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‘Guards! Guards!’ - Terry Pratchett (Corgi)

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Okay, there will be a ‘Discworld’ re-read but I won’t be doing it in any order, not at all. Nope, this will be more about ‘certain reads for certain particular moments’, curated comfort reads if you like ;o) Which brings me round to Terry Pratchett and ‘Guards! Guards!’. Way, way back in the day, it used to be that Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a brand new copy of the latest ‘Discworld’ novel. These days, the Discworld is a place that I like to come back to whenever things get a little bit too much. A bit like going into your local, you know everyone already so there’s no pressure; you can just kick back, enjoy a pint and let the world just happen around you. I’ve been after some of that, these last few weeks, so it was pretty much inevitable that I’d head back to ‘Guards! Guards!’, one of my favourite ‘Discworld’ novels. There, I’ve said it :o) ‘Guards! Guards!’ is one of my favourites, if not my favourite ‘Discworld’ book (My top five ‘Discworld’ books can change, mayb

Trailer: 'New Life'

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I'll be honest, I'm posting these trailers more as a reminder to myself than anything else at the moment. If I don't then my innate ability to miss movies, at the cinema, will kick in and I'll be stuck waiting for Prime/Netflix to catch up. 'New Life' does look like it could be a good one though; a cross between 'The Thing' and all the good bits from the first instalment of 'Species. It's out in May, I think I'll remember to keep an eye out for this one ;o) 

‘Wereblood’ – Eric Iverson (Tower Belmont)

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Page Count: 144 Pages Last week, what with getting over Covid and hanging out with my daughters, was definitely not a week for getting books read. I can’t remember the last time I spent so long on a book as I did with ‘Wereblood’; it was literally a page or two read whenever I could grab a couple of minutes. I got there in the end though (go me!) and it was definitely time well spent. Before we get onto the book itself, I should point out that I’m reading this series out of order, again (the perils of not having an ordered bookshelf…) If you want to find out what happens after ‘Wereblood’, click Here and read my thoughts on ‘Werenight’. For now though, lets concentrate on ‘Wereblood’… In the northern reaches of the Empire of Elabon, Gerin, called the Fox, battled to save his domain from destruction by the warlike Trokmoi and their wizard-leader, Balamung. Assisted by the gian Van of the Strong Arm, Gerin prepared to make the hazardous journey to the City of Elabon, there to enlist the

'Maternal Instinct' - Robert Bloch

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I'll be honest with you... I'm back at work tomorrow and I suspect there's going to be a lot to catch up with, there usually is after a week off work :o( With that in mind then, there'll be at least a couple of 'recycled reviews' on the blog as I get caught up with the day job. I'll make sure they're good ones though, promise! ;o)  All of which leads us to a post of mine, originally from 2013 , about Robert Bloch's 'Maternal Instinct' (the name of the story, not his actual... you know what I mean). I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this short story is pretty much an essential read if you like zombie fiction (or if you just like well written short stories). I found 'Maternal Instinct' in the collection 'Zombies: A Compendium of the Living Dead', I couldn't tell you where else it may be found but that shouldn't stop you looking. With that said... 'And so it was Jill's dearest and most secret wish cam

Books for the TBR Pile... 'Already Dreading Monday' Edition

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Once I got the Covid out of the way, the last few 'leave days' have been really nice. I haven't really done much at all, just hanging out and having fun with my daughters, but I think that's just what I needed so it's all good ;o) I'm not quite sure what the weekend holds but I'm starting to dread going back to work on Monday so that will play a part I'm sure. How do you guys manage those last few days of holiday and the resulting dread about what's waiting for you in the office? Anyway... Thursday saw us take a quick trip to Greenwich for hot chocolate (the girls love it) and a quick look in the Oxfam bookshop (I love it). I shouldn't really have bought anything but of course I did. Check it out, Yes, I've gone and bought another copy of 'The Dragonbone Chair'. To be fair though, the one I bought the other week was for my my daughter; my old copy is looking 'well loved' and when I saw this copy (the same edition) looking all

More Short Stories of the Living Dead…

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Because not only did I finally find my copy of ‘The Living Dead’ (apparently, books can hide…) but I actually had the energy for a quick read after my girls had gone home. Wonders will never cease and all that ;o) Now here’s a book that I’d always meant to read but somehow spent most of its time hidden away in my loft (in the old place). Now everything’s all on the one floor, books like ‘The Living Dead’ suddenly appear and demand that I look through them. Who am I to refuse them…? A quick glance over the contents page had me wondering whether ‘The Living Dead 2’ is going to feature in more of these posts; there wasn’t a lot here that initially caught my eye. There were a couple of titles though, hence this post. One a very welcome re-read and one a ‘first time read’ that I suspect will be hanging around for a while. I also read Neil Gaiman’s ‘Bitter Grounds’ but I want to try and get my head round it a little (maybe even give it another read) before posting about it. As always, short

‘The Goon: Death’s Greedy Comeuppance’ – Eric Powell (Dark Horse)

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It’s my week off, with my daughters, this week which means that there are a number of half-finished books lying about the flat and precisely one comic book that has actually been finished. This has not been the best week for reading, what with one thing and another… ;o) I’ll be honest, I’ll probably end up recycling a couple of old reviews, from elsewhere, before the week is done. For now though, lets circle back to that comic book I mentioned… My ‘Goon Re-Read’ has pretty much saved me this last week in particular, it’s been about the only thing I could concentrate on and it always comes up with the goods. You can’t ask for a lot more than that. With that said then, lets take a little wander down to Lonely Street and see what’s what… After surviving the return of Labrazio, Goon wants nothing more than to settle onto a barstool with some whiskey, but a succession of cake-mad hobo gods, lascivious gorillas and black-clad assassins other ideas. Worse yet, Goon must endure his friends thr