Sometimes, you can’t judge a book by its cover. When I first picked up The Procession of the Dead by Darren Shan – or under his pseudonym D.B. Shan – I thought I was in for an urban dystopia story. Gangsters. Mafia. A dictator in the form of a crime lord. Hit men. And through it all, one character’s journey of survival. And man. I … Continue reading Book Review: Procession of the Dead by Darren Shan
The sign of a good short story is similar to the sign of a catchy song. It gets stuck in your head, churning in an endless loop, until you have no choice but to read it again. But unlike a song, a good short story never loses this effect. While a catchy song might fade away, the short story becomes a movie: it replays on … Continue reading Book Review: Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka
Have you ever been grappled by a first page? You pick up a book without any expectations, open it, and from the very first sentence you feel its hands grip you? You can’t tear your eyes away. You can’t get it out of your thoughts. And when you finally finish it, you lie back and stare at the ceiling in an existential coma? That is … Continue reading Book Review: Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel
I am not a slow reader. Give me an hour of freedom and I will plough through a book like well-trodden sand. Yet, I do not read as much as I used to. In fact, you could say that I have developed a sense of hesitance towards it. Now, part of that is my own dilemma with avoiding things I enjoy. I may elaborate upon … Continue reading Writing Confessions: Read Hard, Read Fast…
I was recently contacted by the lovely people at Ransom Publishing! They asked if I could help promote their new YA branch, Raven Books, as well as share their books and authors with you. Ransom is a children’s publisher who specialise in providing books for reluctant readers. Whether they struggle to read because of environment, ability, or circumstance, Ransom believes that every reader should find … Continue reading Author Interview: Barbara Catchpole and Dead Ed in my Head!
Fairytales. As a type of story designed to pass from hand to hand, reader to reader, writer to writer, these classic tales have been re-told to us in hundreds of different ways, by hundreds of different artists. From hollywood movies to comic books, fairytales have a way of capturing our imaginations like no other form of storytelling. Today, I want to share with you my … Continue reading A Book Review: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
An opening line can make or break a manuscript submission. They’re also incredibly underestimated by writers and readers alike. The opening line is a powerful tool. It can hook the reader with a dramatic piece of action. It can be a glimpse of the tones, themes, or deeper layers of the book. It can be the introduction of a character, and the foreshadowing of their … Continue reading V.E.Schwab: The Art of the Opening Line
When I tell this to people, I am met with three reactions: WHAT? Oh my God, that’s insane. It’s so good! (Then they will proceed to say why they love it so much. Or, if in a group of people, they will discuss their favourite moments and characters, which goes right over my head.) Yeah, I hate Harry Potter too. So overrated. (When I remind … Continue reading Writing Confessions: I DON’T WANT TO READ HARRY POTTER
I’m going to be doing something a little different. Rather than look at one book, I’m going to be reviewing an entire series. Namely, The Good Thief’s Guide series by Chris Ewan! Series Summary Charlie Howard is a crime author and experienced thief. As he travels the world, finding new inspiration for his novels, he becomes wrapped up in a number of criminal capers. From … Continue reading A Book Review: The Good Thief’s Guide Series by Chris Ewan
Today, on Why Words Work, we talk to Chris Ewan! As a bestselling crime author, Chris Ewan has written a variety of successful, suspenseful stories, including Safe House, Long Time Lost and – obviously – The Good Thief’s Guide series! I absolutely love these books. In them, we follow thief/crime novelist Charlie Howard, and his literary agent Victoria, across the continent on criminal capers. I … Continue reading Author Interview: Chris Ewan and The Good Thief’s Guide RE-LAUNCH!
Magic is in the air on Why Words Work! Get your broomsticks ready, people. Today, I am proud to feature the fabulous children’s author, James Nicol! James released his first book, The Apprentice Witch, with Chicken House publishing in July 2016. The book follows Arianwyn, a young witch who fluffs up her magical assessment and is sent to the dreary town of Lull (much to the pleasure of her … Continue reading Author Interview: James Nicol and The Apprentice Witch!
Curses. Phantoms. Haunted moors and dangerous secrets. Ladies and Gents, I have a very special guest for you today on Why Words Work: The fabulous author J.A.Ironside! J.A.Ironside is the author of The Unveiled series, a soon-to-be-trilogy of books following teenage psychic Emlynn and the dark creatures she encounters with her gifts. With the third book set to be released sometime soon, this series is … Continue reading Author Interview: J.A.Ironside and The Unveiled Series!