Song of Susannah by Stephen King

In anticipation of the film coming out, here - week by week - are my reviews of THE DARK TOWER novels. Here's a question: Does Stephen King writing himself as a character into the penultimate episode of THE DARK TOWER make it more or less epic? Mid-way through, our heroes Roland and Eddie find themselves…

Into the Wild by John Krakauer

The book of INTO THE WILD feels exactly like what it is: a magazine article blown up large to fill a book. Perhaps fitting for a story about a wanderer, Krakauer heads off on all kinds of diversions and detours from the main story, some of them are interesting and add to the reader’s understanding,…

Doctor Who Reviews – The Doctor Falls

Written with no prior knowledge of what’s going to be in the episode – I watch the ‘Next Time’ trailer and make sure I see, hear and read nothing else – and written immediately after my first viewing. This is my unfettered, emotional response to this week’s DOCTOR WHO fare. Most definitely a roller-coaster of…

Me, Writing, in the first half of 2017

Crumbs! Halfway through the year already. It feels, in many ways, to have gone so quickly. But in others, the Thirtieth of June seems like a whole other world from the First of January. For in that time, my entire mindset has changed. Six months ago, I was just pootling along, going nowhere. Now I’m…

Wizard and Glass by Stephen King

In anticipation of the film coming out, here - week by week - are my reviews of THE DARK TOWER novels. Coming off the forward momentum of THE WASTE LAND, this wasn’t the book I was expecting. But then, is that necessarily a bad thing? Surely part an author’s job should be to subvert expectations,…

Me, Writing, in 2017

Let me paint you a picture. Something which may have happened Tuesday lunchtime this week. A bespectacled man in his early forties sits down in one of the many Pret A Mangers in The City of London. He's purchased a can of lemonade and nothing more. (But even that's just for form, buying it essentially…

A Very English Scandal by John Preston

It seems that you have to be of a certain age to know about The Jeremy Thorpe Affair. From talking to people younger than me – or even the same age – it appears to be a cultural memory of the 1970s which really hasn’t survived. That seems bizarre. You’d have thought that the leader…