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Book Review: Revenger by Alastair Reynolds

12th July, 2016 Leave a comment

I was recently delighted to be granted an advance review copy of Revenger by Alastair Reynolds from netgalley.com and this is my spoiler free review of the book.

In a nutshell, this is a rollicking science fiction adventure yarn that left me wanting more.

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Facebook Prompt #2

31st January, 2015 Leave a comment

This one’s based on a prompt from Jon himself:

They returned to the car park just in time to see their car, laden with Christmas presents, speeding away down the street.

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Facebook Prompt #1

30th January, 2015 Leave a comment

Taking a leaf out of my friend Jon’s book (see his blog here), I requested some writing prompts from my Facebook friends to help me unlimber my imagination and write some no-strings-attached short fiction.

I asked people to give me prompts based on anything they like, but suggested three potential topics:

  1. Existential Crisis
  2. The Wrong Thing For the Right Reasons
  3. The Pursuit Of Happiness

The first prompt is from Andy Harsent:

The Model 4000 was the first to gain sentience, and he knew his pneumatic chainsaw was the only tool he was going to need to convince her to love him.

Here goes nothing!

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Book Review – The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

22nd July, 2013 1 comment

“Republic of Thieves” is the long-anticipated third book in the Gentlemen Bastards sequence, preceded by “The Lies of Locke Lamora” and “Red Seas under Red Skies”. The latter of these was published in 2007 so it has been six years between volumes. I was lucky to receive an Advance Reader Copy of “Republic of Thieves” from Netgalley.com and I will do my best to review it here without any spoilers. 

How does the third book in the series compare to its predecessors, and is it accessible to people who read the previous book six years ago?

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Harry Dresden

15th May, 2013 2 comments

This is my attempt at the ‘update Harry Dresden’ contest that was recently launched by the lovely people at Evil Hat:

http://www.evilhat.com/home/the-trouble-with-a-well-known-character-statblocking-contest/

The aim is to represent Harry as he was at the beginning of “Changes”

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A Game Of Thrones in Fate Core

7th May, 2013 1 comment
Here’s one system for modelling the machinations of the Houses of Westeros (and other interested parties) in Fate Core.

Kristallnacht

25th April, 2011 Leave a comment

This is a piece I wrote for the SCP Foundation (http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com) but which was unpopular due to its reference to a real world event. At the time of writing it’s still up on the site as SCP-557 but I think it will soon be deleted. I actually rather like it and I’m therefore posting it here for posterity.

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