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Live To Write Another Day: A Survival Guide for Screenwriters and Creative Storytellers
Live To Write Another Day: A Survival Guide for Screenwriters and Creative Storytellers
by Dean Orion
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.85

4.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet, 12 Feb. 2015
While this isn’t a really long book, it’s a good read. Author and screenwriter Dean Orion shares the insights he’s gathered from his many years of writing. Whether you’re struggling with writer’s block or procrastination, he gives you ideas on how to get back on track.

Using many anecdotes from his own life, the reader (or, rather, aspiring writer) gets a good idea of what working as a writer is actually like, along with many good examples of what you should avoid – and why – and also the sort of things you are better off knowing.

The tone of the book is friendly and oftentimes amusing, and I found it very easy to read. It also gave me lots of inspiration, so it’s definitely a book I would recommend to anyone who wants to be a writer – whether it’s for professional purposes or just for a love of the craft.


[ SILVERBLIND ] Connolly, Tina (AUTHOR ) Oct-07-2014 Hardcover
[ SILVERBLIND ] Connolly, Tina (AUTHOR ) Oct-07-2014 Hardcover
by Tina Connolly
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent ending to a dark fantasy trilogy, 12 Feb. 2015
Silverblind is the third book in what I believe is a trilogy. The first one, Ironskin, was a steampunky Jane Eyre-based novel which introduced us to the Fey. Book two, Copperhead, was based on Anne Brontė's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and felt like it brought the narrative to a kind of close, so I wasn't sure what to expect from Silverblind. Would it perhaps be based on Wuthering Heights? First of all, no, I don't think it's based on anything - unless it's based on some classical work of which I'm not familiar, of course. Secondly, the narrative picks up 18 years after Copperhead, so that's how that problem's solved.

I really enjoyed this novel and whenever I had to put it down it was begrudgingly done. While I was never entirely clear on exactly what a wyvern is (aside from a shopping district in Derby), based on the description given, I took it to be a sort of mini dragon, which is apparently sort of accurate. As little Woglet is very cat-like in his behaviour, I instantly took a liking to him, which added to the overall liking of the story.

The characters were likable and I enjoyed spending my time in their company. They are rebels, freedom fighters, civil rights activists, and animal rights campaigners all rolled into one and I love that. It brings up a lot of important topics - racism, sexism, size-ism, homophobia - and while society as a whole isn't particularly open-minded, the main characters are. Even though Dorie and Tam were once very close, it doesn't mean that they necessarily have to become a couple and live happily ever after, so that was refreshing.

Perhaps because the book wasn't based on anything [familiar to me], there wasn't the distraction of seeing parallels with the original, which is what I did for the first two novels in the series. It allowed me to read Silverblind without preconceptions, and enjoy it as a dark fantasy set in a world not unlike the early 1900s. And I loved that.


Lidl
Lidl
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice & easy, 1 Nov. 2014
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A good and straightforward way to quickly check on this week's offers, as well as next week's. It doesn't do a lot, but it does what's needed.


Battle Lines (Department 19, Book 3)
Battle Lines (Department 19, Book 3)
by Will Hill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Mid-series, plot doesn't progress much, but still a very good read, 9 Jun. 2014
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You can tell that it’s a mid-series book, because the plot feels like it’s dragging on a bit and nothing new is happening. The whole book only spans a few days, although it’s set a while after the previous book, but things happen and it’s very engaging, occasionally gory, and as delightfully teenage-angsty as before.

If the plot had progressed more, then it would have been perfect. Some parts I don't really see the point in, but on the plus side, Frankenstein’s back!


TurboIRC
TurboIRC
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3.0 out of 5 stars SSL?, 28 April 2014
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This looks like a great app, just what I was after, and it says it supports SSL. The irc network I use uses SSL and I don't see where it can be enabled. Having the port as +9000 works in some clients but this one won't allow anything but numbers in the port field. So unless I want to use a non-SSL server (I want to use this one network only, which is SSL), this program is sadly unusable.


Harry Potter Ravenclaw Slytherin Gryffindor Hufflepuff Sorting Silk Tie Cosplay (Hufflepuff)
Harry Potter Ravenclaw Slytherin Gryffindor Hufflepuff Sorting Silk Tie Cosplay (Hufflepuff)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Why does the Hufflepuff tie have blue stripes? I know it's cheap but come on!, 20 Feb. 2014
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These ties are the cheapest ones you'll find - which is particularly great when you are in want of buying more than one and therefore hesitant to spend £25 for each - and Gryffindor, Ravenclaw and Slytherin are perfectly fine. There are others that might look better, but you get what you're paying for. The Ravenclaw one is grey instead of bronze, but that is to be expected. The problem is the Hufflepuff tie. I was thinking maybe the picture looks a bit off, but now that I have it, it really IS blue instead of black, which I have no explanation for, as Hufflepuff's colours are yellow and black in both the books and the film. So options now are to Sharpie over the blue (which will probably ruin the tie if it's washed) or go and buy an expensive, but correct, tie somewhere else and save my yellow-and-blue tie for when I'm feeling particularly Swedish.


Mahjong Solitaire Epic
Mahjong Solitaire Epic
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4.0 out of 5 stars lots of options, 3 Feb. 2014
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Lots of options of background, several tile sets (makes things much easier) and other options, except one to remove the cheesy animation when you match tiles. Options to highlight available tiles and reshuffle when you get stuck makes things perhaps a little too easy.


Female Badger (feat. Rob Brydon)
Female Badger (feat. Rob Brydon)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious song, 30 Jan. 2014
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Rob Brydon is a really good singer, and it's a really catchy song, from "This is Jinsy" series 2. The only downside is that it's not included on the soundtrack for series 2, where it's sorely missed.


The Radical Practice of Loving Everyone: A Four-Legged Approach to Enlightenment
The Radical Practice of Loving Everyone: A Four-Legged Approach to Enlightenment
by Michael J. Chase
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Charming and inspiring, but wish it was more about the actual dog, 9 Dec. 2013
With plenty of humour and lots and lots of heart, Michael J Chase recounts how poodle Mollie came into his life, and the life lessons she has taught him. It's not some kind of spiritual version of "Marley & Me", though. This is more about how walking a dog has inspired spiritual insights in a human, which is perhaps not exactly the reason why you'd get this book.

Yes, it contains cute stories about Mollie enthusiastically doing things that every dog would probably love, but it also shares stories about the author's life and work, for instance when he goes to New York for a 24-hour charity project.

In a way, it's more about how having Mollie and putting himself in her "shoes" (collar?) and realising that dogs are way more relaxed about daily life than we are than, well, anything else.

Mollie might be a furry Buddha (the author is a Buddhist, if I read it right), but I think this book might have a problem, because you expect the book to be all about a dog and then ... it isn't. Still, the book is worth a read in its own right. It's charming, inspiring and restores a bit of faith in humanity. More people should follow Chase's example, with or without being inspired by a beloved pooch.


{ [ COPPERHEAD ] } By Connolly, Tina (Author) Oct-15-2013 [ Hardcover ]
{ [ COPPERHEAD ] } By Connolly, Tina (Author) Oct-15-2013 [ Hardcover ]
by Tina Connolly
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Ironskin sequel, inspired by Anne Brontė's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, 9 Dec. 2013
Copperhead is the sequel to Ironskin, and like its predecessor, it's inspired by a Brontė novel. Ironskin was a steampunk-esque take on Charlotte's Jane Eyre, while Copperhead is inspired by Anne's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. While some elements are similar, the actual story itself is completely different from "Tenant".

We're back in the world where the humans are at war with the fey. The Copperhead organisation are essentially Nazis and do their best to weasel themselves into power.

On the one hand, Helen is a society belle with a wealthy husband who's a Copperhead member. On the other, she's the sister of a woman trying to strip everyone of the beautiful, transplanted faces before they're taken over by fey, and Helen is uncomfortable with Copperhead's anti-dwarvven politics. As characters go, I found Jane more sympathetic than Helen, so reading a book where Helen takes centre stage is frustrating, at times. In a sort of "stop worrying about getting your skirt dirty and GET ON WITH IT!" kind of way.

Then again, the things I found frustrating about Ironskin, like the abrupt ending, didn't feature here. When I had reached the end, if anything, I was wondering if there would be another part to the story.

At any rate, I thought the book was well-written, I really like the world setting (it's never specified by name what city it is, or even which country, but it has a British sort of feel to it), and Frye is a great character.

If you enjoyed Ironskin and wanted more, you should definitely read Copperhead, because it's good fun.


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