Monday, May 25, 2015

A conference for writers

Not only romance writers, lots of thriller and general information, not to mention networking!

Monday, May 18, 2015

She’s Not Invisible

She’s Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick is a curious book for young adults. 

On the surface, it’s a thriller-mystery. Dig deeper and it’s about a blind heroine making it in the world ruled by sight. Dig some more, and it’s a philosophical treaty about the nature of coincidence and patterns. I found that the blurb, which talked about a raven and dried mice, didn’t do the book justice.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Double Vision by Colby Marshall

Double Vision by Colby Marshall is a much-awaited 2nd Dr Jenna Ramey novel - she of the superpower that allows her to see things in true colour: lies flash a different hue in her mind to the tint that words of familial love assume.

The pace was awesome, the characters real, the theme a delightful concoction of colours and numbers. Serial killers are always fascinating and super-scary, so this book won't disappoint.

If you've read Color Blind, you already have Double Vision on your bedside table. If you haven't discovered Colby Marshall yet, go buy both.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Fat by Rob Grant

Rob Grant (of the Rob Grant and Doug Naylor (or their collaborative name, Grant Naylor) of the Red Dwarf series) - I saw his name on the cover, and I just had to read the book. It was called "Fat", and I honestly didn't know what to expect: a book on computers? a diet manual? SF? humour?

I've read it, loved it.

Still don't qote know how to describe it.

It's a novel.
Skillfully written.
Full of wise observations.
The hyperboles will make you smile.
Some characters will make you cry.
It's both contemporary and speculative fiction.
The theme is our society's obsession with body image.

Enough to make you pick it up?
I hope so.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sherlock, the TV series

Unlike most people I know, I've not been blown away by the recent Sherlock Holmes movie - movies? I think there's been a sequel? I mean, I liked the first one well enough, just, well, one was enough.

Not so with the TV series. I thought I'd hate the fact that it's modernised, and that it's not true to the plot of the original stories. Instead, I find myself addicted. Just as well I'm late onto the train and several seasons behind: I have several episodes to look forward to.

10/10 for the acting, 10/10 for the dialogues, 10/10 for casting.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Dear Daughter

Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little is... well, it's definitely different. Partly murder mystery, partly a celebrity magazine, partly a juvenile version of Bridget Jones's diary (not that Bridget Jones is not already juvenile), this is nevertheless a gripping read.

What I enjoyed:

  • the unusual premise (daughter unsure whether she did or did not murder her mother)
  • the writing voice
  • the short chapters
  • the fast pace
  • the unpredictability
  • the unobtrusive sprinkling of Native Americans
  • the unusual setting
What I wasn't crazy about:
  • the excessive swearing
  • the unsympathetic heroine
  • the ending
I think it's a book everybody should read.