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Reading: Woken Furies

December 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Woken Furies
Woken Furies by Richard K. Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The third Takeshi Kovacs novel, and currently the final one. He’s come back to his home planet of Harlan’s World, and as the book begins he’s deeply entrenched in a personal quest of brutal, pointless vengeance. Things go awry and he’s stuck in a cheap synthetic sleeve and tagging along with a group of networked mercenaries, who spend their time fighting machine creatures on a continent completely overrun with them.

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Film: Lady Vengeance

August 2, 2011 1 comment

The dog is not the film's main target.

I already watched Oldboy, the second of Park Chan-Wook’s films in the thematically-connected Vengeance Trilogy (following Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance), several weeks ago, so I’m jumping straight to the third. Officially the third film is titled Sympathy For Lady Vengeance but the version in the trilogy boxset is simply called Lady Vengeance, so that’s what I’m going with.

General spoilers follow for Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy and Lady Vengeance

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Reading: June 2011’s Books

July 29, 2011 1 comment

Almost a month late, we have the June round-up posts. Games and television were up first, now it’s time for the books:

Terry is the only returning author this month and is proving something of a regular, appearing in four of the last six months.

Image sources: Terry, Cormac, Markus and Brian

There are four authors this month but I read nearly twice that amount of books. As ever, that’s because of one specific author. Including this month’s haul I’ve read ten of his books so far this year and eighteen in the past twelve months. Let’s get to it then: Read more…

Reading: April 2011’s Books

It’s time for each of April’s round-up posts, a quick overview and assessment of all the entertainment I consumed during the month. Having finally been on time enough last month to make goals this is the first proper opportunity to see whether I was able to meet them. This month kicked off with film and next is April’s reading.

Follett and Doctorow are gone this month, but Clarke and Baxter are joined by four new authors.

Image sources: Stephen, Arthur, Ben, David, Raymond and Olaf.

The four different authors in March was the widest selection so far, so the six portraits above should hopefully indicate that there was an even greater variety this month. ‘Variety’ might be the wrong word considering four are all from the same genre, but I’ll doubt that bias will ever change significantly. On to the breakdown then:

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Reading: March 2011’s Books

April 10, 2011 2 comments

On time for once (and coming straight on the heels of February’s), here we have the March round-up posts. This month we kick off with the books I read:

 

Pratchett's out this month and Follett is joined by three newcomers, making it the largest selection of authors so far this year.

Image sources: Ken, Cory, Stephen and Arthur.

In the title images like the one above I give everything/everyone a picture of equal size, even when the books are a collaborative effort (as is the case with one of this month’s books and Good Omens back in January) that maybe should mean each author gets a half-size space. If the image sizes reflected the amount of time each author’s works occupied in the month then January’s would have been a huge image of Terry Pratchett and a sliver of Neil Gaiman at the end because I mostly just read Pratchett’s books, while February and March have also both been dominated by one author.

In those cases though it’s not because I’ve been reading lots of books by one person but because of the sheer size of the individual books. When I’m only reading about an hour a day an epic like The Pillars of the Earth or World Without End takes up most of the month, and while that comes at the expense of other books it’s very satisfying to feel immersed in one place for so long (which is what can be so great about jumping in late to an epic series like Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, as I mentioned last week).

On to this month’s reading:

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Film: February 2011’s Films

I’m still catching up with these, but unless procrastination gets the better of me March’s posts will arrive promptly in April once I’m off work (so probably the 6th onwards). This month the first monthly review post covered gaming (which was last  in January), the second was television and now it’s the turn of February’s films, and we’ll end with the month’s reading.

 

Three images are much easier to fit into the header, so that's a plus of sorts. Can you guess what the films are?

Image sources: Jake, Ray and The Operative.

Yes, just three films this months. That’s daft and I have no excuse, so I’m just going to jump straight into talking about the films themselves:

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Film: Recent Movies

August 30, 2010 3 comments

The last time I did this was more than a month ago, so there are a lot of films in here (spanning twenty years of releases) and the thoughts will probably be briefer. I’ll put them in order of preference, with the worst film getting the most commentary because it was bad in a way that leaves me with lots to say about it:

The Host

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The Host (2006)

Summary: A mysterious monster snatches a young girl and she is believed to be dead by everybody except her family, who set out to try and save her.

Thoughts: This was very good. I went into it expecting something like the The Ring or The Grudge, something dark and psychological, which was a little silly of me as the only real connection between them was that they’re all Asian films (but not even the same country, with The Host being Korean and the other two Japanese) and have a similar title structure.

The Host has a lot more in common with monster movies, with the monster being created by pollution, publicly terrifying the region and picking off those who go after it.  It mixes humour, horror and more touching moments to great effect and the initial reveal scene for the monster is very impressive and lengthy with some good CGI work.

Road to Perdition

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Road to Perdition (2002)

Summary: A gangster takes his son on the road after they run afoul of the mobster he works for, trying to stay alive and work on their revenge.

Thoughts: I’ve seen this a couple of times before (though not recently) and still think it’s very good, even if it’s no American Beauty. Hanks does very well with a role that doesn’t seem to fit his general nice guy role history, and most of the cast are great in general. I don’t really have anything more to say about it than that.

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