Book Review: “Base Notes” by Lara Elena Donnelly

I got this book as part of Amazon Firsts, where you get a free book a month or so before the main release. From the blurb that accompanied the text, it sounded very good and reminded me of another Amazon Firsts book, “These Toxic Things” by Rachel Howzell, that I had recently read. With my…

Book Review: “Her Name is Knight” by Yasmin Angoe

This is a challenging book. In a good way. I have read books before (such as “Deadly Waters” by Dot Hutchison) where the descriptions and topic just seemed to go to far as I nearly stopped reading (though was pleased that I didn’t). This book wasn’t a challenge in that way. Yes, the topics were…

Book Review: “The Last One To See Her” by Mark Tilbury

I have been doing quite a bit of reading (and writing as I am working on my own books, Frankie Fans Say and also my latest novel) over the last week. The next book I have finished is The Last One See Her by Mark Tilbury. Like The Receptionist by Kate Myles, it was one…

Book Review: “The White Road” by Sarah Lotz

Having read The Three and Day Four, I was looking forward to reading another book by Sarah Lotz. I wasn’t disappointed. There is so much that I enjoyed about this book. Yet again, like The Three in particular, Lotz is happy to challenge how a book is presented and what can be achieved. In this…

Book Review: “Bullet Train” by Kotaro Isaka

Having been conducting research about the shinkansen (‘bullet train’) for over 20 years, when I learnt of the book Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka, I knew that I had to get a copy. Up until some years ago, I would probably have been more aware of the Japanese version being released and I may have…

“Truth” in Fiction – Pillars and Cantilevers

In a number of posts (Book Review: “The Retreat” by Mark Edwards, Book Review: “Follow You Home” by Mark Edwards, Conventions in Disaster Movies, “Greenland” – A Very Good Disaster Movie, “Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac” and Remembering Air Florida Flight 90, and “The Day After Tomorrow” – Climate Change Meets Disaster Movie) I…

Book Review: “Her Last Breath” by Hilary Davidson

As far as I remember this is the first novel I have read which has content that refers to life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although COVID-19 itself is not (as far as I remember) mentioned, there are discussions about using masks, etc. I suppose it should come as no surprise and doing so (assuming we…

Book Review: “The Retreat” by Mark Edwards

I read a lot. But I rarely read novels more than once – unless, like Climber’s High (or Seventeen as it was translated into English) for example, it’s related to my research. Novels are, by definition, meant to be novel, new. Part of the reasoning for not reading a book more than once is that…

Book Review: “Follow You Home” by Mark Edwards

If I were asked to provide a list of my favourite books, there would be quite a few in that list by Mark Edwards. Follow You Home would certainly make the list. Thanks to a Facebook video event that Mark hosted yesterday (24 March 2021) and that I was going to be given the opportunity…

Conventions in Disaster Movies

Although I have done a page about my article “Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?” and I have done many posts (linked from that page) about disaster movies analysed for that article, as well as some additional disaster movies, in which I refer to the Conventions in Disaster Movies that I developed in that article,…

“Greenland” – A Very Good Disaster Movie

Although I have now written about all of the movies that I included in my article “Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?“, there are still new movies coming out (even during COVID-19) and amongst these there are disaster movies. Having missed out on its cinema release Greenland (Ric Roman Waugh, 2020) was recently made available…