Writing For Kids

I’ve been working on two main projects lately. The first is my previously-alluded-to next book (hopefully still on track for Christmas… maybe early next year…) – a much darker bit of fantasy than my previous entries. It’s bloody, it’s full of dubious ethics, and it’s generally not the sort of thing you’d want to read … Continue reading Writing For Kids

Riftwar Re-Read #10 – Rage of a Demon King

Alright, people. It’s time for the actual Serpentwar. (Just as an aside, I’m currently 4 books ahead of this in the series and taking a pause so I can catch up on reviews before I plough into the next trilogy. But the Conclave of Shadows trilogy will probably just be one big review so not … Continue reading Riftwar Re-Read #10 – Rage of a Demon King

Riftwar Re-Read #9 – Rise of a Merchant Prince

One expects certain things of a classic epic fantasy series. Swords, sorcery, gods and demons, huge battles and heroic deeds. So far, the Riftwar has delivered on all these fronts. The first book of the Serpentwar took a slightly grittier tone, but there was still plenty of adventure, derring and also do. So you’d expect … Continue reading Riftwar Re-Read #9 – Rise of a Merchant Prince

The Best Brosnan Bond Film… Sort Of

Here’s a question for you: what was Pierce Brosnan’s final appearance as James Bond? You may think of the rather good Goldeneye, with Sean Bean as such a compelling villain. You may think of Tomorrow Never Dies, with Jonathan Pryce as such an utterly ridiculous villain. (Seriously, he’s a scenery-chewing Rupert Murdoch who starts a … Continue reading The Best Brosnan Bond Film… Sort Of

Riftwar Re-Read #8 – Shadow of a Dark Queen

Right: I’ve spent far too many reviews in this series banging on about how dark and good the Serpentwar books are. It’s time to actually tell you about them. Introducing our new Cover Protagonist: Shirtless Bloke On Horse. Who is he? Where is his shirt? Only time and 3 more covers won't tell. Previously on … Continue reading Riftwar Re-Read #8 – Shadow of a Dark Queen

Second Chances – SPSFC #2

I am very pleased to announce that Ad Luna is in the running for the second Self-Published Science Fiction Competition – the SPSFC. Or the Spacefic, as we’re apparently calling it now. The elephant-memoried among you may recall that this is not the first time I’ve made this announcement. Ad Luna was a contender in … Continue reading Second Chances – SPSFC #2

Comics Are Stupid: When Is An Arrow Not An Arrow?

I'm currently quite ill, so have some comic-related rambling. To distil Green Arrow into a few words is fairly simple: he’s a wisecracking socialist Batman. Like Batman, Oliver Queen is a very rich man who moonlights as a crime-fighter in a daft costume. Like Batman, he uses his public wealth to fund good causes while … Continue reading Comics Are Stupid: When Is An Arrow Not An Arrow?