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Personal: June 2011’s Purchases

Remember when I said these posts were so quick to make I just auto-scheduled them for posting? Well I’ve started discussing the purchases, so that’s over. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted. Onto the purchases:


  • The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
  • Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
  • Greybeard, by Brian Aldiss

I generally buy books in threes now and have been stockpiling lots of recommendations from Twitter, Boing Boing and anywhere else where people happen to be talking about books. I try to keep things varied in each batch, in this case going for some sci-fi (Greybeard, which I found through the SF Masterworks collection), a modern classic I’ve never read Catch-22) and something outside my comfort zone (The Book Thief, which was praised by Twitter user @LaRainbow).


  • De Blob 2 (PS3)
  • MySims Sky Heroes (PS3)
  • Portal 2 (PlayStation 3)

I took longer to buy Portal 2 than I meant to, originally planning to get it at release because I was so sure it would be worth the price. The PS3 version worked out best in the end because it meant my nephew got the version he wanted most (PS3), I got the one I wanted most (PC, thanks to a free download included in the PS3 version) and we had a guaranteed way of playing co-op through splitscreen on PS3, as well as the possibility of being able to play together online through the two versions.

The other two games are birthday presents for my nephew next month, who doesn’t know I have a blog so can’t have it spoiled. He’s difficult to buy games for because he mostly fixates on just one or two (currently LittleBigPlanet 2 and Minecraft) and neglects others (hence us not having got through Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 yet despite having it since Christmas), making them a waste. These games were both very cheap though.


  • Batman Animated Season 1 – Volume 1
  • Maid Marian and Her Merry Men
  • X-Men Season 1, Volume 1
  • X-Men Season 1, Volume 2

These are all birthday presents for my nephew, continuing my efforts to indoctrinate him in older childrens’ fare. He already has the complete Thundercats (which he liked) and the first volume of Transformers (which he hasn’t been as interested in), and as far as I’m aware both the Batman and X-Men series are of much better quality, so hopefully he’ll like them. The animated Batman series was awkward to buy simply because the name seems to fluctuate. Amazon has the first volume as Batman Animated Season 1 but the second as Batman DC Collection Volume 2, while on Zavvi the names are the other way around, Batman DC Collection Volume 1 and Batman Animated Season 2, and it took me a while to establish that they were all the same thing and that future episodes are definitely available if he takes to the Dark Knight.

Maid Marian and Her Merry Men is something I personally enjoyed as a child and I think it has the kind of comedy he’ll appreciate, so I’m hoping that goes down well.


  • Fever Ray, by Fever Ray (Album)
  • Stranger Than Kindness, by Fever Ray
  • Here Before, by Fever Ray

I got this mainly because the penultimate episode of Bones used one of the tracks, Keep the Streets Empty For Me, very effectively, and the Amazon previews made it all sound worth a listen. Amazon had two versions of the Fever Ray album for download, one with twelve tracks and one with ten, and it was cheaper to buy the ten-track version and then get the remaining two songs separately. I actually tired of most of the songs pretty quickly and now only have two in rotation, the one from Bones and one other, If I Had a Heart. Buying just those two would have been even cheaper still, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes.


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