Dec 032015
 
The 10 Best Anime Series (for newcomers)

Anime can seem like a bit of a minefield to newcomers.  Maybe you’ve heard that there’s good stuff to be found beyond the deafening J-pop, overwrought emotions and scantily-clad schoolgirls, or maybe you’ve watched (and enjoyed) classics like Akira and Ghost In The Shell and want to know where to turn next.  Well I’m here to assure [...]

Sep 022015
 
"A little bit exhausting": A. L. Kennedy on writing Doctor Who at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

A darling of the Scottish literary scene whose best-known work concerns alcoholism and doomed love affairs, A. L. Kennedy might not appear the most likely candidate to pen BBC Books’ latest Doctor Who novel, The Drosten’s Curse.  But as Kennedy herself said during a wryly humorous talk at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, it simply [...]

Aug 292015
 
"Kurt Vonnegut is my spirit animal": Andrew Smith at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

When the New York Times described Andrew Smith’s work as “mad science and vomit turned into art”, it was meant as a compliment.  The Californian author’s penchant for crazed science fiction, dark humour and searing insights into the human condition have resulted in nine (soon to be ten) books of stunningly inventive young adult fiction.  [...]

Aug 262015
 
Myth, verse and history: Tim Clare & Colin MacIntyre at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

           That neither Tim Clare nor Colin MacIntyre are primarily known as novellists (poet and musician, respectively) is only one why reason why it made sense for the Edinburgh International Book Festival to pair them up at an event last week entitled “Moving into the Fiction Factory”; both Clare’s The Honours and MacIntyre’s The [...]

Aug 172015
 
"I'm a servant of the book": David Mitchell at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

David Mitchell admitted to wanting to build “my own Middle Earth” while discussing the shared universe he’s created for his novels on Saturday night at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.  The event had the cautious title of Transports of Fictional Delight, which sounds like a tortured attempt to circumlocute science fictional implications, but as Mitchell himself [...]