Review: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Review: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

It isn't often a book grabs me so fully that I have to read it right to the end without pause. Brandon Sanderson’s Elantris is one of those though. It is curious More »

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – A few months on.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – A few months on.

A couple of months ago, I wrote about joining the beta test for Square Enix‘s new MMO: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. In the subsequent months it has been launched and I find More »

The world of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the Ozian cannon

The world of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the Ozian cannon

There are few households that haven’t heard of the Wizard of OZ, and the franchise has gone in a multitude of directions, most recently the major Hollywood film: Oz the great and More »

Literature Discussion: Will Self’s Dorian, an imitation

Literature Discussion: Will Self’s Dorian, an imitation

Dorian by Will Self is a charming walk in a cesspit of debauchery. It is a strange, re-invention of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, and offers the same lack of redemption. Will Self More »

Literature discussion: Oscar Wilde’s, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Literature discussion: Oscar Wilde’s, The Picture of Dorian Gray

For many years, I have wanted to read Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.  It has intrigued me mostly because I cannot remember when I learnt of its story. I knew I More »

Book Review: Going Out by Scarlett Thomas.

Book Review: Going Out by Scarlett Thomas.

Going Out by Scarlet Thomas, is a strange novel, one that will enthral, confuse entertain and frustrate. Based around the exploits of Luke and Julie(t) and a mishmash circle of friends. The More »

After A Memory of Light: The end of The Wheel of Time

After A Memory of Light: The end of The Wheel of Time

Twelve years ago, on a dusty shelf in the back of a library I found a novel called The Eye of the world. It was a lofty volume but I thought i More »

After Six years of playing World of Warcraft has the end finally come?

After Six years of playing World of Warcraft has the end finally come?

Back in January 2007 an old friend of mine introduced me to World of Warcraft. I recall with relish, his excitement over the release of the first Expansion: the Burning Crusade. More »

Book Review: The Age of Five Trilogy

Book Review: The Age of Five Trilogy

The Age of the Five Trilogy by Trudi Canavan is the second series written by the Australian fantasy author.  While set as a trilogy of three volumes; Priestess Of The White, Last More »

 

Literature discussion: Oscar Wilde’s, The Picture of Dorian Gray

For many years, I have wanted to read Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.  It has intrigued me mostly because I cannot remember when I learnt of its story. I knew I had not read the novel. But The Picture of Dorian Gray  is in many ways a legend like Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of  Romeo and Juliet; similar insofar as that one doesn’t need to have read the novels or seen the films to know the icons. It is never a hard leap to think of Sherlock Holmes when we see the spyglass. Many know, without prior knowledge just who he is and what he represents. The same is true of Dorian Gray. He is the epiphany of scandal and corruption, yet wears the face of innocent youth.

Reading Dorian Gray was a strange occurrence; It was an easy read – not something I would usually  coin with a victorian novel. It was also quite devoid of heavy description of Dorian and Henry’s scandalous pleasure seeking. It is strange to read a novel wholly about sexual deviation without there being any mention of sex at all. But i think this is to the benefit of the novel. Its skirting of the sexual deviation, drug use and other demoralising allows for a focus on the soul of Dorian and his character. In many ways we can empathise with him, as it seems all Dorian is truly searching for is happiness. He is tragic because every time he gets close to it he destroys it as he did with Sybil Vayne. But then, that is the beauty of Wilde’s work, it takes the common idea and mutilates, gives us sinful and horrible characters, but ones that are inevitably likeable. While at times, the prose can be overtly flamboyant – downright pompous at times; this is to the novel’s benefit, it is after all about the british aristocracy of the Victorian Era. I do not know of anything that could be more Decadent and pompous than them.

Book Review: Going Out by Scarlett Thomas.

Going Out by Scarlet Thomas, is a strange novel, one that will enthral, confuse entertain and frustrate.

Based around the exploits of Luke and Julie(t) and a mishmash circle of friends. The novel sets you in the heart of Essex in the nineties. Luke is 25 and chronically allergic to the sun. Julie his neighbour and best friend is immobilised by an irrational fear of everything.  Thrown into the mix are an assortment of equally troubled characters who all must go on a daring, though fraught journey to see a healer who claims he can heal Luke of his affliction. Along the way, they each must face their inner demons, when their deepest desire is to just to stay at home. Going Out proves to be a funny read that will take you on a roller coaster ride the nostalgic 90’s Essex which proves, despite first reservations to be more entertaining than thought possible.

After A Memory of Light: The end of The Wheel of Time

Twelve years ago, on a dusty shelf in the back of a library I found a novel called The Eye of the world. It was a lofty volume but I thought i would give it a try. I remember in those days feeling lost for something to read. I had finished Northern Lights, The Subtle knife and The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman  and was lost for something to read and so I started the wheel of time.  I remember being immediately sucked in, it was to be the book that completely set me as a avid reader, especially of high fantasy. I recall reading the volumes over days, not being able to put it down. In many ways the wheel of time has been thee when I needed it the most. Those times when I needed to get away I could always immerse myself in the Wheel of time and forget.

Who am I and Why do I write?

I have been looking at my old writing and feel a bit impressed with myself. Its been years since I have looked at some of these things and the strange thing is, I don’t recognise my style at all. Many are written clearly by a younger, less mature but ultimately more experimental version of me. It’s strange to notice the lessons half learned in a piece that i thought would be the final version of my book. To think that ten years on the story has changed exponentially and for the better is a sobering one. I can see how the characters and the world has developed into a complex and varied entity, there have been hundreds of changes some minor some major and yet the spirit of what I was trying to create, the message remains in tact. I wonder how that has come about. The various exerts of writing seem to catalogue the places I have been in my life when writing them. Theres sorrowful ones written when I was in a dark place, and joyous ones that were written when I was happy. It seems that I have made  a map of my emotional history, which takes just a little bit of reading between the lines to reveal. It made me think about the nature of writing, and why do I write?

A discussion on Creative Writing…

For almost as long as I can remember, whenever I have mentioned to people that I write – they always seem to say some derivative of “I don’t know how you do it.”