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solace91z

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  1. Anyone looking forward to the Locke and Key series on Netflix? I'll admit the trailer looked a tad too whimsical for me, but I'm hoping they do the graphic novel some justice.
  2. Recently watched The Big Sick on Amazon Prime - I missed this when it was in the cinema, so was pleased to see it arrive on Amazon fairly quickly. It's a well balanced blend of humour and poignant drama based on Kumail Nanjiani’s own experiences. The film follows a fledgling stand up comedian as he traverses life, centering on his burgeoning career and relationships with his girlfriend and his own disapproving family. A realistic and funny script and some great performances from both the leads (Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan) and supporting acts (Holly Hunter, Ray Romano) kept me enthralled to the end.
  3. This book is about Chris Knight, who in 1986 walked away from society and spent the next 26 years living mostly undetected in the woods in Maine. He'd been the subject of a podcast I'd listened to recently, so I thought I'd give this a read. It charts his early life, where he learnt practical and survival skills in and around the family home estate through the many years spent in the wilderness without human contact, but where he managed to survive by stealing supplies from the cabins and camps in the area, to his eventual capture. Author Michael Finkel was one of the few visitors to Knight when he was incarcerated and whilst his status as a hermit is subject of debate (he is equally legendary and villified by the cabin owners in the North Pond area), his yearning for solitude and a deep introspective connection with nature is well captured in the writing. Knight comes across as a complex character - for the most part he's emotionless and deeply private, desiring to be left alone, but at the same time expresses regret and shame for having to resort to theft in order to survive. I really enjoyed reading this, and finished it in two sittings - the flow of the writing was good and Knight's story is intriguing, and in these current technology obsessed times I found his experience alluring (I guess it speaks to the hermit deep down in all of us!).
  4. I'm only 2 eps into Luke Cage and enjoying it, but I have heard that the second half of the series is quite hit and miss. A shame, I really enjoyed Jessica Jones and Dare Devil.
  5. Sad news indeed - I'd seen him at a comic convention only a month before as well.
  6. Have to admit, I keep nearly starting this series, then find something else instead. I'm currently ploughing through The Americans, and will start Bosch after
  7. It was talk of the town a few weeks back, but did anyone see it? Probably the best thing I've watched all year, I loved it more than Preacher I'm ashamed to admit. I'm slightly disappointed there's probably going to be a second season, as I think it was a real gem and doesn't need any follow up!
  8. I thought series 2 was ok, if a little convoluted and over ambitious. I didn't think it was as bad as the reviews suggested, though I'll admit to having to re-watch an episode due to falling asleep
  9. I loved it, I think the makers did a great job bringing it to the screen and Seth Rogen did it proud. All the casting was excellent, I think I prefer TV Tulip to book Tulip.
  10. Finally got around to watching Kingsman over the weekend. I missed it in the cinema and Lovefilm sent it through last week. I haven't read the graphic novel but I really enjoyed the film - the humour and action were just right for me, definitely a worthy alternative to Bond!
  11. I love this film! Particularly Christoph Waltz - I just found him amazing to watch both in this and Inglourious Basterds. I haven't seen The Hateful Eight yet, but I find Tarantino's films seem to get better and better.
  12. This was originally published as a webcomic, but later released as a hardback collected edition. The story is set in a not too distant future after a massive digital privacy breach has rendered the internet and most digital technology useless and discarded, and identity protection is now everyone's key priority. So much so, that the general population all wear masks in public. A journalist is hired by a mysterious client to perform a detailed background check on her, in the hope of uncovering any dirty secrets that may be buried in her past. It isn't long before she winds up dead, and in a bid to find her killer the journalist and his client's sister are drawn into a web of intrigue and corporate conspiracy. This isn't up there with the likes of Saga or Y: The Last man but even on his sub par days Brian K Vaughan writes well, effortlessly blending crime/noir/future dystopia with shots of dark comedy. The artwork and colouring are quite spectacular and eye-catching, and the whole lavish wide, hardback edition is pretty lovely indeed.
  13. I actually read this in single issue format, but at some point I'll buy the trade paperback. After suffering a surprise devastating attack from mysterious giant mechanical entities known as the Harvesters, robots have been vilified and outlawed across the galaxy. Dr Quon, a former robotics engineer and genius is enlisted by the United Galactic Council to help learn the origins or the Harvesters, and in doing so what preventative measures could be taken should the Harvesters ever return. The line of investigation leads him and the UGC to the TIM model - a child like companion bot designed by Quon, which shares some fundamental programming codex similarities with the Harvesters. On a distant off-world mining colony, Tim-21 comes online, to find his adoptive family disappeared or dead, along with the rest of the colony. Not long after, a group of scrappers arrive intent on retrieving any robots for junk. Tim-21's quest to be reunited with the remainder of his family whilst avoiding the scrappers starts, and the UGC head to the mining moon to bring Tim-21 in for analysis. In Descender 1, Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen have created the basis for a seemingly vast and complex universe, with many different inter-planetary factions and worlds. The story has equal parts sci fi, sentiment and politics, and while it seems epic space sagas are currently all the rage, for me this book has a strong enough story and potential to stand out and not simply ride the crest of the wave. My only gripe is that the art work, which is very sketchy in style, can sometimes be hard to interpret.
  14. I remember seeing the World Wide Web for the first time in 1994 at college - we had 1 dedicated computer with a 14.4Kbs modem attached. The 'Internet Administrator' loaded a page on Pigeon Kicking, which took 45 seconds to load a page essentially consisting of text with 1 picture. At the time I scoffed and said the internet and www was a total waste of time. For the most part, I still agree with that
  15. This title caught my attention as it is by Robert Kirkman, and since I'm a fan of his other works (Invincible, The Walking Dead, Haunt) I gave it a go. Outcast centres on Kyle Barnes, who has experienced a number of traumatic incidents throughout his life of demonic possession amongst his loved ones. It appears that Kyle has the ability to exorcise said demons, and after some more freak occurrences he works with the local Reverend to find out more about why the possessions are taking place and what, if anything, it has to do with himself. The story makes some interesting parallels with domestic abuse, and I found the small-town america location combined with the art work in stark lining and colouring along with basic tones to be quite eerie and chilling. Whilst The Walking Dead is an amazing series, it feels after 20+ volumes quite a tired and lumbering epic - so it was great to read something from Kirkman that was an altogether different pace and setting.
  16. Started watching this on Amazon at the weekend. I really like Tom Ellis in the role - he captures the humour,attitude and campness of Lucifer from the comic perfectly. However, the series so far (2 eps) seems to be very safe in terms of sex/violence/language and is following a yawn-some formulaic cop/buddy procedural 'solve a case every week' format - something I hope will change over the coming episodes.
  17. X-Files was good, pretty much the same standard as first time round. That said, I realised 10 minutes into it that I had grown out of it (in fact, I jacked the series in around 1998-ish, after the first film), so in light of my current viewing schedule this is designated non essential Was good to see Joel McHale though, loved him in Community.
  18. Sounds good. I've read a couple of Synder's books (Wytches, American Vampire) which I enjoyed, but not yet enough to decide if I'd rate him up there with Garth Ennis or Ed Brubaker.
  19. Yes Hazel! My 90's nostalgia is at it's peak right now.
  20. Pantera have always been a love/hate part of my CD collection. I really can't stand Phil Anselmo, but on the other hand Dimebag Darrell is one of my guitar heroes, so when I found this book in the work spares cupboard I was keen to give it a read. This biography charts Darrell's all too short life, from his teenage years as a Kiss and Van Halen fan and rookie guitar player, through the formation of Pantera in the 80's to their peak in the 90's (Dimebag by this time a guitar virtuoso) and eventual disbanding in the 2000s. His life is covered through a series of anecdotes from his nearest and dearest, and he comes across as a hard drinking fun loving guy who made time for everyone around him. His life was cut tragically short in December 2004 when a crazed Pantera fan stormed the stage whilst he was performing with his then band Damageplan and shot him at near point blank. The writing feels a little haphazard at times with events and passages segueing untidily into each other, often feeling like an extended music press article. But in an odd sort of way, the style matches it's subject. One for Dimebag/Pantera fans only maybe.
  21. both mine (6 and 8 year olds) have tablets. My daughter (the youngest) has muscular dystrophy and finds it easier to use than our laptop as it is lighter for her to handle / carry around and the touch screen is easier for her to manipulate than a keyboard or mouse.
  22. Since staying away for work 5 days a week for the last two years I've found the amount of time I spend watching TV has dropped dramatically. I watch practically none during the week and maybe 6-7 hours at the weekend with the family (DVDs or netflix/amazon/iplayer/4od series). The kids are generally banned from TV Monday to Friday, though by the time they're back from after school/sports clubs and have had dinner and done homework, they're getting ready for bed. We're quite an active/busy family at the weekend - Saturdays we're usually out most of the day and Sunday mornings are spent at the rugby club where my lad plays and I help coach.
  23. I haven't seen that film Hazel, but the write up sounds good so I'll put it on my Lovefilm / Amazon by post list.
  24. For TV related clothing, Rick and Morty are doing the rounds in our house - I got a tee shirt and an Xmas jumper from society6, and my lad has a Mr Meeseeks tee
  25. such sad news about Bowie
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