Category Reviews

I’m an introvert

A few posts back I mentioned that I don’t go in for sentimentality. We’re all different, the whole life affirming thing is deeply personal. What I find uplifting or distressing might be very different to your view. That said I guess it’s worth sharing some of my likes and dislikes, performing a certain amount of […]

I’m 14 times more stupid than I thought

My working life has a safety aspect that talks about habit forming. It only takes a few repetitions to form a habit, but it can take much longer to reverse a bad one. I’ve been doing some background reading on good English, grammar and rhetoric, and one book, a spectacular piece by N.M.Gwynne called Gwynne’s […]

Names in fiction 2

Back in November I posted about an odd use of naming in an otherwise excellent book. There’s nothing to add on the odd name part, it came and went early on in the book and no other anomalies cropped up. I do feel duty bound to tell you that the rest of the book (The […]

despair in horror

Despair seems to be a strong feature of horror these days, it’s certainly a key aspect of fear, although I struggle with it personally. So many horror writers seem to head in that direction, particularly with short stories – although admittedly I don’t read too widely on these. I think I must be too optimistic […]

names in fiction

I’m reading an excellent book by a relatively new author. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I’m about a third of the way in. The scene setting is wonderful, the world is really nicely constructed, the characters are building very well. It has all the makings of an excellent read. It’s just two […]