Elevation: A Review…of sorts

A short review for a short book... Stephen King's new one has kicked up a bit of controversy, and not for its grisly content (it doesn't have any). First things first, a review of the content: is it any good? Yes, it is. Story-wise it's a lighter (no pun intended...well, maybe a leetle) version of... Continue Reading →

Writing Resource 8/100: Telling Lies for Fun and Profit

I've said before that some of my favourite cultural items are quite possibly not on my shelf. I'm a fool to myself for 'lending' my most treasured possessions to friends who have not had the chance to encounter them. I think the three things I've given away (and repurchased) most often are Joe R Lansdale's... Continue Reading →

Movie Reviews: A Sunday Quiz

Everyone gets bad reviews. It's a given. (Except for me of course, Basement Tales and You Could Make a Killing still riding on all 5 star reviews on Amazon...but hey, I'm not one to gratuitously plug my books...) But apparently not. Even the classics don't appeal to everyone: and boy, can it spark a spirited... Continue Reading →

Review: The Book of Henry

  Another in an occasional series of movie reviews. Generally I’ll go for the new movies out on current release, but occasionally I’m going to review things I’ve come across that I think are worth a mention. As usual; a before and after summary but this time with an added ‘bonus’ of critical reaction to... Continue Reading →

Classic Movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime: a rant

Given I have been so damned nice about pretty much everything and everyone I have written about on this blog so far, I think I should get a pass for one day of grumpy-middle-aged-man. So, it's a beautiful bright autumnal Sunday morning - perfect for a long countryside ramble or, if you're like me, to... Continue Reading →

Lethal White: a review

Before: The fourth in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith. Listened to it on Audible read by Robert Glenister. After: As a disclaimer, I read the first three of the Strike novels, and really enjoyed them: I had the new one on my Amazon List, but, given I had an eight hour drive ahead... Continue Reading →

Homecoming: a review

Before: The new Amazon Prime series and starring some big names - in particular Julia Roberts, produced and directed by Sam Esmail, the man behind Mr. Robot, and hearing the word 'Hitchcockian' thrown around. After: 10 episodes, 30 mins or thereabouts each, so not the big time investment required of some series. And when you're... Continue Reading →

A Very Very Very Dark Matter

Like the film reviews I've decided to go for the before/ after approach... Before:  A new play - a 'World Premiere' no less, by Martin McDonagh - writer/ director of the likes of 'In Bruges' and 'Three Billboards..' and writer of plays including  The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and Hangmen - both of which we'd seen and very much enjoyed in... Continue Reading →

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