Tuesday, 31 December 2013

December DVD Haul

December DVD Haul

December Book Haul

December Book Haul

Friday, 20 December 2013

100 books Challenge 2013

100 books challenge
At about 1.00am I completed by 100 Books Challenge when I completed Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. I'm super happy about it because I initially hadn't planned to attempt it. I had simply wanted to read more books than I did last year, couple that with a couple months where I read practically nothing and I'm really glad I made it this far.

So here's my list, let me know how far you've got with the challenge in the comments :)

  1. Guys – Dave Sim & Gerhard
  2. The 100 year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared – Jonas Jonasson
  3. Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan
  4. The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
  5. Trout Fishing in America – Richard Brautigan
  6. The pill versus the springhill mining disaster – Richard Brautigan
  7. In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan
  8. Revenge of the lawn – Richard Brautigan
  9. Rick’s Story – Dave Sim & Gerhard
  10. Northline – Willy Vlautin
  11. Guards! Guards! – Terry Pratchett
  12. Take What You Can Carry – Kevin C. Pyle
  13. Sita’s Ramayana – Samhita Arni & Moyna Chitrakar
  14. The Sketchbook adventures of Peter Poplaski – Peter Poplaski
  15. People I’ve never met and Conversations I’ve never had – Nick White
  16. The Troll King – Kolbeinn Karlsson
  17. The Mask – John Arcudi & Doug Mahnke
  18. The Mask Returns - John Arcudi & Doug Mahnke
  19. The Mask Strikes Back - John Arcudi, Doug Mahnke & Keith Williams
  20. Wicked: The life and times of the wicked witch of the west – Gregory Maguire
  21. Faust Eric – Terry Pratchett
  22. The Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum
  23. Comedy monologues - Various
  24. The land of Oz – L. Frank Baum
  25. The Red Pony – John Steinbeck
  26. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon
  27. Ozma of Oz – L. Frank Baum
  28. Sonic The Hedgehog Archives Vol 9 – Various
  29. Sonic The Hedgehog Archives Vol 10 – Various
  30. In One Person – John Irving
  31. Moving Pictures – Terry Pratchett
  32. Cirque Du Freak – Darren Shan
  33. Looking For Alaska – John Green
  34. The Imaginary Girlfriend – John Irving
  35. Dorothy and the Wizard in OZ – L. Frank Baum
  36. Lost in a good book – Jasper Fforde
  37. Nosferatu – Christopher Wolf & Justin Wayne
  38. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  39. The Palace of Laughter – Jon Berkeley
  40. Sonic Select Book 2 – Various
  41. Reaper Man – Terry Pratchett
  42. The Popcor Pirates – Alexander McCall Smith
  43. Unnovations – Charlie Brooker
  44. The Adventures of Captain Underpants – Dav Pilkey
  45. Captain Underpants nad the Attack of the Taliking Toilets – Dav Pilkey
  46. Awkward Situations for Men – Danny Wallace
  47. Sonic The Hedgehog Archives Vol 11 – Various
  48. Reality Hunger – David Shields
  49. The Perfect Fool – Stewart Lee
  50. The Road to Oz – L. Frank Baum
  51. Superman: Red Son – Mark Miller, Dave Johnson & Kilian Plunkett
  52. Mad Drew: Beyond Coffeedome – Drew
  53. Carrie – Stephen King
  54. How Not to Write a Novel – Howard Mittelmark & Sandra Newman
  55. Y the Last Man: Unmanned – Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra
  56. Y the Last Man: Cycles - Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra & Jose Marzan
  57. Y the Last Man: One Small Step - Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra & Jose Marzan
  58. Y the Last Man: Safeword - Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra & Jose Marzan
  59. Y the Last Man: Ring of Truth - Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra & Jose Marzan
  60. Y the Last Man: Girl on Girl Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra
  61. Halting State – Charles Stross
  62. Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
  63. Steppin’ on a rainbow – Kinky Friedman
  64. Witches Abroad – Terry Pratchett
  65. Countdown to Lockdown – Mick Foley
  66. More Awkward Situations for Men – Danny Wallace
  67. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas -  John Boyne
  68. Filmish – Edward Ross
  69. Filmish: Food on Film – Edward Ross
  70. Filmish: Technology & Technophobie – Edward Ross
  71. Pirates – Various
  72. Twelve – Various
  73. Monsters – Various
  74. Robots – Various
  75. Small Gods –Terry Pratchett
  76. Sonic the Hedgehog in Robotnik’s Laboratory – Martin Adams
  77. Sonic Universe Vol 1 – Various
  78. Sonic Universe Vol 2 – Various
  79. Girlfriend in a Coma – Douglas Coupland
  80. A Question of Love – Isabel Wolff
  81. The Circle – Dave Eggers
  82. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  83. Fabulous beast: The Sow – Sarah Kain Gutowski
  84. The Good the Bad and the Multiplex – Mark Kermode
  85. Lords and Ladies – Terry Pratchett
  86. Nosferatu the Untold Origin – Louis john Pecsi
  87. My Movie Business – john Irving
  88. Trying to Save Piggy Sneed – John Irving
  89. The Book Thief – Marcus Zusak
  90. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket
  91. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room – Lemony Snicket
  92. Spartan & The Green Egg: A trip to the Rainforest – Nabila Khashoggi
  93. Burnout – Rebecca Donner
  94. Lanark – Alasdair Grey
  95. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Wide Window – Lemony Snicket
  96. Sonic the Hedgehog Archives Vol 12 – Various
  97. Sonic the Hedgehog Archives Vol 13 – Various
  98. Foley is good and the real world is faker than Wrestling – Mick Foley
  99. Sonic the Hedgehog Archives Vol 1  – Various
  100. 100. Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Spartan & The Green Egg

Spartan & the Green Egg
Spartan & The Green Egg 
Book 1: A Trip to the Rainforest 
Nabila Khashoggi & Manuel Cadag

   A trip to the Rainforest is the first in a series of graphic novels for children, which follow the adventures of a group of children, led by the eponymous Spartan, who make contact with an Alien who offers to take the children anywhere they wish.
  The book is an educational comic intended to teach children about the Rainforest and the dangers that deforestation causes, both for the wildlife and indigenous people that inhabit it.
   As an educational book it works well. I can imagine children being engaged with the story. The comic book style and some of the plot elements like the alien’s powers and the children banding together to re-grow the trees that the foresters are cutting down, stop it falling too much into the realm of overly preachy Edutainment.

   The art is nice, even if the characters do seem to be pulling the same facial expressions in every panel. I’m not a fan of the colouring style however, it’s purely personal taste but I’m not a fan of colouring that looks too digital. While the colouring is suitable for the rainforest setting with lots of rich greens and vibrant colours used for the plants and animals. There’s far too much use of the burn and highlight tools which give it a cheap photoshopped feel. The green used on every page to separate the panels is also a little too garish and I’d have preferred if it was mixed up a little bit.

    I must admit, I didn’t enjoy this book. While I think it’d make a good read for kids, as an adult there’s not much to keep you reading. This, of course, it no bad thing (it is a children’s book after all) but the dialogue and story are pretty straightforward without much flourish and the characters aren’t all that different from each other. I also couldn’t help but wonder, if an Alien grants these children the ability to go anywhere they want…why do they go to the rainforest instead of…you know…the Alien’s home world? It seems a bit of a wasted opportunity on the kids part…

   If you’ve got small kids, by all means give this one a go. I’m sure they’d enjoy it, it’s a fun colourful adventure with a good message, just don’t expect there to be much to enjoy for the adults. 

Nabila Khashoggi

I received this book for review through GoodReads FirstReads

Saturday, 14 December 2013

The Bad Beginning

A series of unfortunate events
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Book the First
The Bad Beginning
Lemony Snicket
" There is nothing to be found in the pages of A Series of Unfortunate Events but misery and despair. You still have time to choose another international best-seller to read. But if you must know what unpleasantries befall the charming and clever Baudelaire children read on..."

Monday, 9 December 2013

Are books better?

Are Books Better? || Book Discussion

You've probably been told by your parents or teachers that books are "better" than less worthwhile mediums like film, tv or video games...but is it true?

This is my first book discussion video, sorry for sounding so exhasperated, I had a lot to talk about and was very aware that my camera only records for fifteen minutes.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

My Movie Business

My Movie Business
My Movie Business
John Irving
   John Irving's memoir begins with his account of the distinguished career and medical writings of the novelist's grandfather Dr Frederick C. Irving, a renowned obstetrician and gynaecologist, and includes Mr Irving's incisive history of abortion politics in the United States. But My Movie Business focuses primarily on the thirteen years John Irving spent adapting his novel The Cider House Rules for the screen - for four different directors.
   Mr Irving also writes about the failed effort to make his first novel, Setting Free the Bears, into a movie, about two of the films that were made from his novels (but not from his screenplays), The World According to Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire; about his slow progress at shepherding his screenplay of A Son of the Circus into production.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Book Week Scotland

Book Week Scotland

Just a quick video showing off what I'll be reading during book week. 

This video is part of a series to raise money for Movember, if you'd like to make a donation you can do so through mobro.co/talesfromideath

Thursday, 21 November 2013

The Top 5 Moustaches in Animation

Now that we're men...
The Top 5 Moustaches in Animation
    I must admit, this month I have been neglecting this blog slightly. The reason for this is that over the course of this month I have been making a video blog every day on my youtube channel to help promote my involvement in Movember.
   So today, in order to bring a little Movember love to talesfromiDEATH I thought today we’d talk a little about moustaches, specifically those memorable moustaches that have graced our favourite animated movies and TV shows.
   So here it is, my top 5 moustaches in animation, remember, this is all opinion so your list will be a lot different from mine. Be sure to join in in the comments if there’s anything you’d change on the list.

   So let’s get started, our number 5 is…..

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Nosferatu The Untold Origin

Nosferatu the untold origin
Nosferatu The Untold Origin
Louis John Pecsi
 "NOSFERATU THE UNTOLD ORIGIN In the year 1922, Nosferatu graced the silver screen with his shadowy specter. He was a creature of total mystery and no known origin until now. “Nosferatu the Untold Origin” begins with the 15th century crusader, Count Orlok, who must burn at the stake the powerful witch, Elsa, for her refusal to worship the God of Rome. As Elsa's flesh is consumed by the flames, she finalizes her curse by uttering the word "Nosferatu". Count Orlok is transformed into Nosferatu the Vampyre, a terrifying creature that bares little semblance to anything human. An epic adventure that spans over 400 years awaits Orlok, as he is plunged into the nocturnal world. Illustrated with over 300 full color paintings, this visually exciting graphic novel will change the reader's perception of vampyres."

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Book to Movie tag

Book to Movie tag

In which Jake creates a book tag.

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Sunday, 3 November 2013

October Wrap Up & TBR

October Wrap Up & TBR

Another bookish entry in my Movember fundraising series.
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Saturday, 2 November 2013

October Book Haul

October Book Haul

This month, my book haul comesas part of my Vlog Every Day In Movember series. as  the title suggests, I'm doing Movember this year to raise money for mens health causes around the world.

If you want to help out, you can donate through my MoSpace page at:

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

The original poster for nosferatu
Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
Dir: F.W. Murnau

   Nosferatu is my favourite film of all time. Since first seeing it on DVD around 2004/5 I’ve become somewhat obsessed with it, gathering seven versions of the film on DVD* (soon to be eight with next month’s Blu-Ray release) as well as remakes, homages, graphic novel adaptations and much more. Just last week I had the pleasure of seeing the film on the big screen for the first time in a limited theatrical run to promote the Blu-Ray.
   So, with that in mind and because, as a blogger I am legally required to do a Halloween post, let’s give it a review.

   Nosferatu, for those who don’t know, is a German silent film, intended to be the first film adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. However, the creators failed to obtain the rights to the novel and decided instead to change elements of the plot as well as the characters names to avoid legal troubles, thus, Jonathan Harker becomes Thomas Hutter, his wife Mina becomes Ellen and Count Dracula becomes Graf Orlok.
   The changes didn’t work though, and shortly after the release Bram Stoker’s widow took the film makers to court and won. As a result of the verdict all copies of the film had to be destroyed, though luckily several copies survived in the hands of private collectors.
    Today, both the film and the original novel have both fallen into the public domain so we are now free to enjoy the film in all its glory.

The monstrous Graf Orlok
   I adore this film. Despite its age it still holds up today and the creepy atmosphere and slow pacing still work brilliantly. The main draw is of course, Graf Orlok himself, played to perfection by Max Schreck who moves slowly and stiffly his every gesture laborious. Despite the film being silent you can almost hear the vampire’s joints creak as he stalks his prey. Unlike later incarnations of the Count, who portray him as suave and seductive, Orlok is repulsive, ugly and rat-like. He certainly looks like a centuries old creature risen from the grave and it’s a far more frightening visual to see this decaying beast enter a room than the handsome gent Dracula is so often portrayed as.
   What makes Orlok all the more interesting is how little we see him. Over the ninety minute runtime of the film, he appears on screen for just over ten minutes, yet when finishing the film, it feels as if his presence was stamped onto every frame.

   Interestingly, some elements of the Orlok character intended to differentiate him from his novel counterpart have found their way back into the Dracula mythos. The film casts Orlok as a nocturnal creature and the film’s ending sees him killed by the light of the sun. This is drastically different to the novel which sees Dracula walking around London in the sun perfectly happily, yet the idea of sun killing vampires has seeped into popular culture and today it is seen in almost all vampire media, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the Twilight saga. I’ve even seen film adaptations of Dracula that see the vampire killed off by the sun, the weakness of his “knock-off” counterpart.

Hutter and Orlok meet for the first time
   The rest of the cast are brilliant too, Gustav Von Wangenheim although prone to overacting (one of the few things that really date the film) portrays Hutter as an innocent fool, more child than man who finds his world turned upside down with his visit to Orlok’s castle.
   Greta Schroder is fantastic as the melancholic Ellen who appears almost as ghost-like as Orlok himself over the course of the film.
   All are backed up be vibrant and memorable performances by the supporting cast, including Alexander Granach’s energetic portrayal of Knock, the film’s version of Renfield.

   Aside from Orlok though, the real star are the visuals that director F.W. Murnau and his cinematographer F.A. Wagner were able to craft. The scenes in Orlok’s castle especially are wonderfully claustrophobic, the audience feels trapped in the small rooms just as Hutter is and the brilliant use of shadows make for some of cinemas most memorable scenes. Who could forget the eerie sight of Orlok’s shadow ascend the staircase and open the door to Ellen’s room?

Orlok's shadow climbs the stairs
   While Nosferatu may not frighten modern audiences as much as it did those of the past, the film still maintains a quiet, chilling atmosphere, the scary scenes are few and far between but the tension builds slowly between them. Watching this film alone is the dark is still be a haunting experience that hasn’t been dampened by the passage of time. Watching Nosferatu today is still rich and rewarding and I would encourage you to seek it out this Halloween and take the trip with Hutter, to the land of thieves and ghosts.

Happy Halloween
  *A note on the various versions of the film for those wishing to seek it out. If possible I would avoid the public domain version (the version usually found on sites like youtube). This version restores the characters names back to their Dracula counterparts, is often ran at the wrong speed (resulting in Benny Hill-a-like movement), isn’t tinted and often has scenes missing. It’s a very poor version of the film and definitely not the one you want to watch if you’re watching for the first time.

   If you want to watch the film properly the best way to do so is with the Masters of Cinema edition on DVD which presents the film as it is meant to be seen,correct tinting/intertitles/speed etc and with the original score. This is by far the best version out there, so if you’re serious about watching the film make sure it’s the one you pick up.

   Alternativly, there’s my personal favourite, the Eureka version with an electronic score by French group Art Zoyd. While the modern soundtrack may put some people off, personally I think it’s the score that best matches the visuals of the film and lends the most horror to the scenes with Orlok.

   Whatever edition you end up watching though (…but seriously, don’t watch the public domain version) I hope you enjoy it. You’re in for a treat.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The Old Man and the Sea

The old man and the sea
The Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemingway
 "Set in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Havana, Hemingway's magnificent fable is the story of an old man, a young boy and a giant fish. It was The Old Man and the Sea that won for Hemingway the Nobel Prize for Literature. Here, in a perfectly crafted story, is a unique and timeless vision of the beauty and grief of man's challenge to the elements in which he lives. Not a single word is superflous in this widely admired masterpiece, which once and for all established his place as one of the giants of modern literature."

Friday, 25 October 2013

Fabulous Beast The Sow

Fabulous Beast The Sow
Fabulous Beast
The Sow
Sarah Kain Gutowski

   For the most part, I am not a fan of poetry, it is just a world of writing that for whatever reason has never appealed to me. All the more reason then, to sing the praises of this wonderful collection of poems by Sarah Kain Gutowski which hooked me immediately, leading me to read the whole collection in one sitting.
   Not that this wasn’t an easy task, the book is short, only twenty pages or so but feels much longer as the weight of the words slowing time as I read.

    Perhaps the reason I felt so attached to this particular collection, was that the individual poems made up an over arching narrative, making the book read more like a novella in the form of poems than a regular poetry collection.

   The story is that of a sow on a farm. One with the knowledge of its place in life, knowing it exists purely to breed, giving off its litter until the day comes where it can breed no longer at which point it will be sold for its meat. The sow also possesses the ability to transform into a number of other creatures, most prominently featured being the human figures of a young woman and the deceased wife of the farmer.
   It is an unusual concept and one I found deeply sad, the sow’s knowledge of its unavoidable fate and the joy it seems to express as it transforms into the more malleable, more capable human form was heartbreaking.
   The text’s meditations on motherhood were also emotive. The initial poem opens with the sleeping sow in danger of killing her litter in her sleep should she roll over and the text suggests a conflict of emotions mothers might expect. The love of their children and the sadness experienced as they grow and must leave the nest. 

   While not a lover of poetry, I do have respect for it as a craft. The writer must work with such a limited canvas, picking their words carefully to get across their point. Gutowski does this perfectly, to provide such an engaging and emotive tale in such a small text is a commendable feat. Not a word is wasted and the poems are perfectly crafted.

   Having received this book through a goodreads giveaway I couldn’t be happier. Not something I would have picked up myself, it was a welcome surprise, a chance to set foot in unknown territory. It is a fascinating text and one I will undoubtedly return to, to try and glean more understanding of, to peel another layer away from the mysterious story. I’d happily recommend you pick it up and do the same.

Sarah Kain Gutowski

I received this book for review through GoodReads FirstReads

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Reading Aloud Tag

Reading Aloud Tag

The Circle

The Circle
The Circle
Dave Eggers

   I’ve wanted to read Dave Eggers for some time now but have just never had the chance. When I saw his new book was being offered out as a goodreads giveaway I entered immediately and was surprised and overjoyed when, a few weeks later, the novel appeared on my doorstep.

   The book is the story of Mae, a young woman who lands her dream job at a company known as The Circle.
   The book’s equivalent to Google, The Circle is a huge company dealing with almost every avenue of the digital world, from social networks to monetary transactions. The company’s huge office space, known as the Campus, is a sprawling building showcasing the greatest technological, architectural and cultural advances the world has to offer. Like Mae, I instantly fell in love with the campus, finding myself in awe as Eggers described each feature of the building in near pornographic detail.

    It is not until Mae becomes more involved with life at the campus, that the cracks begin to show. She is continually told to increase her presence online. To share photographs, post comments, partake in market surveys and join discussion groups. Through her multiple conversations with her superiors we see the glisten of the Circle fade as Mae’s privacy is stripped away layer by layer and she is forced to document her life, rather than experience it.
   This continues until it is taken to the extreme, Mae’s life broadcast live to the world 24/7, her personality all but extinguished as she is forced to evaluate and second guess her every interaction, knowing she is constantly before an audience, the narration becoming overstuffed with numbers and statistics as she constantly monitors her viewing figures.

   What could be seen as a preachy subject matter is handled perfectly through Eggers’ writing. I truly felt for Mae as her privacy was so forcibly removed, at one point I actually had to put my book down as my anger swelled.
   Eggers has a real knack for dialogue, each character’s voice is distinct and believable.
   A lot of this book is taken up by Steve Jobs style product reveals and business meetings. It’s Eggers brilliant dialogue that keeps the reader engaged through these sessions which could, in the hands of a lesser writer, be dull and samey.

   The circle is a fantastic novel and an important warning about where our culture is headed. As its hand extends across the world, influencing government and cataloguing history, we see the Circle’s digital utopia move, step by step towards totalitarianism and the reader is forced to ask important questions about our current place in the online world, where every search, comment, and purchase is stored forever online, used to market us products and where we are constantly encouraged to blog, like, share and tweet our every waking moment.

   This book left me thinking for hours after I put it down. I would not only recommend it, but actively encourage you to seek it out. An intelligent, entertaining novel, it is an essential read, for those engaging in the online world. 

Dave Eggers

I received this book for review through GoodReads FirstReads 

Thursday, 17 October 2013

A Question of Love

A question of love
A Question of Love
Isabel Wolff

"Sometimes the hardest questions to answer are the ones you ask yourself…
When Laura Quick finds herself accidentally hosting a quirky quiz show on national TV, nothing prepares her for one of the contestants – her ex-boyfriend Luke.
She’s still coming to terms with the loss of her husband Nick, having just packed up his clothes – and hopefully her memories of him – for good. So what does the still-delicious Luke’s arrival, complete with six-year-old daughter and badly behaved ex-wife, mean?"

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Girlfriend in a Coma

girlfriend in a coma
Girlfriend in a Coma 
Douglas Coupland
 "Karen, an attractive, popular student, goes into a coma one night in 1979. Whilst in it, she gives birth to a healthy baby daughter; once out of it, a mere eighteen years later, she finds herself, Rip van Winkle-like, a middle-aged mother whose friends have all gone through all the normal marital, social and political traumas and back again…"

Monday, 7 October 2013

Graphic Novel Collection 2013

A look at my Graphic Novel and Trade Paperback collection  as it currently stands. 
Sorry for the horrible shaky camera, note to self: no more standing on swivel chairs.

Sonic The Hedgehog in Robotnik’s Laboratory

Sonic the Hedgehog, featured in the Sega Mega-Drive games, must rescue his friends, who have been kidnapped by the villainous Doctor Robotnik. Robotnik plans to use Sonic's friends to find out the secret of his amazing powers.
Sonic The Hedgehog in Robotnik’s Laboratory 
Martin Adams
 "Sonic the Hedgehog, featured in the Sega Mega-Drive games, must rescue his friends, who have been kidnapped by the villainous Doctor Robotnik. Robotnik plans to use Sonic's friends to find out the secret of his amazing powers."

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Top 5 Breaking Bad moments

Breaking Bad
Top 5 Breaking Bad Moments

Breaking Bad is finished and the saga of Walter White has drawn to a close. The show was perhaps the most perfectly written piece of television I’ve ever come across. Bold, daring and constantly unpredictable it gave us a host of brilliant characters, not one of whom were stereotypical and a story that will be fondly remembered for years to come.

These are my top 5 moments from the whole series, I’ve changed my mind twenty times while writing this list and tried to get a good grasp of both the serious drama and brilliant comedy the series provided. It won’t match everybody’s list I’m sure so besure to let me know your favourite moments in the comments.
Also I should mention THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS!! Don’t read it unless you’ve watched the whole series.
For those that have however, my top five continues after the page break.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Small Gods

Small Gods
Small Gods 
Terry Pratchett
 "In the beginning was the Word.

And the Word was: "Hey, you!"

For Brutha the novice is the Chosen One. He wants peace and justice and brotherly love.

He also wants the Inquisition to stop torturing him now, please.."

Thursday, 26 September 2013


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Accent UK

Saturday, 21 September 2013


Accent UK pirates, twelve & Monsters
Accent UK
 Three short collections from the UK indie publisher Accent UK

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

John Boyne
"Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.

Bruno's friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation. And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process."

Monday, 9 September 2013

Comic Con Haul

Comic-Con Haul 07/09/13
This Saturday I Headed to MCM Comic-Con in the Glasgow SECC, I'd planned on taking a bunch of photos and making a massive post about the day but...frankly...I had too much fun to remember to take any pictures.
I had an absolute blast, seen a lot of awesome things and got to chat with some brilliantly talented artists.

While I didn't get any pictures though, one thing I certainly did get...is stuff. So, here it is, my haul from MCM 2013.

Let's start with Edward Ross' Filmish. A series of indie comics dealing with film and film theory, these are great I've read all three and they're absolutely brilliant. Also had a wee chat with Ross himself and he was a genuinely nice guy. I was happy to support him and I'll definitely be buying more from him in the future.

Robots is a collection of short strips by various writers published by Accent UK, not read this yet but it's wonderfully presented and was a bargain.

More from Accent, these are three separate issues sold in a bundle. each issues deals with a seperate theme, Monster, Pirates and Twelve seems to be just a collection of random strips. 

I also picked up the final ever issue of the Dandy. I've never been a massive Dandy fan but I had a lot of respect for the comic and was very sad to learn that it was going to finish. I'd hoped to pick this up when it was released but missed it in stores. Glad to have finally picked it up.

Badges, these were free from Tokyo toys when you spent a certain ammount of money. I got them when I bought...

...this awesome Sonic hat...

...and also Ash's hat.

Also got a blue demon wrestling mask. I've wanted a wrestling mask for ages now but it's hard to find any that aren't based on Rey Mysterio who I'm not much or a fan of. Blue Demon is a wrestling legend so I was more than happy to get one based on his mask.

Finally I got a tiny C3PO as a gift for my fiancee who couldn't make it to the event. She loves C3PO so this was a nice little thing to get her.

When we left the event we took a wander around Glasgow for a little while. Wasn't planning on spending anymore money...but then....I seen this....

there was no way I wasn't buying this.....

Countdown to Lockdown: A Hardcore Journal

Countdown to Lockdown
Countdown to Lockdown: A Hardcore Journal
Mick Foley
 "As one of the most bizarre and fearless stars of wrestling in recent times, Mick is known for taking extraordinary risks to remain at the peak of his game. COUNTDOWN TO LOCKDOWN is a no-holds-barred, behind the scenes account of his mental and physical preparation for the TNA Lockdown - in many ways, the most important wrestling match of his career."

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Witches Abroad

Witches Abroad
Witches Abroad
Terry Pratchett
 "It seemed an easy job... After all, how difficult could it be to make sure that a servant girl doesn't marry a prince?"


....I couldn't resist

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Books I Bought This Month

Books I Bought This Month

Trying out something new, gonna try and make one of these at the end of each month, just giving a quick little view into what books and comics I've bought over the last few weeks.

Hope you enjoy.

Steppin' on a rainbow

Steppin' on a rainbow
Steppin’ on a Rainbow
Kinky Friedman
 "Alone in his New York loft, the private detective Kinky Friedman, reflects on friendship and why all his friends are out of town. With time on his hands and feeling a little melancholy his mind turns to Stephanie DuPont - very hot but pretty much resistant to all his advances. The phone rings and Kinky's old contact Hoover from Honolulu is on the blower to report that Kinky's great friend Mike McGovern has disappeared while in the process of researching and writing his cookbook Eat, Drink and Be Kinky. He was last seen heading for the beach."

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Giovanni's Room

Giovanni's Room
Giovanni’s Room
James Baldwin
 "When David meets the sensual Giovanni in a bohemian bar, he is swept into a passionate love affair. But his girlfriend’s return to Paris destroys everything. Unable to admit to the truth, David pretends the liaison never happened – while Giovanni’s life descends into tragedy."

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Halting State

Halting State
Halting State
Charles Stross

"It was called in as a robbery at Hayek Associates, an online game company. So you can imagine Sergeant Sue Smith's mood as she watches the video footage of the heist being carried out by a band of orcs and a dragon, and realises that the robbery from an online game company is actually a robbery from an online game.

Just wonderful. Like she has nothing better to do. But online entertainment is big business, and when the bodies of real people start to show up, it's clear that this is anything but a game. For Sue, computer coding expert Jack Reed, and forensic accountant Elaine Barnaby, the walls between the actual and the virtual are about to come crashing down. There is something very dangerous and very real going on at Hayek Associates, and those involved are playing for keeps.

No cheats, no back doors, no extra lives - make a wrong call on this one and it's game over."