SPEECH – The Pleasure of Books – William Lyon Phelps

On the 10th of May 1933, the Nazis gathered German students from universities in cities including Berlin and led them in a book burning. The students were assembled from universities that had previously been held in high esteem internationally. They sought to destroy every book with ‘un-German’ ideas.

William Lyon Phelps was an American educator, literary critic and author who had served as a professor of English at Yale University (1901 to 1933). On April 6, 1933, he responded to this act in a speech delivered via a radio broadcast.

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POETRY – A Visit from St Nicholas

Read by Dervla Kirwan


POETRY – Pablo Neruda – I Like For You To Be Still

Read by Glenn Close

POETRY – EE Cummings – May I feel said he

Read by Loki. I mean Tom Hiddleston

REWATCH – Angel – Spike and Andrew

This is one of my favourite scenes in the Buffyverse

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I love that Spike – who clearly knows what’s to come – just stands there and lets Andrew hug him. Again. And Again.

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He knows Andrew, they’re mates…of a sort… so he doesn’t make fun or put him down (later there’s a gentle jibe but more at Wesley than Andrew and it’s very good humoured).

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Also, Angel’s face – watching one of the Sunnydale set just ADORE Spike like that. And no harm for the rest of the team to be reminded again that there are other opinions on Spike (than Angel’s).

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Couldn’t find a gif with the ‘like Gandalf the white…’ line

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It’s just so…Buffy. And frankly, Angel (the series) needed a bit of that.

PLUG and REVIEW (ish) – 2 Kill Comic

IMG_3089You might recall me bragging about my friend Tom Ellis HERE and HERE.

Well, the little sod has gone and done it again! Damn him and his inspirational/creative self!

Tom has created a comic book series.

And written the first issue.

And published it.

And is selling it.

Episode 01 is a tale of intrigue.
An assassin is sent out to kill someone.
We see the instructions being given.
Then the interactions between the pair. 
Who is the target? Who the assassin?

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Initially I had intended writing a full review for Issue One but to do so would quite spoil this twisty-turny tale.

What I will say is that this is a terse thriller. The language used is deliberately ambiguous and captures the attention and imagination of the reader. The dialogue reads right, the character sound like they’re actually talking to each other (one of my normal bug bears in comics) which is a huge thumbs up.

All artwork has been created by Katie Thompson – another friend and con-family member of mine. Though I’ve seen bits and pieces of her work before, nothing on this scale and nothing so deliberately minimalist and stylistic in tone. I love the use of light and dark and that the only colour used in red. The emotions of the characters are emphasized throughout – bravo Katie!

I’m hugely impressed by my two mates – this is a terrific project! However, this is not perfect – not just yet.

In places, I could have used more exposition via text rather than via the artwork. During the dinner date for example, I almost resented having panels devoted to each detail of the nights progression – I thought that the pace suffered slightly here as a result. (However, later, after the date – the use of the art to propel the story forwards, as opposed to the writing is spot on. I’m an inconstant woman, clearly).

I look forward to seeing the direction that Tom and his intrepid team of awesome take for the next!

Watch the trailer here

[youtube https://youtu.be/2hMc2KtIfXo]

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2 Kill Playlist

You can download the soundtrack – compiled by Aaron Richards HERE because what is the point of a comic without a kickass soundtrack?

Or play the soundtrack on the embedded player below.

tl: dr

A brand new comic series from enthusiastic first timers;  that brings together a story, artwork and music.

Issue 1 out now!

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POETRY – Rupert Brooke – The Soldier

Read by Sophie Okonedo

REVIEWS – A Blast from the past – Thursday Next-tastic!

Found in my drafts from 2009.

I just got through the second in the Thursday Next books, by Jasper Fforde. I didn’t find it quite as compelling as the first – though it was really enjoyable.

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In this book, Thursday must learn how to integrate with fictional characters if she ever wants to see her husband again. The deliciously vicious Jack Schitt (how much do i enjoy writing that name!) from the Goliath corporation remains trapped in The Raven (Edgar Allen Poe) and her father – inconveniently removed from existance – has just told her that the world is about to end!!

So it ain’t slow on action, but I felt that the book was a bit too full if you know what I mean. I love that all the little stories connect and weave one coherent thread, but, as with Love Actually, it was difficult to keep caring about all the different strands.
And I’m still not entirely sure that she should have married who she did in the first place…

On the plus side, Miss Havesham, borrowed from Great Expectations (by Charles Dickons) becomes Thursday’s mentor in Jurisfiction (who police the fictional world). She is marvellous, just as loopy as you could wish, but with a daredevil side to her.
I’ve already recommended this series to everyone I meet, and I’m hoping to start installment 3 tomorrow.


book - ashIn other book related news, I’ve just finished Ash by Mary Gentle. This enormous monster of a book, covers a ‘lost’ period in our history, based around a female mercenary called Ash.

So well researched and so detailed, this book is at times incredibly brutal, with the protagonist being raped and beaten on the first page.

The lives of the times are often cut short violently, and the battle scenes are written in a pacy, often frantic way, which only heightens the tension! Just when you get the hang of the story, there is a killer twist-y revelation that turns everything upside down!
So good, I’m thinking of suggesting that we cover another Mary Gentle book soon!

Anyhoo, off for a snooze…

POLL – Which returning TV show are you most excited to watch?

POETRY – Percy Bysshe Shelley – Ozymandias

Read by Bryan Cranston