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The "how" of reviewing (part 3) - author's voice

Writing Style and Voice

When all story elements (setting, characters, plot, conflict, theme) are present and accounted for a work can actually be defined as a story. 856 more words

Children's Literature

The Birds (1952) by Daphne du Maurier


Birds of every feather flock together in this tense, frightening tale of one man’s attempt to protect himself and his family from winged destruction. Nat Hocken makes an appealing, believable hero. 7 more words

Short Stories

Short Story Series: Part Five

I adore reading short stories, and don’t see many reviews of collections on blogs in comparison to novels and the like. I thought that I would make a weekly series to showcase short stories, and point interested readers in the direction of some of my favourite collections. 849 more words

Growing Pains; The Shaping of a Writer. Daphne du Maurier.

This memoir covers du Maurier’s life from childhood to early adulthood when she felt herself established as a writer. She was aided in the writing by reference to a diary she kept from age 12 to age 25. 665 more words

Book Reviews

Bottled memories....

If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.

Daphne du Maurier



By Daphne du Maurier

I’d tried reading Rebecca years ago, but it starts off with a lengthy dream sequence that is just a description of a decaying estate, and that is a lot to get through right off the bat. 454 more words


Unusual Narrators

I am not an expert on all the ins and outs of the narrator or narrative voice in fiction. Most of my stories wind up being in the third person, and often from multiple characters’ points of view. 938 more words

Writings About Writing