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'Creepshow' – 'Bad Wolf Down' and 'The Finger'

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I'm still hoping to post some book reviews this week but I can see a few 'Creepshow' posts happening as well. I absolutely loved the first episode of 'Creepshow' (review just below this one) so jumped straight into the second one last night. I think after such a strong opening, there was always going to be trouble with the next episode trying to match that quality; I wasn't surprised to see it happen although it was a bit of a shame that it happened so quickly. I'm still going to make my way through the series but I'm not as buzzing about it as I was yesterday. It's still very early days though so all's not lost yet. Let's have a little chat then about 'Bad Wolf Down' and 'The Finger'...
'Bad Wolf Down' tells the tale of the survivors of a massacred American platoon, holed up in an abandoned police station with an SS general outside, looking to take revenge for the death of his son. The police station wasn't comple…

First Episode, First Impressions... 'Creepshow'

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The first proper day of holiday was brilliant (although maybe a little too much walking for my slightly arthritic knee...) but it didn't leave me a lot of time for reading or in any state to read when we finally got home... That's ok, I knew there was a reaon why I bought loads of thin books and 'almost finished' books with me this time. In the meantime though, what was a Graeme to do as far as blogging went? Well, it seemed like as good a time as any to dust off an old feature and see where it took me. Yep, it's a 'welcome back' for 'First Episode, First Impressions' which kind of came to an abrupt end when I realised that I hadn't watched anything that had me desperate to watch more. The feature got quietly shelved and it was back to watching 'Doctor Who' and so on. It's back now and I've actually found a series that I want to watch more of. 'Creepshow', you're up...
I never watched the original 'Creepshow' mo…

The 'I'm on Holiday!' TBR Challenge...

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I did it! After a quite frankly monstrous last couple of weeks at work (and a frantic last minute burst to get stuff done that didn't end until 3am this morning....), I'm on holiday and I don't even have to think about work for just over a week :o) I'm ready for a whole load of relaxing, having fun with my kids, rooting around in second hand bookshops and trying to make a bit of a dent in the TBR pile in any free time that's left. We'll see how that goes but I do want to actually read some of the TBR pile books so I thought I'd set myself a little challenge and see how many books I can finish before I go home. Easy? Lets see...

The Easy Books...


Well, I say easy... I brought these two along as I'm part way through each of them and I'm trying to finish books before starting new ones. So, 'easy to finish' as I don't have an awful lot to read of each. 'The Queen of the Swords' will be no trouble but 'Elric of Melnibone' has be…

Library Classics - 'Zombieworld: Winter's Dregs and Other Stories' – Fingerman, Jones, Rennie and Mills' (Dark Horse)

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It's the very early hours of Friday (well, at time of writing), I've got a ton of work to get done before I go on holiday and I'm still surprised that I managed to find the time to post a review for 'The Knight of the Swords'. All of this can only mean that it's time for another 'Library Classics' post, where I natter on about something horror, fantasy or sci-fi that's a little special to me and my reading. If you've pored through this blog, or the other two that I ran a few years ago, you'll know that zombies are a pretty big deal to me, from the sublime (the early 'Walking Dead' comics) to the ridiculous (I'm looking at you 'Hard Rock Zombies' and you as well 'XXXombies'), if there are zombies then I'm reading it. Well, I'm going to take you back to where it all began; a comic book shop in Northampton, some time in the mid-nineties...
I read a few bits here and there but by the time I went to college, I h…

'The Knight of the Swords' – Michael Moorcock (Grafton)

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Well, you can tell my 'Elric Re-Read' is going brilliantly, can't you...? Actually, I'm not that far off finishing 'Elric of Melnibone' (just need to find a spare half day somewhere and I'm good) but in the meantime, I want to start actually finishing books again so it was time to pay Corum a visit, it's been a couple of years so I'm slightly overdue another read.
I've always got on better with Corum's adventures than I have with Elric's and I think this is because, for me, Corum has always come across as a hero that makes things happen rather than Elric who (again, from what I've seen) has made a pretty sucessful career of having things happen to him (while he figures out who he is) and just going along with whatever the consequences happen to be. I mean yes, Elric does win through but that's what generally tends to happen when you're carrying the most deadly sword in the Young Kingdoms. Maybe I just have something against El…

'The Power of the Dark Crystal, Volume 1' – Simon Spurrier, Kelly & Nichole Matthews (Archaia)

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If you've been hanging around these over the last few weeks or so, you'll have seen me slowly (but surely) make my way through the absolutely gorgeous 'Dark Crystal: Creation Myths' series and uncover just what happened to make the crystal crack. Having looked back into Thra's past (well, some of it, I still need to watch 'Age of Resistance'), it seemed somehow fitting to take a look into Thra's future as well. That and I couldn't resist buying 'The Power of the Dark Crystal, Volume 1' when I saw it in Waterstones the other day; there's a part of me that can't get over there being so much more 'Dark Crystal' stuff these days and I always end up buying it. But anyway, back to the book. I was never going to finish 'The Knight of the Swords' in time, for a review today (maybe tomorrow though...) so I thought I'd give myself a break and read 'The Power of the Dark Crystal' instead...
Years have passed since the …

Books for the TBR Pile: 'Not Just Moorcock' Edition

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In a few days time, I'll be off for a week's holiday down in Devon even though I've been working from home for the last few months now, I feel like I've earned this break. It will also be the first time in a long time (around five years I think) that I'll have had a holiday outside Lewisham. Not that's there's anything wrong with Lewisham (the fried chicken doesn't draw the tourists, like it should, but I love it, it will be nice to get away though :o) I don't know what I'll do with the blog while I'm away; knowing me I'll probably make some noise about taking a break and then cover it with content when I should be sleeping ;o)
It's at times like this then that a Graeme's thoughts turn to the most important thing to consider when going on holiday... What books shall I take? Seriously, I don't want to get caught short with no books to read and no bookshops open, that would be horrible. I might even end up having to talk to peop…