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  1. Maybe Razor ate him? It has been more emotional than I was expecting, particularly Lee Hendrie opening up about his depression.
  2. That was the one. Don’t know how many times it took me. i thought I was clever by sniping it before the first jump but it resets after a few seconds.
  3. 5. The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben It’s probably worth starting by saying that I am a massive Coben fan. He’s obviously found some success on television recently, first with The Five for Sky and then Safe and The Stranger on Netflix. He has a third series for Netflix, The Woods due next month. The Five and Safe were written especially for television whereas The Stranger and The Woods were based on his books. The Stranger was my least favourite of the three to date, probably as I preferred the book. The first book I read of his was Tell No One back in 2002. I’d never heard of him before but my Mum was an avid reader and thought I’d like it. I read it in pretty much one sitting and over the next month or so read all of his previous books. What I hadn’t realised was that Tell No One was somewhat of a departure for him with all his books up to that point featuring the same character, the marvellously named Myron Bolitar (viewers of The Stranger may have noticed a Bolitar hotel). Myron was an ex basketball star turned Private Investigator and the books generally had a sporting pun as a title - Back Spin, Drop Shot etc. They were entertaining enough but Tell No One was his biggest success to date and since then he has focused on the standalone novels more than Myron (the last Myron novel being Home in 2016). The Boy from the Woods features Myron’s lawyer Hester Crimstein as one of the main characters and is my favourite since Six Years back in 2013. It isn’t quite as twisty as some of his others, with more focus on character development but it’s all the better for that. In fact it’s the first of his standalone books where I really want to see further books with the same character. What was really special recently was my 15 year old daughter loved the two Netflix series and asked if I would get her one of his books to read. Naturally I went with Tell No One - her Gran would have been proud. Previously:
  4. Mercury

    vinyl lovers

    Working from home permanently and having my record player in my office has meant I have been listening to a lot more vinyl. Gradually building up my collection with a focus on The Wedding Present at the moment. A few arrivals from this week.
  5. 4. Blue Moon by Lee Child. I realise these aren’t for everyone but I find them easy to read and comforting in a way. When it came out, I am sure I read reviews that said this was a bit of a departure but it’s actually back to the standard formula - one town, some baddies, a girl etc. There are probably a few more modern elements (hacking, mobile phones) but no major changes plot wise. It’s the most memorable for me since Never Go Back. It’ll be interesting to see if they change much when Lee hands over the reins to his brother for writing duties. Nearly finished The Boy From the Woods by Harlan Coben which I am racing through. Previously:
  6. Just finished the Campaign and this is definitely one of the most enjoyable games I have played in a long time. The balance of the weapons and the enemies/weak spots is perfect. It looks chaotic but is much more tactical than a lot of other shooters. Loved the final boss although found that one easier than some of the previous ones, probably as it was easy to keep on the move. If I had criticisms, the jumping puzzles seem to be there for the sake of it. There was one towards the end of the penultimate level (the one where you have to align the three rings) where I nearly jacked it in. I also missed a number of gameplay elements along the way. Didn’t realise I had a meat hook until the penultimate boss and completely forgot to upgrade my suit - literally only did the first token when it introduces the suit early in the game. I think that’s because it throws a lot at you in a short period of time. I also found it difficult to monitor whether I had enough energy for a Blood Punch or enough fuel for Chainsaw so I would generally just try and hope for the best. Will have a break now but will definitely go back to find the secrets, final the Slayer Gates I missed etc.
  7. Loving this. Also playing on Hurt Me Plenty which is giving a good challenge without being too frustrating. When I die, I always know what I’ve done wrong - usually staying in one place too long or not using the Chainsaw enough. I am on around Chapter 5 or 6 so still a long way to go but can see myself replaying it to find all the secrets. If I had criticisms, it throws a lot of tools and techniques at you early to the point I forgot some of them (Blood Punch being a good example) and some of the jumping puzzles are annoying rather than challenging.
  8. 3. Armada by Ernest Cline Hmmmm. I really enjoyed Ready Player One (the book at least) and was looking forward to this. Unfortunately it was all a bit "on the nose" (the fact it has even made me use that expression has annoyed me). In RPO the pop culture references were used to good effect in the story but here they are the story and it's not a very good one. The plot was somehow both ridiculous and predictable, Overall, disappointed/10. Next up Blue Moon by Lee Child.
  9. Take a look at the Sony RX100. They seem to release a new model every year so pretty sure you could pick up a previous version at a good price. I have the Mark III and it's still a fantastic camera for travelling.
  10. Definitely watch Into the Night. I am surprised you haven’t seen it.
  11. No they don't and nor does Heathers! I was going to say the Lemon Popsicle movies and stuff like Porky's. Certainly my guilty pleasure as a teenager.
  12. Oi, Into the Night is one of my favourite films.
  13. 2. The Art of War by Sun Tzu I was in Waterstones getting a load of books for my daughter and spotted this at the checkout. I have heard it mentioned so many times over the years by various Managers so I thought I'd read it. It's shorter than I was expecting so was a quick read and there were loads of bits I recognised. Can't say it changed my life or anything but interesting. Previously:
  14. I have mixed feelings about the cancellation. I loved the first four seasons - it was my favourite show for a while. Season 5 was a chore though. I gave up on it several times and only finally watched it on Now TV for something to do on holiday last year. The only episode I can really remember was the one where Abby and Ray go to Las Vegas. Season 6 was a move in the right direction. New York freshened it up and it's always great to see Herc from The Wire. It was still a little bleak though - whiny Ray is not the best Ray. I've seen the first couple of episodes of season 7 and it's really growing on me again. The end of episode 2 where they are trying to tell stories about Mickey is classic Ray Donovan. I am pretty sure I read this season ends on a cliffhanger too which is always frustrating. Anyway, Sláinte Donovans.
  15. I love Harlan Coben's books and The Stranger is one of the best but I am not sure about the series yet - not really grabbed me.
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