Revival by Stephen King

Sunday, 7 December 2014

I never really know what to think about Stephen King. I have a great deal of respect for him as a writer and for his attitude towards the publishing world in general. However, the last few of his books that I've made my way through have never quite delivered the promise that his reputation makes for them. I fell in love with the gorgeous, pulpy cover for his 2013 book Joyland but found the final twist to be really fucking dull. Am I missing something? Or is this King of contemporary horror just a little pedestrian these days? Not terrible by any means but nothing to get excited about. Although, he always has this way of drawing me back in. My fucking huge TBR pile has prevented me from buying Mr Mercedes so far, his first 2014 release, but every time I see it on the shelf I get a little bit closer. It was the connections to Frankenstein and HP Lovecraft that persuaded me to break my book buying ban for Revival. If something connected to Mary Shelley then I'd probably be tempted to break anything to try it.

Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

Friday, 5 December 2014

I remember a fair few of the key jokes so I'm sure I watched Dumb and Dumber in its entirety when I was younger. However, if I did, it wasn't one of the films that made a massive impact on me. Still, when news of the sequel came out I was still hit with a wave of nostalgia at the thought of Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels reuniting as Harry and Lloyd once again. At least until I saw the first on-set picture of the pair. Then I just felt sad, embarrassed and old. The only thing I've seen recently that's more tragic is the S Club 7 reunion. I mean if Paul can no longer 'get down on the floor' then what's the point?

Us by David Nicholls

Monday, 17 November 2014

This years Man Booker prize long list proved two things: that last years embrace of female writers was a bit of a fluke and that the judges were going to extremes to prove that they were fans of more popular literature. Or at least this felt like the most likely explanation for the inclusion of David Nicholls' Us. Don't get me wrong, after one false start, I liked One Day as much as the next person. However, Nicholls' books aren't necessarily prize worthy; they're nice. A term that, in regards to literary works, takes on a sickeningly patronising tone most often applied to works enjoying unprecedented sales success. Then again, I have been known to be over critical so I thought I'd give his new, Booker prize longlisted novel a chance.... plus it was on offer at the time.

Gone Girl (2014)

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

(As I seem to be one of the only people on the planet not to have read Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel spoilers probably won't be an issue. On the other hand, if you're part of my team this may be verging on the dangerous ground.)

As I'll no doubt have mentioned by now (after all, deep down I'm still annoyingly Indie at heart), I never finished reading Gone Girl. I can't remember how far into the book I actually got but it was well before the 'big twist'. I just couldn't keep going with the writing and I thought it was painfully obvious where Gillian Flynn was going. Having learnt about the plot, it turns out my predictions were pretty accurate so I don't really regret my decision to stop. Life's too short for that shit. If my undergraduate dissertation had been as signposted as Flynn's bestseller, my tutor would have fucking loved me. However, I have a certain amount of faith in David Fincher and if anyone could make me like this story it was likely to be him. All I needed to do was convince my friend to go with me. Thankfully I had a secret weapon up my sleeve: the promise of Affleck penis.

'71 (2014)

Thursday, 23 October 2014

It was a busy Saturday afternoon at work when my friend suddenly decided I was a suitable back-up plan for her evening. I was spared an evening of bowling failures (spared... geddit?) thanks to her raging hormones. We'd seen the trailer for '71 when we went to see TheRiot Club although our reactions to it were pretty different. Whilst I'd seen a historically and aesthetically interesting thriller, she saw an opportunity to stare at Jack O'Donnell for nearly 2 hours. Never mind, eh? I can think of worse reasons to sit in a dark room on a Saturday night. Plus, she's been threatening to drag me to endless Zac Efron films for the last few years so I'm just too grateful when our interests overlap to really care why.

The Riot Club (2014)

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

No matter how much I loved An Education, I have to be honest, I never wanted to see The Riot Club. Unfortunately, a friend of mine was desperate to see it because “she loves posh boys”. As the only alternative film I had in my arsenal was the new and most likely disappointing Woody Allen film, I couldn't change her mind. Still, considering Douglas Booth has a fucking beautiful jawline (who's with me, ladies?) I was pretty sure I could work with it. Besides, who doesn't enjoy a bit of social commentary on a Wednesday afternoon?

Roald Dahl Day: Who is your favourite character?

Saturday, 13 September 2014

As you all may know today marks the anniversary of Roald Dahl's birth and the world has taken to celebrating the much loved children's author. Especially considering this year also marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This milestone is partially being marked by Penguin through their new Classic edition which, as we have discovered recently, is a pretty controversial topic. To be honest, and at the risk of feeling the wrath of the internet, I'm not as opposed to the questionable picture as most seem to be. I admit there is a certain amount of sexualising the young girl at the centre of the photo but, after watching far too much Toddlers and Tiaras over the last few days, maybe I've become somewhat immune to it. Plus, I also quite like the combination. Dahl was a lot darker than people tend to appreciate. Of course, he wasn't that dark but I like the idea of an adult addition that pays attention to it.

Confessions of a Grown-Up Potterhead

So I'm a pretty big Hank Green fan and I have recently put him back on my “Day to Day” Spotify playlist. However, I can't help but feel a little guilty when I listen to his Harry Potter songs. OK not guilty but at least sad that I'm not that big of a Harry Potter fan. It's something that has always made me feel a little awkward and constantly has me considering handing back my geek ID card. It's not even like I hate the books: I'm just kind of ambivalent towards them. So whenever a song like 'Book Eight' comes on I can't fully appreciate how downright awesome the song actually is because I don't fully understand the sentiment.
 
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