Friday, 5 August 2011

A Summer Break

OK, I'm off for the summer. No blogging for a while.

See you in the autumn.


Newport (Ymerodraeth State of Mind)

Apparently this pissed EMI off because they saw it as a copyright infringement.

Come on. How can anyone not like this?

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Chapbook Genius

Here's another very interesting series of free e-chapbooks - 29 of them so far.

Chapbook Genius is the sister (or perhaps the cousin) of Publishing Genius.

All of these are short enough to be read in one sitting but substantial enough to stick in your head.

I'm tempted to use the expression "cutting edge" here, but I won't.

(Oh no, I just did. Well, can't take it back now.)

Monday, 1 August 2011

Vault by David Rose: A One-Word Review

As mentioned previously on this blog, I've now read David Rose's Vault and here is my one-word review:


In a way, I wasn't expecting it to be captivating because it's being marketed as 'an anti novel' which suggests there's no plot or characters or theme, but Vault has all of those things. Perhaps it's because I read a lot of metafiction-genre-splicing-multi-narrator stuff but it seems like a proper novel to me - and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. This is the way all novels should be written. Vault is the sort of book that sucks you up and spits you out, grabbing your attention from the first line and ending with a sharp bang.

More information can be found via Salt Publishing.


Here's some free online fiction from Featherbooks in the form of downloadable mini-books, which serve as promotions for their paid-for titles. It's a good way into some interesting work.

Featherbooks Light Reading Series

The one that caught my eye the most (mainly because of the title) is Patrick Somerville's The Miniature Version of The Universe in Miniature in Miniature.