Thursday, 14 June 2018

Independent Bookshop Week 2018 - 16 - 23 June

Just Books - Brighouse

The Bookcorner - Piece Hall - Halifax

Hi guys

Just found out about an event that is going on from tomorrow Friday 16 June for a week which I'm going to support and hope all you readers and writers do too.

It is Independent Bookshop Week which is part of Books are my Bag campaign which encourages reading.

As much as I love Waterstones I believe Independent bookshops are important. 
During the week there will be author signings, reading groups and literary lunches to name but a few things going off in bookshops.  
Also there is a bookshop crawl which sounds fun.

Personally I hope to visit bookshops in Harrogate or York this weekend as well as the local ones above.

For all the information see link below:-

IndieBound & Independent Bookshop Week

Independent Bookshop Week 2018 will take place 16 - 23 June. IBW is part of the Books Are My Bag campaign, and seeks to celebrate independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland.  We do this with events, celebrations, reading groups, storytelling, author signings, literary lunches and face painting!  Your local bookshop will have their own way of celebrating, and we encourage you to visit to celebrate with them.

Check out our Twitter account – @IndieBound_UK –  for IBW updates and @booksaremybag for all things IBW and bookshops!


Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Late June Update

Hi folks

Just a quick post to give you all a catch up on what I'm up to!

The quick answer - not much.

Yep still not got into my writing although made notes for a short story.

Also over half way through A Darkness at Sethanon by Raymond E Feist which so far is awesome but not read as constantly as I should have and took over 3 to 4 weeks of reading.

So time for a few goals to finish by end of June -  this may help me get motivated and focused.

  • Finish A Darkness at Sethanon. 
  • Start and try finish another book - Prince of the Blood by Raymond E Feist. 
  • Finish writing a short story. 
  • Few more blog posts including a review of Solo.
  • Eat healthier.
  • Re-start the gym.
Hope I can get most of these done by end of June.  Will update you soon!

Catch up later peeps!

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Deadpool 2 - Film Review - Mild Spoilers

Hi guys

Went to see the sequel to 2016 R rated hit Deadpool.  Have to say it doesn't feel like two years since the last film came out.

This time there is more money thrown at making the sequel which means better CGI, more characters and better action sequences.

This time we see Deadpool up to his usual self killing bad guys and madly in love with girlfriend Vanessa who has accepted Deadpools potted look.

Events take a turn for the worse when some bad guys who have followed Deadpool home start shooting up his place.  Inevitably Vannesa gets in the way and *spoilers* is killed.

This has Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) wanting to top himself but can't because of his healing abilities. 
Colossus comes to help his friend and he reluctantly agrees to train as an X Man. Cue one of the best cameos in the film.

At the same time Cable (Josh Brolin) has come from the future to stop a boy Russell from becoming a future villian and stop him wiping his family out.

Deadpool tasks himself with saving Russell and even sets up his own team X Force with hilarious results.

The laughs are good but feel more forced than first film although some are great when Deadpool gets ripped in half and what happens to his X Force team. 

Overall - A great film with gross humour and some great action and forth wall breaks but obviously doesn't feel as fresh as first movie.  Plus there are too many Marvel references.  Hope there is a third film though!

Score    -   8/10

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Avengers - Infinity War - Film Review *Mild spoilers*

Hi Guys

Went to see the latest Marvel Superhero movie/slugfest over a week ago and still processing it but wow it is an emotional rollercoaster of a film and draining but at the same time a brilliant spectacle in movie making.

Think I should have seen it again before this review but will definitely be going again to see it.
Last week it looked amazing on Imax too.

For those who don't know Marvel have been leading up to this film from 2008 Iron Man and Avengers film with Thanos (played by Josh Brolin) in a post credit scene.
You are best watching all the Marvel films from Iron Man to Thor Ragnarok and Black Panther (seen but not reviewed but would have given it 9/10) to get a gist of what is happening. 

The film starts straight after Thor Ragnarok where the surviving Asgardians run into Thanos ship as he is hunting the Infinity Stones.

From the off there are major deaths and loss although I think Thanos spared some Asgardians as Korg and Valkrye were not among the ones killed.

There is an excellent fight between Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)  and Thanos where the latter beats Hulk to a pulp who gets sent to Earth.  Hulk then refuses to come out the rest of the film despite attempts from Bruce Banner.

The outcome has Thor landing on the ship of the Guardians of the galaxy who have grown into a family and Starlord(Chris Pratt) is jealous of Thor(Chris Hemsworth).

There are so many threads to the story you really need to see previous films to know what's happening. 
Back on Earth Iron Man(Robert Downey Jr), Dr Strange(Benedict Cumberbatch)  Spider-Man(Tom Holland) are protecting the Time Stone.

Also Vision(Paul Bettany) who has the Mind Stone is keeping off Thanos Black Order with the help of Scarlett Witch(Elizabeth Olsen) and Captain America(Chris Evans).

The movie has brilliant special effects and some amazing acting from all involved.  It also has some jumps and WTF moments where you want to scream at the screen.
The battle of Wakanda is great too although reminded me of Star Wars episode 1 and the battle of the Gungans as had similar shields.
There are a lot of questions raised not sure if they will be answered or some bad writing.  For example in Thor Ragnarok Bruce can't remember the last 2 years fighting as the Hulk.  Yet in this film he remembers Thanos and the invasion.

Also expect a couple of cameos from previous heroes or villains.

Overall  -  an immense film with a lot to put in including giving Thanos a good motive for his actions and backstory plus gives most of the heroes a chance to shine or go out with a click of the finger!
The Russo brothers have directed an epic.  I can't wait to see Avengers 4 and see the outcome.  There are a lot if questions need answering.

Score   -   10/10

Thursday, 3 May 2018

May Already! Need to Spring into action!

Hi Folks!

Hope your all good. Reading and writing well?

Camp Nano in April was a disaster as I didn't even start anything although I had good intentions life got in the way.

This will definitely be the month I get back into writing and I'm going to use the upcoming Bank Holiday to springboard me into it.

I keep saying I will write and never do but I'm determined to do some.  I've been thinking if I'm to become a writer then need to act ASAP as time goes so fast.  I can't believe it has been three years since I helped with the first and excellent Cleckheaton Literature Festival in 2015.

This event was great for my writing as well as being able to mingle with authors including Joanne Harris, Leigh Russell,  Helen Cadbury, Alison Taft and Ian C Douglas to name drop a few.  It's a shame we don't hold one this year at Cleckheaton Library.

At least I've finished reading the great Bones in the Nest and can now read some Fantasy and get my TBR pile down.

Although have been watching too many Netflix shows including The New Legends of Monkey which is a reboot of the excellent Monkey tv show I watched as a kid.

Think I will do some TV reviews on my blog also.

Will have a few film reviews to share soon including the excellent Avengers: Infinity War!

Well speak soon fellow geeks x

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Book Review - Bones in the Nest by Helen Cadbury

Hi guys

It has been a while since I did a book review - well over six months as I started this novel six months ago in October 2017.
Although I started it at a bad time as my step dad was ill then passed away.  Then there was Xmas and a  change of start time at work hasn't helped.  I think because I started it at a bad time it took longer to complete as Helen has written a very good book and it only has 349 pages!

The second Sean Denton book starts with the murder of a young Muslim man in Doncaster on the Chasebridge estate.  Is it racial or is there more to it?

Sean Denton has now fully joined the police force as a PC and is in this book more than the first where we learn more about his family and meet his alcoholic dad.  He is also trying to leave his Nan's house and get his own flat.

Again this book is split between Doncaster and York.  The York chapters are from the POV of Chloe Toms who has been released from prison and is really someone else connected to Chasebridge.
It's these chapters that slightly let the book down as the POV seems to be first person yet is also third person which is weird and took longer to get into.

Overall a very entertaining crime book with new and old characters and a good continuation of the sadly short series which concludes with the next book Chase to the Kill.

Although not sure I should read that next as missing my Fantasy and Sci fi.   I will have read the third book by the end of this year as want to see where Helen was taking Sean.

Score    -    8/10  - slightly let down by some POV.

Friday, 20 April 2018

April Showers - Quick Update

Hi guys

Hope  you're all well and busy reading and writing for Camp Nano!

Well I'm going to be starting Camp Nano very late this year but hope to get a short story finished by the end.

I've kind of been procrastinating again although first two weeks of the month I was laid up with a bad viral infection and had really bad chest.
Then my Mum broke her wrist so had to look after her over this week.

Good news though about 10 pages from finishing "Bones in the Nest" by Helen Cadbury . Took way too long as started it at a bad time.

Also desk up and running so be writing loads now.

Chat later writing and author buds.