StephenCashmore.com http://stephencashmore.com Stephen's blog http://stephencashmore.com/viewpost.php?post=20171113173712 SERPENTINE by Thomas Thompson http://stephencashmore.com/viewPost.php?post=20171113173712 Written in 1979, this tells the story of Charles Sobhraj. It's a fictionalised true story - you can look Charles up on the internet and find what he got up to. Basically, he was a psychopath who started off as a con artist, robbing people all over Asia, and ended up as a serial killer. He was not a ... http://stephencashmore.com/viewpost.php?post=20171113165829 STAR KING by Jack Vance http://stephencashmore.com/viewPost.php?post=20171113165829 Written way back in the 1960s, this book creaks a bit but just about manages to hold out. It features Kirth Gersen (wrongly called Keith Gersen on the back cover), who has five people on a hit list. The hit list grows a bit during the adventures in the book, which tries to marry an sf theme with... http://stephencashmore.com/viewpost.php?post=20171113164816 WOLFEN by Whiley Streiber http://stephencashmore.com/viewPost.php?post=20171113164816 I've read Wolfen before - in fact I've probably read it more than once before - so the message is that this books is good and sticks in the mind. It was written way back in 1978 and stands the test of time. Even modern technology wouldn't make much of a difference if it was given a facelift. It ... http://stephencashmore.com/viewpost.php?post=20171113164234 THE UPSTAIRS ROOM by Kate Murray-Browne http://stephencashmore.com/viewPost.php?post=20171113164234 This ghost story, the blurb informs us, 'is the real thing. Frightening and clever and full of atmosphere.' Right? Wrong. This is rather a poor effort at a ghost story. The basic premise is never explained, and indeed contains some plot holes. Nothing is especially frightening or clever.... http://stephencashmore.com/viewpost.php?post=20171113163853 Books and swimming http://stephencashmore.com/viewPost.php?post=20171113163853 There is a little-known connection between books and swimming. That is, on the way out to spend another day sitting in a sweltering swimming hall for up to eight or nine hours, to watch Offspring swim for about five minutes all told, I tend to take something to read. A book. Or two. There have b... http://stephencashmore.com/viewpost.php?post=20171016102401 Bladerunner 2049 http://stephencashmore.com/viewPost.php?post=20171016102401 Some of the Big Children were back at the weekend, so I took the opportunity of arranging a trip to the Odeon to see Bladerunner 2049. There's been a lot of hype and a lot of positive reviews of this film. So did it live up to it all? In my opinion, yes. It's quite complex, but the plot hangs to... http://stephencashmore.com/viewpost.php?post=20171016101906 Book & Bun http://stephencashmore.com/viewPost.php?post=20171016101906 Thanks are due to the Book and Bun in Newmarket Street, who have kindly taken on some copies of As They Grow Older to sell. Let's hope they succeed. It may be that I will give a little presentation there, too: All About Editing (or some such title), to be given to the creative writing gr... http://stephencashmore.com/viewpost.php?post=20171008092743 THE EMPEROR'S BLADES by Brian Staveley http://stephencashmore.com/viewPost.php?post=20171008092743 Son no. 1 got me this as a birthday present, and it's an enjoyable read. Son no. 1 has a knack for getting people books they will like (and then borrowing them, so that they are never seen again). The Emperor's Blades is a fairly generic swords and sorcery fantasy, heavier on the swords... http://stephencashmore.com/viewpost.php?post=20171008092226 SAST graded meet http://stephencashmore.com/viewPost.php?post=20171008092226 The South Ayrshire Swim Team graded meet took place last weekend. Son no. 3 did well. For those who don't understand what a graded meet is (which we didn't when he competed in his first one), you can only enter if your time is below a set time, and if you beat that time in a race, you aren't placed....