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The last month has been hectic. My pay-the-bills job has been keeping me busy, plus other things outside of work have got me to the point of not wanting to do any writing when I finally have spare time. I know that’s not the attitude to have, but it’s just been exhausting. That said, I think things are finally easing up a little which is giving me time to think about my next project. I’ve decided to work on a new...

The Rules of Supervillainy by CT Phipps

Book Review | The Rules of Supervillainy by CT Phipps

This was a funny and entertaining book to read. So Gary, our “hero” of the story leads a dull life where he wants nothing more than to be a supervillain. Of course this wish is fulfilled when the magical cloak of the foremost (and newly deceased) hero of the city turns up on his doorstep. Suddenly he gets everything he wants and becomes Merciless: The Supervillain Without Mercy. The tautology alone should give you an idea what this book is...

Boneyards by Morgan Hobbes - Cover Image

Judging Books By Their Covers

Yes, I know you’re not supposed to judge books by their covers but I’m talking about my own here so I think I’m okay. I’ve never been 100% happy with the covers of Boneyards or Badlands – the two books of the FTW series, so over the last week or so I’ve been busy reworking them into something I’m happier with. This time I’ve tried to incorporate something that feels more like the world described in the book. Boneyards takes...

Goddamned Freaky Monsters by Rick Gualtieri

Book Review | Goddamned Freaky Monsters by Rick Gualtieri

I should preface this review with a <POSSIBLE SPOILERS> warning since Goddamned Freaky Monsters is book 5 in The Tome of Bill series. If you’ve not read the first four, maybe look away now. After reading the first 4 books in quick succession I decided a short break was in order before continuing with the series. That short break turned into 6 months as other books kept demanding my attention. But finally I’m back on the Bill train, having finished...

Uncanny Sally by W. Lawrence

Book Review | Uncanny Sally by W. Lawrence

Uncanny Sally, a short story by W. Lawrence who you may know from Synching Forward which sets up this universe. Reading Synching Forward isn’t a prerequisite for reading this as it works as a standalone novel, but if you have, you’ll have a deeper understanding on what drives our protagonist, Amara. The Blurb: Sergeant Agent Amara James of the Department of Homeland Defense is reassigned from her anti-terrorism task force to investigate a murder. A popular actress has been found dead...

The Fantastic Fable of Peter Able by Natalie Grigson

Book Review | The Fantastic Fable of Peter Able by Natalie Grigson

It’s tough being a fictional character. Peter, a now adult Boy Wizard, has been abandoned by his writer and left to fend for himself in the land of fiction. The Fantastic Fable of Peter Able by Natalie Grigson showed up during my Kindle Scout campaign as a previous winner. I enjoy tales of characters left behind so was keen to check this one out. Peter and his pals in this one, the cast of NPCs by Drew Hayes and so...

Book Review | Critical Failures V by Robert Bevan

Robert Bevan is someone I’ve been reading for a long time now, getting into his books a few years back and reading them all multiple times. His latest book in the series, Critical Failures V, has left me a little on the fence. While each book in the series so far has followed the standard formula of problem at start -> solved at end + new cliff-hanger (introduced to keep you wanting the next one), this one meandered along without much urgency...

Flash Fiction | Supervillain

I’ve really been having a lot of fun with the Writing Prompts of late (as you’ve probably noticed from the plethora of blog posts recently). Here’s a quickie I wrote on my lunch break. The Prompt: [WP] A child wants to be a supervillain when they grow up, rather than a superhero. The Story: “I’m sorry, you want to be a what?” Berserko Fantastico said to his young daughter, Natalie. At only seven years old she was already a handful,...

Flash Fiction | Maze Quest (A Text-Adventure Short Story)

A short story this time (just shy of 5,000 words) from a Reddit Writing Prompt. Written as 2nd person (a perspective I rarely read and up to now haven’t written in)… but it suited the “game” theme as many old point-and-click and text-adventure type games would employ this style. It’s written as if they’re scenes in a game. The Prompt: [WP] You are the protagonist of a point-and-click game. The Story: Maze Quest Standing South of the Mansion You are standing...

Flash Fiction | An Ancient Relic of True Wisdom

I know I only just posted some flash fiction less than an hour ago… but I couldn’t resist this one. Again, from Writing Prompts on Reddit. The prompt: [WP] In a far-distant future, children of age are paraded en masse to an ancient relic which is prophesized to only accept the touch of a chosen one. Sadly, it’s just a locked smart-device. The Story: The children marched single file along the wide promenade. Crowds of people, twenty rows deep lined...