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Review: American Gods – Neil Gaiman

American Gods is an investigation into religion, consumerism and how a society forms and supports ever changing systems of belief. It tackles huge ideas from the perspective of Shadow a coin trick performing ex-con seemingly plucked from obscurity. As the novel progresses he also reveals himself to be caring, sensitive and perceptive, he’s decidedly well-read… Continue reading Review: American Gods – Neil Gaiman

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Writing Wednesday: Creative Manifestos

Writing anything in the age of the internet is as much about how you promote it as it is about content. Knowing what you're selling and how to sell it is key to building your following. Manifestos are a brilliant resource for writers to hone their ability to persuade. A great manifesto can convince, uplift… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: Creative Manifestos

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Writing Wednesday: Great Opening Paragraphs

You've got a fantastic idea, you know your characters better than your family, the twists and turns in your plot are guaranteed to have your readers enthralled. You sit down to write your opening line and no matter what you do, your beginning reads like a soggy beige pancake. We've all been there, luckily there… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: Great Opening Paragraphs

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Opinion: Books to Dispel a Reading Rut

I power through books week in week out without really coming up for air, or sleep. Yet, even with my worrying obsession with consuming all of the literature I do have days when I just can't get started. Thus begins the dreaded reading slump that has been known to last for weeks (sometimes years!) If… Continue reading Opinion: Books to Dispel a Reading Rut

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Review: Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

This rags to riches dystopian novel is Young Adult fiction at its very finest. It centers on Mare, a red street thief who becomes a pawn in a shifting politic game. The world is divided between red and silver blood. The Silvers possess powerful abilities, bending water, fire and the minds of others. The reds… Continue reading Review: Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

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Short Review: Transit – Lana Citron

Published in 2012 Lana Citrons short novel Transit is a fantastically bizarre piece of fiction. This book is no doubt a Marmite choice. If you love contemporary fiction that challenges your perception this is a brilliant quick read. However if you like more conventional plots or classics this is perhaps not for you. It focuses on Ed who has seemingly… Continue reading Short Review: Transit – Lana Citron

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Review: Red Rising – Pierce Brown

Rise red as the dawn! Red Rising by Pierce Brown is a dystopian fantasy novel of a different class. Darrow, raised in the mines of Mars is catapulted into the beating heart of Gold Society. Power is prized above all other virtues and violent oppression is key. His mission is to destroy the hierarchy from… Continue reading Review: Red Rising – Pierce Brown