Falling in (Book) Love

FOR YEARS, I’VE BEEN SEARCHING.

That significant other. Someone to curl up with at the end of a long day. The one that makes you feel alive. Gives you hope. Inspires and helps you forget all your worries. If only, for a few hours.

Turns out, I’ve been looking in the wrong places. Read more

Changing Covers – The Stubborn Version

EIGHTEEN MONTHS AGO, I released my first creation to the wild.

Pathfinders is a supernatural thriller with a sprinkling of science fiction. Panning two worlds, it explores this reality and the dream world through the phenomena of ‘Lucid Dreaming’, popularized most recently with the movie Inception. Read more

Stella Gibbons – Cold Comfort Farm (Book Review)

cold comfort farm stella gibbonsOpening Line: The education bestowed on Flora Poste by her parents had been expensive, athletic and prolonged; and when they died within a few weeks of one another during the annual epidemic of the influenza or Spanish plague which occurred in her twentieth year, she was discovered to possess every art and grace save that of earning her own living.

Book Cover Blurb: When sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste is orphaned at nineteen, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives in deepest Sussex. Read more

Books That Choke

6210847346_96b079c434_zREADING HABITS CHANGE over time.

Moby Dick, considered a classic work of literature, would struggle to get published today.

Why?

The novel oscillates between daring adventure on the high seas, to a lengthy discourse on whale species, how to procure the oil from blubber and other trivial information only useful to a seaman or aquatic anoraks with a penchant for mammalian facts. Read more

Remembering BBC’s ‘The Big Read’

1984 book coverOne of the blogs I follow is 101books.net written by the excellent Robert Bruce.

In 2010 Time Magazine announced their definitive list of the 100 greatest English language novels (since 1923) and Robert decided that as an avid reader he would dedicate most of his limited free time to reading his way through the list.

I had a look at the titles and realised that some of my favourite books didn’t make the cut. The list is quite limiting in that it only considers those originally written in English so there would be no place for the likes of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, or CervantesDon Quixote. Read more