All posts tagged: spoilers

Review: This Census-Taker by China Miéville

Miéville’s always been one of those names, you know? I’d heard of him, heard he was a bit of a Marmite guy, but everyone agrees he’s an author that you have to try at least once in your life. So I bookmarked the guy, decided to pick up his latest story about a boy on a hill in a houseful of keys. I was excited to see if it was my cuppa tea. I’m sure Miéville knows by now that not everyone’s going to appreciate his specific brand of weirdness, and I’m sure he doesn’t care that I’m now adding my name to the list. I can’t judge his other works because I’m not going to read them; This Census-Taker was just so relentlessly awful. Plot? Nah. Interesting characters? Fuck no. Stupid narrative and one semi-interesting feature that is never explained? OH YEAH. Plus 200 pages of boredom, oddities, stuff that wasn’t really a story. It was irksome to read, like being stuck listening to the semi-coherent ramblings of the local drunk while you’re waiting at the …

Review: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

I’ve pulled up my ranty-pants, I’m fuelled by rage and coffee, let’s kick this review off with a summary of my reading experience, shall we? To my great displeasure, reading this book was like chewing on a lump of black mould just to check it ain’t caviar. It was not supposed to be like this. You don’t understand; I was excited. I’ve had my eye on this for months. This was supposed to be epic, I honestly had no doubts. With the premise being a daughter of two scientists chasing her father’s killer through alternate dimensions in order to exact her revenge, how can you fuck up? There is nothing redeemable about this book. I could scrape the bottom of the barrel if I really tried, but what would be the point? I would be saying things like at least it didn’t condone rape! or hey, spelling errors were not abundant in this novel, thumbs up! And anyway, I don’t want to deny myself the pleasure of rage-reviewing this hunk o’ crap into next Tuesday. We begin …

When Doctor Who tackles the big issues

‘Kill the Moon’ (S08E07) just finished airing and I couldn’t stop myself from rushing to my computer to type up a big gushy post about it because MOTHER OF GOD that was the best episode in years. I think it’s brilliant when Doctor Who tackles big issues, takes the opportunity to teach lessons. The Doctor can’t always be whimsically getting into fisticuffs with a fictional character in Sherwood Forest or saving London from gassy aliens in human meat suits. We come for the awesome, stay for the feels, but a lot of the time, I feel anyway, we endure the whimsy. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s cringe, I’m sure a lot of us can agree like that.

What everyone is saying about the Season 8 Premiere

First of all…FINALLY! Though it has only been eight months since the last episode of Doctor Who (which, for Whovians, is not a long time at all) but the anticipation has really been something. New series, new Doctor, and for the first time in a long time, we didn’t really have much of an idea where the show was headed. A lot of loose ends were tied up last year: River Song’s story seems to have (nearly) come to a close, we know who Clara is, we know a lot more about the Doctor (though still not why his name is such a guarded secret!) and all about Trenzalore & the true fate of Gallifrey. That reminds me, I should add a spoiler warning to this post.

Review: XVI by Julia Karr

I’m having trouble beginning this review. I feel like I should give the author just a little bit of credit. This book was (I am presuming) intended to be a deconstruction of our culture’s attitude towards female sexuality. And I appreciate that. But, with the greatest respect … OH MY GOD WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK. The story takes place in the year 2150; not a massive leap into the future, but apparently far enough that humans have colonized the moon and other planets, have started to use bloody annoying slang, and … there was something else, what was it..? Oh yes, society’s attitudes towards feminism, religion and equal rights have taken a complete turn for the worse. In the world of XVI, when teenagers turn sixteen they get an XVI tattoo on their wrist to signal to the world that they are adults now. That doesn’t mean they can live on their own, drink legally, or most of the things we associate with adulthood; it means they are essentially fair game. Sixteen-year-olds, or “sex-teens” as …