Atomic Blonde [based on the book]

I really wanted to love this film. It has Charlize Theron kicking ass and looking awesome. Its got cool action scenes. Unfortunately it just isn’t a great film, it isn’t even a very good one. It is an average enough film that goes on too long and only does what loads of other films have […]

Star Trek into darkness

Terrorism is everywhere these days. From Iron Man to Star Trek and everywhere in between, you just can’t get away from it. In this case Capt. Kirk is on the trail of a Star Fleet operative gone rogue. He’s blown up a secret research facility. Tried to kill off the top brass, but Kirk is […]

Glister by John Burnside

Glister

Teenage boys are going missing in Innertown. Where they go and what happens to them, nobody knows. Some say that they have runaway, escaping the town with its pollution, disease, death and lack of a future. Others say that no one ever leaves Inntertown, and why didn’t they talk of their plans to anyone else. […]

The Night Eternal by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan

The Night eternal

The Strain Trilogy #3 I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The Strain worked really well as a competent vampire story. It was creepy and horrible and very readable. The second book, The Fall, I didn’t enjoy quite so much, but I still liked it. Solid, but still very readable. But this one, […]

Tongues of Serpents

ISBN: 9780007256778
book 6 in the Temeraire series

There were few streets in the main port of Sydney which deserved the name, besides the one main thoroughfare, and even that bare packed dirt, lined only with a handful of small and wretched buildings that formed all the permanence of the colony.

Okay, so because it follows on from plot points in the other books I can’t really tell you exactly why William Laurence and Temeraire are off to Australia, you’ll just have to read and find out. But in Australia they are. And one event leads to another and soon they find themselves in the outback, encountering bunyips and god knows what. The problem is that there is no central plot to hang their adventure on. It is just a journey across the outback, with a couple of dragons thrown in. And, well, it is a tad boring in places. Which is a huge disapointment as I’ve really enjoyed all the other books in this series. Okay, so the first more than any of the others, but they were all good fun.

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Scott Pilgrim is dating a highschooler. A 17-teen year old Chinese Canadian highschooler to be precise. But then he encounters Ramona Flowers and becomes a nice guy dick and starts seeing her too. But Ramona has a past, 7 evil exes, and for some reason Scott must fight and defeat them all.

Are you getting the impression that I didn’t really enjoy this film?

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Olympos

ISBN: 0575072628

I really loved Ilium when I read it in June so was looking forward to this, the sequel. And it kicks off right where we left the story in the first book. Unfortunately it just didn’t work as well. All through this book I was interested in what was going on, but never gripped, never fascinated or engaged by it. Merely hmm, that’s interesting.

That being said there are some great reasons for reading this book. Ilium is a great read, and this continues that story and brings it to conclusion. I quite liked the banter between the two morevacs. And there is a lot more explanation of who and what characters are, as well as where they came from, so you can know if you figured it all our correctly in Ilium. And the idea is a great one.

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The lovely bones [based on the book]

I read the book this was based on a long time ago. So long ago that I don’t really remember the details. But I do remember thinking that it wasn’t the most film-friendly of novels when I heard that it was to be adapted. But of course neither was The Lord of the Rings and look how well Jackson et al did there. This, however, is a very different kettle of fish from LOTR

The Wolfman

I really did want to enjoy this film. It is a werewolf film after all, and I am a fan, plus Benicio Del Toro has something about him that I usually enjoy. Unfortunately there is very little by way of storyline in this film. And even less of characters. I mean, why make a film about a character no one cares about? When your central character leaves me meh-d out, well, your film really isn’t going to grab my attention now is it?