Currently Consuming: The Good Place

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Welcome to the Good Place, where everything is amazing!

About: Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) is a bad person who, when she died, accidentally ended up in the good place. The Good Place follows the story of Eleanor as she tries to hide from Michael (Ted Danson), the architect of the good place, and do whatever she has to to stay out of the bad place.

With the help of Chidi Anagonye (William Jackson Harper), Eleanor tries to learn ethics and become a better person, all the while coming to terms with the terrible person she was when she was still alive. The show is a dark comedy that explores the human psyche and what it means to be a good/bad person.

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Small Snippet of April

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Once again we find ourselves with a large gap in between posts, and once again I offer the same excuse. I’m just so tired. Due to this posts often get put so way behind on my priorities, but fret not you’ll get random posts.

Last month was a bit of a blur for me but there were some stand outs amongst the noise.

Sia – This is Actingsia

I have always been aware of Sia, especially her early work within Australia, however her last album and this new one have grabbed my attention. Where 1,000 Forms of Fear was a evolution of her personal style, This is Acting is Sia hitting her mark. The album is solid from start to end, I can say that I am a fan of every song on the album and often find myself sneaking a headphone in and listening to it at work.

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Currently Consuming: BoJack Horseman

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So depressingly enthralling I can’t look away. Must. Binge. Watch.

About: A Netflix original, BoJack Horseman is an animated show about the life of anthropomorphic horse BoJack as he struggles to live his life after the success of his 1980s television sitcom. Voiced by Will Arnett, Bojack is a cynical, narcissistic, sarcastic, self-obsessed, wreck of a horse whose life always seems to be on the verge of falling apart. The story of the show is one that revolves around the writing, release, and aftermath of a ghost written BoJack biography.

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Book Bingo: Double whammy!

Book Bingo - with stampsI originally had a good reading month in June, with two books on the bingo card, however an extended break and shift into full time work has seen me neglect the blog. I have read plenty of books after these two and I am sure some of at the very least one of these will somehow feature in the next book blog update. Either way I thoroughly enjoyed both of these books and even better I have a few sequels of one of them!

Fairy Tale Retelling

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I read this book for my book club and absolutely loved it! The book is such a weird mish-mash of ideas that somehow all come together and just work! The story is, as you may have guessed, a Cinderella retelling, however it is one that is set in a dystopic New Beijing with the role of Cinderella being played by a cybernetically enhanced girl named Cinder. Throw in some ‘magical’ people from Mars, a Black Death like plague and enough family dramas to sill a soap opera and you have the pleasure that is, Cinder. I highly recommended that anyone and everyone pick up this book and give it a read!

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Small Snippet of February

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To be honest, February has flown by for me. While certainly the days may have dragged in places, every time I look at the calendar I am surprised to see how far along in the month we are. So without further adieu, I present yo you a Small Snippet of February.

LEGO Creator, Treehouse

Despite posting one picture and a description in the Small Snippet of January, it has taken me a month to dismantle my first Lego creation. The second of the three in one Treehouse Creator box is a small Beach hut? The house was very fun to build and looks so pretty!

I think I may make this a reoccurring snippet. Leave the pretty Lego structure on display for a month and then start the next one. So look forward to next months Lego creation which is the most advanced of the three, a tree house.

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Book Bingo: Hamish Steele’s Pantheon

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I did not anticipate writing a little review for each book I read but as soon as I finished Hamish Steele’s Pantheon I knew I had to write about it. While I will not be writing a post for each book that I read, I will be posting updates on my progress (if I have made any) in the last week of each month.So keep your eyes peeled for those posts and if I read any more books that blow me away I will write a longer post about it.

Happy reading!

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Screen_Shot_2014-10-17_at_20.34.40Hamish Steele’s Pantheon: The True Story of the Egyptian Deities.

I just want to start out by saying that Hamish Steele’s Pantheon is hilarious!

All throughout the 179 page graphic novel, I had a wide smile on my face.

The Pantheon is a graphic adaptation of Egyptian myths which include the Creation story, the phallus of Osiris and the conflict between Horus and Set. Steele starts the book with a forward where he discusses his source information and states that he has tried to stay as faithful as possible. Pantheon not only delivers on these stories but it does so in an incredibly entertaining, funny and beautiful way.

The graphic novel falls under the self published category as the project was originally a Kickstarter campaign. I myself contributed and as happy as I was that the project was funded, am overjoyed at the final product I received. It was such an amazing feeling to get to the end of the book and see my name in the backers section.

The writing, art and humour on display in this book is nothing short of genius. The pace of each page flows smoothly and the humour (which is very adult, so not recommended for kiddies) jumps off the page. The style of the art is beautiful, with the simple lines belying the incredible skill of Steele. Pantheon had me laughing out loud, gasping in happy shock (please see page 107) and learning.

I am so happy that I was able to contribute to the creation of this book in some small way. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, I would highly recommend it!

 

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Haruki Murakami’s The Strange Library.

I am part of a book club where each member gets to pick which book we all read. The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami was my pick for the month, however since the book club only meets at the end of each month I will be keeping my lips sealed until after the meet up.

Although since, as with the blog, if I didn’t enjoy the book I probably wouldn’t include it, so there is a hint as to my feelings 😉

Currently Consuming: The Awesomes

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the-awesomesWhat The Avengers could never be… or would want to be.

About: The Hulu original, The Awesomes, is an animated show that follows the lives of a rag-tag group of superheros. The main protagonist, Professor Dr. Jeremy Awesome or ‘Prock’, is the son of world famous superhero, Mr. Awesome.

After Mr. Awesome retires, Prock decides to take over and run the superhero team, the Awesomes. However things don’t go as planned as after Prock takes over, all the competent heroes leave the group. The show follows Prock and his best friend Harry Strong (Muscleman) as they try and find other supers to join the team and stay relevant.

Created and produced by Seth Myer and Mike Shoemaker, the show is very well written, very funny and an original spin on the superhero genre.

Why: I have caught a few snippets of the show on The Comedy Channel and wanted to watch from the beginning.

Best bits: The villain of the show, Dr. Giuseppe Malocchio, is a big draw for me. Bill Hader shines in this role of the charismatic and odd bad guy.

The show is also very self-referential. With characters often drawing attention to certain plot points and commenting on them. Once again, the show is very well written with the whole series following a main story arch that is glimpsed in the first episode and concludes in the last.

Thoughts so far: I have just finished the first season and I am eager to watch more. Bring on season two!

Bee and PuppyCat

Hans_Tseng_logoThe original creation of Natasha Allegri, Bee and PuppyCat is a short animated cartoon. The show follows the adventures of twenty-something Bee, and the mysterious PuppyCat (Is he a puppy? A cat? Or both?) as they traverse both the reality of Bee and her lack of work, and that of PuppyCat and the fantastical realm where the pair pick up temp work.

Released by Cartoon Hangover, a branch of Channel Frederator, the show got its start through a Kickstarter campaign. Indeed the crowd funded campaign is the most successful animated Kickstarter, which I am proud to say I was a contributing member.

The show, which went into production shortly after the successful Kickstarter, is realised by Cartoon Hangover on its YouTube channel. Similar to the other Cartoon Hangover show, Bravest Warrior, the episodes lengths run at around six minutes. Due to the stretch goals reached by Kickstarter backers, the show is set to have has nine episodes in the season.

The art style of Bee and PuppyCat is similar to that of Allegri’s previous work, with the show having a very cutesy, curvy and charming aesthetic. The writing as well, is indicative of Allegri’s style with it being equal parts funny, awkward, and endearing. The show is a perfect blend of cutesy humour, engaging mystery and peculiar world creation that will make waiting for each new episode a breeze.

With episodes just starting to be released, Bee and PuppyCat is a show which will have you eagerly anticipating each new episode. If you have a spare ten minutes, why not head over to Cartoon Hangover’s Youtube channel and check out the two part pilot of Bee and PuppyCat – I promise you won’t be disappointed.

A Small Snippet of September

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This month has been a video focused one with me starting and finishing a number of shows and seasons of shows. So this month I’ve decided to feature two of the videos shows that I enjoyed but cannot be bothered to write a full post about 😉

Blandings

uu2rThe BBC show, Blandings, based on the Blandings Castle series by P.G. Wodehouse, is a funny and enjoyable watch. Set within the late 1920s of England, the show follows the Earl of Emsworth (Timothy Spall from Harry Potter fame) and the hi-jinx of his family as they deal with each other, their friends and every distant relative that turns up.

Showcasing the acting talents of Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous), Mark Williams (Harry Potter), Tim Vine and the marvellous Jack Farthing, Blandings proves to a show of top performances with a star studded cast. The good natured humour of the show will have you smiling through each episode and you could no doubt find yourself using the word, Capital!

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Singer and songwriter, Sia has been long been a staple of Australian music, however recent release showcasing both her writing and singing have brought her to the attention of the international market. The recent release of her newest album, 1000 Forms of Fear, sees the remarkable talent of Sia displayed for all to hear.

Songs such as ‘Elastic Heart,’ ‘Fire Meet Gasoline,’ ‘Free the Animal,’ and ‘Chandelier’ (which has an amazing film clip – almost synonymous with Sia) all flow together to create an incredible album. Not only is the album incredibly polished but it is one that showcases both Sia’s amazing range but also her abilities as a songwriter. Powerful lyrics are complimented with a stunning voice that is showcased within the album.

For those unfamiliar with Sia, prepare yourself for a little weird, a little wacky but a big heart and voice.

Bravest Warriors

8170803893_8c42ee61c2_zBravest Warriors is an cartoon web-series by Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward. Each episode runs for roughly five to six minutes and despite this small run time packs in an amazing amount of engaging story-lines. Produced by Cartoon Hangover, the lovely people who are making the crowd-funded Bee and Puppycat, the show is a mixture of sci-fi, action, romance and comedy.

The show is funny and distances itself from Adventure Time through both the plot and adult nature of the show. If you have a spare ten minutes, I would highly recommend giving the first two episodes of The Bravest Warriors a go, you never know you could sit there and binge watch both seasons just like I did.

William Goldman’s The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride, William GoldmanThe Princess Bride has long been hailed as a cult classic. This opinion is one that I feel is rightly deserved.

At the novel’s heart is a romance story set against the backdrop of a fantastical adventure. The sweeping setting and classic archetypes present within the book are all ones that could be found within a classic fairy-tale. However, the humour and self-referential nature of Goldman’s book prove to elevate the work above this genre and into a deeper, more complex story.

Told through the narration of both the real (and yet fictitious) author Goldman, the novel is one that contains many layers. At the centre of these layers is the story of Westley and Princess Buttercup. Outside of this story, the framing technique of Goldman’s commentary details how he came to reprise the fictional original text, not to mention his own, one again fictional, personal issues.

Where the film, of the same name, is framed with the story of the Grandfather and grandchild, the book instead relates Goldman’s own history in numerous injections that discuss the original text, his family, Hollywood and even the fictional legal battles concerned with publishing the book. As you can see from that above description, the story is a complex and multifaceted one. While certainly off putting at times, the mixture of real life and fantasy (such as the authors real screenwriting back-list and the instructions on how to receive a copy of a missing chapter) only adds to the books appeal.

The book is not only the classic and well known tale, it is one full of lovely imagery and delightful prose. Simple lines such as ‘It was a very long and very green night’ (30th Anniversary 2007 edition, pg. 57) which is in reference to a jealous night spent by Buttercup, litter the novel and demonstrate the simple yet elegant style. At moments the writing can be poetic, humourous, and even metaphysical; through it all though it is both simple to read yet complexly crafted. The story and characters created by Goldman are a pleasure to read and over time each interjection only adds to the rich narrative surrounding the title.

In regards to reading the novel I will offer the one suggestion of skipping the first two introductions in the special editions of the book, as they can be initially off putting. These sections are best left for after the book is finished and you are well versed on the writing style and voice of Goldman.

If you are expecting a cut and dry fairy-tale from The Princess Bride, then prepare to die be surprised. For it is so much more.