Here at Derek Quinlan Thoughts you're going to find my often long and rambling articles on the literature that has had a profound effect on me. This can be literature that's forced me to change the way I think, or simply books that were so bad they compelled me to never dabble in that genre again. I tend to write pieces that feature my thoughts on a particular book along with some literary theory in there too. I studied literature at University and I feel like this is a great way to continue learning more about literature on my own.
I am currently working in the publishing industry and as a result have to read a lot of new literature for my job. It is truly my passion and a topic where I feel I can write about comfortably and cleanly. The tone of this blog will vary from pretty academic to quite casual, a lot of this will depend on how 'm feeling on that particular day, or simply the content of the book itself. I'm all for critically engaging with any text, but I'm not going to write a 10 page essay on a short book that was clearly meant for teenage readers.
I will try to split up my writing into fiction and non-fiction, with both occasionally veering into review territory. I read mainly fiction for my work at the moment but in my spare time I read a lot of non-fiction. I'll try and keep a 50/50 split between the two, but I tend to ramble once I start critically analysing literature so expect multiple entries and quick list articles with thoughts on books I read a while back that have a new resonance or just books I'm in the middle of reading now.
- JoinedDecember 23, 2015
Derek Quinlan discusses some of the Scariest Stories Ever Written Non-Fiction
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For the majority of people, their main genre of literature is definitely not horror, including Derek Quinlan. While popular, mainly thanks to the works of Stephen King, the genre is something that is not popular wi...
Derek Quinlan looks at the Booker Prize and a few of its Winners Non-Fiction
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The Booker Prize, for many people determines if a book is worth a read. Every year, the winner of the prize gets not only the £50,000 cheque for winning, but also massively increased sales. This year the winner was...
Derek Quinlan's favourite pieces of American Modernism General Fiction
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Modernism is often looked down upon as being an uneventful middle ground between the traditional beauty of Romanticism and the eccentric innovative nature of Dadaism (Derek Quinlan is not a fan) and post-modernism...