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  1. Oh, man, mentioning Shaun Hutson made me go off and see if his website had been updated, which before long led me to rereading the summary of Slugs on Wikipedia, which is much quicker and just about as much fun as reading the book itself. And there I found this slice of gold: Brilliant! I wonder if he wrote the synopsis himself.
  2. Cheers. Looking back, the first half of The Outsider was a genuine couldn't-put-it-down experience, but it's like being drawn in by a well-told joke that doesn't have a punchline. It also has one of those faintly annoying real-life cameos when Harlen Coben pops up, and one of the characters imagines how he would resolve the case if it was a book. As it turns out, he might just as well be wondering how Shaun Hutson would resolve it (throw his typewriter at it, most likely).
  3. I read Stephen King's The Outsider over the weekend, having seen it on someone or other's recommended list. It's an odd one - I went into it with no info beyond the vague details in the recommendation, so I wasn't sure if it was a supernatural book or a straightforward mystery or what. And the first half is very compulsive reading - short chapters that briskly set up a really intriguing situation. But after a few of those I started thinking well, this is going to go one of two ways. Either it's a mystery book and King is going to have to come up with a really clever resolution, or it's a super
  4. Digital doesn't work for me with comics, I don't think the tech is there at the moment. I'm fine with a Kindle for 'pure' text, but I don't want to be reading comics on an iPad or laptop screen - I want the whole page in front of me, for a start, and I want the texture. But then a lot of what I read is older stuff, where the medium was factored into the art - newspaper comics were created for newsprint, and four-colour comics were created for cheap paper and crude printing. Sometimes that can come across better in digital - with 50s EC comics, for example, a well-scanned original page looks fa
  5. It was far too hot to achieve much over the weekend, but I did listen to two of the Lover discs and they sounded fine to me, given that they were full of wild scratching and already vibrato-heavy analogues - not really the best material to detect fluctuations, but certainly nothing that made me think anything was wrong. I'm pretty sure I'd know if the beat was fluctuating at the end of Egypt, Egypt, so either I'm right and it's fine or I'm wrong and I'm blissfully ignorant. It'd probably be more meaningful to measure the radius from the hole in four quarters, come to think of it.
  6. I only picked it up yesterday so all I've managed so far is to read some of the booklet, but I'll be ploughing through it at the weekend at the latest. Be advised that I am in no sense a vinyl connoisseur, I'm mainly in it for the ritual power of inconvenience, and to appear ostentatious. Obviously this particular release ticks all my boxes.
  7. This is a PSA: I found HMV's online store selling the fantastic Egyptian Lover box set from Stones Throw for £33 - at least £12 cheaper than the nearest competitor. I expected it to be one of those eternal backorder situations, but it turned up a few days later at my local store (free delivery). This is something else.
  8. When I discovered 50v50 I played a lot of that, figuring it was a chance to practice and have some support. But I think it's better to play solo, because you'll get into scraps sooner and you'll either die quickly or win, either of which is fine. In the larger team games you'll get a good selection of stuff, but by the time you meet the enemy you'll probably be up against seasoned veterans and you'll die, and it'll hurt more because of all the preparation you've done. I went back to solo the other night and got five kills, after game upon game of no kills in team mode. Back into 50v and by the
  9. By the way, while I can't really comment on the soundtrack until I get a chance to listen to it, I can't recommend The Ballad of Shirley Collins as a film highly enough. No matter what kind of music you love, it'll qualify and strengthen that love.
  10. Having to travel 350 miles in a heatwave for a conference I have zero interest in has led to therapy vinyl purchases: Of course now I have to take them back on the train, but fuck it. That'll show 'em.
  11. I knew nothing about any of that, but seeing this quote from DC: "BATMAN #50 is one of the best single issue periodicals of the last decade" followed by the note that the issue will have "a striking amount of variant covers" gave me a good laugh, so I'm glad I read about it. Batman used to get married like every other week in the fifties and sixties. I'm pretty sure he's been married to the Joker a few times. Come on, DC, put your back into it.
  12. @Pistol - yeah, people do seem to skip ammo boxes a lot. Which is weird, because I quickly figured out that topping up ammo is vital. I only generally harvest wood, but that's basically an attempt to make my life easier by not having to switch materials. I had no idea it was stronger earlier on, so that's handy. I'm also swinging my axe constantly whenever I'm in a house. I was thrilled over the weekend when I managed to retreat into an attic in enemy territory and down two players with a spike trap. I strongly suspect they were healed shortly after their teammates ca
  13. My dad's record collection was 50% Western soundtracks and 50% war themes, though generally courtesy of Geoff Love rather then the original artists. He had a copy of the Paint Your Wagon soundtrack by the Mike Sammes Singers, and one day after I got the old record player in my room, I played Wandrin' Star so many times in a row that he came and took it away from me. And you've also got They Call the Wind Maria, before you even start on the Eastwood tracks. So in conclusion, your analysis is faulty and 40p is the bargain of the century. However, the best thing to come out of all thi
  14. Whoa there, Morbius may be D-list in terms of the MCU but his comics pedigree is top-tier; he's been handled by Roy Thomas, Gil Kane, Steve Gerber, Doug Moench and the brilliant Tom Sutton, among others. There were some beautifully drawn Morbius stories published in Vampire Tales in the 70s, all gibbets and fog and Gothic atmosphere. There's loads of potential in a Morbius film, although of course this one will be rubbish. Check it: http://diversionsofthegroovykind.blogspot.com/2015/01/black-and-white-wednesday-where-is.html
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