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  1. Extract from a review of The Magic Lands: "Surreal, beguiling, entrancing, deflating, uplifting and even at times demanding" - Rev Andy Drake This makes me very happy and I thought I would share
  2. I thought I would let everyone know that my old AOL page with excerpts from The Magic Lands is closing. I have now created a new site that has the first two chapters from my book available to read. You can find it here: http://www.freewebs.com/markhockley/ Please do check it out if you get a chance. Comments are always welcome!
  3. Just thought that I would post this in the spirit of balance, but I
  4. I thought this review that was just posted on Amazon UK might be of interest. I'm really pleased with it because the reader absolutely 'got' what the novel is meant to be about. 'If ever you've strayed in a dodgy part of town you'll have felt what this novel at times conveys; a sense of anxious dread and paranoid suspicion. Evil doesn't play by the rules or rather it does but the rules are hidden. You're left constantly wondering what lurks beyond the next page and 'The Magic Lands' doesn't disappoint with twsts and turns aplenty. Surreal, beguiling, entrancing, deflating, uplifting and even at times demanding the book reminds you of life itself and I guess that's the point. I'd recommend this for the older teenager and above or a bright younger teenager as the concepts, whilst wrapped in a context akin to a child's story, are altogether adult and belong to a world we know in real life to be decidely grey and occasionally bleak. However there is hope - but again, as in real life, at a cost - and the reader is ultimately rewarded for the journey they take with the two boys and their companions. I'll leave you to discover what that is for yourself but if you like your novels to reach out, grab your brain and go 10 rounds instead of lying passive like the pulp they often are then I highly recommend this book to you. 'The road is cruel and dark, my friend.'
  5. As a small thank you for all of the support I've had here, I thought I would post an excerpt from a work in progress, which hopefully will end up being my next book. This is only a rough version, so don
  6. For anyone interested there are a number of mini reviews of The Magic Lands on Amazon.co.uk It would be great to hear from some readers and I'm always happy to answers questions if anyone has one!
  7. Hi everyone, I hope you will forgive me for getting all excited and letting you know about my first official review for The Magic Lands. You can find it here: http://www.enchantedentertainment.co.uk/book-news-reviews/review-of-the-magic-lands-by-mark-hockley/ Of course, I hope it will help to encourage you to rush out and get a copy of the book!
  8. Thanks for replying Jason And I second your prayer that you achieve your dream of publishing a book some day. I absolutely agree that the synopsis is the most important thing. A good cover may encourage someone to take a closer look at a book, but it's the synopsis that makes the real difference. If you get a chance to check it out, I've posted my own synopsis at this link: http://hometown.aol.co.uk/markjohnhockley/...age/mywork.html It would be great to get some feedback on it.
  9. Anyone else disappointed by the new Interpol CD? After the excellence of Antics, I was hoping and anticipating great things, but very few songs stand out this time around. Any views on this?
  10. Hi everyone, I'm very happy to say that I've just had my debut novel published and would love to swap thoughts and opinions on what makes a compelling read. Obviously, some of my motivation is market research, but if I don't ask people who are interested in books who can I ask! With this in mind, what do you think attracts a potential reader? Would it be the front cover like mine below or is it more likely to be on the strength of the synopsis? Just how important is the cover art and what really determines our decision to invest the time to actually sit down and read a book? As a new author, I feel these questions are very important, so any insights you can give will be greatly appreciated. It may help me not to make the same mistakes if I ever get around to writing another one!
  11. MarkH

    The Mist

    I think this has every chance of being outstanding. Darabont's record in terms of King adaptations is very good and the trailer shows a great deal of promise.
  12. I have to say that I didn't like this movie very much. While it does have an interesting atmosphere and Desplat's score is effective, it ultimately becomes tiresome. Kidman does well in her role as usual and I'm a fan of Danny Huston, but for me Anne Heche gives the most noteworthy performance. I can understand why this has its admirers, but sadly it left me cold.
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