Monthly Archives: August 2017

Film Review – American Made

Tom Cruise gets back to his roots (sort of) in Doug Liman’s American Made. Very loosely based on a true story, the film tells of Barry Seal, a TWA airline pilot involved in small-time cigar smuggling, who was recruited by … Continue reading

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Download the entire George Hughes trilogy FREE – for five days only!

The George Hughes trilogy is a thrilling, action-packed space tale set just over a hundred years in the future. Each story is a stand-alone adventure, but I recommend reading the novels in order nonetheless, as they do follow on from … Continue reading

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Film Review – Detroit

In Detroit, Kathryn Bigelow’s gripping, extremely intense film about the Algiers motel killings during the 1967 Detroit riots, she and regular screenwriter Mark Boal have crafted a meticulously researched version of this notorious incident. Yet a postscript acknowledges the precise … Continue reading

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The Limitations of Allegory

JRR Tolkien famously wrote about his dislike of allegory in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings. Here is what he had to say: “I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done so since grew … Continue reading

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Download Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge – for five days only!

My novel Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge is available to download FREE from Amazon Kindle for five days only. Of all the novels I have published, Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge remains the one … Continue reading

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Too much realism

I am not a fan of realism for the sake of realism. Nor was legendary film director David Lean, who once said films should feel like dreams. I would argue the same should be true for novels, and I am … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Big Sick

Last night I finally managed to catch up with The Big Sick, a fact-based romantic comedy drama which hasn’t done great business (in the UK at least). This is a shame, since The Big Sick is funny, touching and even … Continue reading

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Download Love vs Honour FREE – for five days only!

Continuing my summer giveaways, Love vs Honour is available for the next five days as a free download from Amazon Kindle. After falling in love, teenagers Johnny and Sabina pretend to convert to Islam and Christianity respectively, to placate the … Continue reading

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Film Review – Annabelle Creation

Let’s not kid ourselves, Annabelle Creation is a deeply clichéd film. A prequel to a prequel, this offshoot of The Conjuring universe (why is everything part of a “universe” these days?) really ought to provoke rolled eyebrows given the cheap … Continue reading

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Film Review – A Ghost Story

A Ghost Story is not a horror film. Nor is it a film for mainstream audiences or those whose attention spans will not withstand the glacial pacing. It is, however, a melancholic, surreal, visually striking meditation on grief, death and … Continue reading

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