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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 p…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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Major Grubane is commander of the Aurikaa, the most feared cruiser in the UFS arsenal..

His crew is handpicked and fiercely loyal. Together, they have never failed a mission, and their reputation precedes them.

But this time he's been sent to a key planet that is caught up in political tensions at the centre of the freedom debate. What he thought was a simple diplomatic mission turns out to be t Read more of this blog post »
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Karl Drinkwater Karl Drinkwater said: " I have mixed feelings about this first-person perspective novel.

On the one hand it has a continuous story over a couple of nights with a fair bit of action and suspense. It has a good premise and kicks in without much preamble. It is the kind of thin
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Having enjoyed reading Karl Drinkwater's novella, Helene, back in March I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to read two further full length novels of his, set in the same universe. Lost " Read more of this review »
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"I've upped my rating of Lost Solace after finishing its sequel Chasing Solace since the two really should be read together. There are drawbacks in each book, but they wind up doing some remarkable things, especially with the friendship between the lo" Read more of this review »
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"Lost Solace is a well written, thoughtful and fast-paced Sci-Fi thriller that was actually a lot more military-focussed and action heavy than I was expecting.

Our main character, Opal is a very capable soldier. At her aid is a specialised space suit, " Read more of this review »
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"Well, after reading Helene, I wanted to know what happened to Opal and Via . . . . and now I know what happened next - though the story continues on in Chasing Solace and I'm looking forward to reading that, too!

This is a superbly crafted science fic" Read more of this review »
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Just as with Purnell's Book of Horror Stories, this is a collection with no named editor or illustrator (all stories are illustrated). Some of the same authors from the horror book recur here.

As a child I mostly enjoyed this.

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I read this many times as a child. Of course, none of the stories are really scary. They'd be more accurately described as "mildly creepy" at best. There is no indication of who compiled the stories, or who did the illustrations (the copyright page o ...more
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I was looking forward to this, and shunted it above some other books on my TBR. There were a number of things that appealed to me. Firstly, I love the novel The Descent by Jeff Long. Secondly, TLD is wholly two women, talking, in one dangerous locati ...more
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This hooked me from the start. A great premise, and generally taut writing. That's how a good book should be.

I started to get pulled out of it part-way through, though, as things weren't explained, or didn't seem to make as much sense. Maybe these wo
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I really struggled to get through this.

The whole surfer element of these books feels tacked on. There's something about it which makes me cringe slightly, with all the "Dudes" and "Maxi-kahuna" terminology pasted around a perspective which feels like
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“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

“Memories don't all have to be good.”
Karl Drinkwater, Cold Fusion 2000

“We all have a black box inside us, and maybe one day another being vastly more powerful than we are will open it and understand it and judge us on it.”
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]”
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“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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