Review: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

Review: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

‘He fought as he wished he had all those years ago, for the chance he had missed. In that moment between storms–when the rain stilled and the winds drew in their breaths to blow–he danced with the slayer of kings, and somehow held his own.’ A few weeks ago I posted to rave about the first book in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive, The Way of Kings, and I’ve now read the second book, Words of Radiance and loved it even more. So expect further ranting! In this second instalment (I say instalment as if it’s a small episode, and not… Read more »

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How To Be A Bookworm On A Budget

How To Be A Bookworm On A Budget

Being a bookworm can get pretty pricey, what with all those delicious new releases you just have to rush out and buy, and all those series where you just have to read the next book RIGHT NOW! So here I’ve compiled a few tips on how to be a bookworm on a budget: Go to the library Back when I was a kid, I was never out of the local library: my Mum would take me after school and I would never leave with less than a good armful of books, and I religiously took part (and completed) the summer… Read more »

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The Pros and Cons of Outlining Your Novel

The Pros and Cons of Outlining Your Novel

Seen as my blogging has pretty much ground to a halt these past couple of weeks due to my lack of internet, I decided it was time to devote some much needed time to my fiction writing. In my New Year’s Resolution post I wrote about how this year I wanted to start writing a novel, so I felt that now was the perfect time to give it a try. This isn’t my first attempt at novel writing: I’ve been starting (and failing to finish) novels since I was a teenager, and my most recent attempt was in 2014 when… Read more »

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5 Things I’ve Missed About Blogging

5 Things I’ve Missed About Blogging

Recently, I’ve been pretty disconnected from the blogosphere: my new home hasn’t got any Wi-Fi set up yet, and thanks to my rapidly dwindling phone data I haven’t even been able to browse Twitter or Bloglovin much. In some ways having this enforced break has been quite nice, as it has definitely relieved the pressure over a period that is quite stressful anyway (moving house), but it has also consolidated my love of blogging. Being unable to post has been so frustrating and has definitely shown me just how much I enjoy blogging, so I thought I’d do a quick… Read more »

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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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