Introducing The Golden Compass Film Discussion

Introducing The Golden Compass Film DiscussionToday is the day that Philip Pullman publishes his new book La Belle Sauvage, the first volume of The Book of Dust series – a sequel series to Pullman‘s His Dark Materials trilogy.

Introducing Golden Compass Film Discussion

I’ve loved the original trilogy since my university days and I’ve talked a bit about them on previous blogs before so to celebrate the launch of the new book I’ll be re-publishing my original trailer review for The Golden Compass as a Ghost of Blogs Past. The following day I’ll publish a re-watch review of the film that refers back to the trailer review post to see if my concerns from 2007 are still true today. I’ll post both of these articles below the break once they have been published.

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Next of the Planet of the Apes

Next of the Planet of the ApesYesterday I saw the quite superb War for the Planet of the Apes. Apart from being great it concluded what I’m going to call the Andy Serkis Trilogy of Planet of the Apes films. Can you believe there have now been nine Planet of the Apes movies in total? Eight of which could be claimed as cannon but that is not what I want to talk about today. Instead I want to talk about what next for the Planet of the Apes. This of course includes spoilers for War for the Planet of the Apes so no suggestions until after the break below!

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The 13th Doctor – A Hot Take

Tonight the BBC finally announced the actor who would play the 13th Doctor, taking over the role from Peter Capaldi at Christmas. For those avoiding spoilers (good luck!) I won’t say who it is until after the break. For those who want to find out – or just want to enjoy the moment again – here is the BBC‘s intro video!

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Dancing the Night Away

Microcosms added an extra – and in my opinion quite brilliant – element to Microcosms 72. The usual three elements were based around Greek mythology so asked us to create a new “myth” on the following topics:

  • Good
  • Evil
  • Our origins
  • Life
  • Death
  • The afterlife
  • The underworld

My story Dancing the Night Away is a 275 word noir/mystery tale of a Musician in a Cave written to the soundtrack of Irish Folk. While it doesn’t explain death it gives an idea of what the journey might be. You can read the story below.

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Kids Playing at Being Men

Kids Playing at Being MenAnother Microcosms entry, another crime tale! This time using the additional elements of businessman and car I came up with my tale Kids Playing at Being Men for Microcosms 61. Not one of my greatest tales – and probably not one of my greatest stories either but still worth a read. You’ll find it below so let me know what you think of it in the comments.

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Dust of War

Dust of WarMy Microcosms 65 entry shares the same genre as the last story I posted Little Black Book. This time instead of a noir themed tale I went for a twisted love story set in World War One. The two other elements I had to work with was field hospital and artist. I hope you enjoy the story you’ll find below the break.

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