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Fri, 13 Jul 2012 11:03
We're in the middle of the Tour de France. High drama already with lots of crashes, angry outbursts and accusations all around (are team Sky doping? Or, has everyone else stopped doping and are just going slower?)
If it gets you in the mood to hop on your bike and head to la belle France then Lonely Planet have some great guide books to help you plan your trip and they've been good enough to give us a sample to have a look at. As the Tour is off to the Pyrenees here's a few pages from that region.
(PS Lonely Planet don't just do cycling guide books to France. Lots of places!)
Mon, 02 Jul 2012 14:23
You've never seen tarot cards quite like these. Imagine the celebrated "Rider Deck" infused with the horrors of Night of the Living Dead, and the result is The Zombie Tarot-a crazy, campy interpretation of a classic divination system.
In this zombified parallel universe, wands become limbs, pentacles are biohazard symbols, and the Major Arcana is full of shambling corpses. Along with the 78-card deck, readers will receive instructions in a 96-page full-color book; its contents explain how to survive the zombie apocalypse and forecast your future using one of three different card layouts.
The secrets of The Zombie Tarot await you!
Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:01
This 14 year old couldn't get enough of Judge Dredd and the four Dark Judges when he first came across them in 1985... Come 1995 not even Stallone dispensing his own lethal judgement on the character of Dredd could dampen the enthusiasm. Now there's a new attempt to film Dredd with a screenplay by Alex Garland among others although judging from the trailer I wouldn't hold out too much hope for the new movie coming in September but at least it's sent me running back to the glorious 2000AD comics, lovingly collected in a fantastic series.
Thu, 03 May 2012 12:54
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.
Wed, 02 May 2012 12:14
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:
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.
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.
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?
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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