I muse on why I love Matthew Reilly’s trashy thrillers, and why I really shouldn’t. Published at FerretBrain.
A review of the BBC TV series on conservation. Featuring Mark Carwardine and Steven Fry, it retreads the territory of the Douglas Adams/Mark Carwardine trip of the 1980s.
Published by FerretBrain in November 2009.
Philip Pullman writes a mini-book about Lee Scoresby using Western tropes. I was always going to like this one.
Published at FerretBrain, October 2009.
Mad, bad and dangerous to know.
So for those who don’t know, National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo – is an annual challenge to write 50000 words of fiction in the month of November. It seems like an odd thing to do until you try it, at which point it becomes oddly addictive.
I try to make a calendar wallpaper every year. I think it works best when centred on a white background, and you’re also welcome to print it out and use as you will. In previous years MLs have even been known to hand them round their groups, which is pretty darn awesome.
Good luck to anyone attempting NaNoWriMo this year!
I know it’s an unfashionable subject, but I muse about spoken poetry at FerretBrain. In an incisive bit of scholarship, I also assert that Coleridge was a very good poet. Who knew?
This is a review hosted at FerretBrain enthusing about The Hunt for Gollum, a forty minute Lord of the Rings fan-film that’s available for free online. Set pre-LOTR, it’s an impressively well-made film that follows Aragorn’s attempt to bring Gollum back to Gandalf for questioning.
A review of the graphic novel Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, outlining a couple of problems I had with it. Published at FerretBrain .
A FerretBrain review of the graphic novel Pride of Baghdad, gushing over the art and questioning the writing.