Wednesday, 24 June 2020
The genius behind the children's mega hit Artemis Fowl series is back with a story for adults with just a splash of the supernatural. The last Dragon on Earth is living in the swamps of Louisiana with only a squad of alligators and a friendly Mogwai for companionship. Any human that spots his whereabouts will end up dead and that's how he likes it.
“The Chinese called what Waxman was a mogwai, a malevolent-type fairy.”
15 year old 'Squib' Moreau has problems of his own. The dodgiest lawman around has set a cap for his mother, and when Squib watches him commit murder, his demise seems imminent.
When these two unlikely characters cross paths you'll be charmed, afraid, bemused, bewildered, but mostly charmed.I found the language quite a step away from that of the child-friendly series the author is most known for, nevertheless this strange mix of genres really works. Part hardboiled crime thriller, part fantasy, part coming of age tale, mixed in an earthy brew of swamp water and served cold, just like revenge.
5 out of 5 - I love an ornery Dragon.💕
Friday, 19 June 2020
"Start a conversation with somebody and watch when they blink. I believe you will find that your listener will blink at the precise moment he or she "gets"the idea of what you are saying, not an instant earlier or later."
I first heard of this text from one of the many movie pod casts I've been listening to of late and felt compelled to grab a copy. There is something mesmerising about hearing from someone who is truly passionate about their craft and this little volume is an intriguing look into the mysteries of what goes on in the editing suite. It explores how technology has completely transformed the method and the manpower levels required to undertake the task and yet dispels any reservations you may have that changing tools detract from the art involved.
The notion of film cuts as analogous with the blink of an eye makes total sense. I took away an even greater appreciation for the skill of the editor, whose choices make or break a film.
5 out of 5 - this is better than the Director's cut.
"I remember with perfect clarity that first night I lost the ability to sleep."
The Wind-up Bird and Tuesday's Women
I loved this moody, dreamlike story of a missing cat and a man who seems to be missing something of a life. It is a mystery that is never quite solved but enjoyable, like a good meal that leaves a delightful aftertaste.
The Second Bakery Attack
Late night cravings can turn criminal. This one left me a little conflicted, maybe its just because I don't eat bread or McDonalds.
On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning
Possibly the most beautiful, dreamlike, romantic tale I’ve read. Its efficiency of text is amazing and its denouement completely unexpected.
Get some rest.I mean, seriously.
I loved the symbolism of a random man filling the pants of the woman’s husband. Yet again a deftly spun short story with
The basis for the movie Burning, which I absolutely loved. Its hard to believe that a movie of more than 2.5 hours in length could be born of such a tiny story. Id say inspired by would be more appropriate as the film builds an entire world from some limited conceits. The mystery that Murakami posits in this strange and enticing tale is a jumping off point for the film which suggests the boyfriend is a serial killer by implication and in relation to the girl’s disappearance. The rich fop mindlessly compelled to burn old barns that aren’t his exudes entitlement and a strange kind of obsession. Murakami’s story is dreamlike and a puzzle to be savoured. One of the rare times where I preferred the film!
A sad tale about the transitory nature of life.
Tuesday, 16 June 2020
"The star lolly, outstripping even the Violet Crumble Bar and the Fantail in popularity, was undoubtedly the Jaffa."
"Before I realised I had to honour my second clock, my hormonal problems had drained my energy to the point where I was barely able to accomplish the basics of daily living."
"When you're generally miserable, the idea of actually having fun becomes a weird, foreign concept."
In these strange times that we are living in, when things can tend to be a bit grim, Alex Dyson just seems to deliver the antidote. First it was his hilarious zoom-ba efforts, then his great breakfast podcast with Matt Okine and now, he's reached some kind of fantastic trifecta in the form of a novel. Having missed his morning presence on the radio for some time now, I could still recall that Alex was a man who could definitely spin a yarn. If you wonder whether that translates to book form, then wonder no more.
This young adult gem appeals to readers of all ages. Anyone who has been mortified by the reveal of their crush, or dreamt of meeting their idols and getting a record deal. The reality of love, loss and the pressures of instant fame are all fleshed out in an entertaining fashion, by someone who has seen such things first hand - and it shows.
I loved Matt Okine's book and I love this equally. Both reflect the adorable voices that their radio fans grew to love, their sense of mischievous fun and slightly Peter Pan quality. My only regret was that I finished reading this way too quickly, it was vivid and immersive and definitely a 'banger'.
5 out of 5 - 'pack er up boys' this one deserves a wave of the tune rag.