that’s why! I read back what I had written, convinced it was going to be inspired, and it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I like my characters (although I’ve come to hate their names for some reason!), and a lot… Read more »

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Review: Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

Review: Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

‘“For indeed you have a choice. You can flee and hide, and wait to be found. You can live out your days in terror, without meaning. Or you can take the harder choice, and you can save them.”’ If you remember my post from a couple of weeks back, I explained how I barely ever read randomly any more, and that I had picked this book on a whim at the bookshop to try and remedy that. And I fell so lucky with my random read, because this book was… Read more »

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