Book Review: Rapture by John Shirley (BioShock)My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have never read a novel based on a video game before, and in fact I had no idea that this book even existed! I just happened up on while scouring the shelves of charity shops for bargains. I got quite excited when I saw it, and it was only £1 so not much of a risk to take! I have a weird relationship with the BioShock games. I sort of love them, I love the ideas behind them and the world and the insane, unsettling atmosphere. However it is this creepy, disturbing atmosphere that prevents me from playing them myself. I’m too much of a wimp, I get too stressed out and I have to turn the Xbox off. Pathetic I know. I need somebody play it for me, because I love the story so much I need to know what happens. I do, from watching my brother play it, have a pretty good idea of the story of the first game. I was overjoyed by finding this book because I could get more involved in the world without actually having the threat of a splicing jumping out of nowhere with a manic cackle and killing me.
I’ve given it five stars, obviously. It is bloody brilliant! I have low expectations to begin with.. but it is so good. I’m blown away! It tells the story of the beginnings of Rapture, of the great man himself Andrew Ryan and how it all went so horrifying wrong. It started off as a great ideal, a utopia without restrictions or government interference. Ryan recruited like-minded people to populate his secret new land, and they achieved the feat of building an underwater city. Only human nature and the cold hard reality of capital economics meant it could never last. Plus you chick a few plasmids in there too.. And it gets very messy. If you are a fan of the games, read this. Read it now. Must read.
OMGITSSOGOOD.

Book Review: Rapture by John Shirley (BioShock)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have never read a novel based on a video game before, and in fact I had no idea that this book even existed! I just happened up on while scouring the shelves of charity shops for bargains. I got quite excited when I saw it, and it was only £1 so not much of a risk to take! I have a weird relationship with the BioShock games. I sort of love them, I love the ideas behind them and the world and the insane, unsettling atmosphere. However it is this creepy, disturbing atmosphere that prevents me from playing them myself. I’m too much of a wimp, I get too stressed out and I have to turn the Xbox off. Pathetic I know. I need somebody play it for me, because I love the story so much I need to know what happens. I do, from watching my brother play it, have a pretty good idea of the story of the first game. I was overjoyed by finding this book because I could get more involved in the world without actually having the threat of a splicing jumping out of nowhere with a manic cackle and killing me.

I’ve given it five stars, obviously. It is bloody brilliant! I have low expectations to begin with.. but it is so good. I’m blown away! It tells the story of the beginnings of Rapture, of the great man himself Andrew Ryan and how it all went so horrifying wrong. It started off as a great ideal, a utopia without restrictions or government interference. Ryan recruited like-minded people to populate his secret new land, and they achieved the feat of building an underwater city. Only human nature and the cold hard reality of capital economics meant it could never last. Plus you chick a few plasmids in there too.. And it gets very messy. If you are a fan of the games, read this. Read it now. Must read.

OMGITSSOGOOD.

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New theme and a minor tidy up!

I have a new, much neater theme. I don’t have as much time for Tumblr as a I used to, so most of the time what I post here comes from my Wordpress site and this theme suits that better I think. 

I realise I’ve slacked a bit on posting things from there to here. Ever since the publicize feature stopped working properly I’ve had to do it manually, and sometimes I forget.. So that’s why there was a bit of minor spam of book reviews and old movie reviews!

Anyway, that is all! :)

REVIEW : 22 JUMP STREET (2014)
Apparently 21 Jump Street was the first movie I reviewed, way back when (I’m positive I never saw it in the cinema, I must have waiting for it to be on Sky Movies or something!), just an interesting little fact for you. During said review I went on and on about my past obsession with the glorious TV series that was 21 Jump Street, from my Johnny Depp nerd days (including YouTube clips), so I won’t repeat myself here. All I really need to say is that I loved the first movie, despite being initially horrified when I heard it was happening, it turned out to be perfect and hilarious! And Channing Tatum was surprisingly brilliant in it; who knew he could be so funny! Whenever a sequel to such a successful movie is announced I am always concerned that it won’t live up to the original, but I didn’t need to be worried here. This is no The Hangover 2 (or The Hangover 3), it is easily as good as the first one.. I might even have enjoyed it more.. maybe. I’d have to watch them  both again to be positive!
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REVIEW : 22 JUMP STREET (2014)

Apparently 21 Jump Street was the first movie I reviewed, way back when (I’m positive I never saw it in the cinema, I must have waiting for it to be on Sky Movies or something!), just an interesting little fact for you. During said review I went on and on about my past obsession with the glorious TV series that was 21 Jump Street, from my Johnny Depp nerd days (including YouTube clips), so I won’t repeat myself here. All I really need to say is that I loved the first movie, despite being initially horrified when I heard it was happening, it turned out to be perfect and hilarious! And Channing Tatum was surprisingly brilliant in it; who knew he could be so funny! Whenever a sequel to such a successful movie is announced I am always concerned that it won’t live up to the original, but I didn’t need to be worried here. This is no The Hangover 2 (or The Hangover 3), it is easily as good as the first one.. I might even have enjoyed it more.. maybe. I’d have to watch them  both again to be positive!

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REVIEW: (UN)ARRANGED MARRIAGE BY BALI RAI
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’d been wanting to read a book by Bali Rai for such a long time but never got around to it. I’d always heard great things, my sister is a fan and I was really impressed when I met him on an author visit a couple of years ago. I’m glad I FINALLY picked this book up, and a part of my wishes I had read it when I was a teenager. I understand why I didn’t, at the time I wanted to read about magic, witches and love stories. Stories about other cultures I saw as removed from my own didn’t interest me. This is such a brilliant, and easy to read book. It is written in an extremely accessible way, and the characters talk like realistic teenagers which is really refreshing. It was also interesting to hear the story of arranged marriages told from the perspective of a teenage boy.
It is a shame that I dismissed it though, because (Un)arranged marriage tells a compelling and believable story of a teenage boy’s fight for his individuality and freedom. Manjit, or rather Manny, has grown up in a strictly traditional, and abusive, Punjabi family in Leicester (Bali Rai’s home town and not far from where I live). He is the youngest son, and feels isolated from the rest of this family because he has grown up influence by the more liberal and ‘Western’ values. He finds the ignorance and racism of his family difficult to bear, particularly as his best friend is black and he falls for a white girl. Once it is announced that his father plans to wed him to another Punjabi girl Manny has four years to find a way to un-arrange the marriage and live out his life the way that he wants to.
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REVIEW: (UN)ARRANGED MARRIAGE BY BALI RAI

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’d been wanting to read a book by Bali Rai for such a long time but never got around to it. I’d always heard great things, my sister is a fan and I was really impressed when I met him on an author visit a couple of years ago. I’m glad I FINALLY picked this book up, and a part of my wishes I had read it when I was a teenager. I understand why I didn’t, at the time I wanted to read about magic, witches and love stories. Stories about other cultures I saw as removed from my own didn’t interest me. This is such a brilliant, and easy to read book. It is written in an extremely accessible way, and the characters talk like realistic teenagers which is really refreshing. It was also interesting to hear the story of arranged marriages told from the perspective of a teenage boy.

It is a shame that I dismissed it though, because (Un)arranged marriage tells a compelling and believable story of a teenage boy’s fight for his individuality and freedom. Manjit, or rather Manny, has grown up in a strictly traditional, and abusive, Punjabi family in Leicester (Bali Rai’s home town and not far from where I live). He is the youngest son, and feels isolated from the rest of this family because he has grown up influence by the more liberal and ‘Western’ values. He finds the ignorance and racism of his family difficult to bear, particularly as his best friend is black and he falls for a white girl. Once it is announced that his father plans to wed him to another Punjabi girl Manny has four years to find a way to un-arrange the marriage and live out his life the way that he wants to.

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Book Review: Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I had high hopes for the second book in the Noughts & Crosses series. The ending of Noughts & Crosses was powerful and full of promise , but I don’t feel like Knife Edge lived up to it. It’s not a bad book, it’s still better than most but it didn’t grip me in the same way.
Following on from Noughts & Crosses, and the short story An Eye for An Eye, Sephy has had her baby daughter and now in a difficult position caught between the two worlds. She has a hard time forgiving her family for their role in what happened to Callum, but the noughts do not want her either. She has to find a way to survive, and come to terms with everything that happened with Callum, particularly after she receives a devastating letter from him. The other half of this novel focuses on Jude, as he tries to survive as a fugitive, still seething with anger towards the crosses and blaming Sephy for his brother’s death.
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Book Review: Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had high hopes for the second book in the Noughts & Crosses series. The ending of Noughts & Crosses was powerful and full of promise , but I don’t feel like Knife Edge lived up to it. It’s not a bad book, it’s still better than most but it didn’t grip me in the same way.

Following on from Noughts & Crosses, and the short story An Eye for An Eye, Sephy has had her baby daughter and now in a difficult position caught between the two worlds. She has a hard time forgiving her family for their role in what happened to Callum, but the noughts do not want her either. She has to find a way to survive, and come to terms with everything that happened with Callum, particularly after she receives a devastating letter from him. The other half of this novel focuses on Jude, as he tries to survive as a fugitive, still seething with anger towards the crosses and blaming Sephy for his brother’s death.

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