End of the Year Book Tag 2022

I am not particularly happy about it being this time of the year already. Or maybe I am? Who knows, the year doesn’t care about my happiness. Anyway, completely pointless blurb aside, this tag does exactly what it says on the tin. This year Celeste at A Literary Escape tagged me and many thanks to […]

#musicmonday – Strength by Aether Realm

Music Monday contains the trend of uplifting songs, this time drawing from the mighty well that is Melodic Death Metal So what’s banging about this? There’s some very catchy melodies and also a grim, exhilarating atmosphere. Where that pre-chorus drops is my big “oh hell yeah this means business” moment. The lyrics full back this […]

Two Sided Coins and Seeing Story Weaknesses As Strengths

The nucleus of this idea came from a discussion on SFFChronicles about first person stories. One user made the completely reasonable point that you’ve got to be careful with first person stories, as what if the narrator is knocked out and misses something really important? But, stroppy chaotic sod that I am, my thoughts on […]

The Shining Company by Rosemary Sutcliff

By way of introductory remarks, let me state that The Shining Company occupies an odd spot of being one of my least and most favourite Rosemary Sutcliff novels. I should probably explain that one, right? Warning – what might be called by some a gigantic spoiler, although it’s nature might be considered obvious by many. […]

Book Haul One

I’ve pretty much never done a book haul post. My circumstances have been very much against the acquisition of physical books recently. Now that’s settling though, I visited a Half-Price Books and set that right, so here’s my very first bo Let’s talk what I got – particularly as that photo ain’t great! I’ve a […]

WWW Wednesday (November 23 2022)

Welcome to WWW Wednesday, which consists of answering three questions: What are you currently reading?What did you recently finish reading?What do you think you’ll read next? That’s it. WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words so credit to her. Now lets have a look at things WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING? […]

Top 5 Tuesday: Worlds That Never Were

Hello all, and welcome to another Top Five Tuesday, where the topic is Books Set In An Alternate Universe I am mostly treating this as alt-historical, but there will be a few where characters enter alternate universes of timelines in a secondary world. Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, […]

Thoughts After Writing Lots of Negative Reviews

Hate week has ended and all that’s left is to think about what I have done. Can’t lie, the dominant thought is that it’s been really nice to have been super blunt for a change. It’s nice too to have made people laugh so much. It’s just easier to make people laugh when you’re ranting. […]