A book a movie and a little light music

June 9th, 2011 · No Comments »

Nothing especially new to report this week, so I thought I’d share some brief reviews … I should point out that I’m a rubbish reviewer because I hate talking about plot – when I see things I like to know NOTHING about the story. The point of a story is that it unfolds before you. I just want to know if it’s good!


I read A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness last month. I’ve become a little obsessed with Mr Ness after the Chaos Walking Trilogy, so I eagerly awaited this title. The concept is based on an idea by author Siobhan Dowd, who died before she could write it. It’s such a beautiful book. I see that it is being published as a Young Adult title, which is funny because when I read it I thought it had a younger appeal. Shows how much I know! I think it will be enjoyed by all ages anyway. The book is deeply touching, honest and raw and you should all read it. It is released the 1st of July.


I recently saw the new Pirates of Carribean movie – On Stranger Tides. The tides really aren’t all that strange considering this is the 4th Pirates movie, and the plot is a bit of a rip off of an Indiana Jones film, but still, if you like pirates (and for some strange reason, I do!) this is a fun film to watch. Even though Keira Knightly doesn’t annoy me the way she does some others, it was good to get rid of her and Orlando in this film – why must stories always have boring lovers at the centre of the drama? Why can’t the lovers be interesting and quirky, instead of pretty and vapid? Also after watching this film I would like a flying mermaid as a pet – when they’re not eating people, they really are quite cute. I wonder if they eat fishfood.


As part of Vivid Live festival, I saw a few artists/bands perform and my favourites were Bat for Lashes & Architecture in Helsinki. Natasha Khan from Bat for Lashes is amazing – such a talented performer and storyteller. Architecture in Helsinki, it turns out, is a band and they’ve been around for some time – I went to the Opera House thinking I was seeing a talk on architecture in the city of Helsinki! It’s like that time when the House with No Steps called up asking for a charitable donation, and I thought it was my neighbour from the house next door, the neighbour whose house doesn’t have steps. Sometimes I can be so literal. The band members of Architecture in Helsinki were dressed up like total dags (which apparently is really cool these days – how does one keep up?). I think if I dressed as a dag people wouldn’t think I was cool – it’s all about the confidence I guess.

And that’s all folks. The world of art awaits me to discover more.

Categories: Books , Real Stories

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