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Ruth Browne

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I'm an attorney based in Johannesburg. I grew up on Tolkien and Pratchett, and first tried to write a fantasy epic when I was fourteen. I've had two stories published: a zombie-themed modern fairytale, and a Cape Town take on Lovecraft. I'm South African, and conscious of the conflicting ideals and issues attending that. I'm here mainly to keep a record of books read (often), review those books (less often) and write blog posts (rarely).

So this one time I won a local writing competition with a Cthulu-inspired horror story. Initially I just put in an extract, but who am I kidding, my story is super short and it's a pretty niche market as anthologies go, so here's the whole damn thing.

P.S. You can still buy the full anthology on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Bloody-Parchmen..., or on Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/bo... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on February 28, 2016 12:40 • 278 views • Tags: bloody-parchment, cape-town, cthulhu, lovecraft, observatory, short-story
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It's hard to give this a star rating. Authority is a headache in text. As in Annihilation, the writer evades clarity and evokes confusion at every turn. This is a breed of sci-fi that resonates with me: the genuinely unknowable would garble language ...more
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Really not sure about that ending, and parts of it dragged for no real reason, but on the whole I enjoyed myself (especially for second-hand novel picked up on a whim). The toxic masculinity was wearying, and I still don't know in what sense Malkani ...more
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What an improvement on Terminal World! Revelation Space is like Terminal World's sexy older sibling. Plus, it took all the promise of the 1987 Consider Phlebas (Banks) and gave it pace, sense and flesh. I'm not saying my latest Reynolds is without fl ...more
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