#musicmonday – Red by Elbow

So next weekend my sister is getting married. It’s been a long time coming, but sometimes that’s what it takes to get things right, and I think my sister and their fiancée have got this one very right. As a little tribute, here’s the first song I thought of. It could have been one of […]

How Much Advice To Consume: A Writing Quandary

Recently I’ve been talking a lot to two writers who are very different but share two things in common – frustration with their work and the foolishness needed to listen to my advice. Happily, I recognise my limitations, which is why one of my main pieces of advice is “seeks lot of it, and have […]

I Don’t Want To Work On This Damn Book No More

I don’t wanna work on this damn book no more I don’t wanna work on this damn book no more Well I wake up in the morning Load up word and pray for hope That this head full of rubbish will end up something dope It’s a shame I can’t show this idea the door […]

Friday Five: Busy Bee Edition

No time for preamble, I’d hoped to have this out of the door by now but life happened. Reviews Ever read Diana Wynne Jones’ Dalemark Quartet? Calmgrove thinks you should Yes, I will give you every Of Charms, Ghosts and Grievances review until I write my own. A Cupful of Cyanide’s version. And now for […]

Swords Against Death by Fritz Leiber

Welcome to the next installment in my Retro Reviews! This time, we’re looking at a man who really carried the flame of Sword & Sorcery forwards, helping create a genre out of an idea, and the duo he used to do so – Fritz Leiber writing Fahfrd and the Grey Mouser. TL:DR review time There […]

Dragonwings by Laurence Yep

(mild spoilers) By way of introductory remarks, let me start that while I first learned of Laurence Yep and Dragonwings in a fantasy encyclopedia, I am not one hundred per cent convinced this is a fantasy book. I find the why of that interesting though, and it’s a good book with a lot of appeal […]

The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan

(mild spoilers) They say that originally The Wheel of Time was meant to be a far shorter work. I can’t help but wonder if whether, in that original envisioning of Robert Jordan’s, the events of The Dragon Reborn formed a lot of the last book, or formed none of it. Either way, something feels subtly […]