Review – The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell

Continuing on from the review of the Last Kingdom (here), The Pale Horseman is the second novel in the Saxon Stories, and the next book I've had the pleasure of reading. Continuing where The Last Kingdom left off, Uhtred returns to King Alfred of Wessex to share news of his glorious victory over Ubba Lothbrokson … Continue reading Review – The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell

Review – The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

The way I came across this book is a little unusual, but it's a fine example of word of mouth. Earlier in the year, the chaps at the Brush and Boltgun were discussing a Dark Age game called Saga. I'd only ever heard of it, but was interested in trying something different so picked up … Continue reading Review – The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

Audible Review: The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper by Maxim Jakubowski

When I saw this book on Audible, I downloaded it for two main reasons - it was massive, and it was a subject I had a bit of interest in. I watch a lot of crime documentaries, how detectives catch murderers, how they operate, etc, and this fit the bill for the series' I've been … Continue reading Audible Review: The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper by Maxim Jakubowski

Audible Review – The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison

The Stainless Steel Rat - and its abundance of sequels - follows the exploits of James Bolivar diGriz, also known as Slippery Jim. In this, the first novel, we find Jim performing a daring robbery and fleeing from Special Corps - a kind of police unit comprised of former criminals - as he tries to make good … Continue reading Audible Review – The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison

Where did all the painting go?

Despite how popular a lot of my painting posts were, a while ago I decided to just use this site for my writing, and removed all the painting posts from it. Now because painting is something that I love doing, and do regularly, Mike Hollows and I have teamed up and created a new website, … Continue reading Where did all the painting go?

Book review: Chickenhawk, by Robert Mason

As part of my research into books around people's experiences in the military, I was pointed toward Chickenhawk, a novel by Robert Mason following his time as a Huey pilot in Vietnam. I can safely say 'Wow'. The novel starts with mason's account of helicopter training with the army. As my pal Kev said when … Continue reading Book review: Chickenhawk, by Robert Mason

The Boatman rows into Under the Fable

Yesterday I had the pleasure of finding that one of my short stories, The Boatman, part of the Worldeater themed horror stories was published in Under the Fable. Though the indents seem to have vanished on a couple of pages of the story, it's all present, and free to read. So if you fancy a look … Continue reading The Boatman rows into Under the Fable

Round 106: Winners

The Angry Hourglass

Happy Tuesday, and welcome to the Round 106 Winners post. Thanks to everybody who wrote stories last weekend and to Rob Knipe who did an admirable job as a first time judge. You’ll find his comments below.

This is the first time I’ve ever judged anything, more or less. I’ve inspected things and made sure that they’re all done to a certain standard, but this was far harder than pointing out a build up of carbon and telling someone to bring it back when it’s clean. Two things you should know, I use smiley’s way too often, and sometimes I write a joke in a story then have to delete the smiley at the end of it. I smile too much, and I put them everywhere. Apologies in advance.

Some great stuff here. I was going to do some HMs and 1st and 2nd, but thought they…

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Planet Nine – The World Eater

I force myself further into the corner of a musty, damp room. Paint peels like ancient scrolls on the mouldering walls that crumble and stick to my hands when I push against it. Planet Nine’s shadow gives the daylight a gloomy look, like an extreme solar eclipse. Dim light comes from the window to my … Continue reading Planet Nine – The World Eater