Long praise for the short story

"I don't really like short stories, but I actually thought they were okay." Not the greatest accolade ever received, but from my father, that was high praise. No- I'm just kidding about that last bit: he was never one of those stereotypes who was short on praise (although he did fulfil the stereotype 'never let... Continue Reading →

Amazon Reviews

Do you know an author? I don't mean you live next door to one of the big guns like James Patterson, Lee Childs or Jordan. I mean a humble, self-publishing/ small press/ indie publisher author? Do you get sick of them: a) asking you to read their stuff (preferably by buying it...which you feel obliged... Continue Reading →

Can we get over the V/O?

I was watching 'Life Itself' the other day: one of the worst reviewed movies of 2018. It's a grief porn piece from Dan Fogelman, and bares more than a passing resemblance to his phenomenally popular TV series 'This is Us'. A multi generational love story with tricksy twists throughout. It also features a shit ton... Continue Reading →

Review: Books of 2018

Ok, not a Top 10 of New Fiction of 2018 because, quite frankly, I'm not sure I read 10 books that were originally published last year. That's not to say I didn't read...I did - a lot. But one of my resolutions of the previous year had been to start reading the stuff I actually... Continue Reading →

Review: Top 10 Films of 2018

Late to the party, and pretty slack in the new movie viewing department this year…I ended up on only seeing 3 of the top 10 grossing movies of the year, and only saw a handful of the films that I’m seeing showing up in most critics’ best of’ lists... Maybe it’s because of that and... Continue Reading →

Clockwork Orange

13th January 1972 UK premiere Stanley Kubrick’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’ was released in 1971, based on Anthony Burgess’s 1962 novel of the same name. The film has become a cult classic, famed for its’ ‘ultra-violence’ themes. Despite being nominated for a best picture award at the 44th Academy Awards, in 1973 the film was withdrawn... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Other Christmas Movies…

Anyone who knows me knows that I have to watch 'It's a Wonderful Life' every year. Without fail. They probably also know I've got my geeky Die Hard Christmas sweatshirt. I'll be watching both again this year, and avoiding all arguments whether Die Hard is a Christmas Movie or not. But I don't need another... Continue Reading →

Elevation: A Review…of sorts

A short review for a short book... Stephen King's new one has kicked up a bit of controversy, and not for its grisly content (it doesn't have any). First things first, a review of the content: is it any good? Yes, it is. Story-wise it is a lighter (no pun intended...well, maybe a leetle) version... Continue Reading →

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