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  1. Darren

    SOLO: A Star Wars Story

    Kung fu? I think you mean the ancient martial art of Teras Kasi!
  2. Darren

    Female-fronted alt/indie rock

    I’m on my way to see Anavae who are both excellent and perfect for fans of this thread. I’m on my phone so won’t try to embed anything but look them up, they really are great. Also Black Honey’s debut album came out today. I’ve not heard it yet but I’m looking forward to it, they’ve been brilliant every time I’ve seen them live.
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    Nintendo Switch

    Oh god, mine too! And when she can't remember it and asks me "what's my password for OnlineLadyStuffShop.com?" and I say I don't know, I didn't know she had an account or that the shop even existed, somehow I'm the one in the wrong.
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    Star Wars - the new canon

    I've raved about all three previous volumes in the Poe Dameron series and I'm glad to say that the latest collection entirely lives up to the same high standard. There's a lot I could say about the story in this one but I want to avoid spoilers. Let's just say, although the Legend is Found, it doesn't go the way you think! The way it does go, though, is very entertaining, and like the best spin-offs, it ties in perfectly with the related films (in this case particularly TFA and TLJ, but there's a lovely nod to the prequels too - I swear Marvel are going out of their way to rehabilitate that trilogy, one flashback at a time) while actually enriching the lore on which the whole precarious interlinked structure is balanced. Plus there are some great character moments and of course a fair amount of spaceships flying around blowing things up. Best of all, because of the way this instalment ends, it's clear we're going to get at least one more volume from Poe before this story reaches its natural conclusion. And with such a consistently high quality maintained so far that is very good news indeed.
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    Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

    Is there a holiday camp nearby?
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    What are you reading at the moment?

    I finished this last night, and I can't recommend it enough. It's an important story about a real war crime committed against an estimated 200,000 women in WW2, and for which the few remaining survivors (all now in their 80s and older) are still fighting for a proper apology. The second half of the book follows the fictional main character through the subsequent decades, taking in the formation of the Communist regime in the North, the American occupation in the South during the Korean War, and the appalling way Korean society treated the surviving comfort women in the years that followed. It sounds grim, and in places it is, but it's a rewarding and surprisingly easy read (this may be because in terms of vocabulary and its framing device of a modern American girl exploring her Korean heritage it's basically pitched at YA level, but don't let that put you off).
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    Star Wars - the new canon

    Next on my slowly shrinking to-read comics pile is the latest main Star Wars collection. This marks a turning point for the flagship series as rllmuk's own @KieronGillen (I'm going to keep tagging him every time I mention him just because I can) takes over on writing duties. And it's a good start for our boy who picks up several threads from previous stories and weaves them into a new one which brings together rebels, partisans and city-sized mining machines. As you might guess from the title, this ties in very closely with the aftermath of Rogue One, as well as bringing back a minor character from an earlier issue in a more significant role (with implications for future stories too) and introduces a truly excellent new Imperial officer who's obviously been in the (star) wars and has the robot arm to prove it. And Gillen's dialogue is as excellent as ever - he totally captures the characters we know and gives real personalities to his own creations. It's not perfect but my issues with it are niggles or matters of taste really. The state Jedha is left in after Rogue One makes no sense whatsoever from a physics point of view, but in a world where X-Wings manoeuvre and sound like Spitfires in space perhaps impossible physics is entirely in keeping, and it certainly feels churlish to criticise it. I'm also not a fan of the almost-photo-realistic-faces art style, especially where, for most images of the main cast, it's obvious which movie still or publicity shot was used as the template. I prefer my comics to look a bit more comic-y, but I accept it's just my preference, and even then there is one page where it works perfectly. There is a flashback to a conversation that was implied but not shown in Rogue One, and the panels on that page could almost be stills from a deleted scene. And as he did more than once in his Darth Vader comics, Gillen uses this flashback to add weight and depth to the events of the films and to the characters involved. He's masterful at those kind of moments and I'm looking forward to seeing where he takes the story as it starts to lead towards Hoth.
  8. We watched the whole of season 2 last week. Perhaps it was because we blasted through two or three episodes a night, it didn't seem to drag at all. I thought it was just as good as S1, which I was surprised by, and I'd be curious to know how much input Margaret Atwood had into the overall story (there were still one or two pieces of dialogue or voiceover that were lifted straight from the book). The best thing about it all was And somehow Elizabeth Moss can say more in one surly look than most actors manage in a paragraph of dialogue. After the first series I said it was possibly my favourite TV show of all time, but I've subsequently seen the Leftovers which has stolen the top spot. Ann Dowd knows how to pick roles.
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    What are you reading at the moment?

    I’m halfway through Daughters of the Dragon by William Andrews. It’s not the kind of thing I normally read but it was a 99p daily deal on Kindle a while ago and it seemed interesting so I took a punt. I’m so glad I did. It’s a fictional tale but based on historical facts, specifically around the Korean “comfort women” enslaved by the Japanese military in WW2, and then leading into the post-war politics that led to the formation of North and South Korea. Because of the subject matter some of it is quite harrowing, but it’s totally gripping and I feel like I’m being educated about something important that I never knew.
  10. Get the Sigue Sigue Sputnik computer game, from your favourite software house, now![/Gaz Top]
  11. Darren

    Doctor Who

    If being a teenager in the 80s taught me anything, it's that Frankie Say Arm The Unemployed moving Doctor Who to different days is the first sign that it's on the way out.
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    Star Wars - the new canon

    I've updated the OP with an up to date list of the books and comics published so far.
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    Star Wars Episode IX (December 2019)

    Don Mothda
  14. Darren

    Into the Breach - #perfectforswitch

    Turn based? Being compared favourably with Advance Wars? I’m in!
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    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Phasma is the ultimate survivor. If chopping Maul in half didn’t kill him, there’s no way an intact Phasma didn’t survive plummeting into a huge explosion. She’ll be back, probably for another 5 minute cameo where she looks cool but doesn’t do anything interesting.

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