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Review: The Lives of Others

I don’t obsess about finishing a book that is draining the will to live from every fibre of my being. Time is finite and there are way, way too many brilliant books out there to discover. Apart from that, if I struggle with a book, it can put me off reading for a while –…

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Saturday Review: Londonstani

This is a book set in the town where I grew up and went to school. Reading it was like jumping in a TARDIS and finding myself thrust back into the world of playground politics. So naturally, I didn’t take an immediate shine to it.

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The importance of a strong instigating event

The impact of the instigating event can be crucial when telling a story. I finished reading Brown Girl in the Ring earlier this week. It’s a dystopian urban fantasy set in Toronto. The story revolves around the world of Caribbean mysticism/magic and how some of the residents of the – now largely abandoned – city,…

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Why emotion matters

Some people don’t understand my fascination with apocalyptic and dystopian fiction. The thing is, I’ve always loved fantastical tales. When I around four I became obsessed with Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree (I’d listen to the book on tape as I fell asleep), I loved C.S. Lewis’s Narnia (specifically the Lion, the Witch and the…

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