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 →

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 →

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 →

The Beetle by Richard Marsh

The Beetle is the best known work of London-born novelist Richard Marsh. This remarkable horror novel was published in 1897, the same year as Bram Stoker’s Dracula. In the first years of publication The Beetle outsold Dracula by six times over. I find it easy to understand why late Victorian readers loved this somewhat gothic... Continue Reading →

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