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Literature: Recommendation – The Belgariad by David Eddings

By James I love fantasy. I love everything about it. The escapism, the creatures, the characters, the magic ... all of it. Now, I’ll get it out of the way now and say that I haven’t read The Lord of the Rings. Yes, I know… It’s terrible. I will read it, I promise. I don’t…
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Film: A Look at the Loveable Rogue

By James The loveable rogue is a character archetype used far and wide: in literature, film, TV, video games ... and any other media where characters are involved. As the name would suggest, people like them. They’re usually witty, handsome, daring, and have a tendency to bend the rules. For the purposes of this article,…
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Music: The Top 12 Mumford & Sons Songs

By James So, writing this list was, for me, about as hard as the Muse one I did a little while back… Another band that I utterly adore is, Mumford & Sons. They’re superb, consistent and relatively unique - mixing up country, pop, rock, folk and probably genres I’ve not even thought of. There are…
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Film: The Top 50 Horror Movies of All Time! (Part III: 30-21)

By Bill   And we continue with our countdown. If you’re interested in the previous lists, click on the links below.   Part I: 50-41 Part II: 40-31   Friday the 13th (1980) What will soon become apparent with this list and the Parts 4 and 5 to follow, is that I’m a massive fan…
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Gaming: The Top 7 Lord of the Rings Videogames … So Far!

By Bill Since the mid-50s when The Lord of the Rings was first published (The Hobbit was much earlier), the world has pretty much been obsessed with all things Tolkien, including everyone from rock stars like Led Zeppelin, all the way through basement dwelling Dungeons and Dragons masters, and all the way up to movie…
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Literature: The Top 10 Novels by Nobel Prize Winning Authors

By Bill The Nobel Literature prize is the most prestigious literary award in the world and has been running since 1901. Many of the greatest novelists, poets, politicians, journalists … and Bob Dylan … have won the award in its long history and I would like to champion some of the work from these great…
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Film: Review – Gerald’s Game

By Bill Netflix is back with another sure-fire hit … This time a movie adaptation of the Stephen King novel Gerald’s Game … the world has gone Stephen King crazy this year …  Now, I am a Stephen King fan and have read a whole bunch of his novels, however I haven’t ever managed to…
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Film: Review – Blade Runner 2049

By Bill I need to preface this review of - quite possibly the best sci-fi film of the century - Blade Runner 2049, by saying that I went to the cinema with James and he booked the tickets for an area of the room where there was next to no leg space … seeing as…
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Literature: Recommendation – The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

By Bill As of last Thursday, the UK had a new Nobel Literature laureate in the Japanese born, Kazuo Ishiguro. Although born abroad, he moved to England when he was five and has lived here ever since. He has written seven novels since 1982, with the most famous being the Booker prize winning The Remains…
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