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If A Book Makes Me Feel Sick, I Know It's Good Writing

When you think about it, reading fiction is a strange activity. It involves staring at symbols on a page or screen, ignoring all distractions, and yet it can take us to other worlds. 841 more words




The blurb on the back of my copy makes it sound like the opening sequence to BBC’s Life on Mars (to the point I wonder where the inspiration for… 631 more words


About the ending of 'The Wasp Factory'

I just finished reading “The Wasp Factory” by Iain Banks, and I am quite puzzled by the ending.

The final reflections by the main character seem, to me, to be too lucid and balanced for someone who was so delusional and single minded throughout the whole book. 16 more words

Book Review

OMNI Greatest Sci-Fi Book Lists

I’ve been writing for OMNI ‘Reboot’ online, and have some listicles of possible interest to any science fiction genre fans out there:

Greatest Sci-Fi Protagonists… 403 more words


#283 The Crow Road

I’ve had this book out for ages and have no idea why it’s taken me so long to get around to reading it – especially because I’ve really enjoyed all the other Iain Banks books I’ve read so far and happily I do still have one left after this. 424 more words

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Book Review: The Wasp Factory

Traffic cancelled my appointment so I went to do some retail therapy which includes the purchase of cute office stuff and this thrifted book. I’ve often noticed Iain Banks’ books at my favorite secondhand bookstore and this is one of those rare moments that I decided to try reading his work. 300 more words


Sorting the Future - my new Sci-Fi book - an extract

Chapter 1 – Walking the dog

It was one of those perfect English summer evenings. The type of evening that topped off a day that was so absolutely impeccable that you knew you wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in the world but England. 908 more words


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My latest Sci-fi book!