Benjamin Hope: Writing blog and Book Recommendations in 60 Words

A Cautionary Fairy-Tale for World Book Night

  meaton Abbey was a quiet village. Its people were honest, modest folk. Wholesome. Worked hard, dressed plainly, attended church on Sunday. People had their roots firmly planted in the earth here: like-minded families who kept their language clean and their houses cleaner. No-one sang too loudly, dressed too brightly, or ate to excess. Live... Continue Reading →

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On Publishing a Debut

Well it’s taken about 8 years and a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but my debut, The Procurement of Souls, finally went on pre-release this week in anticipation of my official launch on 1st July. It’s a funny mix of excitement and trepidation as one enters into this next phase of the journey but... Continue Reading →

The Shadow of the Wind

Genre: (Gothic) Mystery Publisher: Phoenix (Trade Edition 2004) Barcelona. 1945. Upon taking The Shadow of the Wind by Julián Carax from the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Daniel is drawn down a dangerous path of discovery to find the truth behind the author’s life. The shadowy backstreets and crumbling mansion settings ooze gothic atmosphere and Zafón’s... Continue Reading →

More Than Just a Bookshop…

A few weeks ago, I blogged about the dwindling number of independent bookshops in Bookshops Vs. The Internet: Is This the Reality? Though, prior to coming to Berlin, I’d read about a fantastic example of one that would be situated just under my feet, a couple of blocks north of our apartment. I’m pleased to... Continue Reading →

Finding Inspiration in a Foreign City

The demonstrations here in Berlin on Sunday were a feast for the senses. Looking out from the balcony of our 7th floor flat, we could see the gathering crowds the park-side of the Brandenburger Tor as the numbers grew and spilt down toward the American Embassy. Rainbow flags, glittery gold banners and colourful wigs joined... Continue Reading →

On the Importance of Fairy Tales

Recommending Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales made me reflect on the sheer brilliance and importance of the traditional tale and why they have endured for so many hundreds of years. Whether you choose to sub-categorise them into allegories, fables, folklore, myth, legend – the list could go on – or approach them as a... Continue Reading →

Boneshaker

Genre: Steampunk Publisher: Tor Books When Leviticus Blue’s Boneshaker devastates 19th century Seattle, swamping it in zombifying blight gas, an enormous wall is built to contain it. Sixteen years later, Blue’s widow, Briar Wilkes, re-enters the toxic, zombie-ridden city in search of her son, Ezekiel, who seeks exoneration for his father. Air pirates, rogues and... Continue Reading →

Use Correct Punctuation: Save Lives!

This week I've been tweeting out punctuation omissions and it's true: correct punctuation really can save lives. Indeed, without it, we risk cannibalism and murder. 1. Brian wasn't convinced the sign offered his walking party all that much protection should they be caught in the cross-hairs of a rifle: HUNTERS PLEASE BE CAREFUL SHOOTING RAMBLERS... Continue Reading →

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