Author Archives: robertc

I’m a London based web developer who has occasional literary pretensions.

On the Four Corners

“Take me with you,” she said. A world of possibilities were ensnared within that simple demand. She was pretty, too. Better looking than than I had any right to expect of a random woman who’d taken one look at me walking past and decided I was worth talking to. Suddenly I wished I was going […]

Anathema Rhodes: Dreams by Iimani David

This book chronicles a three day battle between the forces of “The Source” – the true deity of the universe – and the “god of man,” the focus of mankind’s “religion, idolatry, and … blind worship of false gods.” From these few, short quotes you can probably already guess at the general world view underlying […]

Extraordinary Engines – Edited by Nick Gevers

I received Extraordinary Engines through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers programme. I’ve been a fan of the Steampunk genre since I read The Difference Engine many years ago. The first story is Steampunch by James Lovegrove, the story of the rise and fall of a steam powered boxer related by a veteran denizen of the Martian […]

Vilnius Poker – Ričardas Gavelis

I received Vilnius Poker through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers programme. It’s published by Open Letter Books, who publish only books in translation – “contemporary literary fiction from around the world that is unique, distinctive, and that will have a significant impact on world literary conversation.” The package included a catalogue and, while I don’t expect […]

Satisfaction

Outliers, Malcom Gladwell, p149: Those three things – autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward – are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying.

Too late

All names have been changed, Claire Kilroy, p44: I would describe my state at that moment as borderline murderous. I had left it too late, you see; I saw. The years spent cherishing the aspiration to be a writer had wrapped it up and sealed it off, rendering it as discrete and inaccessible to the […]