The Phoenix on the Sword

Conan short stories ; 1 All I know about Conan comes from the Arnie film, so it was surprise to read this and come across Conan already a king. But this is the first Conan story, in publication order, his history was later filled in by Howard in other stories and tales. Although I am […]

His last bow

Containing – “The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge” (1908), “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” (1892), “The Adventure ,of the Red Circle” (1911), “The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans” (1908), “The Adventure of the Dying Detective” (1913), “The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax” (1911), “The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot” (1910), and, “His Last Bow. An […]

In the Vanishers’ palace

How do people survive after colonisation and enslavement? What happens to a society that has been stamped out when those invaders leave, and all that remains is damage and pain? It’s a fascinating question, and I would gladly read more about the post-Vanishers world that de Boddard has created for this novella, because although that […]

Meet Shuri

This little kitten was wandering on the road; her eyes sealed shut and unable to see. So we picked her up and called into the house that it looked like she came from. And she probably did, two other adult cats hanging around and loads of cat food containers lying around. But no person. And […]

a figure in a spacesuit tumbles through the docking bay of a space station with a spacecraft behind

Exit strategy

Murderbot diaries ; 4 I love these books. They just feel so warm and comforting, like a hug, despite the fact that the narrator describes themselves as a murderbot and there are many threats and violent incidents. There’s just something about them that makes them feel cosy. And I really really do NOT mean that […]

The apostle

Where to start with this film… Well, I guess with where it starts, with a man. Brooding, unhappy. With a past. And a missing sister he must rescue. As for where it goes from there? Well, there’s a cult and religion and a goddess and rules and regulation but a “free” society. Traitors turned heroes, […]

First man [based on book]

It’s strange, having been born post the moon landings, the fact that a person has walked on the moon has always been true for me. So in some weird sense it is just normal that a human being strapped themselves into a rocket, exploded into space and actually walked on the moon. Not only that, […]

22 July [based on the book One of Us]

This is a tough film to watch. As it should be; dealing with mass murder and terrorism as it does. It doesn’t shy away from the violence and horror. And it never, ever glorifies or exploits the facts. The victims are where your empathy and emotion lie. It really is worth watching, but be prepared […]