Don’t worry. This isn’t about Trump. I’ve returned to my first love – science fiction – with two new novels in the pipeline. The first is a conspiracy thriller set in the near future, the second an apocalyptic blockbuster set in the present day. Continue reading
Posted in Books & Films
Tagged Books, Computers, Creativity, Prediction, Religion, Science, Science fiction, Technology, Werewolves, Words, Work, Writing
Do you prefer Donald Duck or Donald Trump?
Seriously, I’d love to know. And I have more questions for you. Like, do you prefer Dinosaurs or Cheese Burgers? And, do you prefer Vampires or The Muppet Show?
You can answer all these questions and more at a new website called Xory (pronounced “zory” – short for X or Y) which my family has created as a summer project. We hope you like it.
We’ve had lots of fun making this, using my wife’s management skills, my own web programming expertise and the accumulated useless knowledge of our kids.
What we need now is your help to spread the word. So why not try it, and if you like it, tell your friends and family. They might like it too.
I was sent a free copy of this book by the author, and asked to write an honest review. As the author noted in his email to me, ‘I think we have quite a few interests in common. ‘That’s very true, so I thought my review might also be of interest to my blog readers.
The book is the story of why the author (DJ MacLennan), has chosen to have his brain cryogenically frozen when he dies – or as he puts it – when current medicine can do no more to save him from death. It’s a personal story, and a scientific and philosophical investigation of what it means to live and die. Here’s my review of the book. Continue reading
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Tagged Belief, Books, Computers, Death, Health, Longevity, Philosophy, Science, Technology
Do you know those newspaper columnists who cynically bundle together their previously-published articles and release them as a book? What a brilliant idea! I decided to do the same. Continue reading
When I was a teenager, the films that my friends and I most wanted to watch were marked with a large, lurid “18” logo. There was no explanation whether this was because of sex, violence or bad language (or all three.) We had to guess from the cover. Nowadays, the situation is more nuanced. Certificates are accompanied by explanatory material, justifying the rating. Continue reading
My debut novel, The Yoga Sutras, was published one year ago today. Publishing the book was a huge personal achievement for me, but it’s hardly been a bestseller. In order to punish myself for this failure and engage in some self-flagellation, I’ve decided to take a hard look at reviews of the book and see what I can learn. Continue reading
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Tagged Book reviews, Books, Creativity, Fiction, Humour, Philosophy, Self-Publication, Words, Work, Writing, Yoga
Wow! This book is a rollercoaster read. I finished it, then started reading it again immediately. It blew my mind.
I’ve just read it again for a third time, and felt compelled to write something. I want to evangelize on behalf of Ms Thomas and spread the word about this book. Continue reading
Lots of things come with a health warning these days. Cigarette packets tell you very clearly that SMOKING KILLS. Hot beverages warn of the risk of scalding.
Signs positioned outside public toilets warn of the danger of tripping over signs positioned outside public toilets.
“Danger of death” is my personal all-time favourite warning sign.
Was it only Friday that I launched my series of books based on the computer game Minecraft? How cruel that the very next day I should receive an email from Mojang – the company that makes Minecraft – telling me that I had infringed their trademark and that I must withdraw my books from sale. Continue reading
I haven’t been blogging much in recent months. That’s because I’ve been very busy. I’ve been busy mining and crafting in the world of Minecraft, the computer game. What I’ve crafted is a series of books for children based on Minecraft.
I’m officially launching the series today. Yippee! Continue reading