the last post was a lie

I hadn’t updated the blog at all in god knows how long.  I did start a new blog this year with the intention of reading 52 books this year but University workload has meant that’s been very tough.

As such I’m going to switch that out to focus on 52 stories in a year, so that will mean I can lump films in there as well which are much easier to consume.

I may import that site into this blog, to get it going again and then as I’ll be posting here about that I may actually update it with some other ramblings . . .




the winds of change . . .

Well I’m toying with moving the blog, and having a bit of a rethink of what I can possibly achieve in 52 weeks – university coursework is proving to be more time consuming than I anticipated and that has to take priority as I’m only 8 months from graduation.

I think the time needed to consume 52 books is just going to be a non starter, so I’m going to switch the blog up a bit to include any type of story  – regardless of the media.  This will allow me to use films as well which will be much easier to consume.


Once I’ve got it sorted, I’ll export all this to the new location

201611 – For The Win

Another one in the bag – well to be honest this one was finished a couple of weeks ago but I hadn’t got around to posting.

I do like Corey Doctorow (in fact I’m reading another one now that I’m almost done with) and his visions of the near future are almost always believable.  This book was a bit heavy on the economics, but after being initially turned off about them, I did find myself being more and more interested in how the markets worked.

All in all a good read – and while not as strong as some of his other works (Little Brother was a particularly fun read), if you can cope with the economics and have played MMORPGs you will most certainly enjoy it.



201610 – Zero Minus Ten

The second Bond book I read on hols was Zero Minus Ten – in which bond had to stop a plot to send China/UK to war at the handover of Hong Kong.  

While there are bits where the book hasn’t aged well, on the whole it was another easy read (as are most Bond books).  I didn’t really care for the main villain, but the interactions between Bond and the Triad leader was good and probably the best bits of the book.

201609- For Special Services

Getting a bit behind with this whole year of books thing – but going to keep trying to catch up somehow.

Had a week in Portugal and managed to read two books in a week – took my kindle with me and realised I’d only got all the James Bond books on it (had to wipe and reset it a month or two ago and never got round to re syncing it with calibre) so picked two at random that I hadn’t previously read.  I love the Flemming bond books and read them all in order a few years ago and have to say that while the newer ones can’t really hold a candle to the originals a few of them are actually pretty faithful to Flemmings Bond.
For Special Services was a pretty good read, perfect for a holiday book as its formulaic nature means you can just plough through it and let it carry you away.  Blofeld is back (kinda) and I have to say I didn’t see the twist coming which surprised me.  It was an enjoyable read, however the Villian pet/animal killing scenario that is set up at the start never really comes back in the way I’d have liked it to. However that (and it’s by the numbers approach) didn’t stop me finishing it in a day or two.  


201608 – Letter 44 (vol 1)

I dipped back into graphic novels for book 8 – with the first volume of ‘Letter 44’.

The new president is sworn in and receives a letter from the exiting PotUS telling him about a space related threat, and a science/military mission that was set in motion 3 years ago to go up and see what was going on.

A great premise, and an enjoyable read.  Definitely going to hunt out the subsequent volumes to see what happens.  I’m more interested in what happens to the mission than what happens back on Earth (so far the usual USA, USA, USA, posturing but I guess that’s to be expected).


201607 – High Rise


Thought I’d get round to reading this before the film was released.  An enjoyable read, however I did lose the sense of time towards the end of the book.  I had no real feeling of how time was passing, or why the situation was never actually looked into by the authorities.

Still – I enjoyed reading it, and considering it’s as old as I am (40) it’s an interesting look into how the 70’s saw the future possibly turning out.

Gonna go back to the future for the next read I reckon.  Got some catching up to do so will smash a couple of shorter books out in the next couple of weeks to get myself back on track.  Might even see what graphic novels are in the local library to have a read of.