Tag Archives: books

September 11

Salinger – Shane Salerno reveals himself to be the great Holden-Caufield-Wannabe. (Film Review)

Below is Will Smiths great monologue about The Catcher in the Rye from the film Six Degrees of Separation. Its one of my favourite cinema moments and well worth the watch if you have 5 minutes. I haven’t read “The Catcher” for years although I fairly regularly read Nine Stories.  Because of this, I thought […]

March 20

Warm Moonlight – Joseph Wurtenbaugh spins a tale of the supernatural. (fiction review)

Warm Moonlight is a nice little novella – or rather a longish short story – that I found on Amazon in one of my rare moments of strolling around on that site. Joseph Wurtenbaugh writes under several names, as far as I can tell from his Amazon bio,  and has several stories and novellas gathered together […]

February 20

Beautiful Creatures – Richard LaGravenese and the love of a good script. (film reviews)

Richard LaGravenese seems to be an odd choice as the director for the first of the series post-Twilight fantasy series Beautiful Creatures, mostly because he’s a screen writer and not a director. Yet, in a way this odd twist has worked out well for the film because it has a fantastic script based on the […]

February 18

Anna Karenina – Joe Wright and Tom Stoppard squeeze Tolstoy down to theatre size (film review)

I was rather shocked to find, as I was researching this film, that the story of Anna Karenina has been made into a film twenty-five times. It was considered by Dostoyevsky – a favorite writer of mine – to be the greatest novel ever written, and Dostoyevsky is not alone in that opinion. Having seen […]

February 12

Stephen Kelman chats with Lisa Thatcher (Interview)

I was extremely lucky to have a chance to ask Stephen Kelman some questions about this wonderful book and also about the remarkable achievement of having a first book short listed for such a prestigious prize. Stephen is a wonderful man, and it was a huge pleasure to have a brief chat with him. Check it out: Lisa:  Pigeon […]

January 05

The Vanishing Point of Desire – Vi Khi Nao: Eroticism at its most intimate. (book review)

The opium pipe of ink runs through the river of your breath. You inhale. I exhale. A trail of reddish brown, the drug, unravels the air.  I am still outside the corridor. Time, the Gentleman, still inspects the palimpsest of desire. He takes his time. He looks carefully at the torn pages. The slit. The […]

January 01

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – What’s not to love after all? (film review)

“In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a Hobbit Hole, and that means comfort.” — The […]

December 31

A little rest that’s over now.

Hello my lovely treasured readers… Well I took a sort of unscheduled break throughout December  and it has been wonderful for the psyche, but also for the inspiration. As of tomorrow the posts start fresh and I have a slew of beautiful music, stunning books and exciting films to talk about. The silly season was not so silly […]

December 01

Call for Submissions: I’d like to review your self published literary novel.

Hello there all my dear readers and fellow writers, This blog has grown quite dramatically in the last twelve months. It has become a respected review source, so much so that my name is now added to media and press events listings for music, theatre and film – which means in the future I will […]

November 14

Is Genre fiction art? Pt 1: Why do so many of us want to write? (Article)

  More than ever before, if a person wants to write a book, they can. The changes to publishing brought about by the digital age are something we are constantly discussing. We have seen these changes affect film and music before writing, but one of the differences between the previous artistic mediums and writing is: 1. Everyone thinks they can write […]