The End of the Day – Cover

NEW BOOK!  New book new book new book wheeeeeee! And other deeply literary sounds. This is the story of Charlie.  Charlie is the Harbinger of Death.  It wasn’t his first career choice, but then he didn’t really have a career choice, he just wanted to pay off his student debt and pay the rent.  Charlie enjoys music, nice food, and is trying his hand at online dating.  He’s not sure why Death chose him to be Harbinger, but there’s plenty about the job to like.  Lots of travel, albeit economy class; decent pay and holiday time, an office in Milton …

Continue reading

Grammar Is (Not Really) For Wusses

Sometimes – not very often – but sometimes…. It is worth throwing out the conventional laws of grammar. Let me add, a great deal of bad text has been written by people who have decided that they’re above the basic laws of language, and piddling details such as narrative, character or the meaning of words are for lesser people who don’t yet appreciate their genius.  Grammatical laws exist to propagate meaning, which is all we’re in the business of doing. A lot of people over-use grammar, especially when they’re writing a speech or something academic. “It is my opinion, that, …

Continue reading

Wonderful SF/Fantasy Movies

This is by no means a comprehensive list.  It also (grudgingly) cheats and includes some TV.  It is a list of stuff that leaps to mind casually on a Friday afternoon… and absolutely, like the book list, needs fleshing out more!  That said, in no order whatsoever….  Lord of the Rings.  Okay.  So it’s far too long.  It’s TERRIBLY written.  If you actually stop and listen to the words, it’s bad.  The acting is pretty shocking in places, and while the Hobbit improves on the acting a bit, we’re still talking about some deeply, deeply flawed movie-making on many levels, …

Continue reading

Wonderful SF/Fantasy Books

I’m sometimes asked for books to recommend… in no particular order, and without much ado, here’s some of mine.  Lord of Light, by Roger Zelazny.  Well, actually – anything by Roger Zelazny, but Lord of Light is truly stunning.  Beautiful, huge ideas; wonderful writing, dry humour and enthralling characters, Zelazny is still, after all these years, The Bestest.  Also give Damnation Alley and the Chronicles of Amber a go – and then read everything else he’s ever written. Night Watch, by Terry Pratchett.  I love all of Pratchett’s books, and arguably Night Watch is a bad place to start, being …

Continue reading