I blogged a while back about getting massively into podcasts, which remains a definite thing whenever I am going from place to place and not able to bury my nose in a bo0k. I am currently awaiting new episodes Tea and Jeopardy, Geek Syndicate, Rachel and Myles X-plain the X-men, Shut Up And Sit Down, Galactic Suburbia, the Starburst Bookworm […]
Very tempted to call this one "Too Many Cooks" but that would be entirely unjust.
This follows my earlier post going over the first half of Hugh Cook's Chronicles of an Age of Darkness series which, for ease of reference, can be found here.
We've seen so far a fantasy series with buried Old-tech elements, and we've seen […]
Literature has lost one of its greats today. Not just genre literature, but literature as a whole — a household name and a man of a profoundly complex canon presented wrapped in two often underrated fields: speculative fiction and comedy.
It is probably a small thing, on the grand scale, but my most personal tribute would be to say that he […]
There was a to-and-fro on Twitter recently about RPG systems and book settings that got me thinking about the idea again. I've often thought about turning Shadows of the Apt into an RPG — it would give it a pleasing circularity, if nothing else, given the world's origins. There are a lot of very good worlds out there […]
Cheap at half the price. Yes, I've been a bit slow on the ol' blogging, from a certain point of view (1). From another point of view, I've been blogging like crazy, just in a Lovecraftian way that's been going on superimposed over the reality you know, and yet entirely invisible to feeble mortal eyes.
Specifically, guest posts (2), […]
Hugh Cook's Chronicles of an Age of Darkness are a weird and wild ride. A couple are well regarded, most are obscure, and I think the series took a general sales nose-dive in its second half. They were written between 1986 and 1992, so immediately after both the Belgariad and the first Shannara trilogy had just wrapped up, and […]
Well, perhaps not the sneakiest of sneak previews as this is the section I toured with through 2014 — if you heard me read at a convention, this was likely the piece. However, it's a nice, concise bit and it gives the flavour of the book very well.
Emily Marshwic, our hero, has gone from being a gentlewoman in the Lizzie […]
It's that time of year again. I'm currently busy dealing with a number of Secret Projects, which I hope I will be able to spill the beans on soonish, but right now, here's a fairly bare bones list of Things I Am Doing this year. As one of them's in a fortnight, I figured I needed to boost this out fast.
24th January — Sheffield […]
Well I did this last year. That makes it a Tradition (1). This is going to be short, though. Looking back over 2014's cinema releases provokes the two unavoidable conclusions that, firstly, I really didn't get to see many films, and secondly, most of those were with my son, ergo pitched towards a certain demographic.
What I didn't get to see: […]
Yes, yes, I hear you: "Enough with the blog posts about random stuff you like, give us…" Actually I have no idea. If there's something in particular you think I should be blogging about, feel free to leave a comment.
For now though: more random stuff I like. One brand new, one golden oldie. For the latter, I give you Blake's Seven.