Author: Laura

Review: Mistress of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts

Review: Mistress of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts

‘Too many events in this Empire twisted in upon themselves, until centuries of unbending customs led their society towards stagnation and entropy.’ Warning: Minor Spoilers. In this final book in Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts Empire trilogy the level of political intrigue rises (a feat I didn’t think possible after the events of Servant of the Empire) along with the stakes to make this the most exciting book in the entire series. Mara, now Servant of the Empire (an adopted member of the Emperor’s family and an almost mythical figure, adored by the masses) is living in tranquility with… Read more »

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A Short Absence

A Short Absence

So, you may have noticed things have become a little sporadic around here in regards to posting (and answering comments in a timely manner!). The reason for that is that I have been pretty busy moving house this past week, and now I’m in my new flat it’s looking like we’re not going to have any Wi-Fi set up for a couple of weeks (I’m currently camped out at my mum and dad’s using their Wi-Fi to post this!). I’m going to try and post the odd thing (using my parents’ Wi-Fi again), but I thought I’d just do a… Read more »

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Do you tell people about your blog?

Do you tell people about your blog?

Back when I first started my blog, I didn’t tell anyone about it. I set it up, started posting and never breathed a word of it to anyone else, and I really don’t know why. Oddly it just felt too weird thinking of people I knew reading it, even though they are likely to be the only people you can entice to read your blog at first, when the rest of the world doesn’t know it exists. Eventually after a few weeks, when I had got it looking how I wanted it and had a few posts up, I casually… Read more »

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Can creativity be taught?

Can creativity be taught?

Something I’ve always found interesting in the writing world is the two schools of thought regarding whether or not writing skills can be taught. Many well regarded writers have famously bashed creative writing courses, claiming that writing as a creative medium can’t be taught unless a person has some modicum of natural talent, whereas I know from experience through my time as a Creative Writing student that there are writers and tutors out there who believe most people are capable of learning to write well. This got me thinking about whether or not creativity in general can be taught, or… Read more »

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Review: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Review: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

‘Speak again the ancient oaths, life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before destination. And return to men the Shards they once bore. The Knights Radiant must stand again.’ The Way of Kings is set in a world that is frequently rocked by immense storms, and is in a state of war, centuries after the fall of the legendary Knights Radiant. All that remains of these mythical figures are their Shardblades and Shardplates – armour and swords that transform their users into near invincible warriors. These days the Shards are the property of the highest in the kingdom, and are used in the war… Read more »

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How fast do you read?

How fast do you read?

As per my new blog schedule, I was due to post a book review on Monday, which is now a two-weekly event on my blog. However, when I finally got home from work on Sunday and sat down with my laptop to write my review I suddenly realised something…I had nothing to review. It has actually taken me over two weeks to read a book, a fact that gives rise to the question: WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING TO ME? Once upon a time I could devour even the thickest book within a matter of days – in fact the… Read more »

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Photos on Friday #2: Britain

Photos on Friday #2: Britain

It’s my second Photos on Friday Post! Despite the fact I’ve never been abroad (and probably because I’ve never been abroad) my home nation of Britain is a place I’ve explored quite a lot. From the beautiful lakes of the Lake District to the rolling dales of Yorkshire and the sandy beaches of Cornwall, I’ve been there, so I thought for my second Photos on Friday post I’d share some of the photos I’ve taken on some of my British adventures. A couple have already been seen on this blog (namely the Lake District ones), but the others haven’t. So… Read more »

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The Pros and Cons of Book Recommendations

The Pros and Cons of Book Recommendations

Seen as I don’t have all that many bookish friends in real life, it isn’t very often that I either give or receive book recommendations (outside of the blogosphere), and in some ways I’m quite glad about that. There’s a certain level of pressure that comes with both offering or receiving a book recommendation unless it’s someone you know very well (eg. a sibling, a partner or possibly a very close friend), although it can lead you to some amazing books as well. Therefore I thought I’d do a little pros and cons list (I do love doing those!) about book recommendations,… Read more »

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Ready, Set, Novel!

Ready, Set, Novel!

One thing I said I wanted to do in my New Year’s Resolution post was start working on a larger fiction project, a novel in fact, seen as I’ve never successfully completed a work of fiction longer than about 5,000 words (I did NaNoWriMo in 2014 but have yet to finish or edit the 42,000 words I wrote!). Therefore whilst I was in Waterstones the other day, armed with a gift voucher courtesy of my lovely boyfriend (who may have later regretted that decision seen as he had to be in the shop with me for ages whilst I dithered… Read more »

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My Top 6 TV Shows

My Top 6 TV Shows

Personally, I’m not much of a watcher of films. I love going to the cinema, but when I’m at home it just doesn’t seem like I can muster the attention span it would require for me to sit and watch an entire feature-length film. TV series on the other hand, are an entirely different matter. I am a serious TV show addict, and once I get on a roll I can have watched an entire series within days (and living with someone with Netflix has only fuelled my TV series mania!). In some ways it’s odd that I find watching… Read more »

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