Reviews

An Alien’s Guide to the Human Species

* * * 3/10

Deb McEwan

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While the idea behind the book is a good one, the writing itself is very matter-of-fact and flat.
There’s a subtle but important difference in being told a story and being told of a series of events. The characters may as well be cardboard cut-outs they are so 2-dimensional and the plot is lost in a tedious list of things these characters do. They don’t do much.
The plot itself is an interesting idea, it is well-edited with no errors, but the writing needs a lot of work and perhaps some rethinking.

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Holidays!

I’m starting off 2018 with my summer holiday already booked and paid for. YAY!

2018 has got off to quite an insane beginning. The madness of 2017 looks set to continue on a downward spiral but that’s OK. I have a week away already sorted. I’m hopeful I’ll be able to save enough to get another week away for the winter.

Plans for this year include trying to shout louder than the kagillian other authors all shouting about their books. Trying to get a handle on this marketing thingy. There’s that game I released, lost the files for and am now redoing with improvements. At some point I swear I will totally get back to Youtube with reviews. I will read some books and leave reviews. I will attempt to get Faye to do more stuff… get her to leave her pit at least once this year.

Buy my books. Please buy my books?

Oh, aye. If you’re in the UK, be careful on the roads for the next few months. I’ve applied for a drivers licence.

J. Cassidy

 

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YAY!

The Christmas tree is up, a few of the presents are wrapped, almost all the Christmas shopping is done and everything is looking sparkly and glittery and fluffy and pretty. And there’s snow! Snow, snow, snow, snow! YAY!

I like this time of year.

I have got back to writing. I’m sure it won’t be long before I’m back to taking on too much, trying to do too many things and spreading myself too thin. For now, I’m being all lazy and taking things easy.

Reviews

Pencil Lead

* * * * * * * * 8/10

Fran Heath

pencil-lead-book-cover-largeLyle was a character I found surprisingly easy to sympathise with. He’s uncertain of what he wants, in life or anything, with no hope or prospects coming his way. This is of course mostly due to lack of effort to make anything of himself, but then, what do you work toward if you don’t know what you want? He’s a character so uncertain of himself that he comments on how he is a different person for certain people, because that’s who they think he is. He makes a show of his life and makes a show of being… himself.

A good deal of the book is getting to know Lyle before he meets Holly, and from there focusses on their destructive relationship which doesn’t really get any oomph until they involve escorts. While anyone else might look at that as being the beginning of the end and unhealthy while it lasts, neither of these two are able to see beyond their own confusion and certainly in Lyle’s case, selfishness.

I wasn’t very fond of the ending. It went quite quickly and suddenly from a couple hell-bent on ruining their lives as fast as they can, to a rather heavy moral lesson on the dark side of ‘escorts’. I wouldn’t describe it as a happy ending in particular, though I suppose that would depend on how you see happiness coming out of a relationship like that. I’m not too sure the choice Lyle and Holly made in the end was to the benefit of either of them.

Reviews

Little Red is Coming Home

* * * * * * * * * * 10 / 10

Angelika Rust

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A book of short stories inspired by Little Red Riding Hood, ranging from cheeky, bloody, impolite to considered and moral. You wouldn’t think there were so many different ways to go with one story but there is, each one an utterly unique take on one basic plot until each is a story of its own.

There’s remarkable talent here, a book that you’ll think you’ll take a few days to read before you realise you just spent your evening turning pages, disappointed that there’s not more.