Thursday, October 16, 2014

Lee Child - Jack Reacher 19 - PERSONAL

It's my dream to meet Lee Child one day and to ask him why he writes some Jack Reachers in the first person. There's no judgement in this question: I don't think the first person reads any better or worse than the third person, but my analytic and almost obsessive-compulsive mind needs to understand Lee's decision-making process, even if it's simply spinning a coin. Spinning a coin I'll accept. A vague "oh, I don't know, it just came out that way" will not fly with me.

So, anyway. PERSONAL is written in the first person (no, I won't accept a glib "because it's personal", either), and it's brilliant.



Don't believe any review that doesn't love it.

Oh, you want to know the blurb? Sure. Reacher is engaged by the USA army to track down one of the four snipers who may be planning to kill all of the world's major presidents. Some people may think that's actually not such a bad idea, to reduce the number of politicians, but Reacher is one of the good guys, so he accepts the task. This takes him to Paris and London. Go there with him. You won't regret it.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Women In Black by Madeleine St. John

"The Women In Black" by Madeleine St. John is an underrated little number. The writing style is a mix of old-fashioned, anecdotal and literary, with only the most cursory of plots, but it somehow works in transporting the reader to the 1950s Sydney Goode Department Store.

A very good read.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

TV series - from the ashes rising

So. The Blacklist is back for Season 2. Person Of Interest is back for Season 3. The Big Bang Theory - I've lost count, but I'm just happy to step into that familiar circle of friends again. And I'm still catching up on Orange Is The New Black.

Is there anybody out there still wondering why people don't read books anymore?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Giver

The Giver by Lois Lowry - an amazing book, very Orson Scott Card in style. There's a current movie of it, too, which I haven't seen yet. 
The book's dystopian setting is very orderly and very restrained. Nobody gets angry, families talk about their feelings at dinnertime and receive acknowledgement, praise or comfort, as needed. I know it's supposed to be inhuman, but do you know what? I found it soothing. Imagine a family that doesn't yell, children that don't squabble, a spouse who actually listens as you tell them about your day. Dystopia or utopia? A fine line there.

Thursday, September 18, 2014


I'm thrilled to announce that "Operation: Genocide" has a new Kindle cover. What do you think of the design? (And if it inspires you to buy the book, here's where you can spend your money:

Friday, September 12, 2014

Nigel Latta on Success

Last night, I really enjoyed watching Nigel Latta live as he talked to the 1000+ audience about success. His definition of success is not money or fame or a title or material stuff (though I daresay when you have money and fame and stuff it's easier to say they're not important). His definition of success is leading a meaningful life and making sure you have enough good moments that turn into pleasant memories.

Works for me.

He also mentioned the importance of treating people well and orienting your activities with other people's well-being in mind.

Still trying to process this one.... ;-)

According to Nigel, you shouldn't always follow your dreams. On a rational level, I get what he's saying. On an emotional level, I just think I'll be ignoring this bit of advice.

For people who've missed the talk, Nigel has a Politically Incorrect Guide To Adults (DVD). Well worth taking a look.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Only $2.99!

My virtual book tour is starting today!

To celebrate, we've lowered the price of the Kindle version of OPERATION GENOCIDE to only $2.99. Get it quick, because the special is valid for this week only!