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Five Very Different Detectives

Detective fiction is a genre which I have always enjoyed.  I loved reading things like the Famous Five and Secret Seven series when I was quite small, and progressed quite naturally onto Arthur Conan Doyle’s marvellous Sherlock Holmes stories.  417 more words

FictionFan Awards 2014 - Genre Fiction

All stand please…

…for this year’s nominees and winners of the annual FictionFan Awards of 2014 in the Genre Fiction Category.

In case any of you missed them last week (or have forgotten them – you mean you don’t memorise every word I say?), a quick reminder of the rules… 1,212 more words

Book Review

The Hitchcock Haul: The Birds (1963)

I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween weekend last week! I know I did. I obviously meant to post this last Tuesday, but my life seems to have grown much busier lately, and I have a harder time fitting everything in. 902 more words

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Five Great... Novels (K-N)

I thought that I would make a series which lists five beautifully written and thought-provoking novels.  All have been picked at random, and are sorted by the initial of the author.  554 more words

I'LL TAKE THE BRILLIANT SUNSET WITH A SIDE ORDER OF BIRDS, PLEASE

Wabi Sabi muses aloud so that you might more fully appreciate her complex artistic process: 

1. Sunset! Must take a picture!

2. Sunset through glass pyramids! 44 more words

Photography

Magic!

What is it that looks like magic, makes people think you’re a proper genius, and elevates your fiction from the humdrum?

No, it’s not signing with JK Rowling’s agent — thought that probably wouldn’t hurt — it’s foreshadowing. 1,278 more words

Writing

Book Review: The Parasites by Daphne Du Maurier

The backward glances at the careers of the young Delaneys reveal vistas of a vanishing Europe rich in colour and throbbing with old gaiety. The clash of the impulsive, artistic family with the calculating, aristocratic one is extremely well worked out. 608 more words

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