Monty Python and the Holy Grail

I’m not quite sure when I first watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail, but I know I wasn’t too young. Certainly a teenager. I’d heard of Monty Python but was more familiar with John Cleese from Fawlty Towers. I think I bought a collected dvd set, although maybe I caught some on the television… […]

To kill a mockingbird

I would guess that almost everyone reading this blog is familiar, to some degree, with Harper Lee’s To kill a mockingbird. The classic story of a good man (Atticus) in a bad world, trying to do his best, as seen through his young daughter (Scout’s) eyes. And of course, then there is Boo Radley, the […]

The invisible man - H. G. Wells

The Invisible man

Another coursera course book, and another that fits with my reading for this years RIP project & for the 2012 Sci-Fi Challenge. One wintry day in a small, quiet English village, a stranger appears. He takes a room at the inn and keeps himself to himself. But his intense privacy, the bandages he wears, and […]

The Island of Doctor Moreau

Read/Download for free from The University of Adelaide Read for Coursera Sci-Fi course & for RIP VII After his death the nephew of a Mr. Edward Prendick found a strange account among his papers. It was known that Prendick had been cast adrift after the ship he was on sank. The tale he told his […]

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Just as with Dracula most of us are familiar with the story of Frankenstein and his creation, even if popular culture often refers to the monster by that name. It probably suffers a little because so many of us think we know the story, why should we read something that we already know about. But […]

The Outsiders

ISBN: 0006722253 I decided to reread this after hearing that the film has been recut and rereleased. The Outsiders is one of those classic YA books. Although I never read it at school I think it might be on one of the optional reading lists. The story revolves around Ponyboy, he tells the story, the […]

Vanity Fair [based on book]

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. This is not a good film. To be honest it isn’t even worth discussing, apart from two aspects. There is wonderful look of the costumes, but it isn’t enough to keep you watching for the three thousand hours this film lasts. Okay, so it is really only 141 minutes, but by the end you really will be wondering why you bothered.

The other thing, well, that’d be James Purefoy. Yummy. Not only does he look very well, but the character is a lovely fella who deserved a lot better than he got. And he does smoulder very well. Read more about Vanity Fair [based on book]