Monthly Archives: March 2018

A point of view about points of view

First-person, present-tense narratives seem to be increasingly popular these days. Zena Shapter’s Towards White is a good recent case in point. Her use of first-person present-tense places the reader on a thrilling and mysterious knife-edge. I’ve yet to write an … Continue reading

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Film Review – A Fantastic Woman

A Fantastic Woman, winner of this year’s Best Foreign Film Oscar, is a melancholy Chilean drama about a transgender woman coming to terms with the sudden death of her much older partner. Daniela Vega contributes a first-rate central performance, with … Continue reading

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Religious Censorship and related matters

In the past, I’ve had it put to me by some of my more hot-under-the-dog-collar fellow believers, that I have no business telling stories that contain sex and violence. My response to such accusations is to point them firmly in … Continue reading

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FREE Children’s Books Month: Echo and the White Howl

The final novel I am giving away for Free Children’s Books Month at Simon Dillon Books is my latest, Echo and the White Howl – available to download FREE from Amazon Kindle, between the 22nd and 26th of March. Echo … Continue reading

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Film Review – Mary Magdalene

Lion director Garth Davis attempts to correct centuries of misconception in Mary Magdalene, showing how the eponymous disciple of Jesus was not a prostitute, as claimed by Pope Gregory I. That’s a laudable ambition, and certainly a fascinating point of … Continue reading

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Annihilation: The death of cinema at the hands of Netflix?

Any article moaning about Netflix is likely to provoke comments along the lines of “Times have changed”, “Technology has changed”, “Most people don’t go/can’t afford to go to the cinema” and “They are just responding to consumer demand”. I expect … Continue reading

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FREE Children’s Books Month: George Hughes Trilogy

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 – Red Sparrow

If you are considering seeing Red Sparrow, the new spy thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence, be warned. There are some surprisingly nasty scenes of violence, torture, rape, dehumanising brainwashing (often of a sexual nature), as well as sex scenes, nudity and … Continue reading

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Swearing: Lack of command of the English language?

I have often heard it said: “Writers who use profanity don’t have a proper command of the English language.” To which I reply, bullshit. Or perhaps, a big steaming mound of male cattle excrement. I keep thinking of that scene … Continue reading

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Film Review – Game Night

“From the guys who brought you Horrible Bosses” isn’t perhaps the most promising of movie endorsements, but surprisingly Game Night is moderate amount of fun. Superficial and fluffy yes, but with more than enough laughs, some of them pleasingly dark, … Continue reading

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