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Man vs Bookshelf: Harry Redknapp

This entry is part 35 of 35 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

Honestly, I’ve been meaning to write this blog for ages. Days and days. Cause, as you’ll know from my previous blog, I always wrote my blogs during my lunch break until I fell out of the habit. Then, come my Odd Thomas blog, written in desperation late last weekend. As Sunday tumbled towards Monday without Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Harry Redknapp[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Odd Thomas (1-3)

This entry is part 34 of 35 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

I’m sure you think this series is about reviewing books. That’s my fault. I wasn’t clear. I’ve done enough to make you think it could be about reviewing books. But it isn’t. Or, at least, That’s not the thrust of what it’s about. This series is about my attempts to read every book on my Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Odd Thomas (1-3)[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: The Lord of the Rings

This entry is part 33 of 35 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

After my The Hobbit review last week, readers flooded my inbox, begging me to review The Lord of the Rings next. I found this interesting. You would think only those who enjoyed my blog would email in requests. Yet, if they enjoyed it, wouldn’t they read said blog with care, beginning to end? No, it Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: The Lord of the Rings[…]

5 characters every story needs

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series How to Win at Authoring

So you followed the first part of this course on ideas and the seeds of your next great story are beginning to grow. That’s great, so long as it doesn’t turn out better than mine. Now you have the germs of your story, you’ve progressed to the next logical step, creating characters. That’s not just Read more about 5 characters every story needs[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: The Hobbit

This entry is part 32 of 35 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

Hello, and welcome to this Mark Ayre production of “The Hobbit (review)” Okay, I know what you’re thinking. “Mark. Why are you writing the Hobbit review BEFORE your Buffy Scripts review? We know you read Buffy first cause that review came out days ago.” Well first off, how do you know what order I’m writing Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: The Hobbit[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Scripts

This entry is part 31 of 35 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

Whenever I tell people I’m reading a script for a TV show or movie I get some sort of derisory response. “Why don’t you just watch it?” asks my girlfriends. “Shows weren’t meant for paper,” say my friends. “What are you doing in here, I thought we changed the locks?” says my mother. But I Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Scripts[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Cirque Du Freak

This entry is part 30 of 35 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

This was always going to be an easy book to get through. Less than 200 pages. Decent sized font. Nothing to challenge the mind. Oh, and I’ve read it at least twice before. It took an evening, and you’d think, how can there be anything to review in a book read in such a short Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Cirque Du Freak[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: The Collector

This entry is part 29 of 35 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

After reading two non-fiction books, I was excited to read something that might offer more to review.  Not that this doesn’t have its drawbacks. For one, the time taken. 2018 has not got off to the best of starts for writing, and I constantly find myself behind where I would like to be. Last weekend Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: The Collector[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Pele

This entry is part 28 of 35 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to read two non-fiction books in a row, except that I haven’t because who does? What is interesting or not interesting depending on what kind of life you’ve led is that last week’s blog was the shortest I’ve written thus far. It was a short book, so Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Pele[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Twitterature

This entry is part 27 of 35 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

Sometimes I read a book that offers so little for me to review, I wonder if it’s even worth me getting out bed in the morning.    Then I remember there’s more to life than reviewing books. All those boring tasks I have to attend to. Working so I can pay the bills. Attending to Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Twitterature[…]