Ferocious Fae, Thorny Roses, Little Libraries

I go to my local library every week and pick up all kinds of books. They have a handy sticker-system on the books' spines to identify the genre, and lately I've been going for the Unicorn (!) sticker signifying fantasy.  I had success with The Thousand Names, and my most recent read has been Between... Continue Reading →

Friday fic – fifty word stories

Four more fifty-worders for you. This continues the story of the monsters, plus there's a snippet from a mermaid-noir scenario I rather like. Hope you enjoy them! Let me know -  I always like reading your comments. If you have a fifty word story of your own you would like to share, add a link... Continue Reading →

Fantasy and Foreignness

As a reader, if you crave a comfortable read, then you'll be disappointed by books that don't explain anything, placing you in the role of stranger. And if you like to think on your feet, learning as you go, you won't enjoy a book which carefully explains a culture's entire backstory before you've even stepped off the boat.

Friday fic – fifty word stories

It's Friday and time for some fiction. I have fallen in love with writing to a fifty word limit after discovering the Scottish Book Trust's 50-word challenge, and so here are three very short stories of fifty words each.  It's been Pancake Day and Valentine's Day this week - so these stories feature love, and pancakes.... Continue Reading →

Flintlock fantasy fun

This week I read The Thousand Names by Django Wexler. I picked it up as part of an armful of fantasy novels I collected from the library. It’s part of my 2018 campaign to read new authors and find fantasy that is my kind of thing. This includes a large element of show us your... Continue Reading →

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