The Mechanical is a piece of speculative fiction which tells of an alternative history in which the Netherlands have unlocked the power to bring clockwork to life using alchemy. The last stronghold against the empirical might of the Dutch is Marseille in the West, home to the King of France in exile. Playing her part… Continue reading Review: The Mechanical – Ian Tregillis
Hey Everyone and Happy New Year! Praise be that 2017 is over with! What an absolute bloody nightmare! We're all here now though and ready to embark on new challenges whilst also having our sanity mauled by the pressures of modern life. Hoorah! I've taken a little bit of time to reflect on what I've… Continue reading New Year, New Book Goals
I've been looking forward to sinking my teeth into this book since I first spotted it's shiny, red, propaganda style cover. The novel has stormed the book charts, snapped up the women's prize for fiction and been hailed a modern triumph in the press. Flipping gender power dynamics in a sharp twist of narrative, Naomi… Continue reading Review: The Power – Naomi Alderman
Fahrenheit 451 takes us into the heart of a world where knowledge has been outlawed. People are consistently brainwashed by giant tv screens fitted to the walls in their homes. Everyone is desensitised, conversations are sound bites and books are banned. The story follows Montag, a fireman who's role is to root out books and… Continue reading Review: Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
Please allow me to interrupt our regularly scheduled review post to have a short rant. I've just read that Warner Bros have signed a deal to recreate 'Lord of the Flies' with an all girl cast. As if we don't have enough misogynistic trash floating around, we now have to endure two dudes using a… Continue reading Discussion: An All Female “Lord of the Flies” Remake?
This week marks the anniversary of Raymond Carver's death. It's prompted me to revisit his collected stories. I always find that they resonate with me as strongly on re-reading them despite time and changes in my life. The stories look scathingly at moments of life. Transcending the ordinary and turning it into something unique and… Continue reading Favourite Authors: Raymond Carver
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