Superheroes V Real Heroes

US film critic Marshall Fine recently got death threats after publishing a well-reasoned critical review of ‘The Dark Night Rises’, an enjoyable if somewhat pretentious and overlong film based on an old comic-book character. The backlash was so severe that Rotten Tomatoes had to shut down its comments section, and has repercussions for all websites […]

Stop Me Before I Write Again

The other day it occurred to me that I was blogging too much. I’m definitely spending too much time on the inter webs doing social networky. It has now spread to seven days a week and I have no life. Today, however, I finished a new book – a standalone thriller that I’m really hoping […]

‘I Have A Curious Feeling This Is All Some Kind Of Literary Plot.’

I was in ‘thinking mode’ yesterday (staring out of window with mouth open pretending to write book) which meant catching up on some saved sites, and in the interests of oh, I don’t know, sheer caprice, I thought I’d Pinterest a few here today. I’m quite interested in the speed with which fads rise and […]

Holy Smoke!

Batman’s in London. The latest issue of Batman has him visiting the city for the first time. And of course it’s bloody raining. But hang on a minute…there’s something odd going on here. Isn’t Batman currently at the O2 in a big ‘na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na’ bat-bombs and bungee-jumps-type multi-media show? And now DC Comics suddenly have […]

English As A Second Language

Oh come on, a round of applause – the translator was doing great until the second half!

Schoolboy Fantasies

‘Paperboy’, the hardback, has now sold out. The good news is that the paperback is only a few weeks away. The bad news is that it won’t have the end-papers of my notebooks in. One of the things I mentioned in the book is that I got to fulfil some pathetic schoolboy fantasies – writing […]