Review: Attack The Block

Whelp, been a while since I wrote a movie review, hasn’t it? Haven’t really been watching movies either (or gaming, writing or reading) for a stretch, but I’m getting back into it. And I am glad I got back into it with Attack The Block!

A gang of teenagers from South London is in the process of mugging a nurse (Jodie Whittaker), when they get interrupted by an alien crashing into earth right where they are standing. They decide to kill it after it scratches Moses (played by John Boyega) in the face, and make quick work of it too. Unfortunately, this only leads to a lot more trouble.

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Review: The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

I’ve been waiting to read The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard for a while now. I wanted to buy a paperback version, but couldn’t get my hands on one. So this was the first e-book I bought for my e-reader. I didn’t know it was actually the third novella in a shared universe, so I’m definitely going to read the other two at some point.

Plot:

A mindship named The Shadow’s Child, a brewer of mind-altering brews, is visited in her office by a new prospective client. She gives her name as Long Chau, a consulting detective and wishes for the mindship to take her into space to find a corpse. It seems both an easy and a hard assignment; especially because of the trauma in The Shadow’s Child’d past. But this case turns out to be a lot harder, and more complex than either of them had initially thought.

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Review: Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

Royal Assassin is the second book in the Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb.

Plot:

Fitz came out of his first dangerous mission as an assassin, but is forever changed by the experience. Not just in health, but also in realisation of the danger that his uncle Regal truly presents. Yet he is stuck at Buckkeep with the man, and his promise to his king compels him to not retaliate. He is pulled back into the intrigues of the court, and trying to protect those he cares about. The kingdom is under attack from insidious forces from within. And the Red Raiders will soon come back to their shores.

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Review: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

I bought the entire Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb, of which Assassin’s Apprentice is the first book, a while ago actually during one of my infrequent trips to a physical bookstore. But as I choose the books I read at random and often try to finish an entire series before switching to another series or standalone, I just never got around to it until recently.

Plot:

All that Fitz knows is that he is the son of Prince Chivalry Farseer, and that he is a bastard. He doesn’t remember his mother, and never even met his father before being whisked away to Buckkeep castle, where he is taken under the wing of Burrich, his father’s man. Burrich works in the stables, and cares for all Buckkeep’s animals. It is there that Fitz learns that he possesses the power called Wit, which means he can forms strong bonds with animals, and share their minds. But soon King Shrewd turns his eye upon Fitz, and raises him up to be something more. To be trained to fight, to Skill, to read and write. And most importantly; to be taught how to kill.

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Review: The Burning White by Brent Weeks

The Burning White is the long-awaited fifth and final novel in Brent WeeksThe Lightbringer series.

Plot:

War has come to the Chromeria’s doorstep. The White King and his army of wights and pagans set fire to peaceful lands, and people. They want to overthrow the entire system, and have gods by their sides to help them do it. The Order of the Broken Eye has set a one-eyed, starved and colourless Gavin on a quest to find their god, and kill it. He has accepted, for what choice does he have? Kip and the Mighty are trying to save as many as they can from the enemy, but find themselves outnumbered, and burning through their luxin quickly. Teia is working hard, spying for Karris, and killing for the Order. She hopes to bring them all down in one fell swoop, but she’s just one girl armed with paryl. All of them wish to stop the invasion and save the innocent people caught in the crossfire, but failure is only one bad decision away. Continue reading

Review: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

I came across Trevor Noah’s stand-up routines on YouTube after seeing some Daily Show segments and decided that I liked his brand of humour. Then I found out he wrote a book about his childhood in South-Africa during Apartheid. So I knew I had to buy it.

Plot:

Born a Crime chronicles Trevor Noah’s childhood, teenage years and young adult year in South-Africa during Apartheid, where he was born to a black mother and white father.

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Review: The Vagrant by Peter Newman

I bought The Vagrant trilogy by Peter Newman basically on a whim, because I had never heard of him before I went to London Comic Con and heard him speak during a writers panel. While at this point in time I’ve only read the first book, The Vagrant, I am already certain I found a new author to love.

Plot:

The Vagrant travels a desolate world full of tainted and monsters, friendless but not alone. He has no other name, no other purpose than to reach his destination and protect that which he carries. He aims to reach the Shining City. He carries a sword, and a baby. He means to deliver the sword to those who still hold out in the Shining City, and to protect the baby with his life in this war-torn county. His journey will be long, and dangerous. Continue reading

Review: Spider-Man: Far From Home

I was a little apprehensive to go see this movie, honestly. Not because I thought the movie would be bad, but because Spider-Man: Far From Home was the first post-Endgame movie. And since Tony Stark had been a big part of Spider-Man: Homecoming, his loss would be felt all the more keenly.

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Review: The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

The Republic of Thieves is the third book in the Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch, and the last book that is out currently.

Plot:

Locke Lamora has been slowly wasting away since his last adventure with cohort and best friend Jean Tannen didn’t pan out the way they’d planned. He’s fine with the fact that he’s dying, but Jean isn’t. Much to their horror and surprise a mysterious Bondsmage appears and offers them an opportunity they can’t possibly refuse. After all, Locke Lamora is dying.

Opinion:

I liked the way the book jumped back and forth between the past and the present. In the present we get shenanigans between Jean, Lock and Sabetha, under the watchful eyes of the Bondsmagi. In the past we get to see almost all the Gentleman Bastards from the first book again, accompanied by some new characters in the form of actors.

This is the first actual appearance of Sabetha on the page, in both past and present. We’ve heard Locke and Jean speak of her, but I’ve never really had an image of her in my mind. I also didn’t realise how big a part she used to be of the Gentleman Bastards, and how entangled she already was with Locke.

I’m not sure if I like their relationship. I like their friendship, and the fact that they work well together when involved in schemes. But their “love” relationship seems to be a hurdle race that never ends. Wouldn’t it be better for all involved to just give up? To call it quits? I mean, it must be so exhausting for both of them, this game they are playing. And while I could understand some of the points Sabetha made, in both the present and the past, I’m not quite sure if she believes that Locke actually loves her. I myself am uncertain it’s not just an obsession.

The story itself was captivating, and it kept me guessing who would win the eventual vote up until the last second. I’m looking forward to reading the next book, when it comes out.

Rating:

8.7/10

Review: The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

I had only read Deerskin by Robin McKinley previously, and I bought The Blue Sword because I liked her writing style and storytelling. It was a very good decision on my part, if I do say so myself.

Plot:

Harry Crewe is an orphan of high standing who is sent, by her brother, to live in Damar, a desert country shared by the native Hillfolk and the Homelanders. Her life there is quiet, and somewhat dull, but she grows to love the land even so. Then, one night, she is taken from the home of her caretakers in the night, by Corlath, the Hillfolk King. She knows not his purpose, and neither does he. All he knows is he’ll need her in the war to come. Continue reading