Monday, 22 September 2014

Five Favourite Books For A Desert Island

A challenge: describe five favourite books to be marooned with on a desert island. Should be easy - books in every room, on every surface, on most of the floors ...

Three hours later, about 200 books have been through my mind and been rejected. Too short, too easy, too un-desert-islandish. Eventually settle on five and start writing. Finish number four and the doubts creep in. Delete number four and rethink. Got it!

Friday, 28 June 2013

The Drop, Michael Connelly

A Harry Bosch story, the eleventh in the series, and one that continues the tone of the rest of the set. It's very different from the Mickey Haller novels but fans of Michael Connelly will like it.

Bosch is a detective, retired but brought back on a limited contract to work on cold cases. He's had a great deal of success in solving crimes but been far less successful in climbing the career ladder. Being kind, I'd call him a driven loner who lacks empathy. Being unkind, I'd say he was surly and arrogant. Be that as it may, there's a well-crafted book here.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Anyone Write SciFi, Fantasy Or Horror?

Competition now closed

If you or a loved one writes scifi, fantasy or horror then fame and fortune may be just a comment away. The Guardian is looking for independently published work; you can nominate your own or someone else's.

See The great sci-fi hunt for details.