Tricks and Traps – Part 2

    By Alexander Ballard Published January 28, 2014   A little later then I had planned but here is part 2.  Feel free post your comments and story suggestions. Tricks and Traps – Part 2 Beer and Pad Thai served from a roadside cart the finest 3am dining in the golden crescent. The night…

Review: Soulless

Soulless by Gail Carriger My rating: 4 of 5 stars Vampires, werewolves, and octopi why I never. If you are expecting the typical vampire and werewolf novel then you are in for a surprise. Soulless is nothing less than a laugh out loud romantic comedy set in an alternate version of Victorian London. It’s the…

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Tricks and Traps – Part 1

By Alexander Ballard Published January 20, 2014 I’ve decided to do something a little different this week.  Instead of just writing something random every Monday.  I’m going try my handing at a novella set in the world from the Prey short story I wrote last year.  Each week I’m going to post a new part…

James Moriarty

What makes a great villain?

What makes a great villain? By Alexander Ballard Published January 16, 2014 By now I’m sure we’ve all see season 3 of Sherlock, or at least those of us in the UK have.  Season 3 introduced Charles Augustus Magnussen a very different kind of villain from Moriarty but in many ways far more sinister and…

Making Art from Old Books

By Alexander Ballard Published January 15, 2014 The other day I came across some incredible art by an artist Guy Laramee.  He’s created some impressive landscapes by carving books.  Its some really incredible out of the box thinking and design.  Just another great example of some of the original artwork and creativity that is going on…

Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

By Alexander Ballard Published January 14, 2014 The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black They should really think of changing the title of this book to the ‘Stupidest Girl in Coldtown’ Because throughout the course of this book the main character does nothing but make bad decisions and then complain that she keeps making…