'The Triskele Trail' is a comprehensive overview of the contemporary indie publishing landscape, and an excellent introduction to writers' cooperative'The Triskele Trail' is a comprehensive overview of the contemporary indie publishing landscape, and an excellent introduction to writers' cooperatives. If you're a new author feeling overwhelmed by just how much there is to learn (author platforms, giveaways, metadata, getting reviews for your book, marketing, DRM… ) then this book gently takes your hand and leads you along the 'trail', dispensing wisdom on every page. The Triskele cooperative is a small group of authors who've banded together to support each other…and this book shares what they've learned with charm and generosity. The magazine format means that Triskele have invited associates beyond the immediate cooperative to comment and write short pieces. There are familiar names from the indie author community, and a genuine team spirit.
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Flash fiction is every bit as satisfying as a longer story, but ideal for our busy modern lives where, for some, a 'good read' is snatched in five minFlash fiction is every bit as satisfying as a longer story, but ideal for our busy modern lives where, for some, a 'good read' is snatched in five minutes between a dozen other things on the to-do list.
The joy of flash fiction is reflected in the title of this collection: Quick Change. These are fast stories where a clever writer has packed a lot into a small space. Author Debbie Young examines a range of human relationships: marriage, friendship, parenthood, neighbourliness. There are suprising twists and little surprises (Perfect Harmony, for example) where you wonder where the author is taking you, but you trust her and she rewards you with charm and a wry grin at the pay-off.
I enjoyed the fascinating insights into the lives of different women. There's a nice juxtaposition between the obsessive cleaner and one who'd rather not, in two stories positioned together (Clean Linen and Domestic Blisters). The author also has a nice ability to quickly engage the sympathy of the reader - Peep Behind the Curtain has you rooting for Imogen to be brave and follow her own path.
This flash fiction collection is incredible value. There are so many stories... it's easy to dip into... there's something for everyone....more
As with all Kate Atkinsons' novels, this was at once wonderfully readable, beautifully written, and immensely thought-provoking. Ursula's journey throAs with all Kate Atkinsons' novels, this was at once wonderfully readable, beautifully written, and immensely thought-provoking. Ursula's journey through life, after life, after life, was poignant, but not without its frustrating moments. So much so that if it was a TV series I'd have been shouting at the screen ("no don't do that"…"but what about that?"…"just, why?"). Atkinson's clever layering of the possibilities, dangers, tragedies and joys of an ordinary live lived through extraordinary times was clever, if a little tricksy. I couldn't give this 5 stars as it's not as engaging as some of her other work, and seems to riff on the same themes as Behind the Scenes, but in a more diluted way. If I was being negative I'd say it was Groundhog Day does 50 First Dates, but that would be to deny the author's overall genius. Can't wait to read what she does next!...more
Eminently readable, and somehow reminiscent of "Before I Go to Sleep" by SK Watson. And in the same way as that book it's ultimately disappointing. AEminently readable, and somehow reminiscent of "Before I Go to Sleep" by SK Watson. And in the same way as that book it's ultimately disappointing. A good page-turner as far as it goes, though....more
Novelist Patricia Bracewell has expertly recreated the early 11th century Anglo-Saxon court. It's clear that Royalty was less a privilege than an enduNovelist Patricia Bracewell has expertly recreated the early 11th century Anglo-Saxon court. It's clear that Royalty was less a privilege than an endurance test, and one where survival isn't guaranteed - which reminded me of Cersei Lanniester's statement in 'Game of Thrones': "You win, or you die".
In this first part of a trilogy, Emma of Normandy lives her life as a pawn in the larger political picture of the time. Patricia Bracewell lyrically describes the difficulties and pressure of living a life where every word and act has a hidden meaning and any kindness hides an ulterior motive. Courtiers jostle for position and influence. Powerful families plot and counter-plot. Enemies lurk in every corner. Even a husband is not to be trusted.
How exhausting it must have been to be a queen! And not only a queen, but a woman in those times. There were so many threats (childbirth, disease, war, political disfavour). The very survival of most women relies on others.
This is a beautifully imagined world of the past, effortlessly well-written and technically admirable (no dreadful head-hopping here). There is an interesting contrast of light (Emma) and dark (Elgiva). My only regret is that there could have been more 'show not tell' so that the reader can feel more emotionally connected to the characters. I also felt that the spoilt Elgiva needed at least one redeeming feature to allow us `s readers to understand her even if we don't empathise. However these are minor quibbles in an otherwise excellent debut historical novel, and I feel sure the two female characters will develop well under Bracewell's skilled authorial hand as the trilogy progresses.
Highly recommended. I was delighted to have won my copy in a Giveaway during a blog tour event with historical novelists Patricia Bracewell and USA Today bestseller Helen Hollick....more