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  1. I didn’t think they could top last week’s episode and in particular “do you have a fetish for nearly killing Dad” but Roman nails it again. The whole episode was perfect and Was the icing on the cake.
  2. 13. Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline I really enjoyed the original book but hated the film. In fact I hated it so much it almost stopped me reading the sequel which I realised was stupid and so went for it. It starts slowly but once it gets to the main quest, I flew through it. It's basically a repeat of the first book but nothing wrong with that and the pop culture stuff was spot on for me - John Hughes, Tolkien etc.
  3. 12. Jews Don't Count by David Baddiel I've liked Baddiel since The Mary Whitehouse Experience days and have read a number of his adult novels. This has obviously had a lot of publicity and I was curious to read his thoughts about how Jews are ignored as a minority. It's a fairly short read littered with examples, predominately from media to back up his theory. Given the subject, it is written with humour and without being judgemental. Towards the end I tired a little of the constant Twitter screen grabs but would recommend people give it a read as it made me think about my attitudes and perceptions. Previously:
  4. Spookily I found this photo on my laptop recently - 2006.
  5. 11. How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran I read the sequel to this (How to be Famous) last year and loved it. Picked this up just afterwards and finally got around to reading it on holiday. It chronicles the origins of Dolly Wilde, a teenage girl from Wolverhampton who changes her life and becomes a writer for a fictional version of the NME in the 90's. It was really interesting reading this so soon after the Nick Hornby book as Caitlin is also political but makes her points in a more subtle way, woven in to the story. The bands are very much of my time and it must have been very satisfying to write the scathing reviews Dolly becomes famous for. Previously:
  6. Even at £90, Destiny represents fantastic value for money for me given how many hours I play. I could even make an argument that it saves me money as I don't buy many other games. The last game I bought was FIFA 21 and I doubt I'll even get that this year.
  7. I had a feeling Gjallarhorn would be back. Has it been in D2 at all? I remember it coming back after a hiatus but that may have still been D1 time.
  8. 9. Just Like You by Nick Hornby I usually like Nick's books and High Fidelity is probably in my top three of all time and one of the few books I have read more than once. However, this all feels a little forced. It's about a relationship between a young black man and and older white woman that develops around the EU Referendum. The relationship elements are well written as usual but the endless Brexit discussion stands out like a sore thumb. It's like he wants to cover all the arguments for and against and does so with the subtlety of a sledgehammer. 10. A Biker's Life - Misadventures On (and Off) Two Wheels by Henry Cole This is Henry's autobiography and I bought it as a big fan of The Motorcycle Show and enjoyed his Shed book. I found this a really interesting read - very honest about his upbringing and education at Eton along with his Heroin addition. I had no idea he directed Mad Dogs and Englishmen with Elizabeth Hurley - he cast her on the afternoon before she wore the safety pin dress. Even if you aren't a big fan of him on his various television shows, I'd still recommend this. Previously:
  9. I’ve run out of Primary on a couple of the GM Nightfalls but the change makes sense. Looking forward to the new season - hoping it’s more of a Battlegrounds season rather than Override / Wrathborn Hunts. Could do with another Presage like story too.
  10. Don't know if you listen to Podcasts but if so, download the episode of "In Writing with Hattie Crisell" with Grace talking about Hungry - it's fascinating. Episode 25 I think.
  11. 8. The Life-Changing Magic of Sheds by Henry Cole I started reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance which I am finding hard going but persevering with. In the meantime I rushed through this. I can understand why people dislike Henry but I like The Motorcycle Show and his style has grown on me. This isn't really about Sheds - it's about Men's hobbies and the most interesting parts are the ones where he talks about guys who buy up old Harrier Jump Jets or Tanks. Previously:
  12. "That sounds kinda dramatic Tom." God I've missed this show. Roll on "the Fall".
  13. 7. WIN by Harlan Coben As a self-confessed Harlan fanboy, his annual novel is a reading highlight of the year. This year particularly so as it's the first novel to be dedicated to Windsor Horne Lockwood III. Windsor (Win) has appeared as Myron Bolitar's sidekick in over ten novels but here he gets centre stage. We find out a lot more about Win's family and past and in particular a dark secret involving his Father, Uncle and Cousin. As usual for Harlan's books, it rattles along at pace with a twist every few chapters. I finished it in a couple of sittings. Roll on Harlan 2022. Previously:
  14. 6. Going the Wrong Way by Chris Donaldson Still loving my books about people travelling around the world on a motorbike. This one is about Chris who left Belfast in the 1970's on his Moto Guzzi Le Mans to ride to Australia. He never makes it but has some incredible experiences in the Middle East and Africa and later in North and South America. Previously:
  15. I suspect I'll hit something like 250 by the time this season is over. Previous seasons I have struggled to get to 100. Anyway, Season of the Splicer looks interesting enough although a lot will come down to whether the seasonal activity is good like Battlegrounds or not so good like Wrathborn Hunts and also whether the new Pinnacle Mission can get anywhere near the level of Presage.
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