‘Everything Works Out in the End’-FFF 39

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The Flash Fiction Foray is a weekly event run here at The Book Blogger.

This week’s edition will be on (drumroll please)… Kodaline’s Everything Works Out in the End. Feel free to base responses of anything to do with the song, I always enjoy any different takes! If you want to read previous challenges and responses, click here.

If you missed the previous challenge on Benjamin Wallfisch & Disa’s New World Coming, take a look at the responses here.

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Flash Fiction Foray-‘New World Coming’

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It’s that time of week again, and this week there are six superb entries to take a look at, based on Benjamin Walllfisch & Disa’s New World Cominggo to the link for the song. Continue reading

Book review: ‘Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death’

Reading James Runcie’s Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death reminded me of three classical detectives of fiction – Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Morse, and Father Brown. In the nature of the short stories, which toy with the predominant format in similar stories of an unseen murder, investigation, and denouement, I felt some of Conan Doyle; in the setting of a rural and academic Cambridge, alongside the highly educated nature of the protagonist I felt definite echoes of Dexter; and in the ecclesiastical, gentle, and easygoing nature of the stories I felt reverberations from Chesterton. Runcie’s collection of six short(ish) stories was highly enjoyable, a nice armchair read with a good bit of character development – albeit requiring what Coleridge called a ‘willing suspension of disbelief’.

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‘New World Coming’-FFF 38

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The Flash Fiction Foray is a weekly event run here at The Book Blogger.

This week’s edition will be on (drumroll please)… Benjamin Wallfisch & Disa’s New World Coming, as suggested by Julie. Feel free to base responses of anything to do with the song, I always enjoy any different takes! If you want to read previous challenges and responses, click here.

If you missed the previous challenge on Lana Del Rey’s Once Upon A Dream, take a look at the responses here.

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Flash Fiction Foray – ‘Once Upon A Dream’

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It’s that time of week again, and this week there are six superb entries to take a look at, based on Lana Del Rey’s Once Upon A Dream. We are also delighted to welcome a couple of newcomers to the event, Julie from ‘The Indecisive Eejit’; and ‘Actual conversations with my husband’ (who wrote two responses!). Hopefully they both enjoyed it and please make sure to take a look at their replies. Continue reading

Whoops…

I realised yesterday that it was, in fact, Saturday, and not Friday as I had thought. Given that Friday is my usual posting day, I thought there was no harm in saving the post for next week. I have reviews of Ben Macintyre’s Double Cross: The True Story of D-Day Spies and James Runcie’s Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death lined up; along with something very special: I asked some of my favourite bloggers a few questions, and will amalgamate their responses into a post soon.

In other news, the Flash Fiction Foray round up on ‘Once Upon A Dream’ is coming tomorrow, there are currently six responses (with two newcomers!) – but it’s not too late to write your take…

‘Once Upon A Dream’-FFF 37

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The Flash Fiction Foray is a weekly event run here at The Book Blogger.

This week’s edition will be on (drumroll please)… Lana Del Rey’s Once Upon A Dream. Feel free to base responses of anything to do with the song, I always enjoy any different takes! If you want to read previous challenges and responses, click here.

If you missed the previous challenge on Christina Aguilera’s Say Something, take a look at the responses here.

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Flash Fiction Foray-‘Say Something’

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I have realised that I never did a roundup post for the FFF before I left, and given that today is a Monday, I decided to do it today. This week(!) there are five superb entries to take a look at, based on Christina Aguilera’s Say Something. Continue reading

TV review: it would be criminal to miss ‘Line of Duty’

I can’t remember the last time I saw such a cliffhanger on a TV show as on Line of Duty last night (BBC1, 9 pm). Actually, I think it must have been during the previous series of Line of Duty in 2016 (which is on iPlayer, albeit expiring imminently). The previous series of the police procedural drama received near universal acclaim and was so successful that it earned the programme a switch from BBC2 to the coveted BBC1 evening slot. The cast all play their roles to perfection, and the writing ensures it’s an edge-of-the-seat watch throughout for the viewer.

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Back again…

Hey all, it’s been a while! I’ve missed catching up with everyone and talking with the community, and I’m planning to stick around this time (sorry for all the in-ing and out-ing).

I’ve been doing university applications and A level things recently, my final exams are this summer so it’s all a bit hectic, but I’m planning on using blogging as something relaxing outside of work…

You might have noticed the stripped back theme, I’ve tried to de-clutter somewhat and make it (at least look) a little more serious. I’m planning to focus on book reviews for now, but I will not be posting reviews on any schedule. I will keep running the Flash Fiction Foray on its regular schedule for now (Tuesday challenges, Monday summary); although I might need to make it less frequent at some point.

Anyway, it’s good to be back!