Monthly Archives: June 2014

Film Review – Cold in July

Derivative, implausible but nevertheless entertaining, Cold in July is a diverting bit of genre nonsense that works well enough on it’s own terms. Sporting a mullet that isn’t too over the top but nevertheless provides a continual reminder of the … Continue reading

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Film Review – How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2, based on the series of children’s books by Cressida Cowell, bears only a very slight resemblance to anything she wrote. But it doesn’t matter. The film, like the first, is a real treat. The … Continue reading

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Do I know what my stories are about?

In the past, I have said on this blog that self-consciously striving to put across a message in a story will invariably result in the writing sounding preachy. Instead, I try to simply write a good story with no intended … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Fault in Our Stars

It would be tempting to dismiss The Fault in Our Stars as yet another mawkish, manipulative dying-of-cancer flick – a particularly risible sub-genre awash with cliché ridden entries (with the noble exception of Richard Attenborough’s superb Shadowlands). However, whilst this … Continue reading

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Sad is happy for deep people

I recently had a conversation with someone about The Place Beyond the Pines in which I said that the film was the most upsetting I had seen in a long time. This person took this to mean I didn’t like … Continue reading

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Film Review – Oculus

Karen Gillan leaves her Doctor Who days behind in this actually rather scary helping of horror hokum. For one thing, Oculus features the most frightening scene with a mirror since the 1945 Ealing horror anthology classic Dead of Night. The … Continue reading

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Children of the Folded Valley cover revealed

Here is the cover for my new book – my first novel for grown-ups – Children of the Folded Valley. The process of coming up with an appropriate image for this story was tricky for a number of reasons – … Continue reading

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Film Review – Maleficent

The fairy-tale-from-the-point-of-view-of-the-witch thing is clearly not something everyone enjoys judging by many reviews of Maleficent. For me however, the film represents an intriguing, if not one hundred percent successful attempt by Disney to at least try something a little different. … Continue reading

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Do you have to visit a location to write about it?

This year, in addition to the third George Hughes book, George goes to Neptune, I have also completed a first draft of a novel set almost entirely on Lundy Island. Details of this novel will remain top secret for now, … Continue reading

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Film Review – Edge of Tomorrow

Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel All You Need is Kill is given the Hollywood treatment – and a much blander title – in Doug Liman’s hugely derivative but massively entertaining sci-fi action pic Edge of Tomorrow. The film steals from Aliens, The … Continue reading

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