8 Ways to Avoid Legalism in Your New Year’s Resolutions

The beginning of a New Year: time to take stock, reflect on the year that’s just gone, and put away the mince pies in favour of gym shoes.

But is it really worth making New Year’s Resolutions, especially for Christians in light of the Gospel? Are New Year’s Resolutions just legalism, or can we use them to help us become more like Jesus?

Here are eight ways to make the most of New Year’s Resolutions… Continue reading »

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Book apps, digital reading and the future of our culture

An interesting debate over the value of book apps has bubbled up, sparked by comments from Nicolette Jones at the Bookseller Children’s Conference. She was critical of book apps, suggesting that interactivity got in the way of the story, and that reading a book with a child is a hug, whereas an app is leaving them to their own devices.

While there are many bad examples of interactivity in book apps, I think that’s a feature of digital storytelling and reading being relatively young. Publishers are still learning the medium. Some such as Nosy Crow, Inkle and Failbetter Games have been making good and interesting interactive reading experiences (though the latter two aren’t aimed at children). Continue reading »

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I predicted Neil Gaiman’s Doctor Who script 5 years ahead

Well, part of it anyway… Going through some old computer files, I found an outline I wrote back in 2006 for what I’d like to see in the next series of Doctor Who. It’s quite fun seeing how many of my wishes have been granted on the show, such as:

  • The Master as the main villain of series 3
  • Killer snowmen in the Christmas special
  • A swashbuckling pirate episode
  • A romance between the companions (rather than with the Doctor and his companion)
  • Time-travelling love interest for the Doctor

All of them fairly obvious ideas, so it’s not surprising that they should turn up sooner or later. But there was one where I came particularly close… Continue reading »

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The pleasures of new bookshelves

If you’re a bookworm like myself, then books pose two major problems: time and space.

Firstly, finding the time to read all those books that are just waiting for you to immerse yourself in them. And secondly, having the physical space in which to store, display and care for all the books.

There is one obvious solution to this problem, and that’s this… Continue reading »

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Hodderscape: Doctor Who “Deep Breath” review

Doctor Who is back! And I’ve reviewed it over at Hodderscape:

Hero or madman? Warrior or healer? Wanderer or planner? Alien or human?

The Doctor is all of these, and each regeneration gives the opportunity to twist the dials, remix the levels of the different elements of his character. David Tennant and Matt Smith shared many common traits (+5 Wacky Hair, +10 Flirtation and +15 Youthfulness), so it comes as a bit of a shock to be confronted with Peter Capaldi (-10 Flirtation, +10 Grey Hairs, +50 Intense Stare). And Deep Breath won’t let us forget it…

>> Doctor Who: Deep Breath Review.

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Reading round-up: Bunker Diary, DRM, Snowden’s Lawyer and more…

I chew through a lot of articles, blogs, videos and the like each week, so I’m planning on picking out some of the most interesting to recommend every so often. Continue reading »

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