Monthly Archives: August 2014

Film Review – Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Those who enjoyed 2005’s Sin City are in for more of the same with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, only not quite as memorable. The principle reason this belated sequel is a lesser beast is that the art-directed-to-within-an-inch-of-it’s-life … Continue reading

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Children of the Folded Valley – initial reviews

My latest novel Children of the Folded Valley has had a number of very positive reviews, including some raves, from those who have read it. Here’s a brief sample from those on Amazon: “A dystopian treasure! I have lived in … Continue reading

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Film Review – Joe

A very strong central performance from Nicolas Cage anchors Joe, a slow burning drama from director David Gordon Lee, adapting Larry Brown’s novel. Cage is riveting as the eponymous Joe, an ex-con who becomes an unlikely role model and father … Continue reading

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Sexism in children’s book marketing

I generally stay out of debates about sexism, but I recently heard something that even I can’t let pass. Apparently Roald Dahl’s Matilda has been reissued with a pink cover that visually implies that this is not a book for … Continue reading

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Do you have to suffer to be a good writer?

“What do you have to write about? You’re not oppressed. You’re not gay.” Bud Brumder, Orange County. It’s a long debated question: do you have to suffer in order to be a good writer (or any kind of artist for … Continue reading

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Film Review – Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy is something of a sideways leap in the Marvel Universe, with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America et al ignored entirely. Instead we are introduced to a group of intergalactic criminals who are forced to join forces … Continue reading

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