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.