Literary Oxford #1

Posted 26 May, 2016 by Rinn in Literary Oxford / 5 Comments
Literary Oxford #1

One of my plans when I moved to Oxford at the end of July last year was to start a new feature on Literary Oxford. Being the inspiration for so many novels, whether it is represented as itself or disguised as a fictional city, Oxford has a rich history in the literary world. But alas, my job got in the way. As some of you may know from the personal post I shared a couple of months ago, I was not in a good place there. But now I have a new job, I’m a lot happier, I get weekends […]

Prose & Pixels #14: What I Look For In A Video Game

Posted 21 May, 2016 by Rinn in Prose & Pixels / 4 Comments
Prose & Pixels #14: What I Look For In A Video Game

Prose & Pixels is a feature that combines two of my loves: books and video games. Here I’ll discuss all sorts of things to do with the two, whether it’s recommendations, influences or just a good old chat. So I’ve previously discussed what I look for in a book on the blog, but how about what I look for in a video game? These various factors can have a huge effect on whether I buy the game or not – and I’d love to know what your video game criteria are! An open world: Sure, sometimes a linear story is […]

Review: Powers – The Secret History of Deena Pilgrim by Brian Michael Bendis

Posted 18 May, 2016 by Rinn in Review / 1 Comment
Review: Powers – The Secret History of Deena Pilgrim by Brian Michael Bendis

I love superhero stories. All the classic comics, plus more recent novels. So when I was offered this for review, I leapt at the chance. It takes a classic detective story and adds superhero elements, based on the comic book series of the same name by Brian Michael Bendis, and an hour long show on the Playstation Network. However, whilst it seemed that I would not be at a disadvantage being unfamiliar with the Deena Pilgrim universe, I definitely felt I would have enjoyed the book a lot more were I more familiar with it. Also, I feel like this […]

Thoughts #53: The Problem with Reading Slumps

Posted 15 May, 2016 by Rinn in Thoughts / 4 Comments
Thoughts #53: The Problem with Reading Slumps

This post was written at the beginning of April, and doesn’t apply to me so much now – but I still wanted to share it! As well as struggling with a blogging slump lately, I’ve been having a bit of a reading slump. I’ve decided that this comes down to my most recent reads being nothing special, and also feeling a little bit pressured to read certain books because of review requests and other commitments. The Fantasy Book of the Month in March for my Goodreads book group, Dragons & Jetpacks, was The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. I was […]

Thoughts #52: Living With Social Anxiety

Posted 9 May, 2016 by Rinn in Thoughts / 11 Comments
Thoughts #52: Living With Social Anxiety

I don’t often write personal posts, but occasionally I feel the need to share something, even if it’s just to get my thoughts down for my own sake. Today I wanted to talk about living with social anxiety, which is something I’ve battled with since the age of 16-17. Previously, I discussed how I used an online game to get through depression. My social anxiety stems from the same time; I was diagnosed with both together. And like with the depression, although circumstances have changed greatly (and for the better), this is something that is still stuck with me. Here’s […]

Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers

Posted 5 May, 2016 by Rinn in Review / 8 Comments
Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers

Do you ever have the feeling after finishing a book that it was written especially for you? Because that’s exactly how I felt after reading The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. It was perfect, perfect, PERFECT. Everything I wanted in a sci-fi novel. It felt like a bit of a mash up of two of my favourite things: Firefly and Mass Effect. Firefly (which I feel I have compared a LOT of books, but this is the ultimate) because of the setting and the crazy crew, Mass Effect because of the alien races and the world-building. Here are […]

A Novel Experiment #1: Monthly TBR

Posted 2 May, 2016 by Rinn in A Novel Experiment / 12 Comments
A Novel Experiment #1: Monthly TBR

A Novel Experiment is a new feature of mine where I try some experimental reading over the space of a month or so, and then report back at the end of the month. What is experimental reading, you may ask? My goal is to try different ways of reading, such as reading only ebooks, only one genre, only non-fiction etc, for a month, and then see whether it affects how much and how eagerly I read. Obviously this is not going to be something I repeat every month, but rather every couple of months or so. For the month of […]

Dragons & Jetpacks: Books of the Month, May 2016

Posted 1 May, 2016 by Rinn in Dragons and Jetpacks / 0 Comments
Dragons & Jetpacks: Books of the Month, May 2016

Dragons & Jetpacks is a science fiction and fantasy bookgroup, based on Goodreads. The group is open to all, all that is required is a Goodreads account. We read two books a month, one fantasy and one sci-fi – the second week of each month is when members make suggestions, and the third is used for voting. We’re always happy to meet fellow fans of the genres, so you’re more than welcome to join the group! Goodreads Valentine Michael Smith is a human being raised on Mars, newly returned to Earth. Among his people for the first time, he struggles […]

Review: HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Posted 28 April, 2016 by Rinn in Review / 4 Comments
Review: HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Shortly after starting this book, I knew I’d made a huge mistake. It was going to stop me from sleeping for a while. I’m not normally too creeped out by books. Unlike films, you can alter how something might look, make it seem a lot less threatening or scary than it actually is. However, when it came to HEX I had troubles ‘adapting’ the book in my head. My housemate was away for a day or two whilst I was reading it, and during that period I wouldn’t touch the book because I couldn’t possibly be alone in the flat […]

Blog Tour + Author Interview: HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Posted 27 April, 2016 by Rinn in Author Interview, Blog Tour / 2 Comments
Blog Tour + Author Interview: HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Today I am taking part in the blog tour for HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. Today I’ll be sharing a Q&A with the author, who has kindly answered some questions that I posed to him. When I was offered a chance to take part in the tour by Hodder & Stoughton, there were two things that immediately drew me to the book. Firstly, the fact that it is written by a Dutch author and popular in my adopted second home country, the Netherlands. And secondly… well, just look at the blurb: Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay until […]

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