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I have been a little bit lax with updating this, so here we go. I really haven't done enough reading this year... I blame exams, roleplaying games and Half-Life 2.

The books )
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I have been a little bit lax with updating this, so here we go. I really haven't done enough reading this year... I blame exams, roleplaying games and Half-Life 2.

The books )
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I have been a little bit lax with updating this, so here we go. I really haven't done enough reading this year... I blame exams, roleplaying games and Half-Life 2.

The books )
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#7 Andy Diggle & Jock, The Losers: Ante Up, 2003/04
#8 Andy Diggle & Jock, The Losers: Double Down, 2004

I thought I'd give these a go because of the film that's recently been in theatres that was based on the comics. Jock's art is really bold, and he uses only a few colours in each page to really evoke a bleakness in the story that was also captured quite well in the film. Andy Diggle's story is also really good and compelling, making me want to read on. However, I'm recognising scenes in the comic that were in the film, and the film's take on things is just slightly slicker. The characters are brought to life more effectively, the plans are subtly cleverer, and there is a veneer of humour that isn't really present in the comics. The comics are awesome, but the film's a little bit better. I will definitely continue with the series in print, however! If you didn't see the film, I recommend you catch it at the cinema if you still can; if not, I recommend acquiring and watching it at some point.
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#7 Andy Diggle & Jock, The Losers: Ante Up, 2003/04
#8 Andy Diggle & Jock, The Losers: Double Down, 2004

I thought I'd give these a go because of the film that's recently been in theatres that was based on the comics. Jock's art is really bold, and he uses only a few colours in each page to really evoke a bleakness in the story that was also captured quite well in the film. Andy Diggle's story is also really good and compelling, making me want to read on. However, I'm recognising scenes in the comic that were in the film, and the film's take on things is just slightly slicker. The characters are brought to life more effectively, the plans are subtly cleverer, and there is a veneer of humour that isn't really present in the comics. The comics are awesome, but the film's a little bit better. I will definitely continue with the series in print, however! If you didn't see the film, I recommend you catch it at the cinema if you still can; if not, I recommend acquiring and watching it at some point.
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#7 Andy Diggle & Jock, The Losers: Ante Up, 2003/04
#8 Andy Diggle & Jock, The Losers: Double Down, 2004

I thought I'd give these a go because of the film that's recently been in theatres that was based on the comics. Jock's art is really bold, and he uses only a few colours in each page to really evoke a bleakness in the story that was also captured quite well in the film. Andy Diggle's story is also really good and compelling, making me want to read on. However, I'm recognising scenes in the comic that were in the film, and the film's take on things is just slightly slicker. The characters are brought to life more effectively, the plans are subtly cleverer, and there is a veneer of humour that isn't really present in the comics. The comics are awesome, but the film's a little bit better. I will definitely continue with the series in print, however! If you didn't see the film, I recommend you catch it at the cinema if you still can; if not, I recommend acquiring and watching it at some point.
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Sat in the sun reading today because it was nice out. I'm about to head to a film night at a couple of coursemates' house, so I may commit Twitter later (or even more LiveJournal if you're really lucky!).

#5 The Boys #31-38 (collected in The Self-Preservation Society), 2009/10

These are the last comics I'm buying in this series as comics -- future reads will be trade paperbacks, since the series is being completely collected. The series is continuing and is still an enjoyable read, but unlike Preacher, there is very little variation from arc to arc. Ennis has found a niche and is sticking with it, I guess. Although judging from the cover art for the next comic, that may all be about to change!

#6 Jhonen Vasquez, JTHM: Director's Cut, 1997

This was completely strange and bizarre but made me giggle inanely quite a lot so I'm willing to forgive it for that! The book is a compendium of stories about Johnny the Homicidal Maniac (you can call him "nny"), who is an interesting character to say the least! There was virtually no plot for the first half of the book, but the second half starts to establish a continous storyline which is fun to follow. Overall I thought the structure worked quite well, and the incredibly bleak and surreal humour was brilliant. I am thankful Andrew lent it to me!

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Sat in the sun reading today because it was nice out. I'm about to head to a film night at a couple of coursemates' house, so I may commit Twitter later (or even more LiveJournal if you're really lucky!).

#5 The Boys #31-38 (collected in The Self-Preservation Society), 2009/10

These are the last comics I'm buying in this series as comics -- future reads will be trade paperbacks, since the series is being completely collected. The series is continuing and is still an enjoyable read, but unlike Preacher, there is very little variation from arc to arc. Ennis has found a niche and is sticking with it, I guess. Although judging from the cover art for the next comic, that may all be about to change!

#6 Jhonen Vasquez, JTHM: Director's Cut, 1997

This was completely strange and bizarre but made me giggle inanely quite a lot so I'm willing to forgive it for that! The book is a compendium of stories about Johnny the Homicidal Maniac (you can call him "nny"), who is an interesting character to say the least! There was virtually no plot for the first half of the book, but the second half starts to establish a continous storyline which is fun to follow. Overall I thought the structure worked quite well, and the incredibly bleak and surreal humour was brilliant. I am thankful Andrew lent it to me!

Posted via LiveJournal.app.

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Sat in the sun reading today because it was nice out. I'm about to head to a film night at a couple of coursemates' house, so I may commit Twitter later (or even more LiveJournal if you're really lucky!).

#5 The Boys #31-38 (collected in The Self-Preservation Society), 2009/10

These are the last comics I'm buying in this series as comics -- future reads will be trade paperbacks, since the series is being completely collected. The series is continuing and is still an enjoyable read, but unlike Preacher, there is very little variation from arc to arc. Ennis has found a niche and is sticking with it, I guess. Although judging from the cover art for the next comic, that may all be about to change!

#6 Jhonen Vasquez, JTHM: Director's Cut, 1997

This was completely strange and bizarre but made me giggle inanely quite a lot so I'm willing to forgive it for that! The book is a compendium of stories about Johnny the Homicidal Maniac (you can call him "nny"), who is an interesting character to say the least! There was virtually no plot for the first half of the book, but the second half starts to establish a continous storyline which is fun to follow. Overall I thought the structure worked quite well, and the incredibly bleak and surreal humour was brilliant. I am thankful Andrew lent it to me!

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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] sarkywoman. You put your library on shuffle and then write the first twenty (or however many before you get bored) down:
  1. 'The Dragon King' from Monkey: Journey to the West, the concept album by Chen Shi-Zheng, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. Unfortunately, the lyrics are all in Chinese.
  2. 'O Green World' from Demon Days by Gorillaz I hope sex and drugs rust into myself – holy, it feels holy.
  3. 'Buy It Sell It' from The Domino Effect by The Blizzards All that seems to matter is your slight touch, electrify my senses with its delicate love and affection that you can't find.
  4. 'Glamourous Indie Rock & Roll' from Hot Fuss by The Killers Two of us flipping through a thrift store magazine; she plays the drums, I'm on tambourine.
  5. 'Acid Jazz Singer' from Here We Stand from The Fratellis I cannot claim this advice as my own, I learned it in the gutter one night crawling home. She said "don't you look ridiculous", I checked her out meticulously...
  6. 'Under the Pines' from Thing-a-Week 4 by Jonathan Coulton I am in love, but it’s only a fantasy. I’m in search of that hairy creature who cared for me under the pines.
  7. 'Sky Church Music' from Children of the Revolution by T.Rex Sky church music is coming down to get you people! (That's the only lyric. T.Rex was weird.)
  8. 'Bad Day' from In Time: The Best of R.E.M. The lights went out, the oil ran dry; we blamed it on the other guy. Sure all men are created equal – here's the church, here's the steeple.
  9. 'Count to Ten' from Gumbo Pants by Paul and Storm Paris is a party girl you know you’d love to do. Count up the diseases that she can give to you.
  10. 'Me Make Fire' from Masters of Song-Fu by Paul and Storm Me make fire, me call it...fire. Me dance around fire – come dance around fire! Me go stomp stomp touch–ouch!–fire make hurt. Stomp stomp no touch fire.
  11. 'Dance, Dance, Dance' from Sounds of Summer by The Beach Boys When I feel put down I try to shake it off quick, with my chick by my side the radio does the trick.
  12. 'Run Rabbit Run' from The Trick to Life by The Hoosiers I saw a fox by the rabbithole, you saw a prince from a fairytale.
  13. 'By Myself' from Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park I can't hold on when I'm stretched so thin, I make the right moves but I'm lost within. I put on my daily façade but then I just end up getting hurt again by myself.
  14. 'Get It Get It' from the Scissor Sisters' self-titled album And when the night is through it feels so right to kiss your lips. Wish I could say to you that I've got so much, come and get it.
  15. 'Chiron Beta Prime' from Best. Concert. Ever. by Jonathan Coulton Merry Christmas from Chiron Beta Prime, where we're working in a mine for our robot overlords – did I say overlords? I meant protectors!
  16. '99 Problems' from The Black Album by Jay-Z I don't know what you take me as, or understand the intelligence that Jay-Z has. I'm from rags to ritches niggers, I ain't dumb, I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one.
  17. 'Misery' from Black Gold by Soul Asylum Put me out of my misery. I'd do it for you, would you do it for me?
  18. 'Love Me Till the Sun Shines' from Kinks: The Ultimate Collection You don't have to walk the streets when there's someone waiting here. Come on, baby, love me till the sun shines.
  19. 'Forgotten' from Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park Taken far from my safety, the picture is there, the memory won't escape me, but why should I care?
  20. 'Who Are You' from The Who: Ultimate Collection Well, who are you? I really wanna know! Tell me, who are you?
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] sarkywoman. You put your library on shuffle and then write the first twenty (or however many before you get bored) down:
  1. 'The Dragon King' from Monkey: Journey to the West, the concept album by Chen Shi-Zheng, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. Unfortunately, the lyrics are all in Chinese.
  2. 'O Green World' from Demon Days by Gorillaz I hope sex and drugs rust into myself – holy, it feels holy.
  3. 'Buy It Sell It' from The Domino Effect by The Blizzards All that seems to matter is your slight touch, electrify my senses with its delicate love and affection that you can't find.
  4. 'Glamourous Indie Rock & Roll' from Hot Fuss by The Killers Two of us flipping through a thrift store magazine; she plays the drums, I'm on tambourine.
  5. 'Acid Jazz Singer' from Here We Stand from The Fratellis I cannot claim this advice as my own, I learned it in the gutter one night crawling home. She said "don't you look ridiculous", I checked her out meticulously...
  6. 'Under the Pines' from Thing-a-Week 4 by Jonathan Coulton I am in love, but it’s only a fantasy. I’m in search of that hairy creature who cared for me under the pines.
  7. 'Sky Church Music' from Children of the Revolution by T.Rex Sky church music is coming down to get you people! (That's the only lyric. T.Rex was weird.)
  8. 'Bad Day' from In Time: The Best of R.E.M. The lights went out, the oil ran dry; we blamed it on the other guy. Sure all men are created equal – here's the church, here's the steeple.
  9. 'Count to Ten' from Gumbo Pants by Paul and Storm Paris is a party girl you know you’d love to do. Count up the diseases that she can give to you.
  10. 'Me Make Fire' from Masters of Song-Fu by Paul and Storm Me make fire, me call it...fire. Me dance around fire – come dance around fire! Me go stomp stomp touch–ouch!–fire make hurt. Stomp stomp no touch fire.
  11. 'Dance, Dance, Dance' from Sounds of Summer by The Beach Boys When I feel put down I try to shake it off quick, with my chick by my side the radio does the trick.
  12. 'Run Rabbit Run' from The Trick to Life by The Hoosiers I saw a fox by the rabbithole, you saw a prince from a fairytale.
  13. 'By Myself' from Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park I can't hold on when I'm stretched so thin, I make the right moves but I'm lost within. I put on my daily façade but then I just end up getting hurt again by myself.
  14. 'Get It Get It' from the Scissor Sisters' self-titled album And when the night is through it feels so right to kiss your lips. Wish I could say to you that I've got so much, come and get it.
  15. 'Chiron Beta Prime' from Best. Concert. Ever. by Jonathan Coulton Merry Christmas from Chiron Beta Prime, where we're working in a mine for our robot overlords – did I say overlords? I meant protectors!
  16. '99 Problems' from The Black Album by Jay-Z I don't know what you take me as, or understand the intelligence that Jay-Z has. I'm from rags to ritches niggers, I ain't dumb, I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one.
  17. 'Misery' from Black Gold by Soul Asylum Put me out of my misery. I'd do it for you, would you do it for me?
  18. 'Love Me Till the Sun Shines' from Kinks: The Ultimate Collection You don't have to walk the streets when there's someone waiting here. Come on, baby, love me till the sun shines.
  19. 'Forgotten' from Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park Taken far from my safety, the picture is there, the memory won't escape me, but why should I care?
  20. 'Who Are You' from The Who: Ultimate Collection Well, who are you? I really wanna know! Tell me, who are you?
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] sarkywoman. You put your library on shuffle and then write the first twenty (or however many before you get bored) down:
  1. 'The Dragon King' from Monkey: Journey to the West, the concept album by Chen Shi-Zheng, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. Unfortunately, the lyrics are all in Chinese.
  2. 'O Green World' from Demon Days by Gorillaz I hope sex and drugs rust into myself – holy, it feels holy.
  3. 'Buy It Sell It' from The Domino Effect by The Blizzards All that seems to matter is your slight touch, electrify my senses with its delicate love and affection that you can't find.
  4. 'Glamourous Indie Rock & Roll' from Hot Fuss by The Killers Two of us flipping through a thrift store magazine; she plays the drums, I'm on tambourine.
  5. 'Acid Jazz Singer' from Here We Stand from The Fratellis I cannot claim this advice as my own, I learned it in the gutter one night crawling home. She said "don't you look ridiculous", I checked her out meticulously...
  6. 'Under the Pines' from Thing-a-Week 4 by Jonathan Coulton I am in love, but it’s only a fantasy. I’m in search of that hairy creature who cared for me under the pines.
  7. 'Sky Church Music' from Children of the Revolution by T.Rex Sky church music is coming down to get you people! (That's the only lyric. T.Rex was weird.)
  8. 'Bad Day' from In Time: The Best of R.E.M. The lights went out, the oil ran dry; we blamed it on the other guy. Sure all men are created equal – here's the church, here's the steeple.
  9. 'Count to Ten' from Gumbo Pants by Paul and Storm Paris is a party girl you know you’d love to do. Count up the diseases that she can give to you.
  10. 'Me Make Fire' from Masters of Song-Fu by Paul and Storm Me make fire, me call it...fire. Me dance around fire – come dance around fire! Me go stomp stomp touch–ouch!–fire make hurt. Stomp stomp no touch fire.
  11. 'Dance, Dance, Dance' from Sounds of Summer by The Beach Boys When I feel put down I try to shake it off quick, with my chick by my side the radio does the trick.
  12. 'Run Rabbit Run' from The Trick to Life by The Hoosiers I saw a fox by the rabbithole, you saw a prince from a fairytale.
  13. 'By Myself' from Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park I can't hold on when I'm stretched so thin, I make the right moves but I'm lost within. I put on my daily façade but then I just end up getting hurt again by myself.
  14. 'Get It Get It' from the Scissor Sisters' self-titled album And when the night is through it feels so right to kiss your lips. Wish I could say to you that I've got so much, come and get it.
  15. 'Chiron Beta Prime' from Best. Concert. Ever. by Jonathan Coulton Merry Christmas from Chiron Beta Prime, where we're working in a mine for our robot overlords – did I say overlords? I meant protectors!
  16. '99 Problems' from The Black Album by Jay-Z I don't know what you take me as, or understand the intelligence that Jay-Z has. I'm from rags to ritches niggers, I ain't dumb, I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one.
  17. 'Misery' from Black Gold by Soul Asylum Put me out of my misery. I'd do it for you, would you do it for me?
  18. 'Love Me Till the Sun Shines' from Kinks: The Ultimate Collection You don't have to walk the streets when there's someone waiting here. Come on, baby, love me till the sun shines.
  19. 'Forgotten' from Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park Taken far from my safety, the picture is there, the memory won't escape me, but why should I care?
  20. 'Who Are You' from The Who: Ultimate Collection Well, who are you? I really wanna know! Tell me, who are you?
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#4 Fabian Nicieza, Mark Brooks and Patrick Zircher; Cable and Deadpool Vol. 1: If Looks Could Kill, 2004

This was my first exposure to either of the title characters and I must say I am loving Deadpool's attitude to life and his complete reluctance to take anything seriously. The plot behind the two characters was OK – it felt a little disjointed in parts, but it was still good, and I was too busy loving Deadpool to mind. I think I probably need to pick some more of these up at some point, along with more in The Sandman.
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#3 Neil Gaiman, Jill Thompson and Vince Locke; The Sandman Vol. 7: Brief Lives; 1992-93

I have not read a volume of The Sandman for over two years, and the time elapsed is probably much closer to being four years. Nothing I can say can accurately convey how much I enjoyed returning to the epic that I still think stands head-and-shoulders above the rest of his bibliography. I shall be very tempted to purchase Vol. 8 soon, I think!
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#2 Jaine Fenn, Principles of Angels, 2008

This is a brilliant book. I had one complaint that I was going to make sure I mentioned (about halfway through the book), but unfortunately it was resolved before the end so I can't really complain about it after all. The setting is fascinating and the politics of the city involved in the story are brilliantly composed, but I'd advise anyone picking it up to steer well clear of the blurb on the back of the novel, as it spoiled the plot for me slightly. Definitely recommended!
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#1 Jonathan Green, Iron Hands, 2004

A good look at my chosen Astartes chapter, with some rollocking action sequences and a couple of pleasing references to the Necrontyr. Not much here to recommend it to people who aren't interested in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, but it's a good addition to the pantheon.
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#42 Arthur C. Clarke, 2061: Odyssey Three, 1987

Arthur C. Clarke's ideas are as awesome as ever in this, the third in the series of novels. Much like the other books, the last few chapters were slightly trippy, but the attention to detail was absolutely superb! Clarke is one of the SF authors that continually provides ample reminder of why I chose to pursue a career in physics, and I value him enormously for that.

#43 Mike Carey et al, Lucifer: Devil in the Gateway, 1999/2000
#44 Mike Carey et al, Lucifer: Children and Monsters, 2000/01

I haven't actually read far enough in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman to appreciate the origins of the character fully but I loved Mike Carey's adaptation of Gaiman's Neverwhere and, as old-school readers of my fanzine will know, Lucifer as a character has always held a certain fascination for me. Thus, the series that continues Lucifer's adventures was a very tempting purchase and has proven to be a bloody brilliant read. Both paperbacks are highly recommended material!

#45 Alan Moore and Brian Bolland, Batman: The Killing Joke, 1988

This was shorter than I expected it to be, clocking in at 46 pages (I believe), but every page was solid gold so that was OK. The contributions from Tim Sale and the artist, Brian Bolland, were interesting to read and Bolland's shorter Batman script afterwards was weird and disturbing in an awesome way. I've read some awesome comics today!

#46 Garth Ennis et al, Judge Dredd: Emerald Isle, 1991/92

Looking at the cover of this TPB doesn't really make me think that this is intended to be an entirely serious story, and a glance at Wikipedia confirms that suspicion. It's a good read, though, even though I suspect I'd have been better off reading something else for my first experience of Dredd.
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I got the idea for this from [livejournal.com profile] andrewducker: Perform a search for films rated 70% and over by over 10,000 voters on IMDb, go through the list and get all the films that you have seen that appear. Then bold the ones you would recommend to a friend, and italicise films you only saw clips from.

My list of the best of the Noughties )

It's worth noting that there are a couple of films in that list, like Ice Age, that were good fun but I wouldn't recommend to a friend or rush to see again. Feel free to yell at me in the comments!
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#40 Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless, 1992

This is Douglas' last Hitchhiker novel, and it's definitely the least funny of the trilogy. However, it's also the one that has the most science-fiction -- parallel universes, suspended animation and advanced technological concepts abound.

Some of Douglas style is apparent in this book, most notably the one-liners that never really stop being funny, and the interplay between Ford and Arthur is hilarious as ever. Trillian's character is slightly oddly written compared to the previous novels, but given her non-appearances in SLATFATF and the Secondary Phase, the fact she's even present at all is, I guess, something to be pleased with!

This book is also easily one of the bleakest i've ever read, with virtually no hope or joy present throughout the tome and the depressing ending, but I still enjoy reading the novel. I'm nervous about reading Eoin's novel, but that is the next book!

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Something has just struck me: if I had read one more book before I started rereading Douglas Adams' Trilogy of Five, And Another Thing would have been my 42nd book this year. As it is, it shall be my 41st, which is deeply unsatisfactory!

#39 Douglas Adams, So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, 1984

Some people -- in fact, quite a few people -- don't like this book. There was an epic flame war on alt.fan.douglas-adams back in the day between Simo and Kaare over whether chapter 25 was a good passage of Douglas' writing. This novel is the first novel that Douglas wrote from scratch instead of adapting a radio show or a Doctor Who script or whatever, and it shows!

Cut for spoilers! )

All in all, this book is a good book, but it's very different to the others. My next read will be arguably the bleakest thing Douglas ever wrote!

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