Saturday, 26 November 2016

BLOG NOTICE!


DEAR READER

This was actually going be a so long and thanks for all the fish type of letter, dear reader I am tired.

I am so tired I nearly pulled the plug on this blog which has brought me in contact with many wonderful people, people who regularly comment (thanks guys I hope you know who you are!!) and of course authors and publishers who are thankfully really nice to work with.

I don't mean to be "oh poor me" as I know we all have lives outside the blogosphere, we work, some of us like me have families old and young, we all do awesome to create such a fab community.

My problem at the moment is as much as I want to blog, I can't and it takes me all the time to read.  I wake up with a start with my drool all over my poor kindle.

Anyway, this is not the end, it nearly was but what I have decided to was not to disconnect my nearly three year old blog, me and it are going on holiday until after Christmas.

This will give me time to chill the f*** out, actually read a book without falling asleep and make a start to accumulate a base of reviews I can rely on if another slump like this comes.  I'm also hoping to actually visit and comment on other blogs too.

I'm pissed off as I really wanted to finish sci-fi month too but my creative juices have buggered off.

So please don't forget me 😊and I hope you all have a lovely Christmas, I have my birthday next week so I am hoping the book fairy brings some goodies!

See you all soon.

Heather x

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Saturday, 19 November 2016

REVIEW - Serenity: Those Left Behind by Whedon, Matthews and Conrad


Title: Serenity - Those Left Behind

Author: Whedon, Matthews and Conrad

Publisher: Dark Horse

Release Date: 24th January 2006

Source: Own Copy

Here's how it is -- in a universe filled with hearts and minds as cold and dark as the reaches of space, one small Firefly-class starship named Serenity takes its ragtag crew of mercenaries, outlaws, and fugitives in search of a job, any job, that'll earn them enough cash to afford that most elusive commodity -- peace.

Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, unveils a previously unknown chapter in the lives of his favorite band of space brigands in the prequel to the Serenity feature film -- the blockbuster followup to Whedon's cult-hit TV show Firefly.
I love Firefly, ever since I watched the series all those years ago I was hooked and of course like all tv shows I love it got cancelled.  It wasn't all bad we got a movie out of the ashes and also this Dark Horse comic series.

First of all this looks great, all the characters are depicted spot on from Mal's handsome roguishness to Jayne's sheer over the top macho antics.  They are very definitely the characters we know and love.

The story which I won't go into too much involves the usual dodgy jobs they take on to make it from day to another.  It has some other regular well known characters appearing such as Badger and the Blue Glove guys who are still after River and Simon.

Now I was expecting this to be really good but it was really short for a graphic novel and the story seemed to end abruptly for me, I know there is more volumes after this one but I think there was scope to put more of a story in to this.

I'll still move on to the next volume as despite my disappointment I still need a fix of Firefly.





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TV REVIEW - The Grand Tour Episode One



So last night I was poised in front of the TV with The Grand Tour ready to go.  Would it be as good as Top Gear, would my three favourite idiots motoring journalists still be as politically incorrect and funny as they had always been?  

Oh. My. Goodness. Yes!

From the intro which went from drab and grey London following poor Jeremy as he handed his badge back to the BBC to the moment I had goosebumps when he was driving along the road by himself and then James and Richard appeared, it was epic and I knew they were back and they were going to give us a good show.

Its on for 12 weeks and they are going global, they are taking their massive tent on a tour of the world and this week they are in America which of course leads to a lot of banter about the "incorrect" terms Americans use to describe bits of cars.

Of course there are cars, a trio of ridiculous super cars, a Maclaren, a Porsche and a Ferrari, these are put through drag races and all manner of things.  They also shows their new track the Ebola-dome (named because of its resemblance to the virus) and "kill" off several celebrities including our British maths darling Carol Vorderman.

At just over an hour, it was a fab watch, ridiculous, funny, full of banter and petrolhead craziness.  I can imagine Amazon are rubbing their hands with glee as their investment will be paying off in spades just now and quite right, they should be very smug.

As for the BBC they really f***ked up, yes Clarkson can be an arrogant tosspot but Top Gear was huge and I didn't really appreciate how loved the guys are worldwide.  New Top Gear was quite frankly meh, the only good thing about it was Matt le Blanc.

So would I recommend watching The Grand Tour, hell yes I would and I'm hoping they'll take their tent to a field near me soon!

 

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Friday, 18 November 2016

REVIEW - The Tourist by Robert Dickinson


Title: The Tourist

Author: Robert Dickinson

Publisher: Orbit

Release Date: 20th October 2015

Source: ARC

THE FUTURE HAS ALREADY HAPPENED.

It's expected to be an excursion like any other. There is nothing in the records to indicate that anything out of the ordinary will happen.

A bus will take them to the mall. They will have an hour or so to look around. Perhaps buy something, try their food.

A minor traffic incident on the way back to the resort will provide additional interest - but the tour rep has no reason to expect any trouble.

Until he notices that one of his party is missing.

Most disturbingly, she is a woman who, according to the records, did not go missing.

Now she is a woman whose disappearance could change the world.

With breathtaking plot twists that ricochet through time, The Tourist is the most original conspiracy thriller you will read this year.
Doctor Who described time travel as wibbly and wobbly, to be honest time travel confuses the hell out of me, I mean my brain hurts just trying to figure it out.

Set across various times lines, the main premise is that time tourists from our future come back and visit our time to see how we lived.  They are taken to "tourist" spots such as shopping malls to immerse themselves in our ways for an hour, they are there to mainly look not touch but those tourists are a curious bunch.

Each tour group has a guide and it is the guides job to make sure they don't get in to trouble, they pay attention to the rules and of course that they all get back on the bus.  Spens works for one of the lower end tour company, his group have just visited a local shopping centre but the extra bonus on their trip is a small accident with another vehicle on their way back to their resort.  Everything goes to plan but Spens discovers that he is one tourist short, a woman has disappeared.

Now people have disappeared before but this is different, something is happening and this woman seems caught up in it, Spens along with some friends is tasked with trying to track her down but he finds that time is going very wrong and that the past and future are catching up with him.

Yes this did confuse me a little and I did have to re-read some bits to get through it but I loved the idea of tourists coming back from the future to see how we lived.   The one thing though that niggled at me and I can see why it wasn't revealed at any point was the hint that between our time and the time of the tourists something bad has befallen Earth, an event that just about wiped us out.  I suppose if it was revealed then the whole time travel thing may have taken a back seat.

This book made my brain hurt in a good way, I loved the whole premise of the book and it really got me thinking about the whole wibbly wobbly timey wimey thing!

Thanks to Orbit for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.




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SCI-FI MONTH 2016 - TOP FIVE FAVOURITE SCI-FI MUSIC VIDEOS


Music videos these days are basically three minute movies set to awesome and not so awesome tunes.

This top five is all about music videos set in space, these are my favourites......please do not judge me!!!😏



Okay so this video is amazing plus the Smashing Pumpkins music is so haunting.  Its retro, beautiful looking and sounds gorgeous.

Daft Punk themselves look they are from outer space, this video and its sister one from Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger are fantastic pieces of electro poppy dancey music set in outer space with groovy aliens and bad looking space dudes.  Epic.


I love the Beastie Boys well apart from their whole nicking VW badges from the front of the assorted Volkswagens phase.  They have some amazing videos such as Sabotage, Triple Trouble and of course this one for Intergalactic.  Cheesey as anything and set in what looks like Tokyo, it is a bonkers video with a solid tune!

I'm still not entirely sure what a scrub is, but this bit of late nineties nostalgia is a cracking pop tune with a shiny space video with some what the hell outfits!

Okay I can here you judging me but its Britney at the height of her career on Mars, its cheesey, its catchy and I bet it took a lot of talc to get her in to that shiny red number.


Notable mentions also go to Queen's Radio Ga Ga and The Darkness with I believe in a thing called love!

What is your favourite sci-fi music video?


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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

BIZARRE BOOKS #41 - Awkward Family Photos


Whilst looking through the hundreds of thousands of books on Amazon I discovered hidden gems, books that maybe have been overshadowed and have not had the credit they deserve.

They may be a bizarre, they may be funny or even unintentionally funny, they may be wonderfully cute or they may just be a total WTF!!! book.

This weekly post is a tribute to these wonderful gems and to be honest some of them are worth looking at for their reviews alone!


I love looking at old photos because thankfully my family never took any pictures like the ones in this book!

Never have I worn a matching jumper, never have I vogued a crazy pose, maybe we have been doing our pictures all wrong?

Awkward family photos looks wonderfully at those terrible pictures that always surface when you don't want them too!

Do you have any awkward family photos?



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Monday, 14 November 2016

BLOG TOUR - Excerpt of Truth Will Out by A D Garrett



A mother and daughter are snatched on their drive home from a cinema. The crime has a number of chilling similarities to a cold case Professor Nick Fennimore had been lecturing on. Then Fennimore begins receiving taunting messages - is he being targeted by the kidnapper?

Meanwhile, a photograph emailed from Paris could bring Fennimore closer to discovering the fate of Suzie, his own daughter, now missing for six years. He seeks help from his old friend, DCI Kate Simms, recently returned from the US. But Kate is soon blocked from the investigation... A mother and child's lives hang in the balance as Fennimore and Simms try to break through police bureaucracy to identify their abductor.

Atmospheric, chilling, and full of suspense, the dynamic pairing of AD Garrett's acclaimed duo, Fennimore and Simms, delivers a pulse-pounding plot that will keep you guessing until the very end.


Fennimore showed them images of the fragment side by side with post-mortem photographs of Gail’s torn fingernail. It was a good match. ‘The fingernail had viable DNA under it . . .’ 
The camouflaged man sat up straight.
‘. . . Gail’s DNA,’ Fennimore concluded, and the man settled back in his seat, mirroring the posture of the man next to him: one leg bent at the knee, the other stretched out. 
‘It now looks like Gail was abducted and murdered in her own car.’
The camouflaged man picked up a pen and began doodling on the notepad in front of him.
‘If only police had checked Killbride’s claim that he dropped Gail off at the roadside . . .’ Fennimore said. ‘But all that tosh about highly aggressive XYY “super-males” quite turned their heads. They stopped looking – stopped even thinking.’
He went to the final slide: a newsprint photograph of a pale but smiling Killbride standing next to his barrister on the steps of the Supreme Court. The headline: KILLBRIDE INNOCENT.
‘You got Tom Killbride off, but Gail Hammond’s killer is still out there.’ 
Fennimore located the questioner in the middle of the second row. A student, he guessed, but not one he recognized.
‘You’re right,’ he said, ignoring the confrontational tone. ‘There are no happy endings in such sad tales; all we can hope for is justice. Tom Killbride found justice because of the hard work of people who didn’t even know him. Gail Hammond still waits for hers.’
‘The murderer made fools of the police,’ the student said.
‘They made fools of themselves,’ Fennimore corrected. ‘They decided that Killbride was guilty and then systematically set out to make the facts fit.’
‘The killer cleaned up after himself – he’s smart – forensically aware,’ the questioner said.
‘What makes you think that?’
‘Essex Police say they have no new leads in the case.’
‘They’re being modest,’ Fennimore said. ‘Justifiably so. But they now have the green cord fibres – which they didn’t have before. The killer thinks he knows what the CSIs are looking for: DNA and fingerprints. So he cleans up before he leaves. But it isn’t all about DNA – it’s about having the determination to keep looking, even when it seems there’s nothing to look for. The evidence doesn’t go away. It will still be there, waiting for someone to come along who is lucky enough or smart enough to see the stupid mistakes he made.’ He checked himself – this was sounding too personal; he could almost hear Kate Simms’s voice, mocking, gently chiding: Listen to the ego talking. This isn’t about you, Fennimore, this is about Gail. He began again.
‘The murderer missed the rope fibres. He missed Gail’s broken fingernail – beginner mistakes – amateur mistakes. He was lucky three times over – in the botched police investigation, 
in the dishonesty of the prosecution, and in Killbride, who made such a plausible stooge. But now we know the real killer is out there. People are looking for him, and he will foul up – even if he never attacks another woman in his sorry life. Even if he never so much as wolf-whistles after a woman in the street. Because these types are impulsive and narcissistic; he’ll lash out at someone who injures his fragile ego, or he’ll drive too fast on a bellyful of booze; he’ll steal, or stalk, or swindle – and he will reveal himself.’ 


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