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    Poor Damian. You should have taken better care of yourself. You treated your body like a run-down shed until it actually came to resemble one. And that laughter of yours... so loud, so hearty, so worrisome. You loved comedy, didn't you Damian? From comedy shows to clown pranks, you would never miss the opportunity to have a good laugh, the buttons of your purple suit jacket one chuckle away from popping.

    If Damian could choose a way to die, it would definitely be by laughter. Just like Toon Patrol in Who Framed Roger Rabbit and numerous victims in Monty Python's popular sketch, Killer Joke.

    And so it was meant to be. Thanks to TBD's finest detective, Tomas Hoskovec, the coroner was able to conclude that Damian died of laughter. Jolly and loud, as always. RIP Damian Blade.

    The coroner will soon send Tomas a collection of 50 crime capers as a thank you for solving this peculiar case. He would also like to highlight some of the scenarios other detectives offered for their creativity, humour and imagination.

    Big thank you to all the detectives who participated!

    It's the poisonous remote on the armchair

    A naked woman on the TV!

    Damian is a hummingbird

    His heart rate went crazy because he saw his long time love got married with someone else on TV.

    The Nurse did it.

    Damien is a moth!

    Wife nude on TV

    An orangutan who escaped up the chimney.

    I know exactly how it happened but I shall only speak to the proper authorities!

    He saw the ghost of Ghengis Khan

    I did it because I want to win the books!!!!

    He won the lottery while watching TV and died of a heart attack. The lottery presenter did it on purpose to kill him as the two have hated each other since kindergarten.

    10 o´clock

    Ate a mothball, thinking it was a mint

    Damian snores with his mouth open and the moths took their revenge

    I did it

    Ok, I confess. He wouldn't hand over the remote.

    The moths turned nasty.

    I don't know, so horrible!

    Batman killed him

    The clown did it

    Kate Reynolds stands behind Damien, stabbing him in the back with the dagger.

    I still say it was the moths.

  • Who doesn't love a good vampire? Look at them, with their dashing black capes, alluring paleness and shiny fangs. Or a rotting zombie? Sniffing after human flesh and mumbling 'brains' under their stinky breath. Lately TV series have more than honoured these creatures, celebrating their dark appetites and putting them back in the spotlight. But what about other creatures? Creatures that steal your teeth, ooze poison, habituate murky waters. blog image

    There is no end to the folklore creatures. From ancient Greek sirens to suspicious gnomes, we have invented myriad ways to (joyfully) torment our minds. From urban legends to the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman and many others, there's plenty to sink your reading teeth into. There's a whole world of books that features a variety of creatures that will keep you up at night and/or entertain you. Some you probably already know, others may hold new, delightful terrors for you. Enjoy, share your own picks and don't forget to leave a little something under your pillow for the tooth fairy. We hear she can get quite temperamental...

  • Of Aliens, Prometheus and sci-fi

    Mon, 21 May 2012 14:40

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    Here at Book Depository HQ, we are in a Prometheus state of mind; the upcoming film by Ridley Scott has us equally exited and terrified. Originally meant to be a prequel to the Alien films, Scott decided to take it to a new level. Taking its cue from Alien's legacy, Prometheus promises to take us on a walk around its own universe and explore its own mythology and ideas. The well-thought-out viral marketing activities around the movie have opened the gates to a flood of discussions, estimations and alien thoughts.

    Sci-fi literature offers a rich tapestry of alternate universes, cosmic creatures and even intergalactic romance. From the early days of H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds to the shiny world of Star Wars, the 'other' creatures have inspired a plethora of filmmakers, writers, artists and, of course, readers. Here are some of our favourite books that tackle the subject of aliens and even the question of human existence itself! We unfortunately can't offer you a guest appearance by Michael Fassbender as an android, but Prometheus itself will more than satisfy that need. Prepare yourselves for some good ol' mind-bending fun...

  • Win a camera - the winner

    Thu, 03 May 2012 12:54

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    It's been a very difficult decision but congratulations to Milda from Sweden for her picture 'Joys of Life' who we have chosen as the winner of a great Nikon SLR. Many thanks to Frommers Travel Guides for sponsoring the prize and many, many thanks to all of you who sent us many, many great photos.

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    There's a book group in Hook, Hampshire. They let us know that they were reading the Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen and wondered if we'd be interested in featuring their discussion. Why not? We said. Here's what some of them had to say about it:

    Fiona

    Having read the initial first page from the publishers describing the book so positively I was very sceptical of what to find.I usually find that over selling leads me only to disappointment; but I read on with an open mind. I found the book was different, and the story refreshingly new. After the descriptions of the land of decoration, I thought the book would move on to a typical story of childhood and one parent family issues. Not so, the book built on the image and importance of the land of decoration, I did not expect it to be so powerfully intertwined with the story. The plot became deeper and more involving with the characters following a theme of religious beliefs, loss and sorrow which was unusual for me to read and enjoy. As the book moved into the final part of the plot, I was surprised and intreged by the writer, I did not expect the plot twists and only after finishing it did I look back and recognise the clues and subtly written pieces I had missed. There is much more to this book than I was expecting, I did find it difficult to put down.

    Pru

    I think it is very well written. A couple of descriptions would be uncomfortable, edgy, addictive, original and fascinating. It definitely draws you on from the first page and I doubt many people would find it tricky to get into. I would give it an 8/10.

    Tanya

    Hmmm strangely compelling I found....thought she had quite a sad little life and felt sorry for her and for her father actually who obviously didn't have much in his life apart from his beliefs which he found to hold onto towards the end... Thought they were very alone in a hard, masculine community where not conforming with anything in life was seen as wierd. I would give the book a 6/10 - I wouldn't rush to recommend to anyone and was slightly disappointed after reading the publishers (?) blurb at the beginning about how she thought was the most amazing book that she couldn't put down etc - it WAS, as said, strangely compelling, but frankly if there had been anything else to hand I would have read that first..... I didn't get the GOD - was that a voice in her head or real?

    Helen

    Well I haven't finished it yet, but am really enjoying it! I find the writer is not too descriptive and informative, so really keeps you interested at all times. It is an unusual story so far, and the girl character seems like an amazingly strong person to cope with what life has dealt her. It is an intriguing story, which is keeping me hooked and I can't wait to finish it. I would score it as 8 out of 10.
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