Hype, Hysteria and Haters Does success affect enjoyment?

So earlier this week I posted a review of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars to GoodReads. I am a huge fan of the work of John and his brother Hank, but I wasn’t a fan of the book. So if you’re a fan of The Fault in Our Stars, I don’t overly recommend you read that review. It isn’t written for entertainment, and is a rather meticulous explanation of why I

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London Book Fair 2014 Books! Books! Books!

Having been to London Book Fair last year and thought about returning pretty much constantly since, my happiness at being back there was inevitable. In fact, I was happy just to be in Earl’s Court again, I love that place and will miss it when it closes. This year I discovered an excellent way to slow the inevitable leg pains that come from conferences and

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I don’t always ruin books with memes, but when I do..

I’m really not a fan of image memes. They reduce conversation to catchphrases and stifle creativity in a way that doesn’t let good ideas develop into better ones. They’re lazy, trite, easily dismissed and instantly forgotten. They’re the Christmas cracker jokes of digital communication. But what I’m finding worse is this growing trend of taking a quote

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Pushing Back the Future The great leap forward is just a great leap forward away..

When I saw that Ridley Scott is committed to a new Blade Runner film I had the predictable reaction of feeling that nothing is sacred any more, followed by hoping, really hoping, that the film is not a sequel, prequel or remake, but merely¬†further stories set in the Blade Runnerverse. There’s enough unused material in Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?

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Writing Writing On Writing A writing guide is the easiest thing to write.

The easiest and most unique thing to write is a writing guide. No other How-To guide can be so full of regrets and failed expectations, and still be taken seriously. An unpublished writer can tell you what you should do, tell you the best way to get something published, how difficult that is, and the common traps to avoid. An unemployed bricklayer will

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