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The Thursday Review: “Dolores Claiborne” by Stephen King

Trigger Warning for Mentions of Sexual Abuse

Things have gotten on top of me a touch this week. I had my last two formal MA lectures and as such, opportunities to read and write have been thin on the ground. Despite this, though, I managed to once again dive into my stash of unread Stephen King and picked out “Dolores Claiborne”.

11a. Dolores Claiborne Cover

Image © cover artist/publisher.

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The Thursday Review: “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell


Image © Hodder & Stoughton / the cover artist.

“Cloud Atlas” is a difficult book to write about. Rather than being a single continuous novel, it’s more like six short stories wrapped up inside each other like a Russian doll. As such, I will be skimming quite a bit so that I don’t bore you to death before this review is over.

I can sum it up in three words, though: this book sucks.

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All Quiet on the Blogging Front

I just noticed that I haven’t posted on here since April of this year. Considering that it’s now November… well. That’s pretty sad.


Image © hannah k .

So I’ve decided that from January 2017, I’m going to give this blog some new life.

In 2017, I’m going to read at least 52 books, one every single week. And I’m going to review them for you on this blog as a writer and a reader.


Image © Abhi Sharma.

Plus I’m going to try every single month to interview a writer friend so that you can find out a little bit more about the network of writers I’m part of, what they write and where you can find it!


Image © josemiguels.

I hope you’re as excited about this as I am!

~ Penny

Related Post: 15/11/2015: Good News Comes In Threes

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Available Books

Solo: Under the Tree / Dark Heart / Write Nothing

Collab: Personal is Political

Images © Penny Gotch (, Liam Whear, Susan Wright and Molly Penford.

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Brief Update

Gosh, it’s been a while since I posted here!

What have I been up to?

Well. I went to Canada. And after that, I’ve been spending all my time putting together characters for a Dresden Files RPG!

I’m DMing the game, so I’m pretty involved.

Roleplaying is a fantastic creative exercise. I’m having to come up with NPCs, with plots, with locations, all with the knowledge that my players could change things at a moment’s notice. It’s fascinating stuff!

I honestly wish I could be writing more, but I’m so busy with other things that I hardly have the time!

But never fear, the Summer of Writing 2014 will resume from this Monday.

See you then!

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Goodbye Europe: Hello Canada!

London Film and Comic Con was great last Saturday, particularly the first Young Adult Lit Convention. But I’ll tell you more about that another time.


Because I’m going to Canada!

I’ll see you when I get back on the 22nd!

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