What I’m reading #4

Book: The Liar Author: Stephen Fry Excerpt: '...I'm talking about love! You know what it does to me? It shrinks my stomach, doesn't it, Tom? It pickles my guts, yeah. But what does it do to my mind? It tosses the sandbags overboard so the balloon can soar. Suddenly I'm above the ordinary. I'm competent, … Continue reading What I’m reading #4

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Book review: 50 Shades of Grey

Twitter alerted me to the "50 Shades" phenomenon, mostly with jokes. I held out against the trend until I thumbed through a copy and found some ridiculous lines staring at me. I was tempted: I had to read it and see if it was as bad as the random lines I read were. And yes … Continue reading Book review: 50 Shades of Grey

A quick lesson in science fiction by Alastair Reynolds at Emirates LitFest

(Long post ahead, but I guarantee sci-fi fans will enjoy the read) This year, I seemed to be taking all sorts of chances with the Emirates Festival of Literature...picking authors I hadn't heard of. Whatever will I do next? So why did I want to go for Alastair Reynold's session? Simply because the topic said: … Continue reading A quick lesson in science fiction by Alastair Reynolds at Emirates LitFest

Writing tips & wholesome scares from Darren Shan at Emirates LitFest

I stumbled on Darren Shan quite by mistake. I was hunting around my library for books to borrow (I took home seven, yes that's right) and I saw a little card next to a row of books that read: "Emirates LitFest author". That piqued my interest along with the books in question being in the … Continue reading Writing tips & wholesome scares from Darren Shan at Emirates LitFest

Book-to-movie adaptations; what do authors think about it? An @EmiratesLitFest panel.

An author, whom I must admit I hadn't heard of before this year's LitFest*, said something I whole-heartedly agreed with: "It’s almost blasphemous to say this in a panel of writers, but a bad adaptation is when the movie is literal." - Tom Rob Smith *I shall add, Tom Rob Smith, that I've since purchased … Continue reading Book-to-movie adaptations; what do authors think about it? An @EmiratesLitFest panel.