Category Archives: Books & Films

Books I’ve read; films I’ve watched. Did I enjoy them? Find out here!

Irresponsible parenting

18When 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

The Yoga Sutras, one year later

theyogasutrasMy 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

Book review: The End of Mr Y, by Scarlett Thomas

theendofmryWow! 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

Should books come with a health warning?

dangerofdeathLots 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.

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Trademark infringement

trademarkWas 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

Luke’s Minecraft Quest

Luke's Minecraft Quest book coverI 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

Life as fiction

Pulp_Fiction_coverFiction – it’s just stories that aren’t true. Or is it more than that? Can fiction be truer than reality? After all, life is a narrative, not a collection of facts. Fiction joins the dots.

It’s easy to recognize a good story when we read it. But it’s harder to realize that our own lives are stories too. Continue reading