Showing posts from June, 2017

My trip to #Dublin part 3

Day 3, and shockingly enough feeling surprisingly fresh after another night on the Irish pop. After a quick walk up the road this morning we had ourselves breakfast in a little cafe near our flat called 'The Cloud' which was a lovely experience, doing things ranging from porridge and cereal to more interesting egg based concoctions and really tasty fresh coffee.

This morning's plan was to meander down the railway station and catch a train from Connolly station to Killiney Hill, a small pebble beach with some sort of monument on the top of said hill.

I love getting the train, and it was straight forward enough to get tickets in Conolly station and to get on the right line etc. Not too expensive either. Got to read my book on the way there and back whilst intermittently taking in the views of the Irish countryside.

The stop at Killiney hill is only small; the station has a little coffee shop and there are hotels and houses around but that's pretty much it. The rest of th…

#StarWars Rogue Planet mini review

Rogue Planet is set after the events of Episode 1. Anakin is fast approaching his teenage years under Jedi tutelage from newly appointed master Obi Wan Kenobi.

In the story we are witness to Anakin really battling with his conflicting emotions of what he knows to be right and proper and the ways of the Jedi, to the fear and anger that seems to come so naturally to him and that actually grants him a hefty amount of power.

As punishment for ignoring his master and for thrill seeking on the Jedi Temple's city world of Coruscant, Anakin and Obi-Wan are tasked with investigating what happened to a previous padowan, sent to the mysterious world of Zenoma Sekot and mysteriously gone missing. The unusual and unknown planet is rumoured to be home to the creators of the fastest ships in the galaxy - a glorious conglomeration of biology and technology where ships are not made but grown or born.

Whilst the pair of Jedi investigate both the ships and the disappearance, power hungry General Ta…

#StarWars Episode 1 Movie Novelisation by Terry Brooks mini review

Unlike the vast majority of Star Wars fans, I don't hate the Episode 1 movie. It feels almost nostalgic to re-watch the film now and I remember fondly all the hype leading up to it's release to the world. I don't deny it's flawed it doesn't stop it being an enjoyable  adventure in a galaxy far, far away. If you discount Jar Jar Binks, of course... 
The novel by Terry Brooks is an accurate retelling of the plot from the movie, in which the planet of Nabboo is subject to a trade embargo by the cowardly and greedy Trade Federation. The Jedi travel to negotiate with the trade federation and are instead greeted with the beginnings of a plot to invade the peaceful world below forcing the young queen of Nabboo to sign a treaty making their illicit actions legal. 
In their initial escape of the planet, the Jedi, queen and accompanying crew find themselves marooned on Tatooine in the Hutt controlled Mos Espa which is just as much a hive of scum and villainy as we've co…

#SpeccyNation by Dan Whitehead mini review

The ZX Spectrum is before my time, but that doesn't stop me from appreciating the prog rock to my pop in my world of gaming, with it's crappy rubber keys and mysteriously beautiful rainbow stripe.

Dan Whitehead however, is definitely a retro gaming origins expert having been into video games since 1982 and writing for a variety of gaming publications and getting stuck in with many gaming related endeavours.

Speccy Nation is a collection of the good, the bad, the ugly, and the downright horrendous from the history of the Spectrum, include entries about popular releases and obscurities.

What is excellent about this book is the ability for Dan to understand the positive elements about all games, talking about all of their qualities without simply residing to the fact that a game is rubbish, instead discussing the merits or at least the interesting features a game has to offer, from social nuances to the soundtrack to simply the concept in it's own right.

Dan Whitehead clearl…

#Nod by Adrian Barnes mini review

Nod is told in a series of journal entries by aspiring author Paul during this unique concept of an impending apocalypse. Set in Vancouver, the global populace bar a select few are suddenly unable to sleep. The few remaining 'sleepers' all share the same golden dream. Groups of children also sleep, but become silent and introvert and the nature of their dreams is not apparent to anybody. 
Living in a flat in a seemingly functional relationship, the world around them begins to slowly descend into madness, beginning with general irritability and over the days becoming more and more dystopian as people struggle to function on the little sleep they have. The 'awakened' eventually break into strange cults and factions, developing psychosis and unusual social regimes and rituals to help function as they slowly but surely deteriorate.
Paul meanwhile has to navigate the alien landscape without being persecuted by the awakened, so jealous they are of his ability to sleep. It f…

#StarWars The Old Republic - Annihilation Mini Review

Annihilation is the fourth story in The Old Republic series of novels, Despite being of Jedi heritage, our lead character Theron Shan posses no natural affinity or command of the force, yet is talented in other methods of combat and subterfuge in his role as a republic spy. 
Shan teams up with Jace Malcom, commander of the republic military to help neutralise the Ascendant Spear, a new type of imperial battle cruiser captained by aspiring Sith lord Darth Karrid. Karrid is being considered for a role within the Dark Council, the old republic's dark side version of the Jedi council. As Darth Malgus' old apprentice, the council have their reservations, and Karrid is constantly striving to prove herself more capable and worthy of the title of Sith despite her heritage and history. 
Throughout the tale if intertwining characters, all of whom have interesting back stories and histories, the story is often tense, exciting and detailed in it's retelling of these events of the gal…