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I’ve been working my way through the Harry Potter series of books over the last year or so. Finally I’ve begun “Deathly Hallows,” so the end is in sight. It’s almost a shame that there is so little left. At first I was reading these books out of curiosity, then somewhere in the middle it was out of a sense of obligation (I’d started… so I was duty bound to finish).

Now that the films have all been shown on TV many times, my brain is fast forwarding to the conclusion because I’ve seen what’s going to happen so often. Not to worry though, I can put my reading-brain into a lower gear and force those images to the dark corners add the back. The place where I hide things that don’t need to be seen again.

Heading been to a Catholic school, the witches and wizards of Hogwarts aren’t a million miles away from the nuns and monks that I remember. As for their dusty books of ancient magic and mumbo-jumbo, well… they speak for themselves. However, for now I’ll see Harry and his chums to the end of their adventures and then the next story, of another band of heroes, will come calling.

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Posted by on February 3, 2015 in Books, Inspiration


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Christmas Reading

As Christmas rolls ever nearer and the holiday break readies itself to kick in, I need to set myself a reading list to fill out my down-time (in between all that mince pie eating and merry making). At the moment I’m about 80% of the way through Lee Child’s third Jack Reacher book ‘Tripwire.’ It’s a good story, but brute force and vigilante justice don’t really shout out ‘festive spirit’ to me.

I could re-visit ‘The Silmarillion.’ which I go back to every few years, but having only just seen the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies I don’t really feel a strong urge to retread the path to Middle Earth just yet. A good biography might be enjoyable and people as different as Sir Roger Moore and Sammy Hagar have life stories that appeal to me. I’ve also had my eye on David Law’s ’22 Days in May’ for a while as well.

I will probably make my third visit to Hogworts this year and download ‘Prisoner of Azkaban.’ I’m also rereading Stephen King’s Dark Tower series for the squillionth time and ‘Song of Suzannah’ is calling to me from some distant level of The Tower. If I go back enough times, one day I believe that final chapter of the final book will end differently…

However, all these rich and fabulous fantasy worlds may end up waiting in line behind some good gruesome fun like Tonia Brown’s ‘Badass Zombie Roadtrip,’ so you never know… What is most unlikely is that I’ll end up reading a book about Christmas at Christmas, although saying that, last year I really enjoyed reading through a Kindle compilation of The Queen’s Christmas speeches. They’re a fascinating thermometer reading of British history across the years.

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Posted by on December 14, 2012 in Books, Xmas


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Surprisingly, to me anyway, I’ve recently been reading the Harry Potter books. I’ve seen all eight movies and enjoyed them, they’re a bit of fantasy fluff to pass the time on a Bank Holiday afternoon. The only exception being the first part of Deathly Hallows, in which nothing happens to progress the story and everything in it is just preamble leading up to the last film.

The books however, have never really appealed to me. As an adult, I can still enjoy children’s books (Moomins, The Hobbit, The Adventures of Major Tom and Oddball) but only in short doses. When the page count clocks in at four digits then I lose interest. As it happens though, the Potter books are free to download to Kindle via the Amazon Prime lending library. This has made it easier for me to justify to myself spending a bit more time in Hogwarts.

I zipped through Philosopher’s Stone in no time and although the imagery in my head is coloured by the movies, I still found it a good read. Now that I’m halfway through Chamber of Secrets I’m finding my reading rate slowing a little. I think I can probably manage another book of this length, but then I’ll need to dip into something totally different in style. Just to add some variety to my reading. It’ll be getting close to Xmas by then, so maybe something festive.

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Posted by on November 28, 2012 in Books, Movies, Sci Fi, Xmas


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