Karl Drinkwater

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Karl Drinkwater is originally from Manchester but lived in Wales for twenty years, and now calls Scotland his home. He's a full-time author, and was a professional librarian for over twenty-five years. He has degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science.

He writes in multiple genres: his aim is always just to tell a good story. Among his books you'll find elements of literary and contemporary fiction, gritty urban, horror, suspense, paranormal, thriller, sci-fi, romance, social commentary, and more. The end result is interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.

When he isn't writing he loves exercise, guitars, computer and board games, the natural environment, animals, social justice, cake
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Karl Drinkwater Nothing exciting I'm afraid: the MSc was information and library studies. I'd worked part-time in libraries since doing my A-levels, and the MSc was…moreNothing exciting I'm afraid: the MSc was information and library studies. I'd worked part-time in libraries since doing my A-levels, and the MSc was part of going on to become a professional librarian. I learnt to stack books for twelve months with the best of them. (Joke: it was really more about teaching, technologies, marketing and so on).

My undergraduate degree was in English and Classics (specialising in Ancient Greek), though I also did some other subjects such as philosophy and astronomy for a year each.(less)
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2000 Tunes

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I have read almost 100 books this year. I've not had time to review many of them. I made an exception here because, just as I was getting fatigued by reading the same stories again and again with little invention, or coming across invention that wasn't backed up by good prose, I then started reading Cruce Roosters. I fell in love with this book almost immediately. At every level the first 60%... Read more of this blog post »
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I have read almost 100 books this year. I've not had time to review many of them. I made an exception here because, just as I was getting fatigued by reading the same stories again and again with little invention, or coming across invention that wasn ...more
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I admire Greg Egan. In a recent discussion with beta-readers about an element of my next book, I mentioned that Egan wrote some great sci-fi about mind transfer into bodies so you can live forever - especially his Jewel stories in the brilliant Axiom ...more
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I admire Greg Egan. In a recent discussion with beta-readers about an element of my next book, I mentioned that Egan wrote some great sci-fi about mind transfer into bodies so you can live forever - especially his Jewel stories in the brilliant Axiom ...more
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Lost Solace by Karl Drinkwater
"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in ac..." Read more of this review »
Lost Solace by Karl Drinkwater
"Would definitely read a sequel."
They Move Below by Karl Drinkwater
"I don't usually read anthologies, but I figured I'd be in safe hands with this one, as I thoroughly enjoyed one of Karl Drinkwater's other works, "Lost Solace".

I usually don't read too much horror either, as I find a lot of it derivative, and too..." Read more of this review »
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" Yay, many thanks! The sequel went to my super beta reader team this week. :-) "
More of Karl's books…
“Memories don't all have to be good.”
Karl Drinkwater, Cold Fusion 2000

“Sad-looking brown eyes, they wrenched his heart like a gut punch. Worse – hell, worse – a bloke could punch him in the head but he’d stay up, and grin through the bloody split lip, intimidating his attacker; but there was no honour in wounds inside, wounds that only you could deal with.”
Karl Drinkwater, Turner
tags: horror

“Note to self: don’t get captured.”
Karl Drinkwater, Lost Solace

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“When the rich give a party and the meal is finished, a man carries round amongst the guests a wooden image of a corpse in a coffin, carved and painted to look as much like the real thing as possible, and anything from 18 inches to 3 foot long; he shows it to each guest in turn, and says: "Look upon this body as you drink and enjoy yourself; for you will be just like it when you are dead."
[Herodotus ‘Histories’, II 82]”
Herodotus, The Histories
tags: death

“Sad-looking brown eyes, they wrenched his heart like a gut punch. Worse – hell, worse – a bloke could punch him in the head but he’d stay up, and grin through the bloody split lip, intimidating his attacker; but there was no honour in wounds inside, wounds that only you could deal with.”
Karl Drinkwater, Turner
tags: horror

“These rare mini mind-blanks always seemed to occur when he needed perking up, creative jolts as if his brain had temporarily overclocked its processor to light-speed frequency, but with the side effect of shutting his consciousness down to protect it from overheating. That theory certainly fit the observable phenomena.

Then again, the competing theories included: he was nuts; he had a brain tumour; aliens had temporarily abducted him.”
Karl Drinkwater, Cold Fusion 2000

“He wondered where his mind had wandered this time, what life it had lived as a trail of neurons sped through networks of possibilities particle-fast, too rapid to catch without a hadron collider, causing super quarks of weirdness and leaving him with only a vague after-image like a melting dream. He had to accept that he couldn’t catch all his thoughts, all the things going on in his body, the processes which slipped by in the background just leaving a shadow, an itch, the grain of sand that probably wouldn’t become a pearl, a blazing after-trace that lives a second then is gone forever. All those possibilities occurring in a second of frantic life: it never ceased to amaze him. The world was an incredible and beautifully constructed thing.

However, there wasn’t really time for a wank.”
Karl Drinkwater, Cold Fusion 2000
tags: humour

“Alex decided the stakes were high enough to justify one of his advanced psychological theories. He knew all women liked cats. People liked things that resembled themselves. Therefore applying some of the rules for interacting with cats to the reality of interacting with women could only help.

Most rules were straightforward:

• Admire their grace.
• Don’t interrupt them when they’re grooming.
• Back off if they hiss.”
Karl Drinkwater, Cold Fusion 2000
tags: humour

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