The Elements of Steampunk

In my last post on Young Adult fiction, I mentioned the relatively new genre of Steampunk and thought it would be fun to talk about. Steampunk is a sub-genre of either science fiction or fantasy that incorporates steam-powered technology. It’s a kind of alternative history where the internal combustion engine was …

The Final Gift

This is so … lame. I don’t care who wins. Claire got off the sofa and wandered into the hallway. The sound of the X-Factor finale faded into the background. How can they all sit there pretending everything’s normal? She trudged upstairs and into her bedroom, flinging the door closed …

The BBCs Big Read: 100 – 97

This is the next post reviewing books in the BBCs Big Read challenge that I participated in many years ago. For details of the overall challenge, see my previous post. We’re starting at number 100 and counting back to 1. And I will do a few books in each post. …

Microfiction: Portal

The air shimmered in a purple haze. Liann stared, open-mouthed, as a window appeared in front of her. A world with green grass and blue sky shone through. Liann shivered in the drizzle and glanced up at the grey clouds, bare arms and ragged clothes no protection from the wind. The …

The BBCs Big Read

The BBCs Big Read was the reading challenge I undertook, that I referred to in my last post on reading challenges. This challenge took place in 2003, about eighteen months after I got married. My reading habits had ground to a halt at this point, between planning a wedding, moving …