A Decade in Movies…Top Ten 2010-2019

Spurred on by listening to Unspooled and, more recently, For Your Reconsideration, and given I failed to do a top films of 2019 for the first time in years, I thought I’d put together ten movies that have stuck with me from the past ten years. These aren’t necessarily the films I think are ‘best’,... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Going Rogue

Published by Burning Chair, who were good enough to feature my short story The Five Votive Candles of Joe Wray in their first publication Burning, the Tom Novak books by ex-Met police officer Neil Lancaster, are continuing a strong list from the new publishers - you could do a lot worse than check out their... Continue Reading →

Let’s Hear it for Audio Books…

I was talking to a publisher yesterday who told me he had just signed up for Audible and was about to give his first audio book a try after putting off the idea for years. It got me thinking about my own audio experience with books. My first experience probably goes back to my Star... Continue Reading →

Books of 2019. A Personal Selection.

2019 has been a strange year in books for me. I haven't read as much new stuff as I normally do (that's what happens when you don't have a holiday away during the year), and a lot of the stuff I have read has either been Work in Progress for acquaintances or proofs of things... Continue Reading →

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – a Spoiler Free Review

  So, a bit of context first. I'd consider myself a Star Wars fan - not a major know-it-all die-hard who can tell you off-hand and in detail the dimensions of the Theed Palace Banquet Hall and its relevance in being the official reception in the Royal Palace of the people of Naboo, but someone... Continue Reading →

Dr Sleep Movie Review

To put it out there upfront, I don't consider The Shining the greatest horror movie ever made - it wouldn't make it into my Top 20. It's okay, but I think the recent Honest Trailers review pretty much sums up my feelings on it. Still, I went to the opening day screening of Mike Flanagan's... Continue Reading →

5 Books for Young Readers at Halloween

After thinking about movies suitable for younger viewers I thought I'd consider 5 books or stories suitable for children. Like my movie selections, I've gone from youngest to oldest - in this case, based on both reading ability and themes. Tell Me A Scary Story: ...But Not Too Scary - Carl Reiner  For very young... Continue Reading →

The Institute – Stephen King: A Review

After my article yesterday looking at my personal five favourite works from Stephen King I thought I’d follow up with a review of his most recent work, The Institute – published this week. (A caveat before the review: I listened to this one on Audible as I had a long car journey ahead of me.... Continue Reading →

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