magpie_mod October 17

Catching Fire

I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting a lot from ‘Catching Fire’ by Suzanne Collins having not been blown away by ‘The Hunger Games’ (see previous post). However, something happened to Collins in between writing the first and second volume of this now acclaimed (thanks to the movies) trilogy for young adults. I don’t […]

magpie_in_amsterdam October 10

Mary and the Giant

This post is only partially about the Philip K Dick book I have just finished reading and perhaps more about what I do with my days off. Or how I waste them perhaps? “Mary and the Giant” is one of Dick’s non-science fiction novels in the same kind of vein as “In Milton Lumky Territory” […]

my_second_manga_face October 07

Manga Studio 5

Having watched numerous tutorial videos, read a lot of reviews and listened to my sister for once I finally realised that Manga Studio 5 might be something I could use to draw some cartoon stuff. It is very early days but here is my second Manga face (the first is too bad to post): This […]

NESBO_redbreast October 07

The Redbreast – Jo Nesbo

Harry Hole is back on his home turf of Oslo for this story which has a rather engaging and complex WWII back-story. Having spotted the illegal import of a type of rifle usually reserved for assassins, Hole is trying to track down the buyer while a series of murders appears to be related to his […]

M3_the_rest October 05

Alphabetical CD Marathon: M (Part 3)

Moby Play is a rather self-indulgent album by everyone (except Eminem)’s favourite bald vegan techno artist featuring a lot of samples of black American singers. The songs are really catchy but tend to go on a little too long for my liking. I Like to Score is a good collection of Moby’s film work which […]

GOLDENEYE October 04

Gardner’s Bond (15)

For Queen and Country James… It’s no great surprise that John Gardner’s “Goldeneye”  is only 184 pages long since it is based on the screenplay of the film by Michael France and Jeffrey Caine. It’s also no surprise to find that Flicka is written out along with Q’ute and that the old M is gone […]

my-books-2014 September 27


I have just spent some time tidying up my pages on this blog – when I say ‘pages’ I mean all the stuff about my books that can be accessed via the top menu and once your in one page (try clicking on My Books – you’ll see what I mean) there is a menu […]


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