The #Write #Words? Post 29

Word cloud via Wordart.com Examining Onomatopoeia and Metaphor, Simile, Collective Nouns, and my Delusional Dictionary. For definitions, click here for the introductory post to the series. This week’s words: Yelp, Young, Yap, Young. Onomatopoeia: Yelp: To yelp is to utter a short sharp cry of pain, to whine or complain. It’s most often used of …

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Exiles, by Daniel Blythe: #Book Review.

494 Pages Science Fiction/Children’s/Colonisation In this quite extraordinary novel we have a piece of science fiction that could well become a literary classic. The combination of figurative language, timeless universal themes, and adventure shown through the eyes of carefully realised and presented characters places this work high above many in the genre. In fact, it …

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The #Write #Words? Post 28

Word cloud ceated through Wordart.com Examining Onomatopoeia and Metaphor, Simile, Collective Nouns, and my Delusional Dictionary. For definitions, click here for the introductory post to the series. This week’s words: Xanadu, Xeric, X-ray. Onomatopoeia: Xanadu: Xanadu is a place of dreamlike magnificence and luxury as described by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in his well-known poem, Kubla …

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Venus, by The Science Geek: #Book Review.

This short volume is packed full of facts about our nearest planetary neighbour. The author is a scientist who studied Maths and Astronomy at Warwick University and gained a PhD in Astronomy through Manchester University. He writes a popular science blog – http://www.thesciencegeek.org, recently renamed as http://www.explainingscience.org – which is well worth visiting for anyone …

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Dead Man Dreaming, by Uday Mukerji: Reviewed.

This unusual novel reads like an autobiography in that the narrator, David, tells his story in the first person as though detailing his life experiences. Initially, he recounts his early life and leads up to his relationship with his girlfriend, Chloe, and his hopes of a career as a heart surgeon. Everything changes, however, with …

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The #Write #Words? Post 27

Taking a look at Onomatopoeia and Metaphor, Simile, Collective Nouns, and my Delusional Dictionary. For definitions, click here for the introductory post to the series. This week’s words:Whimper, White, Warren, Worm. Onomatopoeia: Whimper: To whimper is to utter a feeble, intermittent cry expressing fear, pain, or distress; to complain or cry. It’s a useful onomatopoeia, …

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A Rainy Day at Bolton Castle: Part 2

View from the high tower of the castle. Continuing the account of our recent visit to Bolton Castle, a privately owned ancient monument in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, England. You’ll find the first part here. We returned to the Courtyard to visit the Guest Tower, most of which is no longer standing. Looking up the north-west …

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A Rainy Day at Bolton Castle: Part 1

The exterior of Bolton Castle We spent a few days with my brother, Steve, and his wife, Alison, in the Yorkshire Dales. On one of the days, we ventured out in the rain to visit Bolton Castle, a place we’d never visited even though Valerie and I lived in the area for some years. The …

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The #Write #Words? Post 26

Word cloud created via Wordart.com Taking a look at Onomatopoeia and Metaphor, Simile, Collective Nouns, and my Delusional Dictionary. For definitions, click here for the introductory post to the series. This week’s words:Varoom, Vague, Venue, Vagrant. Onomatopoeia: Varoom: 'Varoom!' is usually used as the sound of a vehicle accelerating away; it’s commonly used in comic …

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The Harvest of Inadequate Lives, by Patrick S. Stokes: #BookReview.

261 pages Gay & Lesbian Adventure/Travel Adventure/Suspense Action Fiction A book I probably wouldn’t have read, I came across this through a recommendation on Twitter from a follower there. Unusually, I bought it without reading the sample, but entirely on the basis of the synopsis. This made no mention that the lover referred to was …

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