Posts by Rich Lock

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Wizards of…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    And you can help the petition for one of the new elements to be named Lemmium

    Since the element in question is a heavy metal, and Lemmy consistently insisted that he just played rock 'n' roll, I'm refusing to sign on principle....

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  • Hard News: Music: The year the…,

    Personal favourite:

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  • Hard News: Music: The year the…,

    Seeing as how we've got a new (and very good) Star Wars film out, we should probably give the Star Wars Christmas album a whirl:

    Or there's always the Megadeth Christmas album:

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  • Hard News: Music: The year the…, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    Snoopy vs Obama

    Snoopy as as icon of the Tea Party? Good Grief....

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  • Up Front: Reading Murder Books, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    do try The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay as well
    Not so much a whodunnit as a ‘comics opera’ from the heroic age of escapism.

    Great book, but given the Bam! Kapow! background/subject matter, its very downbeat. One of those highly fashionable grimy reboots, no doubt....

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  • Up Front: Reading Murder Books, in reply to BenWilson,

    Which might seem odd until you've read a Biggles and realize that he's basically a flying detective.

    Although one or two of them wandered off-track quite a distance. The one where he fights a legion of invisible glass villains from China, for example. Or the one where they find a lost Persian army in the Egyptian desert.

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  • Up Front: Reading Murder Books, in reply to Emma Hart,

    I may have to get myself a Christmas present then.

    I read 'Drood' and 'The Terror' back-to-back a couple of years ago. They're fairly hefty, and more 'horror' than they are 'murder-mystery'.

    The amount of background research and detail is extremely impressive, if nothing else.

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  • Up Front: Reading Murder Books, in reply to Emma Hart,

    I can't fathom what would make me sit through I and II again.

    The only way to make any of the prequels 'watchable' is to watch them via Red Letter Media's 'reviews', which are almost longer than the films themselves.

    I finally achieved some sort of catharsis over the four or so hours it took me to watch these.....

    Part one for Ep 1 here:

    ETA: in an over-abundence of caution, these might need a trigger warning, as they're told from the point of view of a deranged serial killer....

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  • Up Front: Reading Murder Books, in reply to Emma Hart,

    The book I most often claim as my favourite is Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone, which is one of the contenders for the title of “first detective novel”. It’s a masterful piece of fiction, especially considering Collins was bombed out of his skull on laudanum and managing two mistresses. It’s a series of first-person narratives from a succession of characters, and each narrator’s voice is absolutely distinctive.

    Have you read Dan Simmons' 'Drood'?

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  • Hard News: Change for the Better,

    ...and just to add: I'd commend and recommend anyone who has an unpleasant bike v car encounter to contact the police. Just don't expect a particualry positive reception or results unless you're prepared to push hard for it against institutional apathy.

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