Andrew Hickey

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Tales of the City (Obverse Quarterly) by Helen Angove
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collection, 2 Sep 2012
(This review was originally posted on my blog, and is of the ebook version. Ob. disclaimer -- I know both the editor and publisher of this book online, in a "friendly on Facebook/Twitter" kind of way. However, I got to know them because I like their books, so don't think this is biased by that).

I haven't been very good about reviewing the books I've read recently, mostly because I've been barely functional for a while -- last night I ended up having to go to bed at half past seven in the evening, for example -- but I've wanted to bring more attention to this one, as I think people who like my blog will really like it.

Despite his having confined his writing almost… Read more
Doctor Who: Shada by Douglas Adams
Doctor Who: Shada by Douglas Adams
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Respectful adaptation, 17 Mar 2012
(Crossposted from my blog)

It's difficult to know how much information to give in a review of Shada, the latest in the BBC's line of Doctor Who prestige hardbacks, because it's aimed at at least three different, though overlapping, audiences - Doctor Who fans, Douglas Adams fans, and people who would, when in a bookshop, be interested in a book about Doctor Who if it's got the name of someone they recognise on the cover but wouldn't otherwise consider themselves a fan. I am, of course, a member of both the first two groups.

In the late 1970s, Douglas Adams (who almost everyone reading this will know was to become the best-selling author of the Hitch-Hiker's Guide To… Read more
The Freelancer's Survival Guide by Kristine Kathryn  Rusch
The Freelancer's Survival Guide by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Advice, 22 Feb 2012
Most writers who care about their business, especially self-publishers like myself, will already know that the blog of Kristine Kathryn Rusch (and that of her husband Dean Wesley Smith) is essential reading.

However, as well as her tips on writing and publishing, and her short stories, she has also put together this extremely long collection of business advice for anyone in any freelance business. It's obviously based on her own experiences as a writer, editor and publisher, but the advice on organising one's day and workspace, on contracts, on hiring employees and so on is both sensible and applicable to almost any business.

One criticism that is probably unavoidable… Read more

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