Dates: July 19th - July 28th

Synopsis: In an alternate world where the mere presence of American superheroes changed history, the US won the Vietnam War, Nixon is still president, and the cold war is in full effect. Watchmen begins as a murder-mystery, but soon unfolds into a planet-altering conspiracy. As the resolution comes to a head, the unlikely group of reunited heroes—Rorschach, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias - have to test the limits of their convictions and ask themselves where the true line is between good and evil.

My thoughts: Well now, I loved the film adaptation of this so much, and so eventually I had to read the comic. Having finally done it, I can safely say that I love this just as much as the film. I do find the ending of the film to be a bit more satisfactory than the comic though, as it felt like Dr Manhattan made some sort of sacrifice rather than just walking away. When I said I loved the film, I specifically meant the directors cut. The ‘ultimate’ cut never really added anything interesting for me, The Black Freighter side story really didn’t seem that special to me, however in comic form, I do feel that it does add something, a parallel to the main story that plays nicely off of it. If you’re a fan of comic books/graphic novels and you’ve not read this yet, then do so now. It’s brilliant.

Dates: July 19th - July 28th

Synopsis: In an alternate world where the mere presence of American superheroes changed history, the US won the Vietnam War, Nixon is still president, and the cold war is in full effect. Watchmen begins as a murder-mystery, but soon unfolds into a planet-altering conspiracy. As the resolution comes to a head, the unlikely group of reunited heroes—Rorschach, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias - have to test the limits of their convictions and ask themselves where the true line is between good and evil.

My thoughts: Well now, I loved the film adaptation of this so much, and so eventually I had to read the comic. Having finally done it, I can safely say that I love this just as much as the film. I do find the ending of the film to be a bit more satisfactory than the comic though, as it felt like Dr Manhattan made some sort of sacrifice rather than just walking away. When I said I loved the film, I specifically meant the directors cut. The ‘ultimate’ cut never really added anything interesting for me, The Black Freighter side story really didn’t seem that special to me, however in comic form, I do feel that it does add something, a parallel to the main story that plays nicely off of it. If you’re a fan of comic books/graphic novels and you’ve not read this yet, then do so now. It’s brilliant.

Dates: July 5th - July 13th

Synopsis: Stumbling through a secret entrance, Zanna and Deeba emerge in the strange wonderland of UnLondon. Here all the lost and broken things of London end up, and some of its people, too – including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas and Hemi the half-ghost boy. UnLondon is a place where Routemaster buses have legs, where Librarians are ‘bookaneers’, intrepid adventurers dedicated to hunting down lost books, and postmen spend years tracking the mobile addresses of the ever changing Puzzleborough. But the girls have arrived at a dangerous time – UnLondon is under siege by the sinister Smog; it’s a city awaiting its hero.

My thoughts: Erm. Well, I liked the concept of the story, more than the story itself. It felt a bit too rushed but at the same time stretched out. It seemed like every chapter had to have it’s own moment of emphasis, which really made it drag. There was almost a perilous moment on every page, and after awhile it becomes very tiring. I think if you removed some of the events and stretched some others, this would be a really solid book, but as it is, I feel to inclination to read any more Mieville books. I will however say that I did enjoy more than I did other similar books, notably Stardust and Neverwhere both by Gaiman, but this didn’t fare much higher.

Dates: July 5th - July 13th

Synopsis: Stumbling through a secret entrance, Zanna and Deeba emerge in the strange wonderland of UnLondon. Here all the lost and broken things of London end up, and some of its people, too – including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas and Hemi the half-ghost boy. UnLondon is a place where Routemaster buses have legs, where Librarians are ‘bookaneers’, intrepid adventurers dedicated to hunting down lost books, and postmen spend years tracking the mobile addresses of the ever changing Puzzleborough. But the girls have arrived at a dangerous time – UnLondon is under siege by the sinister Smog; it’s a city awaiting its hero.

My thoughts: Erm. Well, I liked the concept of the story, more than the story itself. It felt a bit too rushed but at the same time stretched out. It seemed like every chapter had to have it’s own moment of emphasis, which really made it drag. There was almost a perilous moment on every page, and after awhile it becomes very tiring. I think if you removed some of the events and stretched some others, this would be a really solid book, but as it is, I feel to inclination to read any more Mieville books. I will however say that I did enjoy more than I did other similar books, notably Stardust and Neverwhere both by Gaiman, but this didn’t fare much higher.

Dates: June 18th - July 5th.

Synopsis: The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance.
In King’s Landing the Queen Regent, Cersei Lannister, awaits trial, abandoned by all those she trusted; while in the eastern city of Yunkai her brother Tyrion has been sold as a slave. From the Wall, having left his wife and the Red Priestess Melisandre under the protection of Jon Snow, Stannis Baratheon marches south to confront the Boltons at Winterfell. But beyond the Wall the wildling armies are massing for an assault…

My thoughts: Gah. Oh god. Where do I start? With the ending perhaps? Jesus Christ. Since this is currently the last Ice and Fire book I’m able to read, the cliffhangers (and there are many) actually feel like cliffhangers and I don’t know how long we have to wait until the next one but I just want to sleep now until it’s out.

Dates: June 18th - July 5th.

Synopsis: The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance.

In King’s Landing the Queen Regent, Cersei Lannister, awaits trial, abandoned by all those she trusted; while in the eastern city of Yunkai her brother Tyrion has been sold as a slave. From the Wall, having left his wife and the Red Priestess Melisandre under the protection of Jon Snow, Stannis Baratheon marches south to confront the Boltons at Winterfell. But beyond the Wall the wildling armies are massing for an assault…

My thoughts: Gah. Oh god. Where do I start? With the ending perhaps? Jesus Christ. Since this is currently the last Ice and Fire book I’m able to read, the cliffhangers (and there are many) actually feel like cliffhangers and I don’t know how long we have to wait until the next one but I just want to sleep now until it’s out.

Dates: June 15th - June 18th.

Synopsis: As he films the final episode, actor David Suchet recalls his experience of playing Agatha Christie’s world-famous detective, Hercule Poirot, for almost a quarter of a century.

My thoughts: Mon dieu. I don’t remember a time where David Suchet wasn’t Poirot, and I don’t want to know a world where he isn’t. This book is basically a recap of everything Suchet Did during the Poirot years, and at times it is a bit repetitive and does feel rather matter-of-fact and self congratulatory, but so was Poirot himself so it is kind of fitting. I didn’t think it would actually make me emotional in any way at all, but as it reached the end and Suchet was saying goodbye to Poirot, I did feel slightly sad. A lovely little book to wrap up all the glorious Poriot years. Good-bye, cher ami.

Dates: June 15th - June 18th.

Synopsis: As he films the final episode, actor David Suchet recalls his experience of playing Agatha Christie’s world-famous detective, Hercule Poirot, for almost a quarter of a century.

My thoughts: Mon dieu. I don’t remember a time where David Suchet wasn’t Poirot, and I don’t want to know a world where he isn’t. This book is basically a recap of everything Suchet Did during the Poirot years, and at times it is a bit repetitive and does feel rather matter-of-fact and self congratulatory, but so was Poirot himself so it is kind of fitting. I didn’t think it would actually make me emotional in any way at all, but as it reached the end and Suchet was saying goodbye to Poirot, I did feel slightly sad. A lovely little book to wrap up all the glorious Poriot years. Good-bye, cher ami.

Dates: May 22nd - June 15th
SPOILERS FOR SEASON 4 FINALE IN SYNOPSIS
Synopsis: In the aftermath of a colossal battle, new threats are emerging from every direction.
Tyrion Lannister, having killed his father, and wrongfully accused of killing his nephew, King Joffrey, has escaped from King’s Landing with a price on his head.
To the north lies the great Wall of ice and stone – a structure only as strong as those guarding it. Eddard Stark’s bastard son Jon Snow has been elected 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. But Jon has enemies both inside and beyond the Wall.
And in the east Daenerys Targaryen struggles to hold a city built on dreams and dust.
My thoughts: Do I need to keep saying how much I love these books? Cos I do. I really do. This one was a bit more interesting in places although I thought it would be otherwise as the more interesting characters where in the previous book, but actually some of the boring threads became quite interesting in this one. Theon is still boring as anything though.

Dates: May 22nd - June 15th

SPOILERS FOR SEASON 4 FINALE IN SYNOPSIS

Synopsis: In the aftermath of a colossal battle, new threats are emerging from every direction.

Tyrion Lannister, having killed his father, and wrongfully accused of killing his nephew, King Joffrey, has escaped from King’s Landing with a price on his head.

To the north lies the great Wall of ice and stone – a structure only as strong as those guarding it. Eddard Stark’s bastard son Jon Snow has been elected 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. But Jon has enemies both inside and beyond the Wall.

And in the east Daenerys Targaryen struggles to hold a city built on dreams and dust.

My thoughts: Do I need to keep saying how much I love these books? Cos I do. I really do. This one was a bit more interesting in places although I thought it would be otherwise as the more interesting characters where in the previous book, but actually some of the boring threads became quite interesting in this one. Theon is still boring as anything though.

Dates: May 15th - May 22nd.

Synposis: It was the greatest invention in the history of pop music - the rock god who came from the stars - which struck a young David Bowie like a lightning bolt from the heavens.

When Ziggy the glam alien messiah fell to Earth, he transformed Bowie from a prodigy to a superstar who changed the face of music forever. But who was Ziggy Stardust? And where did he really come from?

My thoughts: A bit of an odd one. It’s all set up in a rather grandiose way, and incredibly sensationalised. Broken down it would read as a list of dates and facts but in the way it’s presented it becomes a story and feels neither fact nor fiction, despite being both, and it really helps it stand out from a regular biography. I suppose it is after-all the biography of a fictional character, rather than one of its creator. It does of course mention Bowie a lot, starting from Galileo, through Beethoven, and HG Wells, bringing us to Bowie’s parents. Filled with endless references to Bowie songs, the only little annoyance is the constant mention of “the starman” but I suppose you have to expect that, and after awhile that seems to lessen anyway. I actually forgot I was reading a kind-of-biography after the “transformation” into Ziggy and I got completely swept away in the story, but always waiting for the tragic end. This has now become my bible.

Dates: May 15th - May 22nd.

Synposis: It was the greatest invention in the history of pop music - the rock god who came from the stars - which struck a young David Bowie like a lightning bolt from the heavens.

When Ziggy the glam alien messiah fell to Earth, he transformed Bowie from a prodigy to a superstar who changed the face of music forever. But who was Ziggy Stardust? And where did he really come from?

My thoughts: A bit of an odd one. It’s all set up in a rather grandiose way, and incredibly sensationalised. Broken down it would read as a list of dates and facts but in the way it’s presented it becomes a story and feels neither fact nor fiction, despite being both, and it really helps it stand out from a regular biography. I suppose it is after-all the biography of a fictional character, rather than one of its creator. It does of course mention Bowie a lot, starting from Galileo, through Beethoven, and HG Wells, bringing us to Bowie’s parents. Filled with endless references to Bowie songs, the only little annoyance is the constant mention of “the starman” but I suppose you have to expect that, and after awhile that seems to lessen anyway. I actually forgot I was reading a kind-of-biography after the “transformation” into Ziggy and I got completely swept away in the story, but always waiting for the tragic end. This has now become my bible.

Dates: May 6th - May 15th
Synopsis: 'I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there's no going back.' So begins Robyn Davidson's perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company.
Enduring sweltering heat, fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men, chasing her camels when they get skittish and nursing them when they are injured, Davidson emerges as an extraordinarily courageous heroine driven by a love of Australia’s landscape, an empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to cast away the trappings of her former identity. Tracks is the compelling, candid story of her odyssey of discovery and transformation.
My thoughts: I saw a trailer for the movie adaptation of this story and was so enthralled by it that I had to read it. It didn’t take me long to realise that this woman was nothing more than a whiny bitch. All she does is moan and feel sorry for herself. Yes, she’s on a perilously and trying journey, but it’s one she set herself out on. At the end she practically says she wishes she never wrote the book, well as interesting as the actual journey was, I wish it had been written by someone else. At times she also came off as if she wanted to be some sort messiah to the natives, a Macklemore for the aborigines in a way, and no other white person had such an affinity with them as she so desperately seems to believe she has. I just wanted this one to end, and I definitely won’t bother with the film, which I have heard very lackluster reviews of. Give this one a miss. I’m so glad it’s over.

Dates: May 6th - May 15th

Synopsis: 'I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there's no going back.' So begins Robyn Davidson's perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company.

Enduring sweltering heat, fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men, chasing her camels when they get skittish and nursing them when they are injured, Davidson emerges as an extraordinarily courageous heroine driven by a love of Australia’s landscape, an empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to cast away the trappings of her former identity. Tracks is the compelling, candid story of her odyssey of discovery and transformation.

My thoughts: I saw a trailer for the movie adaptation of this story and was so enthralled by it that I had to read it. It didn’t take me long to realise that this woman was nothing more than a whiny bitch. All she does is moan and feel sorry for herself. Yes, she’s on a perilously and trying journey, but it’s one she set herself out on. At the end she practically says she wishes she never wrote the book, well as interesting as the actual journey was, I wish it had been written by someone else. At times she also came off as if she wanted to be some sort messiah to the natives, a Macklemore for the aborigines in a way, and no other white person had such an affinity with them as she so desperately seems to believe she has. I just wanted this one to end, and I definitely won’t bother with the film, which I have heard very lackluster reviews of. Give this one a miss. I’m so glad it’s over.

Dates: May 14th

Synopsis: Daily webcomic. See Questionable Content.

My thoughts: Now I wouldn’t normally write a review of this (Though I believe I did with Volumes 1 - 3), as I read the comic every day online and have done for 7 years now, because it is teh awesome. BUT. The new format is great and I had to say that I love it. The more compact, yet chunkier style to the book is much easier to read and I’m happy to see there are plans to re-release the previous 3 volumes in this style. I do hope that this somehow means the books are released more frequently, as there’s always been quite a long wait between volumes.

Dates: May 14th

Synopsis: Daily webcomic. See Questionable Content.

My thoughts: Now I wouldn’t normally write a review of this (Though I believe I did with Volumes 1 - 3), as I read the comic every day online and have done for 7 years now, because it is teh awesome. BUT. The new format is great and I had to say that I love it. The more compact, yet chunkier style to the book is much easier to read and I’m happy to see there are plans to re-release the previous 3 volumes in this style. I do hope that this somehow means the books are released more frequently, as there’s always been quite a long wait between volumes.

Dates: April 14th - May 5th

Synopsis: The Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne.
The war in the Seven Kingdoms has burned itself out, but in its bitter aftermath new conflicts spark to life. The Martells of Dorne and the Starks of Winterfell seek vengeance for their dead. Euron Crow’s Eye, as black a pirate as ever raised a sail, returns from the smoking ruins of Valyria to claim the Iron Isles.
From the icy north, where Others threaten the Wall, apprentice Maester Samwell Tarly brings a mysterious babe in arms to the Citadel. As plots, intrigue and battle threaten to engulf Westeros, victory will go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel and the coldest hearts.

My thoughts: Yeaaaaaaaaaaah. So many cliffhangers that won’t be resolved in the next 2 books. I don’t know how I’m going to survive that long without some answers. HOPEFULLY at least some will be resolved but I know that at least one of them wont be and that makes me twitchy. As with the previous books this one was excellent. I don’t think I really need to state that anymore.

Dates: April 14th - May 5th

Synopsis: The Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne.

The war in the Seven Kingdoms has burned itself out, but in its bitter aftermath new conflicts spark to life. The Martells of Dorne and the Starks of Winterfell seek vengeance for their dead. Euron Crow’s Eye, as black a pirate as ever raised a sail, returns from the smoking ruins of Valyria to claim the Iron Isles.

From the icy north, where Others threaten the Wall, apprentice Maester Samwell Tarly brings a mysterious babe in arms to the Citadel. As plots, intrigue and battle threaten to engulf Westeros, victory will go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel and the coldest hearts.

My thoughts: Yeaaaaaaaaaaah. So many cliffhangers that won’t be resolved in the next 2 books. I don’t know how I’m going to survive that long without some answers. HOPEFULLY at least some will be resolved but I know that at least one of them wont be and that makes me twitchy. As with the previous books this one was excellent. I don’t think I really need to state that anymore.