Movie Review: 12 Years a Slave (2013)

What it’s about: In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Genre: Biography, Drama, History Rating: 15 Director: Steve McQueen Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch Lupita Nyong’o, Review: I’ve actually been somewhat worried about typing up this review …

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Guest Post: That Difficult Second Novel by Jack Croxall

That Difficult Second Novel I was very lucky with my first novel, Tethers. It gained thousands of downloads, received hundreds of lovely reviews and it even topped an Amazon best-seller chart – ‘Steampunk’. But I have a confession. When I first published Tethers, I had no idea what steampunk actually was. I’d never heard the …

Movie Review: Captain Phillips (2013)

What it’s about: The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. Genre: Biography, Drama Rating: 12A Starring: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Barkhad Abdi, Michael Chernus Director: Paul Greengrass Review: I literally …

Short Story: The Girl Who’s Never Had a Valentine by Elizabeth Player

What it’s about: All Beth’s ever had on Valentine’s Day is unwanted junk mail and unpaid bills! But this year, when the post lands on her doormat, one item in particular catches her eye… Could this be Beth first ever genuine Valentine’s Day card?! The handwritten card might be a cheesy cliche….but who cares! The …

Movie Review: Her (2013)

What it’s about: A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need. Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi Rating: 15 Starring: Jaoquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt Director: Spike Jonze Review: Although this film is up for 2 Oscars, I haven’t really heard much …

Book Review: Channel Blue by Jay Martel

What it’s about: Earth used to be Galaxy Entertainment’s most lucrative show. The inhabitants of the Western Galaxy – the savviest, richest demographic in the Milky Way – just couldn’t get enough of the day-to-day details of the average Earthling’s life. But Channel Blue’s ratings are flagging and its producers are planning a spectacular finale. …

Book Review: Security by Mandy Baggot & Author Interview

What it’s about: Autumn Raine is a pop vocalist at the very top of her game. She’s a style icon, the paparazzi’s darling and everyone wants to be her friend. But when her safety is threatened, her whole life starts to unravel. Enter Nathan Regan, an ex-elite soldier who is assigned to protect her. He’s …

If You Could Go Back in Time, What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

Earlier in the month, marked the date of TimeToTalk, a day to recognise mental health problems and talk to those around you about it. I unintentionally took part in this day by having a conversation with my best friend about both of our individual issues which helped understand each other and the differences between us …