Thou Shalt Read More Graphic Novels: The Walking Dead

A few months back, I made the commitment to read more graphic novels. It was a challenge to myself to try out a form of literature that has previously been pretty foreign to me, and an area of storytelling I was curious about.

After a fair bit of encouragement from those within the community, I spent a fair amount of money (and dropped some heavy-handed hints to my loved ones about birthday gifts) on some of the novels I was recommended, and some I already had my eye on. Which brings me on to this first (and majorly overdue) update/review on the topic.

It’s no secret that I’m a major fan of The Walking Dead. It’s not a perfect franchise by any stretch, but I can’t get enough of it. I’ve recently finished Telltale Games The Walking Dead: Season Two and loved the hell out of it (yeah… I cried, like, three times). I’ve also re-watched the entire show run from Season One to the latest episode in about a week.

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Playdead’s Limbo

I recently found out about the upcoming release of Inside, the next instalment from Danish game developer Playdead, creators of 2010’s award-winning Limbo. In anticipation of the new title, set to be released in the first part of this year, I’m taking a look back at Limbo to see if it still stands up as the seminal video game masterpiece it was lauded as at the time.

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Revisiting Fifty Shades of Grey

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but a film adaptation of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey came out last week. The lead up to its release has been a trip back to 2011, with the movie dominating (lulz) the headlines. As a result, I’ve accidentally found myself someplace I never thought I’d revisit – reading Fifty Shades of Grey.  I’m pathetically susceptible to advertising and I have a very low threshold for resistance and self-control, so it was really only a matter of time before I found myself back here.

I originally bought the first book during a trip to Waterstones with the intention of buying something else entirely. I’d walked past the huge piles of the trilogy, ignored the posters and instead focussed on buying the book I’d come in for. I made my way over to the till and it was there I succumbed, thanks to the “£2.99 with any purchase” offer. Continue reading

Thou Shalt Read More Graphic Novels

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I want to read more graphic novels.

After studying high literature for years, I’ve actively avoided reading anything remotely challenging. I’ve re-read the books of my younger years, consumed other people’s blogs to an obsessive extent, and even dipped my toe into the dark pools of fan-fiction. In my avoidance of complex literature, I’ve become complacent. And it’s unsettled my entire love of reading.

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Great TV of 2014

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SPOILER WARNING: I haven’t purposefully given away any plot points in this post, but you might want avoid certain sections if you’re not up to date with The Walking Dead, Homeland, Girls, Game of Thrones or Utopia.

If there’s one thing I managed to do consistently in 2014, it’s watch TV. In the past couple of years, TV has had something of a renaissance, to the point where some TV shows have been heralded as the finest form of entertainment available, beyond cinema and even literature.

A few drops of greatness is a beautiful thing, and I love the fact that TV has become much more than something to face your furniture towards. There are, undoubtedly, oceans of sheer dross to have been produced and broadcast over the tellywaves this year, but it’s a relief to know that great TV didn’t die with Breaking Bad.

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Dairy-free dreams: Reese’s peanut butter cupcakes recipe

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I’m not a potential #GBBO contestant. The food I create isn’t art. I enjoy baking and cooking, and I love doing it for other people. Some of my happiest moments are cooking a big meal for my family and them genuinely enjoying it. I prefer preparation to actually eating, in all honesty.

Obviously I generally have to eat what I create, so I dabble in dairy-free alternatives to traditional food. I don’t particularly get any kind of thrill out of this (as I’ve said previously, I’d be pretty happy to wake up one day with a stomach that can handle all of the proteins) but it’s cool when I make something I can eat that tastes like the “normal” version.

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Ha-ha-hoo! A (delayed) review of Deliver Us from Evil

During my final day of a horrible virus (Monday) I was browsing the O2 Priority App to see which competition I had lost that week (I did not win one of 20 culinary sets or a luxury weekend for two), to come across an offer from Cineworld for a free ticket to be redeemed the following Thursday.

With the promise of a free film and a chance to extract myself from the misery of my sick-sofa, I swiftly contacted The Boyf and instructed him to download the free ticket code. We briefly discussed which film we’d go see (I proposed What If cause Adam from Girls is in it) and we decided upon Deliver Us from Evil.

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