Category: literature

Better Than This

She stood in the doorway. It was a bit literal, but it was only a first draft after all. She’d been in worse stories. Some even by this writer. It was a bit sad really. At one time, when she first became fictional for him, she thought he had a future. He had a certain originality that she found intriguing. It was not literary, which was a relief to her. She’d been a character in literary fiction before and she couldn’t cope with it anymore. She’d also been a set of… what? Tropes, maybe? Or some other obscure lit-crit word…

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Recommended Read: The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) – William Shakespeare

The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare, Stanley Wells (Editor), Gary Taylor (Editor)   Notes: I’ve read all the way through this about three or four times now, and I’m currently reading it again, on and off. Each time I read it I find more reasons to come back to it again. There is a great deal in the book beyond the texts of the plays and poems that is also fascinating. See the synopsis below. As a physical book, it is a bit unwieldy because of its size, but as an ebook it is much more manageable.  …

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Recommended Read: Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

Catch-22 (Catch-22 #1) - Joseph Heller Notes: “There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew…

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Kindle Comedy Novel – The Dirty Book – 99p

The Dirty Book Available for 99p on Kindle for the next 5 days only: Amazon UK Amazon US ($1.34) Universal link   When his novel becomes a surprise bestseller, author Robert Block thinks all his problems are over… but they have only just begun. Robert Block wants to be a famous and successful published author more than anything else in the world. But none of his books ever gets a publishing deal. Now, his wife, Rachel, is tired of supporting him. She gives him a year to make a success of being a writer, or he must go back to…

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Splodge & Sons Sex Aids Catalogue: Spring 2018

I have, this very morning, received a press release in which Splodge & Sons (Purveyors of Marital and Sexual aids to the gentry since 1789) are pleased to announce their new range of sexual aids for Spring 2018. Not only do they have a whole new range of Eco-friendly sex aids, building on their previous range, they have also updated their best selling Throbbing Weasel 90000, which, as you probably know, is modelled on our very own Little Frigging In The Wold blacksmith, and volunteer fireman, Strom Thighhammer. The Throbbing Weasel now has a brand-new Hyper-Naughtiness setting, which according to…

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Wherever it Was

Kelly stopped. She looked around. There wasn’t anything to see. The page was blank from header to footer and from left margin to right margin. There was nothing on it. She stepped back a page. The story was still there. A busy Far Eastern thoroughfare, thronging with traffic, from cars to motor bikes and bicycles, vans, trucks and those little motorbike taxi things the writer hadn’t researched the names of, yet. Or even if they existed in this particular location… wherever it was Kelly stood for a moment, hands on hips as the crowd surged around her, occasionally bumping into…

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The New Literary Sensation

Pennib Trustfund is probably the leading figure in today’s literary scene. Her works have all the literary critics in academia and the media raving about them. Some have said she is the most significant literary figure to appear in the 21st century and that her name will live on into the next century, as long as grants are allocated to literary studies. Some outside the somewhat narrow literary genre have wondered what all the fuss is about, especially as so far Trustfund has only published three shopping lists, a reply to a spam email and a note to her cleaner.…

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Trilobites under My Auntie’s Deckchair

Fallopian Designateddriver was yesterday announced as this year’s Beige Award for Fiction Prize winner for her novel Trilobites under My Auntie’s Deckchair. The book concerns the coming of age of a young girl during the Great Postage Stamp Crisis of 1952. It was a time when Great Britain was still emerging from the rationing of WWII, and there was a severe shortage of gum for the nation’s postage stamps. The novel’s protagonist, Celery Stirfry, is stranded on a holiday with the Auntie of the title. Due to the postage stamp crisis, she is unable to send back any postcards to…

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