Monthly Archives: February 2014

Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge cover revealed

Here’s a first look at the cover of my new novel, Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge. The cover was designed by Charles Bown, who also designed the artwork for my previous books. Whilst the covers for Uncle … Continue reading

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Film Review – Her

The subject of artificial intelligence has been explored many times in science fiction. Spike Jonze’s latest, Her, tells of a man in the near future who falls in love with his computer operating system. Weird? Not for this genre. In … Continue reading

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NEW NOVEL RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED: Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge

My next novel now has a release date. Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge will be available in various digital formats from the 30th of March. Print copies will be available from the 6th of April. If you … Continue reading

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Two types of tragedy

“I used to be partial to tragedy in my youth, until experience taught me life was tragic enough without my having to write about it.” – Amon, Clash of the Titans. I have included the above quotation not because I … Continue reading

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Film Review – Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto look all but set to scoop Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor Oscars respectively for their roles in Dallas Buyers Club. Their performances are exactly the kind of thing that usually proves a magnet for … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Lego Movie

When I saw the trailer for The Lego Movie, my heart sank. I thought it looked like a soulless piece of mindless product placement destined to sit alongside Smurf movies, Barbie movies and their ilk. Happily, it turns out I … Continue reading

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Film Review – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

I’ve always been largely indifferent to the Jack Ryan franchise, but since it has been rebooted yet again, I decided to give Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit a go. It’s certainly not going to change the course of cinema, but it … Continue reading

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Unreliable narrators

One of the most popular techniques in first person narrative is that of the “unreliable narrator”. For the uninitiated, this is where the perspective or opinions of the character telling the story are called into question either directly or implicitly. … Continue reading

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