Author Archives: simondillon

My brain needs a break

My brain needs a break. Here’s a scary picture of me in brain meltdown mode. Given the rather excessively productive year I have had so far (first drafts on two longer than usual novels, lots of editing on earlier, currently … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Meg

Giant shark versus Jason Statham? Well, I suppose it’s not as ludicrous as a tornado filled with sharks. But that’s almost a shame. The problem with The Meg isn’t that it’s a bad film. It is self-aware enough so that … Continue reading

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Film Review – Ant-Man and the Wasp

Not every Marvel movie needs to be about saving the Universe. Ant-Man and the Wasp is refreshingly small scale, in relative terms of course, following the Universe shaking events of Avengers Infinity War. Or rather before them, as a key … Continue reading

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Update on current projects

2018 is more than half over, so here’s a sort-of mid-term report on how the year is shaping up for me so far. Ravenseed – The first few months of the year were spent writing this Dark Ages set fantasy … Continue reading

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Film Review – Mission Impossible: Fallout

Is Mission Impossible Fallout the best in the series as some critics claim? Difficult to say after an initial viewing, although I would certainly put it near the top of the list. At any rate, it’s hard to imagine audiences … Continue reading

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Aggregator aggravation

I have developed a particular dislike for aggregator review sites. For example, Rotten Tomatoes for films, or Goodreads for books. The star rating system is one I have always found reductive. In expressing an opinion this way, intelligent critique and … Continue reading

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Film Review – A Prayer Before Dawn

Immersive. Visceral. Brutal. Sweaty. These are just some of the adjectives I could use to describe A Prayer Before Dawn, the hugely compelling new film from Johnny Mad Dog director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire. I suppose now is as good a time … Continue reading

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Why I am an egomaniac

I am a writer, which makes me a bit of an egomaniac. I don’t think that is a bad thing, and here is why. To honestly, truthfully believe that someone would want to read whatever it is you have written, … Continue reading

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Film Review – Incredibles 2

Brad Bird’s The Incredibles is my favourite Pixar film. It is also the only Pixar film other than Toy Story which I thought could benefit from a sequel. Now Bird has finally revisited his masterpiece, the big question can finally … Continue reading

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George goes to Neptune – the version that never was

Whilst glancing through some old notes and files the other day, I came across an outline I’d written for George goes to Neptune, the third novel in my George Hughes trilogy. I glanced through it and was astonished. The plot … Continue reading

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