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Halloween Reads 2014

Halloween Reads 2014

Welcome the third annual Halloween Reads on IwishIwasabook.com.

Last year we brought you the best non-traditional horror stories, whilst 2012 was all about ghosts.

For 2014, Halloween Reads is a bit of a misnomer, as we’re going all multi-media. That’s right, we’ve got recommendations across film, TV, books and music.

Enjoy.

Posted Oct 30, 2014 Read Article...

Flash Fiction: The Dream Factory & The Man Who Wasn't There

Flash Fiction: The Dream Factory & The Man Who Wasn

I've been very slack in my writing this year, both fiction and blogging. To try and make up for that, here's a little flash fiction story I wrote a couple of months ago and has sat doing nothing since then.

Enjoy...

Posted Sep 6, 2014 Read Article...

Review: The Forgotten War by Howard Sargent

Review: The Forgotten War by Howard Sargent

We're pleased to present our latest review from Lucy Brown. After the main review, Lucy has included here an interesting and thought-provoking discussion of what is and what is not acceptable when it comes to rape in fiction - a subject that has been getting a lot of coverage at the moment due to some poorly directed "consensual" sex scenes in Game of Thrones this season.

Lucy writes: The Forgotten War is the first novel from Howard Sargent. Originally written as a serial while the author was acting as a full-time carer for his wife, it was compiled and printed by the Book Guild, a company that offers a wide range of services from full, professional publishing to small scale private printing. The first thing I can say for The Forgotten War is that it looks great. The days of shoddy self-publishing are well behind us and it is good to know that high quality printing, binding and artwork are now within the reach of all of us. However, you cannot judge a book by its cover.

Posted Jun 20, 2014 546 Reads Read Article...

Review: The Burning Dark by Adam Christopher

Review: The Burning Dark by Adam Christopher

Adam Christopher's latest book, The Burning Dark, is a military science fiction horror set on a near-abandonded space station orbiting a peculiar and dangerous star. It's also Christopher's first book for Tor UK, showing that he has taken the next step in his writing career.

Posted Apr 5, 2014 1,488 Reads Read Article...

Guest Blog - My Fantasy Dinner Guests by Liz de Jager

Guest Blog - My Fantasy Dinner Guests by Liz de Jager

We're delighted to be the 3rd leg on Liz de Jager's Banished Blog Tour! Banished, Liz's YA debut which features spells, fighting fae and ancient weapons, will be released on 27th February 2014 from Tor Books.

Liz writes: Thanks so much for having me on I Wish I Was A Book!

My fantasy dinner guests – wow. Where do I even start?

Posted Feb 26, 2014 1,407 Reads Read Article...

Review: Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Review: Old Man

As a regular reader of John Scalzi's blog Whatever, I've been wanting to read one of his books for quite sometime. What has put me off, up til now, is that Scalzi writes science fiction. I don't mind science fiction, but I don't love it. But, with stellar reviews and a genuinely likeable author, I finally took the plunge.

As it turns out, Scalzi's 2005 Hugo nominated debut, Old Man's War, is an action-packed fun-fest of aliens, super-humans and a bucket load of gore.

Posted Feb 13, 2014 826 Reads Read Article...

The 2013 Kitschies Finalists Announced

The 2013 Kitschies Finalists Announced

There are many awards around for speculative fiction, but few are as progressive, inclusive and frankly interesting as The Kitschies. Organised by the Pornokitsch team and sponsored by one of the most stylish drinks on the market, Kraken Rum, The Kitschies are now in their fifth year and received more submissions this time round than ever before.

The finalists have now been announced...

Posted Jan 23, 2014 990 Reads Read Article...

Kobo Touch UK Price Drop

Kobo Touch UK Price Drop

Barnes & Nobles' profits were down over Christmas 2013, with Nook sales plummeting by 60% year-on-year. It seems that Kobo are taking note, with the announcement that the excellent-if-a-little-dated Kobo Touch has been discounted down to £29.99. Bargain.

Posted Jan 10, 2014 952 Reads Read Article...

Procrastination as an Art, Excuses as a Way of Life

Procrastination as an Art, Excuses as a Way of Life

I have become a master of procrastination, a fount of plausible excuses.

In April 2013 I officially started writing my first novel. For about 18 months before that I was writing short stories and a little novella (novelette?), along with the usual reviews, articles and blog posts. Throughout that time I have written quite a lot, some of it I am pleased with, some of it I still shudder at. The problem is, I'm inconsistent. That's not true, actually I'm consistently inconsistent with my writing. I'll write regularly for weeks at a time, clocking up an impressive (for me) word count, and then suddenly I'll stop. I'll stop writing one evening, and then be unable to force myself to pick up a pen or open Scrivener on my laptop for weeks. I can't break the cycle.

But wait! I have excuses, I really do, it's not just laziness...

Posted Jan 8, 2014 1,147 Reads Read Article...

Christmas Reads 2013

Christmas Reads 2013

It's Christmas time, there's no need to be afraid. Unless of course a blog post starts with a Band Aid quote. Then it's brown-trouser time.

Yes! Christmas time! Don't let the bells end! And so we bring you books that evoke those lovely Christmas feelings, to keep you warm, coz baby it's cold outside.

Posted Dec 23, 2013 1,084 Reads Read Article...

Review: The Golem & The Djinni by Helene Wecker

Review: The Golem & The Djinni by Helene Wecker

Helene Wecker's début, The Golem & The Djinni, is a masterfully told tale of magic, mystery and a little bit of romance, set to the backdrop of late 19th century New York. It tells the story of two magical creatures, one a a Djinni recently released from a lamp after hundreds of years of captivity, let loose on an unfamiliar landscape thousands of miles from home, the other a Golem, brought to life but left masterless, terrified and alone. Despite these mythic protagonists and a plot with plenty of spells and sorcery, what makes it such a special book is just how human the Golem and the Djinni are. It's a raw and emotional tale, one that needs to be experienced.

Posted Nov 27, 2013 1,216 Reads Read Article...

Guest Blog - Haunting Tale Given Novel Twist by Neil Spring

Guest Blog - Haunting Tale Given Novel Twist by Neil Spring

Halloween is upon us, and to celebrate we're delighted to present a guest blog post from author Neil Spring. Neil's debut novel, The Ghost Hunters, is a historical ghost story that skillfully weaves fact with fiction. The Ghost Hunters is creepy and haunting, and is a perfect Halloween read. Here, the author explains where fiction and research and speculation meet.

Neil writes: "It's a ghost story, based on a ghost story," I explain, whenever anyone asks what the book's about. But that's not to imply that this is your average, run of the mill tale about a spooky old house. The novel is a commentary on a bygone age - a war torn nation, beside itself with grief, longing for purpose and hope.

Posted Oct 31, 2013 1,937 Reads Read Article...

Halloween Reads 2013

Halloween Reads 2013

Halloween is upon us one more, which can mean only one thing: The Great IwishIwasabook.com Halloween Book Recommendation Halloween Listing...Book...Read...Something About Cthulu... Brain... Hurts...

Right. Last year we focussed on traditional ghost stories and their ilk, so this year we've gone for some less-traditional beasts. These books are weird, creepy and unique. Enjoy! And don't forget to lock the door.

Posted Oct 23, 2013 1,115 Reads Read Article...

Review: The Unsettled Dust by Robert Aickman - Audiobook

Review: The Unsettled Dust by Robert Aickman - Audiobook

Recently released in audiobook through Audible for the first time, The Unsettled Dust by the late Robert Aickman is a collection of "strange stories" by the old master of the supernatural.

Posted Oct 16, 2013 1,119 Reads Read Article...

Review: Anno Dracula by Kim Newman

Review: Anno Dracula by Kim Newman

Lucy Brown writes: I'm not really into vampires. Don't get me wrong, like every nineties teenager I loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer but it was always more about the human characters for me, the vamps were an amusing backdrop. When Angel finally did the right thing and buggered off to LA I certainly did not join in the wailing and gnashing of teeth, I'm actually one of the minority that really liked the first 'college' season. I went to see the first Twilight movie because a friend had read the e-book and said that sparkly vampires were hilarious. We snickered, we chuckled, we slowly realised - with growing horror - that we were the oldest people in the cinema (at 23) and everyone else was taking it seriously...

I digress, but the point I am trying to make is that when I was sent a book called Anno Dracula by Kim Newman there was this little internal groan and suddenly a lot of books that I wanted to read instead. Just goes to show that you should never judge a book by its cover (especially when it's on Kindle and doesn't even have a cover) because I really liked it.

Posted Sep 14, 2013 1,163 Reads Read Article...
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