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On Writing: Should We Write Genre Fiction for a Specific Audience Only?

I’ve been participating in a lengthy ongoing discussion about book promotion with several other authors on Goodreads. The discussion is approaching 400 comments with one man dominating the conversation now for the last few weeks. 1,056 more words

On Writing

The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor by Kurt Brindley

The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor by Kurt Brindley

Review by Paul Xylinides

Kurt Brindley joins forces with Herman Melville

Before I begin this review, let me first recommend to anyone whom it persuades to read The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor, that after doing so they further benefit themselves by looking again at their copy of Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Sailor that I shall, however, quote from extensively. 1,443 more words

Kurt Brindley reblogged this on KURT BRINDLEY and commented:

Our good friend in literature and life, Paul Xylinides, author of the powerful and finely crafted novel THE WILD HORSES OF HIROSHIMA, among other works, has taken on the noble challenge of standing up a literary review site that I encourage each of you to visit regularly and enjoy. The site is called theliteraryreader ~ Reviews of the written word and you can find it at theliteraryreader.com. So please join me in congratulating Paul on this new adventure of his and thank him for furthering the recognition and advancement of the written word. Congratulations, Paul, and may you enjoy a success such that we all may be rewarded and enlightened by it.  

Short and Sublime: The Awakened Kingdom by N.K. Jemisin

The Awakened Kingdom, a 2014 fantasy novella by N.K. Jemisin released both as part of The Inheritance Trilogy omnibus and as a standalone e-book, is told from the point of view of a baby god. 601 more words

Genre Fiction

Machines of Loving Grace

This should be a much longer post, as I should be racing to class. Finishing Sherri Turkle’s book (and being half-way through danah boyd’s latest) has been helping me rethink the technophiliac/technophobic dialectical lens through which I have long been looking at our relationship with technology. 370 more words

Cultural Studies

'Horror can be contained within a book, given form and meaning.'

With thanks to Christina Usher and Vintage for the reading copy.

  • Title: The Narrow Road to the Deep North
  • Author: Richard Flanagan
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publisher: Vintage…
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Flashman: Not For The Social Justice Warriors...Everyone Else Will Laugh Themselves Silly

The Social Justice Warriors and PC Police are going to want to either give Flashman, as well as the other 11 books in the series, a wide berth or they’ll be wanting to start a Twitter campaign against the vile and loathsome Flashman and his equally problematic author George MacDonald Fraser. 264 more words


My Superpower: Kristi Charish (Owl and the Japanese Circus)

My Superpower is a regular guest column on the Skiffy and Fanty blog where authors and creators tell us about one weird skill, neat trick, highly specialized cybernetic upgrade, or other superpower they have, and how it helped (or hindered!) their creative process as they built their project. 971 more words

Genre Fiction