Hi, folks! So as a few of you know, I was recently lucky enough to be invited along to Riga in Latvia on a press trip to get to know more about the Latvian literature scene and to meet the authors, illustrators, poets, animators, translators, literary agents and more who are making it all...
Hi, folks! I just wanted to post a quick update to let you know about some exciting book news. Basically, there’s been an opportunity for me to join a press trip to Riga in Latvia on a press trip as part of an initiative to raise the profile of Latvian authors in the UK...
Hi, folks! Okay, so I realised recently that it’s been a while since I shared any of my poetry on here and so I thought it was about time for me to fix that. There’s no theme to any of these poems, mind – they’re just a couple of random ones from my notebook...
I’ve been taking part in a lot of readathons and buddy reads of late and they’re really helping me to branch out with my reading and to pick up books that I’ve been putting off for a while. A buddy read is basically when two or more people read the same book at the...
I feel like I already wrote this article, but I can’t find it anywhere and so perhaps it was a dream. Either way, here are a few of my thoughts on why documentaries are awesome. Documentaries are great because they’re a passive form of learning that allows you to pick up some stuff while...
No Rest for the Wicked is a small book. If you're not familiar with novellas, you might be tempted to believe nothing much can happen in that short a space, but you would be wrong. Unlike so many novels that sprawl on and on just to reach their 80-100 thousand word quotas, this book goes in, tells the story, and gets out. There were never any times where I felt like I needed something explained more (and part of the book deals with the Large Hadron Collider, which is damn confusing as a subject).
The book reminds me of a Hitchcock movie, with introductions dispensed with, and the story becoming darker. Former.ly moves offices to California, and Dan is being run into the ground, and has little time for anything, other than work. Cobain knows how to use a cliff hanger, and the hours flew by as I reached the end of Former.ly in one sitting.
I really loved this story, the places described were very vividly real to me, the main characters well drawn, and the plot always twisting and turning. I genuinely believed that this social media start up could exist (and I am sure it is only time before it does, I hope Dane has protected his idea...) From the young organisations I have been involved in it all seemed authentic, and the veer to cultish behaviour (I hope that is not a plot spoiler) also very believable. The ending was a touch 'neat' for my liking, but overall a superb novel!
I have had the pleasure of reading several books by Dane Cobain now, and this was yet another book in a long list of enjoyable titles.
What was most interesting about this book was the way the author paired short fiction with a screenplay. It's a great way to see the similarities and differences between forms, and Cobain guides us through both forms, providing some nice background information about why the book is set up this way.
The story also works well, and just in time for Halloween.
From slower self reflection on how the poet (or the lover) uses language (the words are just words/that fade away) to fast paced 'beat' poems (Learning to Take Instructions), Dane provides us with a variety of textures in [Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home].
Had I not felt paranoid before reading Social Paranoia I sure did after finishing it. I liked that the chapters lead into the other, so the book felt like a very seamless PowerPoint presentation, and with excellent examples, from recent events you will recall, used to labour the points Cobain makes.
Every time I pick up a book by author Dane Cobain, it seems that I find something new. That's no exaggeration or cliche. The latest book I have had the pleasure of reading is Subject Verb Object, an anthology of writings. Cobain contributes here, as well as several other authors. Each entry takes its inspiration from an active voice sentence (clever, really). As with many anthologies, readers are sure to find something of interest to them here.
The whole concept and idea of [Subject Verb Object] is a format that I've found myself to love. Each of the included writers was asked to submit a short writing prompt which included a subject, a verb and an object (e.g. Philip picked up the magnifying glass). These prompts were then shuffled and randomly assigned to the writers who were then tasked with creating a short piece of writing based on that prompt. The pieces in this anthology range from love to tragedy, mystery to discovery.
Cobain takes the topic of social media and begins opening layers, peeling away at different aspects in each chapter. I appreciated the way the book includes thoughtful tables that summarize content - this is always helpful when reading informational work. In the final analysis, I would recommend Social Paranoia as an example of extremely readable research-based text, but also as a book that explores an interesting and relevant concept.
An excellent apocalyptic horror that combines religion and science in one fell swoop, No Rest for the Wicked is a swift, engrossing tale by Dane Cobain that uses real-world influences and strong characters to provide us with a tale of Angels who operate with more brimstone than harps. Using a nice mix of chapter styles and viewpoints to keep things interesting, the story maintains a steady pace of thrills, chills, and meditations on sin, love, and how far humanity should delve into the universe's secrets.
No Rest for the Wicked is definitely a good read, well-written with a good premise and main arc, as well as interesting flashbacks glimpsing into the main character's past. Cobain builds mystery and suspense well.
I bought [No Rest for the Wicked] after it was recommended by a friend. It's a brilliant read - dark, scary, disturbing and thought-provoking. The effortless style of writing is easy to read but full of flavour and just the right level of description. In fact, this makes the subject matter all the more chilling as it's done so naturally, not in an over-the-top Hammer Horror way. I'm intrigued to read more from Mr. Cobain.
The encounters are suitably grisly, the sense of threat is near-constant, with that classic dread that comes from Cobain having an unstoppable, implacable monster in his employ. [No Rest for the Wicked] is a wickedly-paced supernatural thriller.
Five stars. [No Rest for the Wicked] is a great read.
A really good read. [No Rest for the Wicked] is awesome!
Great book! I read it on holiday and couldn't put it down. Read it in one go and enjoyed the plot twist! Interesting concept and well-written.
From Angels in his debut novella, Cobain takes us into the afterlife, digitised and repackaged for our social media obsessed era. Former.ly's premise is clever and Cobain handles it with skill. There's a shift in tone and pace that marks out this offering from the previous one. Whereas No Rest for the Wicked was sombre and reflective, Former.ly bounces along gleefully and recklessly. A great thriller.
[Former.ly] is an unconventional thriller for the new age. The characters are a combination of odd-balls and the company they work for, Former.ly, is one strange place indeed. It becomes a bit of a tightrope for the main character — trying to discover the secrets behind the company and the strange happenings, while trying to keep the spotlight off himself. Dane Cobain is a great new talent to look out for.
I enjoyed [Former.ly], somewhat in the vein of The Circle and Ready Player One. Where this book succeeds on its own is the way Dane Cobain weaves mystery and science fiction together. The tension is very effective in this book, and I found it to be an inviting reading experience. I would recommend this book for science fiction readers, and those looking for a bridge between general fiction and this more specific genre.
This is a gripping read and despite my knowing nothing about the world of computer technology, I was driven by the plot and the characters to read as much in one go as I could.
An awesome read. Dane has a strong syle, which only becomes even more apparant if you've seen him read his poetry live (once you have, it's really hard not to read each poem in his voice/style). Each poem is an insight into how he looks at the world, life and sometimes buses. I'd thoroughly recommend you read this and go see Dane live if you can.
Poetry should be heard. This is true, but some poems read better than others, too. Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home is a collection of uncomplicatedly direct poetry. There's no reaching, no pretensions, no sense of style over substance, Often quite raw and sometimes delivering a stream of consciousness, Cobain clearly prizes a sense of the moment's authenticity over a meticulous editing process. A pleasure for people who prefer the natural and unconscious sorcery of modern poetry over the rigorous wizardry of more formal styles.
Steel yourself for this one, there's a lot of grit in [Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home] by Dane Cobain. There are not many pleasantries here: love is a ball ache, everything is awful and death is a junkie. Cobain writes, seemingly, about anything that gets in his ways, and grabs at subjects with spontaneity, and his distinctive spoken word style. In many of his poems, Cobain almost appears to be a wise, all-knowing figure, like a Yoda, with his plain-speaking views that seem so simple.
I've seen Dane perform a number of times and the energy of his readings leaps out and grabs you by the mind and forces you to listen. He says that he writes poetry to perform but I'm quite happy to lay back in bed and read these poems. I can truthfully say that [Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home] is a fiery collection and you will marvel at his wordplay. A compulsory edition to the poetry bookshelf.
I love Dane's writing style. It's gritty and raw and it gets straight to the point. Come On Up to the House isn't a typical haunted house story. It's gory and edgy and not for the faint hearted.
Why is it we always start to read a horror novel at bedtime, aware it will probably give us nightmares? Come On Up to the House is the book you should read if you want something that is bloody and downright creepy.
…[Dane] combines concrete detail with socioeconomic concerns.
Dane’s poetry is a multi-layered spiral of the macabre, quirky humour and disjointed imagery. Not only does he make you think, he captures the small forgotten moments of everyday life.
I’ve never seen anyone do a stream of consciousness piece as talented as that. Very impressed.
Watching the change in each character was interesting. I did enjoy watching the house, and James, change them one by one. I was intrigued by the premise and really liked the ending. The adult content scale is rather large. There is violence and a lot of language. Certain scenes are very disturbing. [Come On Up to the House] is not meant for young teens. I give it a nine.
I am a lucky girl to have had the chance to write my first review about such a gripping story. It took me only one day to finish it and I really enjoyed reading it. [No Rest for the Wicked] by Dane Cobain gives you the pleasant feeling a good story leaves behind, and I am curious now to read more of this author.
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