Author: Laura

What makes a good fantasy world?

What makes a good fantasy world?

My all time favourite genre has to be fantasy, and one of the things I love most about it is its otherworldliness. Reading for me, and I suspect most other bookworms, is a form of escapism, and there’s no better way to escape than to go to a completely different world! The other day I was thinking about fantasy worlds and some of the most famous examples – Middle Earth, Narnia, Westeros etc. – and started to wonder what it is that makes them so captivating. What is it that makes a fantasy world seem as if it could actually… Read more »

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8 Things ‘On Writing’ By Stephen King Teaches You About Writing

8 Things ‘On Writing’ By Stephen King Teaches You About Writing

‘If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.’ Recently, I finally got round to reading Stephen King’s famous book On Writing. The book is part memoir, with King describing the life events that made him the writer he is, and partly instructional, offering tips and advice about writing. After reading it, I can see why this is a book often considered to be essential reading for writers. It’s inspirational, informative, and infused with enough humour to make it entertaining as well as instructive (and that’s a lot… Read more »

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Writers/Bloggers: How do you record your ideas?

Writers/Bloggers: How do you record your ideas?

Anyone who has ever done any form of writing will know that ideas can come at any time, and anywhere. Apparently inspiration doesn’t care about convenience, and may elude you when you sit down at your desk to write, yet strike when you’re busy paying for your double cheeseburger meal in McDonalds (true story!). Therefore it’s essential that writers have some way of recording and collecting their ideas, because unfortunately even the most inspired of ideas can disappear just as quickly as it came!

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Review: Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

Review: Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

‘There was a harsh gale blowing on the night Yarvi learned he was a king. Or half a king, a least.’ Warning: minor spoilers. As a fantasy fan, I have been meaning to read some of Joe Abercrombie’s work for ages, and have had The Blade Itself on my TBR list since forever. However, I happened upon Half A King a couple of weeks ago and liked the look of it, so decided to give it a go. And I was not disappointed! Half A King tells the story of Yarvi, the second and youngest son of the renowned warrior… Read more »

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Stereotypes of Bookworms

Stereotypes of Bookworms

Unfortunately we live in a world where people constantly make assumptions about others based on everything from the clothes they wear, to the way they talk, the company they keep, and even the pastimes they enjoy. As much as we would like to think we don’t do this, we all do – after all, it’s human nature to want to label and compartmentalise others. However, when it happens to you it can be pretty annoying, and even hurtful, which leads me on to the topic of this discussion post – stereotypes of people who read for pleasure. AKA, the bookworm.

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Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

‘He’s such the cool guy with his pegged jeans and black low-tops, his effortlessly beat-up punk-rock tees and his subtle tattoos. He is not the kind of guy to end up with someone like me.’ Warning: Minor spoilers. I had literally seen this book everywhere in the blogosphere when I picked it up the other day at the bookshop, which is why it’s kind of weird that I had no idea what it was actually about! So for those who, like me, seem to have been living in a cave and don’t know what If I Stay is about, it… Read more »

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The Pros and Cons of Blogging for Introverts

The Pros and Cons of Blogging for Introverts

One of the things I love most about the blogging world is the wide range of people who inhabit it: these days literally anyone with access to the internet can start a blog and share their interests and personality with the world, whether they are naturally outspoken, or on the quieter side. As someone who is personally very introverted, sharing my interests with people in real life is not something that comes naturally. In social situations, I tend to feel uncomfortable and am more inclined to listen than to speak, and a good night in with a book sounds a… Read more »

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Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

‘No more Internet. No more social media, no more scrolling through litanies of dreams and nervous hopes and photographs of lunches, cries for help and expressions of contentment and relationship-status updates with heart icons whole or broken…’ I picked up Station Eleven on a bit of a whim the other week in Waterstones. The clashing orange font on white background caught my eye, and the blurb said something about the apocalypse and Shakespeare, so I was pretty much sold (who wouldn’t be intrigued by Shakespeare + the apocalypse?). The novel opens with a famous actor, Arthur Leander, having a heart… Read more »

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The Most Annoying Character Traits

The Most Annoying Character Traits

One thing that can completely ruin a book for me is annoying characters, and there are certain character traits that just make me want to scream. Therefore, I decided to make a list of the character traits that annoy me most, and I’d love to know yours! Excessive self-involvement One sure-fire way to make me put down a book? Have it written in the first person and basically read like this: me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me…and you get the idea with that. Excessive self-involvement is one of… Read more »

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Review: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

Review: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

‘Say farewell to bondage! But say farewell also to ease! Say farewell to the weak! Say farewell to your treasures! More still shall we make. Journey light: but bring with you your swords! For we will go further than Oromë, endure longer than Tulkas: we will never turn back from pursuit. After Morgoth to the ends of the Earth!’ I pretty much owe my entire love of the fantasy genre to J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings – the rich, intriguing world of Middle Earth capturing my imagination from a young age. Little did I know that the… Read more »

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