Monthly Archives: June 2012

Any One Book: Black Powder War by Naomi Novik

Gee, I am so glad that’s over.

Black Powder War is the third book in the Temeraire series, which is set during the Napoleonic wars but differs from real life slightly as it includes dragons. In this instalment Laurance and his dragon, Temeraire, are winging their way to Turkey to fulfil some urgent orders sent from home. They must wend their way through deserts and mountains and survive encounters with feral dragons all in an attempt to pick up three eggs, including a much coveted Kazilisk, that the British have negotiated for.

Yet things do not go as planned and Laurence finds himself in one skirmish after another as he tries to get himself and his crew back home. Continue reading

O-Level to GCSE to O-Level Again

So the Education Secretary Michael Gove is planning to get rid of GCSEs and reinstate the O-levels and CSEs which means harder exams and less coursework.

I voted for the Conservatives in the election, I don’t regret it but while I did my GCSEs five years ago that doesn’t stop me from being pretty annoyed by this move.

I mean, those things were hard! Continue reading

Words. They’re Pretty Strange

Words have a power all their own

Words have a power all their own (Photo credit: Lynne Hand)


They’re such funny little things aren’t they? Continue reading

Genius George

You have no idea how addicted I am to Game of Thrones at the moment, or more accurately A Storm of  Swords 1: Steel and Snow.

It makes doing anything else very, very difficult. It’s so full of twists and turns that even the simplest detail is hugely important. Continue reading

Musical Nourishment

I realise I’ve been quiet here for a while but I’m back (hopefully). I’m actually starting up a new blog (don’t worry I’ll keep posting here as well).

This one is all about music  because it is one of my biggest passions, and features interviews with bands, I’ve already got one ready to go and I’m waiting on a couple of other interviews too. Anyway, if you love music check it out (pretty please with a cherry on top) and I’m sure you’ll be introduced to something new.

The first post on it was about Molotov Jukebox, the band that I’m in love with at the moment (they favourited my tweet about them on twitter).

London Ol…. Oh Dear

Cropped transparent version of Image:Olympic f...

Cropped transparent version of Image:Olympic flag.svg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m sorry to jump on the very predictable bandwagon but Danny Boyle what have you done?

You were put in charge of creating something great for the opening ceremony of the Olympics, something fantastic and memorable……not grass and a few farm animals! Sure, we’ll never be able to compete with China or Rio, but it’s not like we’re just countryside and animals. We have our traditions too. Continue reading

Any One Book #9

Ah, it has been a while, for which I apologise.

I’ve been up to a few things, I went up to London the other week for an exhibition at the British Library. It’s called Wasteland to Wonderland and it’s a whole bunch of original manuscripts and notes from authors including Continue reading