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Quiz Books

Quiz Books I’ve co-written several quiz books with my wife which are available on the Amazon Kindle store. You can find these on the links below, the main link is to Amazon.co.uk, the one in brackets is to Amazon.com Frosty’s Christmas Quiz Book  (USA link here) – This is a […]

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Christmas in the Trenches – a short story

I’m not in the habit of self-publishing stories, but it’s Christmas Eve and this is rather fitting for the occasion. It’s an old story of mine that I wrote several years ago, and has been languishing on my computer ever since. Hope you enjoy. Christmas in the Trenches by Steve Haywood […]

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Until a couple of years ago, I wasn’t a fan of short stories. I’d tried to read a few and they were either boring or I just didn’t get them – or often both at once! I think partly it is about mindset – I’d spent all my life to […]

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Top 10 Political Novels to Read

I’ve always enjoyed a good political thriller, but I think my love of this particular genre increased massively after becoming a major fan of the TV series The West Wing in the early 2000s. Even to this day it is probably my favourite TV series. I was gutted when it […]

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Writing & submitting short stories

I’ve decided to write a journal to keep track of my writing, rejections, acceptances, what I’ve learned along the way. Rather than just be a diatribe of complaints, I’m intending that each post will be on a particular topic. Hopefully some of what I’m writing will be of use to […]

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Short Stories – Hugo & Nebula Nominees 2019

The shortlist for the 2019 Hugo and Nebula Awards are out, so this week I decided to read and review them all. There’s six shortlisted for each award, though three are the same across both of them, which means there’s nine stories to read. I’ve already read one of them […]

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Short Story Reading Log – Part 3

This week’s short stories are a bit of a mixed bag. I’m reading a couple of anthologies, listening to some stories on podcasts during my daily commute, as well as reading some online from various SF magazines and websites. I read (or listened to) some really good short stories this […]

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Short Story Reading Log – Part 2

Another week of short stories read (you can read Week 1 here) The only problem is, I don’t always make a note of them straight away, and then I forget – especially if they aren’t very memorable. I’m sure there’s at least one story this week I’ve missed, but then […]

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Short Story Reading Log – Part 1

I find it easy to keep track of novels that I have read, thanks to Goodreads. Short Stories represent more of a problem however. Stories can only be added if they are available separately online, for instance on a website. This rules out individual stories from anthologies I’ve read as […]

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Where to start with Peter F Hamilton books

Peter F Hamilton is one of only two authors that I started reading in my teens, and am still reading today more than two decades later. In that time my reading tastes have changed a lot, and become much more varied, but I’ve enjoyed his books throughout. He writes epic […]

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This site is mostly about books, short stories and reading and writing generally. As well as writing about books I occasionally write on other topics I’m interested in – check out the Misc section to find out more.

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