Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Blog tour Book Review Frenchman's Creek By Daphne Du Maurier

Name: Frenchman's Creek
Author: Daphne Du Maurier
Publisher: Virago Modern ClassicsRelease Date: 16th July 2015
Summary: Jaded by the numbing politeness of Restoration London, Lady Dona St. Columb revolts against high society. She rides into the countryside, guided only by her restlessness and her longing to escape.But when chance leads her to meet a French pirate, hidden within Cornwall's shadowy forests, Dona discovers that her passions and thirst for adventure have never been more aroused. Together, they embark upon a quest rife with danger and glory, one which bestows upon Dona the ultimate choice: sacrifice her lover to certain death or risk her own life to save him.

Review: Having read Rebecca I was blown away by Daphne's writing she definitely has a way with words and I look forward to devouring more of her work. Frenchman's Creek starts very descriptive and it actually made me long for a holiday. I really do wish that Daphne was still alive, as based on the two books of hers that I have devoured I have a million questions on her inspiration. My oh my the way she writes with such imagery it is quite astounding to read. 

When I first met Dona I thought she was a stuck up princess but in hearing her story my thoughts changed. Dona is a woman longing for passion and excitement in her life. At 29 she has two children and a drunk of a husband, so I quite quickly understood why she decided to flee to the countryside. This is when I realised that my first assumptions were wrong as Dona enjoyed the simple pleasures in life with her children and alone.

I had to remember that this novel was written in the 1940s. The way the frenchman is described as a pirate and a thief etc was hilarious. It's funny how word of mouth in certain circles changes people's views. It's like they cannot think for themselves which is funny as they are extremely educated people. I loved the way he was written when he was with Dona he was like a completely different person altogether.

I don't want to ruin the story as personally experiencing the goings on was half the fun. There are so many themes in this novel and a few things I really wasn't expecting. What I did love was the love and friendship in Frenchman's Creek. The way Daphne writes it is subtle and alluring leaving more to the imagination as apposed to revealing all. I also like the fact the ending left you thinking....I truly cannot wait to get stuck into more of Daphne's novels. If you want to read a classic I will definitely recommend anything by Daphne.

                                 Hayley


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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Review: The Written graphic novel by Ben Galley

Title: The Written graphic novel (Eameneska #1)
Author: Ben Galley
Illustrator: Mike Shipley
Publisher: Bengalley.com
Release date: 3rd Nov 2014

Synopsis: His name is Farden. They whisper that he's dangerous. Dangerous is only the half of it.

Something has gone missing from the libraries of Arfell. Something very old and very powerful.

Five scholars are now dead, a country is once again on the brink of war and the magick council is running out of time and options.

Entangled in a web of lies and politics and dragged halfway across icy Emaneska and back, Farden must unearth a secret even if he doesn't want to know, a secret that will shake the foundations of his world.

Review: I loved this book, and it's one of the series I encourage people to read. However I've never really read many graphic novels. It a form that I've wanted to get into for a while, and do I thought what better place to start than on some common ground.

Interestingly this is more a labour of love than many graphic novels out there in that the author felt so strongly about its potential to transition into this format he went and Kickstartered it himself...and voila!



The story is still there just as I remember, only stripped back so we're left with the core elements of the story. Like I said I've not read many graphic novels, so the form was interesting to read, built around the art, which sometimes made it difficult to follow, bit not so much that I was completely confused and I picked up the flow as I went along.

My favourite line was "Wait something is happening " though that probably means something to me.

There was this really fluidness to the art, both in its style (feeling a lot like water colour that would dissolve at any time) and in the way that the images, instead of being static, flowed into each other in a really creative way. It was a little jarring sometimes as you had to really look into the pictures to get the intense details within because they were so merged together and with such colour...it was little a bit tripy at times. I really liked the full pages not broken up by frames that held so much. I know I also say this a lot but some of the pages were so cool I want them as art on my wall...Mike do you do commissions!? 

I also love how the little tidbits from the beginning of the chapters were included because they were a great part from me and it was great to see how they were still incorporated into the book.

This was an enjoyable forage into the world of graphic novels, and a great tease to Bloodmoon out on Friday!...I hope the rest of the series can get treatment. If anyone has any suggestions of where to go next I'm all ears. I'm thinking sandman?




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Monday, 20 July 2015

Interview with author of The Accident Season Moira Fowley-Doyle

Recently we attended the amazing launch for The Accident Season, held in what I can best describe
as an eclectic speakeasy - there was even a password to get through the door (and I had my tarot read) so what better chance to have a chat with author Moira Fowley-Doyle author of the delightful The Accident Season...


1. First up how amazing is this venue, are you enjoying the launch?

The launch is so wonderful – thank you for coming! And this place is incredible – I especially love the antique typewriter on the wall. Very Accident Season-y! Although I do suspect the taxidermy animals may be haunted.

2. Can you tell us a little about the inspiration behind The Accident Season?

To be honest the idea of the accident season itself just sort of appeared when I started to write. I wanted to write a dreamy, maybe slightly eerie story where reality and fantasy could be interchangeable. I wrote a rough, short novel when I was sixteen that had an element of forbidden love as well as a mysterious girl setting mousetraps and hanging dreamcatchers in a forest, and I wanted to take those ideas and develop them properly, but the first thing that came out when I sat down to write was “It’s the accident season, the same time every year.”

3. Have you had much experience with accidents?!?

I’m actually a very accident-prone person – I’ve broken five bones since the age of seventeen. My
ankle, my nose, two toes – twice! – and when I was half-way through editing The Accident Season I
broke my wrist. So I guess accidents must have been somewhere on my mind when I sat down to
write.

4. What is your writing process like?

I’m currently writing my second novel and the process is very different this time around because
when I first wrote The Accident Season three years ago I had no children, and now I have two. I
wrote the first draft of The Accident Season chronologically in a month and a half – I actually wrote
the first 50 thousand words over NaNoWriMo – whereas this book is taking considerably longer, and
I’m writing it in bits and pieces and connecting the dots as I go.

5. Did you draw any of your characters from real people (because they felt real!)?

Thank you, that’s so lovely to hear! I didn’t base any of them on anybody real, although I was maybe
a little Bea-ish myself as a teenager.

6. What's the best Halloween party you've been to?

I haven’t been to any Halloween parties in a long time because I’ve been performing with the Rocky
Horror Picture Show Ireland for the last ten years and we put on a show every Halloween. (We have
one on Valentine’s Day too.) It’s no Black Cat and Whiskey Moon Ball, but it’s always a great way to spend Halloween! [Side not this sounds amazing I want to see see!!!]

7. Tarot cards feature a lot in the story (and I've just had a really interesting reading - the first time
I've ever had one), have you had much experience with Tarot, did you do a lot of research into it?

I started reading tarot when I was fifteen (as I said, I was maybe a little bit like Bea!) and have
regularly since. I’m by no means an expert, but I think that it’s a really nice way to connect with your
subconscious and translate your questions and troubles through the stories on the cards.

8. If you had a changeling what would it be?

I’ve always thought I could very easily turn into a tree.

9. If The Accident Season had a soundtrack what songs would you pick for it?

I actually have an Accident Season mixtape all picked out. It’s mostly songs about woods and wolves
and rivers and I’m kind of in love with it. You can listen to the playlist on The Accident Season Tumblr page: http://accidentseason.tumblr.com/playlist

The Accident Season is out now! Let us know what you thought and check out our review HERE 
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