2001: A Space Odyssey on Audible

Last night I finished listening to 2001: A Space Odyssey by the British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke. He wrote the novel while working with director Stanley Kubrick on the 1968 movie of the same name. The book and movie are both considered to be great classics of sci fi. The story is about... Continue Reading →

Audible: Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Recently, I finished listening to Children of Time (2015) by Adrian Tchaikovsky, a British science fiction writer. This audiobook is read by the English actress Mel Hudson. The total recording is 16 hours and 31 minutes long. I loved Mel Hudson’s narration. She speaks very clearly and is good at acting out the different voices... Continue Reading →

Book review: Noodles by Jay Gould

Noodles is a horror novel about a small town battling a strange contagion. Something is transforming the townsfolk into flesh-eating monsters, and it’s out of control! It’s up to Sheriff Sherry Willis and her team to save the day, but will their efforts count against such an outrageous foe? Noodles is a story about ordinary... Continue Reading →

TV review: Shrill comedy shows subtle face of prejudice

Shrill (2019–2021) is a three-season comedy-drama set in Portland, Oregon. It stars Saturday Night Live cast member Aidy Bryant as twenty-something journalist Annie Easton. British comedian Lolly Adefope plays Fran, a hairdresser and Annie’s housemate. The show is known for its positive portrayal of plus-sized people and its critique of fatphobia. It follows Annie’s journey... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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