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text 2017-09-01 06:12
01134 - book release



So, about that short story…


I started writing the idea back in December 2016 while I was passing through Kansai International Airport. I was just starting my winter vacation and was thinking about cracking on with Glade. Unfortunately, those good intentions got lost in transit and ended up somewhere else entirely (apparently, they ended up on an island passing the time playing cards with a Lost and confused manuscript). They have since returned to the wardrobe I tentatively call ‘home’, having stowed away on a passing cargo ship before hitching a ride back up to Osaka and making themselves a cup of tea.


So, while my good intentions and I parted ways, I found myself stumbling upon an idea whilst making my way through the airport. One thing led to another and I ended up with a short story.


The story is called 01134.


Life is sometimes that phone call

you wish you had never got.
That train you wished you had missed.
That person you wish you had never met.
Sometimes we take a wrong turn. We lose our way.
We slip through the cracks.
Sometimes it's our fault. Sometimes it's not.
Sometimes we are nudged, other times we are pushed,
screaming into that empty abyss.


Sometimes we just close our eyes and fall.


For Tatsuya, it may already be too late...



01134 is psychological fiction set in Japan. The blurb doesn’t really give much away, but… well, there is this fella you see… called Tatsuya… and he is in love.


Those that have read advance copies have described it as being ‘sad’ and/or ‘unsettling’. So, if you like feeling sad and/or unsettled then this is just the book for…. umm… yeah… it’s also a ‘cracking good read’, too. Honest.


There will be no separate cover reveal this time around since… well… you can probably see it on the right of your screen or at the end of this post. The woman on the cover is a singer in an up-and-coming Japanese rock band and a part-time model. I searched high and low for the look I wanted. Trust me, it’s not as easy as you would think to try to convince someone to pose for a cover shoot, least of all in Japan! Fortunately, Asuka graciously agreed to let me take some shots and, well… all I can say is that the cover looks beautiful in print.


01134 is available in digital and print from Amazon stores near and far (well, quite far).


In the meantime, here is the opening…




It’s 12:12am. The white numbers on the screen are crisp and clear in the dark. I should be asleep.


Tiredness drapes her arms around me in an attempt to draw me back beneath the covers. I try to shrug her off.


The screen on my phone dims as I wait. Time no longer ticks. It is digital now. Clinical and perfect. A constant reminder of the emptiness that flows through our quiet lives.


I blink. The screen now reads 12:13am. I let the screen darken and set the phone down on the floor by my bed. Tiredness whispers sweetly in my ear and I don’t think that I can resist her for much longer. I’m not sure I want to.


I reach out for my phone again. The screen springs to life and I type in my four-digit passcode. The screen shifts and I check my messages, hoping that perhaps I missed one. I didn’t.


I drop the phone back on the floor, lie back and close my eyes. Sleep eludes me.

I don’t sleep well. Not anymore.


Not since I killed her.


Copyright © Crispian Thurlborn 2017AVAILABLE NOW IN AMAZON STORES!

Source: wyldwoodbooks.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/01134
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review 2017-08-14 16:36
One Trick Pony - Nathan HaleĀ 
One Trick Pony - Nathan Hale

I enjoyed this enormously: I liked the juxtaposition of multiple different cultures and societies. The premise was intriguing, the kids are resourceful, the parents believable, the robots were funny. Good set up and good payoff. I would thing this would be insanely popular since it's like to appeal to fans of fantasy and science fiction, to horse people and 

Western people, everyone really, except aliens.


My only problem with the book is a technical detail: I had tremendous trouble reading the speech sometimes. Yes, I'm old and the eyes go and dim lighting isn't sufficient anymore et cetera, et cetera, but none of that troubles me when reading anything else. I'm not confident I know what the difficulty was: whether the book pages were too small (for me), or the font size too small (for me), or the contrast not sharp enough (for me). I can't say with any certainty. But it made for an uncomfortable experience. I'm a motivated reader, so I stuck with it, but I can imagine that not everyone would. YMMV


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text 2017-08-10 15:31
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text 2017-08-03 16:59
The 21st century struggle.

Here is the struggle. Call it the Internet. Or the medias in all their ways. I found yesterday, a very interesting article, probably from a reader who, unlike me, was born before the medias and the Internet explosion. I find it sad for him to slowly lose the ability to concentrate in reading because I know he probably very enjoy reading, so do I !? I am born in early 90's and I am almost one of the next college teachers who will finally have been born in the same environment as the students. Fortunately, I will be more in a position to understand their distraction and their slow reading but I still need to remind myself that I am one of them and I still struggle to keep my brain concentrate and mostly interested in one thing at a time. The Internet taught us to read fast, cut lines, read only the big lines and change subject every five minutes because we constantly need new info, new stories and new things to entertain our brain every twenty minutes. It is kind of sad and certainly a big deal for the education today.


I invite you to read this and share your thought about this if it interest you.


Have a nice day.

- Valérie




The death of reading is threatening the soul by Philip Yancey






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review 2017-07-30 20:18
The Comic Book Story of Video Games
The Comic Book Story of Video Games: The Incredible History of the Electronic Gaming Revolution - Jonathan Hennessey,Jack Mcgowan

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]

Fairly interesting, although to be honest, in spite of the early chapters being educative in their own ways, I would’ve preferred to see the focus more on the actual video games (and industry) themselves, rather than also on the electricity/industrial revolution parts. The art style, too, was not always consistent, and sometimes too stiff.

On the other hand, I appreciated the inclusion of actual video games characters in panels, as watchers or part of the ‘narrative’; just trying to remember or find out who they were, was in itself another, different dive into history. (Well, maybe it wouldn’t work that well on someone who knows less about such games, but for me, it worked.)

I also liked how the book included some of the backstage workings behind the whole video games industry; they were plenty of things I didn’t know, for instance Sony and its Playstation, I had no idea there had been a deal in the plans with Nintendo for CD games, and that it completely fell through. (I’m not feeling younger, though. Being reminded that this PSX I got in 1998—and I made it a point to get a US model, too, since the European one didn’t run the games I wanted—was even a few years older than that... well...)

Conclusion: An informative and colourful read. I do wish it had spent just a little less time on the really early years, where ‘games’ per se weren’t so much concerned (to be fair, I already know a lot about computer history in general).

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