This is a really entertaining Who yarn. A perfect, creepy setting in an era little explored by Who fiction with a great cast of characters. I thoroughly recommend it.
There is a downside, however. The author has chosen to narrate the story through daily journal extracts and letters penned by the various characters. This does provide an interesting multi-narrator view on the action, but it does begin to stretch credibility as the pace of action and events increases. It left me wondering when these characters were supposed to have taken a moment aside from the horror to pen their thoughts in a journal. The style of these also slips between personal commentary and standard narrative… Read more
I generally dislike "How to..." books unless they contain solid practical suggestions. In Nail Your Novel I found an indispensible companion for helping me through the tricky process of getting my own work moving.
A mixture of advice, workflow and exercises, this book has excellent guidance for almost every stage of a project. It avoids patronage by assuming you can be honest with yourself about how interesting your own characters and plot are and it deals frankly with the issues most writers - professional and aspiring amateurs - struggle with along the way.
It won't be for evertone I don't think, but Roz Morris has found an approach that really supports me. It's… Read more
Like many Discworld novels, Jingo successfully parodies our own culture and highlights our failings, gently prompting us to try to avoid repeating those mistakes in the future. Compared to some of the other Discworld novels I have read, the actual plot of Jingo is not quite as gripping as some of the other stories. Making up for this, though, is the fantastic cast of regular and new characters which Pratchett commands.
A number of times my other half was asking what I was laughing at while reading Jingo and in reading it out to her I completely failed to bring across why it was funny. Pratchett's genius is in setting up memorable characters and quirks which allow the comedy to… Read more