Book Review: “Impossible” by Sarah Lotz

Doing a review for this book that does it just is, well… impossible. How I would love to stop my review there, but Amazon and other sites require a certain number of words, so I will endeavour to say more. One of the challenges with doing a review for Impossible (also know as The Impossible…

“The Dead Zone” – Mixed Memories, Premonitions, and Horror

As noted in my post Splitting Atomic Symbolism: Differing Words, Images, and Sounds of a Nuclear World, I am due to give a paper related to symbolism of nuclear weapons (primarily) at a conference in May 2022. This paper fits with my on-going research on symbolism and Visual Packaging Culture, and also builds on the…

Book Review: “The Lucky Ones” by Mark Edwards

As I noted in my review of The Retreat by Mark Edwards, reading that book and my comments on social media, I realised that I needed to re-read The Lucky Ones. This is what I have recently done. The timing actually worked out well as I was visiting Shropshire (‘the rural environs of Shropshire, one…

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: “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…

“FOUR” – Acknowledgements

My latest novel, FOUR, was recently released as both an eBook and Paperback. As with any book, to make it happens required help and support of various sorts & I have done my best to include some of the names who helped in anyway in the Acknowledgements in the book. I fear that I may…

Book Review: “Day Four” by Sarah Lotz

After reading “The Three“, I was looking forward to reading “Day Four”… and it didn’t disappoint. While “The Three” revolved around plane crashes, “Day Four” turns its attention to the seas and a cruise ship. This was particularly interesting for me as I have both been on cruises, but also I am planning for Book…

Book Review: The Three by Sarah Lotz

I was first alerted to this book by one of my former students when they pointed out that my own book Dealing with Disaster in Japan: Responses to the Flight JL123 Crash was referred to in the acknowledgements. Reading such a comment means so much to me, particularly about a book which I put so…

Post 123

This is blog post number 123. For many I suspect that there is no particular significance of this number. 123. Or 1, 2, 3. But for me, I will always associate it with JL123, Japan’s and the aviation world’s Titanic, which has been one of my research areas since 2007. I have already done a…