Sunshine on Leith Review

Sunshine on Leith Review

Sometimes you agree to stuff without really thinking about it. Recently I did quite such a thing when I announced to the other Culture Jam writers on Facebook:

Can I review Sunshine on Leith the movie when it comes out in a couple of weeks? I have this stupid idea of trying to fit as many of the song titles into the review as possible!

Of course I hadn’t looked at the song titles before saying this. I’d seen the show in Belfast a few years ago and I don’t remember there being too terrible plus my head was filled with puns about 500 miles etc. How did I get on? Check below the break!

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Drawn Memories – Author’s Notes

Drawn Memories

Earlier this week issue three of Far Off Places was published with the theme being Under the Bed. Included in the issue is my short story Drawn Memories. You can buy a copy of the magazine here (remember to select option three from the list!).

Below the break are my author’s notes about my story. While there are no spoilers you may want to read the story first. If you are sitting comfortable I’ll begin.

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Star Trek Into Darkness Rewatch

This post contains SPOILERS for Star Trek into Darkness & Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

The other weekend I got the chance to re-watch Star Trek into Darkness. When I first saw it on IMAX 3D I wasn’t impressed thinking it wasn’t very good. However, I felt the same thing about the previous entry Star Trek, which I know love having got use to its universe and characters. Did I have the same reaction to Star Trek into Darkness. Check below the break to find out!

Star Trek into Darkness Rewatch

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Doctor Who 50 Years’ Trailer

Last night the BBC realised a Doctor 50 Years’ Trailer. However, unlike most trailers, this one didn’t reveal any footage from the upcoming special. Rather it was a collection of still images stretching over the past fifty years. Watch the trailer and then check out what I think of it below:

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What I’ve Been Up To

Some of you (if anyone is still checking this page) will notice I haven’t been updating this page for a while. This has been due to other projects and the “day job” getting in the way. However, don’t worry this blog will be back up and running soon with lots of Halloween themed posts and stories, Doctor Who stuff for the anniversary in November but first let’s with a quick break down of what I’ve been up to!

What I've Been Up ToTV Reviews

Outside of work this is what I’ve been working on most. I now have two TV series blogs on Culture Jam for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Homeland. It is safe to say I’m enjoying one of them more than the other – I’ll let you read the reviews to guess which one! To help you here are my reviews so far (with more due to be posted soon)

You can also check out my thoughts on Homeland Series Two here as well!

Movie Reviews

I also reviewed a couple of movies as well. Monsters University, the unneeded prequel to Monsters Inc, is available now while my thoughts on Sunshine on Leith will be up soon. Even if you don’t care about the movie check out my attempts to crowbar in the name of every song from the musical into my review and the damage I did to the English language in the process!

Short Stories

What I've Been Up ToFinally, I’ve got three short stories due to be printed soon. Each story will get their own full Author’s Notes post when they are published.

The first is called Drawn Memories and will be printed in the magazine Far Off Places and should be due out by the end of October. You can read the parent story of Drawn Memories, Pens, on the website right now.

The second is called Black and White Night and will be published soon in the magazine [Untitled]. This tale is a bit of an experiment as the whole story is told in black and white with minimum dialogue. As the magazine has a very small circulation, the story will probably appear on the website around the turn of the year.

The third story Circus of the Wave will be published by Anti-Zine towards the end of November. Written for their circus themed issue, this story is exciting with a fantasy twisted. If you would like to come to the launch party for Anti-Zine you can find the details on either the Facebook event or on the Summerhall website.

Finally, my book of 50 Word Stories is almost finished its first draft and should be available to buy for Christmas. Hopefully a nice wee stoking filler!

Most importantly, there will be more posts soon…I promise!

Adaptation Round #1: Book vs Comic

This post contains Spoilers for the Neil Gaiman stories The Price and The Daughter of Owls

A running theme across many of my blog posts has been adaptation. Mostly this has looked at book to film and the success so I thought today I would look at a slightly different form of adaptation.

In 1999 author Neil Gaiman published his short story collection Smoke and Mirrors. Five years later in 2004 he released Creatures of the Night, a comic book adaptation of two of the stories from Smoke and Mirrors: The Price and The Daughter of the Owls. Which version do I prefer the stories in, see below the break for your answer!

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