Some recent reviews of Turner

Turner has also been receiving lots of attention recently. A lust for horror exists out there, just beyond the darkened woods and shadowed valleys.

Twitter mention. (21st August 2013)

"From the first page, Drinkwater’s debut novel glides the reader in with a creeping sense of dread of village inwardness and suspicion seen in ‘The Wicker Man’ and ‘An American Werewolf in London’ and pretty much every Hammer Horror film. [...] The highlight of the novel is the Lord of island, a crazed dictator whose infernal madness is explained in a way that makes everything that has happened entirely possible. If given isolation, time and the means, something the likes of this could happen in reality. Lord John is the Colonel Kurtz in all of this, he’s down the river and in charge of mindless soldiers, using psychological warfare to carve his whims upon the world. The character of Chris is also a joy. Foul mouthed and quick thinking, I had the feeling throughout that this seemed like a jumping off point and that he might easily appear in solving other strange tales as a kind of pirate/gangster Fox Mulder facing off against further weirdness in the world. From the first page this sets off in high gear and doesn’t drop down until the last few pages. [...] If you enjoy a short breakneck read with a flawed hero you be at home on this island bound book, it just isn’t the type of book to take and holiday with you. Is it?" 
Snakebite Horror Reviews. (20th August 2013)


Some recent reviews of CF2K

They're pouring in at the moment! Here are some of my favourites.

"This was a fun read - a romance with a bit of a difference that had some good twists and turns as well as some humour and poignant aspects. Set in Manchester in the year 2000, I loved all of the evocative references to music and fashion; I was at college that year myself so identified with Alex’s younger sister and her own predicament with her exams. There was a lot of attention to detail that made this a really atmospheric read. The characters have a good deal of depth to them too. [...] My favourite character was actually Natalie - a girl who wore her heart on her sleeve. It made me smile to realise that Alex didn’t pick up on just what was under his nose - typical! [...] This was a solid, realistic story about love, loss, and the choices we make. Readers will definitely identify with Alex in some way: his constant soul-searching, procrastination and continual remembrance of his lost love.
Full review. (23rd August 2013)

"I don't wish to spoil this novel for anyone, but I must say, it's a very good read. The two main characters are stunning in their utterly blatant humanity. They are engaging, absorbing, and wonderful. I found myself losing whole chunks of time in this book without realizing it, that's how entertaining it is. The author is able to capture the complexity of thought and emotion that goes into every moment of being an individual and their relationships with those around them, while maintaining a very charming wit. Very well done. I very highly recommend this book." 
Full review. (20th August 2013)


The first video review of my work!

Here's a blogger and book reviewer, Charlotte, talking about some good books she's read recently. Cold Fusion 2000 appears! This made me grin hugely. You can jump straight to that section with this hand-crafted link. Charlotte's full review of CF2K can be found here.


Ratings for my books

I'm away next week, cycling round Wales and developing legs like a rugby player, so I thought I'd do a quick post now to tide my readers over.

Above are screenshots of the Goodreads ratings for my books, taken this morning. Despite the difference in genre it is gratifying that 5 stars is the most common rating (mode average). CF2K's lowest score is a 3, which still means ‘I liked it’. Turner has a couple of twos, both from people who aren't fans of that type of survival horror book (one said "I like my horror to be more supernatural than slasher otherwise this would have had a higher rating" and the other reviewer told me "I wouldn't call this horror; real horror has to be subtly intelligent with fleshed out characters. This is more suspense with a potty mouth and added gore"). Ha ha, that stung a bit when I first read it, especially because the character who swears uses it mainly to overbalance his opponents and 'turn' a situation around, tying it in to the theme and plot. Though I love the potty mouth accusation, I should get that printed on a T-shirt! I'm more interested in the right book for the right reader (Ranganathan, 1931) than selling copies to everyone, so would always try and dissuade these people from buying or reading the book, since it isn’t good for them or for me.

The average scores worked out by Goodreads are 4.24 and 4.21 (out of five) which suggests my writing quality is consistent regardless of what genre I write in.

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Review: Alien

Alien by Alan Dean Foster

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've loved the concept of Alien ever since I first watched the film in the early 80s, the jaw of every family member dropping open at the chestburster scene - before we hit rewind to watch it again. I approve of any work that is coherent, where the form fits the theme. And in the original there is that first feeling of awe at something completely alien to us, a feeling lost in the sequels which - even though some are still good films - increasingly see the Alien become a scary but known quantity. It is no longer alien.

Despite having seen the film many times, reading this novelization based on an early script let me experience elements of it as if for the first time, because there are subtle changes from the film I know: extra characterizations, a different pace, altered details. We can never experience anything again for the first time, but this captured a hint of that feeling of discovery.


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