TV review: Is Squid Game worth watching?

Squid Game is a nine-part drama about a competition to win 38 million dollars (US). Several hundred players compete in a series of schoolyard games. Losers are killed and winners go to the next round. The show was created by Hwang Dong-hyuk for Netflix in South Korea. I finished watching Squid Game yesterday evening. Then,... Continue Reading →

TV review: You Netflix

I really love You. The Netflix drama stars Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg, a book-loving serial killer with a very dry sense of humour. The three seasons follow Joe as he chases love interests in New York, LA and San Francisco. Some wits have compared Joe to Ted of How I met your mother. There... Continue Reading →

A brief word on pocket novels

Have you heard of pocket novels? I hadn’t. Then I saw them on sale in the magazine section of my local stationery shop. In the UK, pocket novels are novellas produced by magazines and marketed to their readers. The stories are usually uplifting and often in large, clear print. I don’t read pocket novels all... Continue Reading →

Book review: Wherever seeds may fall

First contact with extraterrestrial life is going to be complicated; if we know it’s coming. In Peter Cawdron’s Wherever seeds may fall, Earth has two months’ advance notice. The countdown starts when a comet begins to behave like a space ship. Cawdron’s novel shows just how complicated the situation will become if this scenario ever... Continue Reading →

TV Review: Gossip Girl (2007 to 2012)

I love the original Gossip Girl. This year I watched all six seasons as a first time viewer. The show held my interest over 121 episodes because it has some very strong will-they-won’t-they romantic storylines. These begin in the first season and aren’t tied up until the very end. Gossip Girl varies in tone across... Continue Reading →

TV Review: Midnight Mass Remarkable

Make sure you’re alert if you watch Midnight Mass. This Netflix miniseries is exceptionally heavy on the dialogue. You’ll still follow the plot if you zone out, but you might miss a lot of the texture. There are so many layers of meaning in Midnight Mass; it feels like a banquet. I think I’d have... Continue Reading →

Quick tips to improve writing style

Here’s a list of tips that have helped me to improve my writing style. I’ve picked them up from writing courses, writing guides and blogs. Please feel free to add your own writing advice in the comments. Vary sentence length to create an interesting rhythm Imagine a long passage of five-word sentences. Don’t you think... Continue Reading →

TV Review: Nine Perfect Strangers

I recently finished Nine Perfect Strangers on Amazon Prime Video. The eight-episode drama is based on a novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty. I think this literary origin is clearly visible in the TV series. Nine Perfect Strangers doesn’t fit neatly into any genre. It has multiple subplots and a surprise ending. Nine... Continue Reading →

What makes a good review?

I’d like to hear from other bloggers and social media users. In your experience, what makes a good review? I’ve been writing book, TV and film reviews since the summer. Here are a few of my ideas. A review should give readers a flavour of the story. We check out reviews to help us decide... Continue Reading →

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