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Monthly Archives: September 2017
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I am delighted to be bringing you the next post in the blog tour for How I Motivated Myself to succeed by Shelley Wilson. I am even more delighted to welcome Shelley with a guest…
Fatherland by Robert Harris My rating: 5 of 5 stars What an excellent book! The version that I read was a twentieth anniversary edition of Robert Harris’s breakthrough novel. In the forward, he explains how the concept of a work … Continue reading
Dirty Filthy Rich Boys by Laurelin Paige My rating: 4 of 5 stars I enjoyed this little story, which acts as an enticing introduction to the series. It certainly achieves its goal in making me want to read on into … Continue reading
The IX by Andrew P. Weston My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a quite amazing story and is a great read, although my view is that it is a bit long. I would have preferred it to be … Continue reading
Toys by James Patterson My rating: 4 of 5 stars The unrelenting pace of the first person narrative of this story, plus the incentive to finish it and return the book to the second-hand stand of the hotel rather than … Continue reading
Last Saturday, I hired a car from Kefalos and did a bit of touring with my wife, Joy. After a brief, three hour, stop at Kardemena to catch up with a couple of Joy’s friends who were staying there, we … Continue reading
On vacation in Kefalos on the island of Kos, there was always a struggle to decide where to eat and what to eat. One evening, I was sitting in Maria’s Bar, listening to the usual conversations. I used the time … Continue reading
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At the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School this year, Liz Hurst presented a short course entitled Writing Intimate Scenes. In Part Two of the course, she challenged participants with a ten-minute exercise to write a short piece about a woman who … Continue reading
Night Soldiers by Alan Furst My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book is underpinned by amazingly detailed research from which everybody can learn something. The awful European events of the nid-thirties to the mid-forties form a strong background for … Continue reading