Happy Birthday And Other Tales

This site is officially two years old today. That’s right, it’s two years ago today that I made my first post on here. Since then I’ve made a few random posts about my writing, added a handful of posts about nothing in particular, talked about the books I’ve been reading and even started a series of articles discussing the actual art and craft of writing. All in all I think this is turning out to be one of my more successful attempts at maintaining a website over the years.

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Book Review – Imago

Imago (Lilith's Brood, #3)Imago by Octavia E. Butler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

[This review may contain spoilers.]

Imago is the third and final volume in Octavia E. Butler’s Lilith’s Brood trilogy, and if I’m being honest I’m not entirely sure whether or not to say it’s my favourite of the three. On the one hand I found it to be an excellent read, but once I’d finished it I couldn’t help but feel a little disturbed by some of the concepts raised by the story.

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Book Review – Frozen Heat

Frozen Heat (Nikki Heat, #4)Frozen Heat by Richard Castle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For the uninitiated, Richard Castle is a fictitious crime writer, portrayed on TV by Nathan Fillion in the show Castle. The Nikki Heat books are essentially glorified props from the show, or possibly more cynically well-thought out marketing endeavours to tie in with the show. Whichever way you look at them, they make for excellent reading, especially if like me you’re a fan of the show itself.

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Book Review – Beggar Magic

Beggar MagicBeggar Magic by H.L. Burke

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

[This review may contain spoilers.]

It’s quite rare for me to give a book five stars, so when I tell you that this one deserves all five of them I’m not messing. I’ve previously read (and enjoyed) indie author H. L. Burke‘s fantasy series, The Dragon & The Scholar, so I already had some strong expectations when I started Beggar Magic, and it’s fair to say that her latest work has exceeded those expectations.

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