Author: rjhswain

Lover of puns, Doctor Who, and the English language. May or may not have an unhealthy obsession with rubber ducks.

Proudly Presenting… Seven Wonders of the Word [Available Now!]

 

 

“What is magic but a sleight of hand, or a trick of the light…?”

A sorcerer on the run. A knock at the door. A knot in time. A love against the odds. An earth-shattering silence. A magical Christmas gift. And a glimpse into the future…

Richard Swain proudly presents this scintillating septet of short stories, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary using the power of the written word.

High in concept and high in drama, this collection brings the wonders of the imagination to life in a spectacular showcase of fresh talent and storytelling.

As themes like wizardry, love, and even language go under the literary lens, you may never see the world in quite the same way again…

Contains the following short stories:

  • The Wizard on the Peak
  • Who’s There?
  • February 29th
  • To the Ends of the Earth
  • Hush
  • The Christmas Present
  • The Time-Ravaged Town

Available to buy in paperback now from Amazon. For signed copies, please contact me directly.

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Review Recap: Victoria (ITV) Series 2

My complete collection of Victoria (ITV) Series 2 reviews for Blogtor Who

Episode 1 – A Soldier’s Daughter

Episode 2 – The Green-Eyed Monster

Episode 3 – Warp and Weft

Episode 4 – The Sins of the Father

Episode 5 – Entente Cordiale

Episode 6 – Faith, Hope & Charity

Episode 7 – The King Over the Water

Episode 8 – The Luxury of Conscience

Top 5 Foo Fighters Albums

I’ve got another confession to make… I love Foos…

I’ve been a fan of Dave Grohl’s post-Nirvana rock outfit for around 10 years now, and they’ve been consistently been one of my favourite bands to listen to. And, with over 20 years of stadium-filling anthems under their belt, there’s plenty of great music to go around. Whether it’s heavy metal shredding or tender acoustic melodies, this four-(then five-, now six-)piece group can play the whole rock spectrum – and do it pretty damn well, at that. I finally got to see them live at the O2 Arena in London last week, and I’m happy to report that they’re just as good live as they are on their records.

But, that begs the question: which one of the Foo Fighters’ offerings is actually their best? With the recent release of their ninth studio album, Concrete and Gold, now seems like a perfect time to delve through the band’s back catalogue and decide which is truly the best, the best, the best, the best of Foo…

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Foo Fighters @ The O2 Arena, London – 19.09.2017

1. I’ll Stick Around
2. All My Life
3. Learn to Fly
4. The Sky Is a Neighborhood
5. La Dee Da
6. The Pretender
7. These Days
8. Rope
9. Tie Your Mother Down
10. Cold Day in the Sun
11. Congregation
12. Walk
13. Dirty Water
14. Make It Right
15. My Hero
16. Skin and Bones
17. Breakout
18. This Is a Call
19. Run
20. White Limo
21. Arlandria
22. Times Like These
23. Sunday Rain
24. Monkey Wrench
25. Never Gonna Give You Up (with Rick Astley)
26. Best of You
27. Everlong

Short Story: Penned #3 – Quackdrophenia

Penn ventures into a world of darkness as his search for the truth reaches dangerous new heights. Deep within a forest of lost memories, extraordinary revelations are promised to those who can overcome a tense game of mind over matter. But, stalked every step of the way by his greatest fears, Penn must figure out who and what he can trust if he is to make it out alive…

Download: Penned #3 – Quackdrophenia (bookfold)

Blogtor Who Digest – August 2017

A complete collection of my articles for Blogtor Who from August 2017

News

Happy Birthday to Who? – 20th August: Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Anthony Ainley

Jenna Coleman Stars in New Victoria Season 2 Trailer

Victoria Returns to ITV on Sunday 27th August

Reviews

Preview: Trust Me – Episode 1

Trust Me – Episode 1

Preview: Trust Me – Episode 2

Trust Me – Episode 2

Preview: Trust Me – Episode 3

Trust Me – Episode 3

Preview: Trust Me – Episode 4

Trust Me – Episode 4

Victoria Series 2 Episode 1

Short Story: The Time-Ravaged Town

In the middle of an arctic tundra, a small band of humanfolk live out a humble existence. Forced to flee their native land by invaders, they have struggled together to build a new town that they can call home.

However, not everyone is content with their lot, and one man soon begins to yearn for more. A selfish desire puts in motion a sequence of events that will tear the settlement to the ground.

Be careful what you wish for: a glimpse towards the future can forever change the present…

Download: The Time-Ravaged Town (PDF, bookfold)

Blogtor Who Digest – July 2017

A complete collection of my articles for Blogtor Who from July 2017

News

Happy Birthday to Who? – 7th July: Jon Pertwee

Happy Birthday to Who? – 10th July: John Simm

Reviews

Doctor Who Series 10 Episode 12 – The Doctor Falls

Book Review: Doctor Who Myths & Legends – Epic Tales From Alien Worlds

Features

Top 5 Doctor Who Series 10 Episodes

Top 5 Doctor Who Series 10 Monsters