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 →

TV Review: Nobody dies in Skarnes

I really enjoyed Post Mortem: Nobody dies in Skarnes (2021). This quirky Norwegian series is a fresh and original take on the vampire myth. The vampire in this instance is care home assistant Live Hallangen. In the first episode she’s found dead in a field but doesn’t stay like that for long! When she wakes... Continue Reading →

TV review: Ragnarok

What happens in Ragnarok On a beautiful fjord sits the small town of Edda, home to Jutul Industries. This, Norway’s fifth largest corporation, belongs to the Jutul family. The handsome father, Vidar, runs the company. His beautiful wife, Ran, is headmistress of the town’s high school; the school is attended by their equally perfect children... Continue Reading →

Book review: Klara and the Sun

Klara and the Sun is the eighth novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Published in March this year, it was long listed for the 2021 Booker Prize. Ishiguro won the prestigious British literary prize back in 1989 for Remains of the Day. This, his third novel, was made into a film starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.... Continue Reading →

Quantum curators and urban fantasy

The Quantum Curators and the Faberge Egg The last book I read was The Quantum Curators and the Faberge Egg by Eva St John. It’s the first in a series of novels about time travelling museum curators from a parallel Earth. I enjoyed The Quantum Curators because it’s cheerful science fiction, rather like that cult... Continue Reading →

Science fiction reviews (Summer 2021)

This is a collection of science fiction book and screen reviews that I posted this summer over on blogspot. I’ve put them all together here out of a sense of nostalgia for all the good stories I got to enjoy. August 27th, 2021 Star Trek Voyager ran for seven seasons from 1995 to 2001. Earlier... Continue Reading →

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