Reasons why you should be watching “The 100”

Month: November 2014

Reasons why you should be watching “The 100”

Reasons why you should be watching “The 100”

The 100 is a fast-paced, brilliantly cast sci-fi adventure set in a dystopian future. It is based on a book by Kass Morgan and is quickly becoming my favourite show on TV. Blurb from IMDb: Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity’s lone survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet. My thoughts: I’m not much of a sci-fi reader or viewer but The 100 had me hooked from episode one. Undoubtedly inspired by William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, the narrative borrows from the classic and adds some exciting

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Fiona McIntosh’s Commercial Fiction Masterclass

Fiona McIntosh’s Commercial Fiction Masterclass

I first met Fiona McIntosh at my local library where she was giving a talk about her novel The Lavender Keeper. It had been chosen as part of Get Reading’s “Top 50 Books You Can’t Put Down” for 2013. She was a dynamic speaker and I was enthralled as she detailed her process of researching and writing The Lavender Keeper, keeping the audience often in stitches. But what really caught my attention was when she spoke about Bryce Courtney. She said that he had run, for a good part of his career, commercial fiction masterclasses where he taught beginner writers everything he knew about the craft and the industry.

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We have a new fur-baby, introducing Melvin Binx

We have a new fur-baby, introducing Melvin Binx

On Tuesday my sister Caitlin adopted a handsome little boy called Melvin. He is a domestic short hair, a smoocher and loves his cuddles. It was easy to say yes to adopting him, the difficult thing has been introducing this guy to my cat, Lottie. Lottie has been the only cat in our house for a year now and as such is territorial about her area and her humans. We did all the research we could and learned that we had best keep them separated for at least a week. Well that was the plan… My fur baby had other

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Writing a novel is like being in a long-term relationship

Writing a novel is like being in a long-term relationship

I have been a fan of Lauren Oliver’s since I read her debut novel Before I Fall. I often will watch interviews with authors before I work on my novel for that little boost of enthusiasm I always get hearing professional writers talk. Not every time that I sit down do I feel inspired to write and hearing their enthusiasm and advice just gives me that charge, that flash of inspiration and grit to sit down and do it. I recently stumbled across a series of youtube videos Lauren Oliver has made where she answers questions from her fans. One episode in

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Gone Girl (Film Review)

Gone Girl (Film Review)

I was aware of the hype surrounding Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl when it was first published in 2012, but not being much of a crime/thriller reader I never read it. Having seen the film now I wish I had. Tagline from imdb: With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent. This is a story full of so many clever twists and turns that I think I hardly blinked for three hours. I love a fast paced story and this

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The 100

The 100

Eagerly anticipating the next ‘The 100’ episode. Such a good show! Any fans of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies will appreciate this futuristic adaptation.

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Book review of Tapestry by Fiona McIntosh

Book review of Tapestry by Fiona McIntosh

This September, I was lucky enough to attend Fiona McIntosh’s Commercial Fiction Masterclass in Adelaide where I had the best five days of my life! To hear about my experience, follow the link to my blog post here. On the last day of class we were given Fiona’s latest book, Tapestry, to take home with us. I spent the next week reading it in between wine tasting and enjoying lots of good food in the Barossa Valley. Plot from Goodreads: The key to her future is trapped in the past. In 1978, Jane Maxwell is celebrating her engagement to Will, a

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Book review of Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Book review of Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

I have been a big fan of Richelle Mead since reading her Vampire Academy series. Rose Hathaway is one of my favourite YA heroines with her sass, girl power and attitude. Though I had been unable, until recently, to try her spin off series Bloodlines, based on characters who appeared in the Vampire Academy novels.  A recent iTunes promotion allowed me to read this book, in e-format, for free and what a great read it was! Plot from Goodreads: Blood doesn’t lie… Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the

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