Why I hated reading The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (and why that’s okay)

While still nursing a substantial New Year hangover at the start of 2015, I was suitably impressed with Simon Stephens’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time. It’s an innovative show with excellent casting, powerful scripting choices, and some emotive dialogue and performances. What’s really curious to me however, is how little I

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SPOILER WARNING!! This isn’t a spoiler, but.. There is no such thing as an "almost-spoiler"

So, with Game of Thrones chugging through season after season on HBO, the BBC scheduling more and more Doctor Who after their anniversary special, and so many new books flying in from all directions… I want to talk about spoilers. Specifically, I want to talk about the fact that there is no such thing a “little” spoiler, and anyone who tries to use them

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I don’t always ruin books with memes, but when I do..

I’m really not a fan of image memes. They reduce conversation to catchphrases and stifle creativity in a way that doesn’t let good ideas develop into better ones. They’re lazy, trite, easily dismissed and instantly forgotten. They’re the Christmas cracker jokes of digital communication. But what I’m finding worse is this growing trend of taking a quote

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Why I watch the film first, or “Give me back my face!!”

Here’s a quick blog brought on by a workplace discussion about Game Of Thrones, and my holding out on the books until I’ve fully seen the show, and my propensity towards watching the film before reading the book. I don’t know how common this is, but I have a fairly visual imagination. Make a joke about a coworker’s privates or mention that particular video

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Reviewing Me, Reviewing You Can you review a book when the author is watching?

While promoting my deconstruction of Andrew Klavan’s Man and Wife, I made the mistake of linking myself on what I thought was a fan page but turned out to be a page managed by Klavan himself. Suddenly (and pretentiously) I felt his eyes and the eyes of his core fans turning on me, putting pressure on the quality and content of my eventual review. I

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Pushing Back the Future The great leap forward is just a great leap forward away..

When I saw that Ridley Scott is committed to a new Blade Runner film I had the predictable reaction of feeling that nothing is sacred any more, followed by hoping, really hoping, that the film is not a sequel, prequel or remake, but merely further stories set in the Blade Runnerverse. There’s enough unused material in Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?

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