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11.06am

My Ten Word Review of Fate of the Furious. What did you think of this movie? Did you love it or hate it?

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6.59pm

What did you think? Did you love it or hate it?

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4.19pm

American_Psycho_by_Bret_Easton_Ellis_first_US_paperback_edition_1991Regular readers will know that I am an avid consumer of movies and books, and I really like reading books from which movies have been made. A favourite movie in our house is American Psycho, and I have had the book that this is based on loaded on my eBook reader for a long time. I finally got around to reading it and goddam what a weird book.

Weird in a good way.

This won’t be for everyone as its constant lists and descriptions of what people are wearing or eating, and Huey Lewis and the News deconstruction, and straight up brutal and graphically described murder might turn some people off. As a snapshot, however, of a broken mind, nostalgic places in time, and the briefest glimpses of vulnerability, it absolutely shines. It is skilfully written and easy to read, and will simultaneously horrify you and intrigue you.

There is not much more to say really. Pick it up and read it, you’ll know within about 40 pages if its for you or not…

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6.49pm

What did you think? Did you love it or hate it?

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7.31pm

My review of Silence. What did you think? Did you love it or hate it?

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7.49pm

What did you think? Did you love it or hate it?

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3.39pm

My review of a classic! What did you think? Did you love it or hate it?

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8.04pm

My review of Patriots Day. What did you think? Did you love it or hate it?

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5.05pm

rogue-one-novelizationIt is no secret that I am a long time Star Wars fan, and the arrival last year of the first spin off story was welcome news. The movie was fantastic, but it was with some trepidation that I approached the novelisation. The reason for that was the absolutely awful books that were written to fill the gap between Return of the Jedi  and The Force Awakens namely Aftermath and Aftermath: Life Debt.

I needn’t have worried, I can honestly say that this is the best Star Wars book I’ve ever read. Alexander Freed has done a great job, and it really makes me wonder “what could have been” if he had been the author of the Aftermath books.

While the novelisation does not add a huge amount extra to the story presented in the movie, it is a action packed ride the whole way through, and a real page turner. What it does add to the movie is an increased level of detail of how at this stage of the timeline, the galaxy is in a state of great unrest. The final scenes on Scarif are brutal and hold nothing back. I guess having seen the movie I was able to visualise things in my head, but Freed did a great job of making it all come alive again. The descriptions of the tactics used in the battle above Scarif by Admiral Raddus were also excellent.

Another area where Freed excelled was on the human relationships front. The ongoing frustrations that Krennic had with Tarkin were tangible, and Mon Mothma’s backing of Jyn Erso while on Yavin 4 added a nice layer to their characters.

You don’t need to be familiar with Star Wars lore in order to enjoy this, and even if you aren’t a Star Wars fan, it’s a bloody good sci-fi book. Read it.

 

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3.10pm

Ten Word Review of: The Void

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