Monthly Archives: March 2013

Games: BioShock Infinite blew my mind

I won’t play BioShock Infinite yet, I thought. Because I’m tired and I need to rest. It can wait until tomorrow. I slipped the disc into the Xbox. I watched it load, I listened to the music. I played. I … Continue reading

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Writing Exercise: Memories of Kesh

[Note: This is a writing exercise based on Joe Brainard's book, and was suggested by Andrew Wille.] I remember waking up before dawn. Sneaking out of the tent to steal cakes from the earth oven. I held the buns with … Continue reading

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Writing Wednesday: Developing a strong character

I thought, in the midst of writing a lot of book reviews, I’d devote Wednesdays to writing. Because alliteration works, y’all. These are more rambles than guides, to do with what I’m working on. But you never know, I might throw … Continue reading

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Book Review: Attic Clowns by Jeremy C Shipp

This is an adventure into nightmares. Shipp’s original collection of short stories has been around for a while, and probably doesn’t fall into the category of SFF if I’m being strictly honest. I’m not sure it has a genre. Shipp … Continue reading

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Book Review: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Fantasy Year: 2005 (Gollancz) Series: One-off In the midst of my struggle with Wheel of Time, Steph recommended this to me. I’d already won a copy of Brandon Sanderson’s Way of Kings, and knew he took over the Wheel … Continue reading

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Friday Reads: The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

Confession time! People are going to hate me for this. I have friends – longtime friends on whose floors I have slept for the purposes of Party Holidays – who love Robert Jordan and The Wheel of Time series. They’ve … Continue reading

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Writing: Introducing Fall of Basat

Last week, I wrote a sleepy Next Big Thing post about three books I’ve been working on. Then I realised that maybe they deserved their own space. So, using the same format, I’ve broken them down. I’m going to start … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

Confession: I am a book thief. If many people I know read this, they will nod along and then send me texts demanding the return of the many books I’ve taken from them. It didn’t start out that way. I … Continue reading

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Writing Rant: Bad Writing Advice

“If you can’t find any time to write, you don’t want to be a writer.” I hate “advice for writers”. The feeds of writers I ignore because all they do is retweets quotes about how to write, what to write, … Continue reading

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World Book Day: The City and the City by China Miéville

This is a special post for World Book Day. I was hoping I’d have a new book read for today, but my ass is being thoroughly whupped by The London Cold. Instead of reading, I’m watching Green Wing (again) and … Continue reading

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