Book Review – The Rats by James Herbert

For nearly two years I have been looking for that ‘Wow’ book.

The book that makes you stop what you’re doing and begin to wonder what it must be like in the authors mind.

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Off Topic: Ernest Hemingway

I was just doing some research on what constitutes the length of a novella and I came across this interesting anecdote about Ernest Hemingway.

Thought it was worth a share.

“The shortest work of literature is attributed to Hemingway, who was reportedly bet that he couldn’t write a complete story in 10 words. He could do better than that, he countered, offering this: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

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Painting The Monsters

In my life I have only ever painted four things and most of those were at school.

Yet the other day I left work with an overwhelming desire to buy paints and a canvas as I had an image I couldn’t get out of my head.

Below is what appeared after 2 and a half hours and £13 worth of art supplies.

I’m quiet happy as it looks exactly like the image in my head.

What are your thoughts?

(I wish the photo quality was better as the colours got light washed when I took the below picture)

My Top 3 Modern Authors

Lately I’ve been thinking about the authors who inspire me the most.

I’m going through a period with my own creative writing where I’m becoming disenchanted with my own style. I have hundreds of ideas and yet I am trying to confine them all to the same style.

To use a metaphor I like to apply when I’m discussing politics and morality with my friends ,I am trying to fit different shaped cakes in the same shaped tin.

In an attempt to help me loosen up my writing style I am spending a lot of time looking at my own favourite authors and working out what it is about their style that I like.

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Tory 2020 – A Poem

The year’s 2020
The NHS is long gone
But who cares about health when you can see The Bake Offs new scone?

The dementia tax succeeded
There’s more dead on our sheets
But who cares about age when you can still watch Coronation street?

Brexit has failed
Bojo fucked up
But who cares about trade when you’ve got the world cup?

Who cares about our country
When we’ve got tv
In the new land of the lost, no one is free

Les Miserables; There are no useless words

“Victor Hugo spends too much time going into detail about things that don’t need explaining”

This is what I hear every time I approach the subject of Victor Hugos divine epic, Les Miserables, with my friends.

Whilst I can imagine over a dozen dissertations have been written to debate this thought, I am going to punk my way through my thoughts on Victor Hugos masterpiece, albeit not as eloquently as those students before me.

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