INFOGRAPHIC: Teach Yourself To Speed Read

Even though I try hard not to take on too many reviews, I’ve still somehow managed to clock up approximately 50 books on my e-reader and two shelves worth of books in my study (probably another thirty or so). Oh and that’s not even including all my ‘want to reads’ on my goodreads profile. Eeeek!…

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BOOK VERSUS FILM: An Epic Study of FIGHT CLUB

Fight Club is an interesting and unusual example in the book versus film debate. Here is a cult novel that received an incredibly faithful, big-budget adaptation. The movie version then underperformed at the Box Office but found a following through home entertainment. Chuck Palahniuk is on record as applauding the adaptation, particularly the way it…

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CRIMINALLY GOOD: Interview with author Chris Smith

1) So, who are you & what have you written?  Hi there, I’m Chris Smith. I’m a professional writer – a former local newspaper journalist and editor. I currently work in government communications in Whitehall. After writing short stories as a youngster, I first conceived the idea for my debut crime novel, No More Lonely…

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50 Shades Of Shut The Hell Up

50 Shades AGAINST Fifty Shades of Grey. Everyone knows it, regardless of whether they’ve read the books or watched the movies. So everyone seemingly has an opinion on it, very often in the negative: ‘It’s not an accurate depiction of BDSM!’ ‘It’s glamourising abusive relationships!’ ‘It’s shittily written!!’ It’s hard for most people to fathom…

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BEST OF 3 – Writer and Filmmaker Jade S. Bokhari

1) THE WOLF ROAD by Beth Lewis WHY I LIKE IT: Elka and Trapper’s relationship is a fascinating example of Stockholm syndrome. If you knew that the person that raised, rescued and moulded you as his protégé was a depraved killer, would you turn him in? Loyalty, gratitude and a long emotional attachment versus morality…

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BOOK VERSUS FILM: I Am Legend Showdown

I first read I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson, when I was in my late teens and I thought it was brilliant. At the time of reading, and I think this is important to keep in mind, I was coming off the back of Isaac Asimov and Philip K. Dick, Robert Heinlein and Kurt Vonnegut,…

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8 Weird Book-Related Words You Need To Know

If you’re a book lover, changes are you’re a word lover too – or as it’s known, a LOGOPHILE (makes me think of something else, tbf!). But of course it’s the collection of words into stories for our READING pleasure that we love on this site … So I’ve collected up eight weird book-related words all of…

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How I Wrote ‘The Retribution of Elsie Buckle’

If you want to read more about my work and how I wrote it, then check these posts out too: How I Wrote SKYJACK (post-apocalyptic novella) How I Wrote LOVE YOU TO DEATH (short story) With more to be added, HERE as I go. Enjoy … When London Screenwriters Festival launched the search for fifty…

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