Brewdog and Machine of Death. I’m a card carrying member of two genuine communities.

I know how I’m going to die. I know how I’m going to die because the Machine Of Death told me. I read about the Machine Of Death in a book. I heard about the book because it was an Amazon best seller. The book was an Amazon best seller …

The Lost Books Of The Odyssey by Zachary Mason

Bleached white. Saturated turquoise. Vivid green. Disjointed fragments of story. Flashbacks. Elusive snatches of dialogue whispered into half-asleep ears. Portents. Licentiousness. Brilliant, evocative and economic storytelling. Heaven. Hell. Death (lots of death). Immortality.  Irony. Poignancy. Allegory. And the odd LOL. That’s my word association tag cloud for The Lost Books …

“C” by Tom McCarthy

I managed to get to the end of “C” without anyone asking me what it’s about. Which is just as well because it’s not a question that lends itself to a short answer. The answer to that question is usually a précis of the story and/or the high concept theme …

Machine of Death – short story collection edited by Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo & David Malki

I’m reviewing this book before I’ve finished it. I’ve read just four out of thirty four “stories about people who know how they will die” but I can’t contain myself. Machine of Death is a book of revelations. In all sorts of ways. Firstly I don’t read short stories or …

So you think you’ve got a community? (Three uplifting social success stories – Part 2)

So you think you’ve got a community huh? Does your community really give a damn whether you are making a living out of what you do? Would your community feel guilty if it felt it had done something to adversely affect your livelihood? Steve Lieber has this kind of community. …