LLR: Shapestone by James Bibby

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Shapestone

by James Bibby.

Death is nasty and not a little inconvenient. Being dead even more so. Especially when you’re tied to an amulet that has its own designs on the world. For the Princess Macoby the annoying ghost with the axe in his head who keeps hangng around is just plain irritating. Little do either of them know that the fate of the world is in their substantial and not-so substantial hands.

Jim Bibby has created a world peopled with real people, with real concerns. Their lives are not played for laughs, these come from Bibby’s acute eye for timing and sympathy

with human foibles/ This is a serious cut above your average humorous fantasy.

Once again I’m looking back at a fantasy book I have always meant to review. Shapestone is a humourous fantasy novel that plays off of the tropes and plot devices of the fantasy genre.

From what I remember, Shapestone is a not only a funny book but it is an entertaining one. Bibby does not sacrifice plot for humour which means that not only are you smiling and laughing throughout the novel but you’re engaged with the actual fantasy story.

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Anticipated Arrival: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

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Anticpated arrivals

What is it?!

A Teen Titans Go! movie!

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When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big! “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” finds our egocentric, wildly satirical Super Heroes in their first feature film extravaganza—a fresh, gleefully clever, kid-appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the super hero genre, complete with musical numbers.

It seems to the Teens that all the major super heroes out there are starring in their own movies—everyone but the Teen Titans, that is! But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously Super-Villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line!

When is it coming out?!

27th of July, 2018! Next week y’all!

Australian release date has been pushed back until the 13th of September 😥

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Rat Queens Volume One: Sass and Sorcery

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Written by Kurtis J Wiebe.

Art by Roc Upchurch.

Goodreads: link.

Six Word Summary: Intrigued. Compelled. Need to read more.

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Blurb: Who are the Rat Queens?

They’re a pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire and they’re in the business of killing all the god’s creatures for profit. Meet Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief.

This modern spin on an old school genre is a violent, monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack!

Collecting Rat Queens #1-5!


Release Date: March 26, 2014.
Length: 128 pages.
Genre: Graphic Novel & Fantasy.
Read as a: Paperback.

 

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this graphic novel, it had me smiling, cringing, and (a truly rare occurrence) actually snorting. The first book, Sass and Sorcery is really in your face as the characters, world, and kind of bloody minded humour of the world is set up. Pages had me holding the book away from myself, taking in the bloody sense, others had me smirking at the banter between the Rat Queens, but as the book went on the more I felt connected to the story and the characters. Continue reading “Rat Queens Volume One: Sass and Sorcery”

Anticipated Arrival: Deadpool 2

Anticpated arrivals

What is it?!

deadpool-2-posterThe sequel to the amazing Deadpool movie!

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

When is it coming out?!

18th of May, 2018!

The 16th of May 2018!

TOMORROW!

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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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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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A perfect rose for Valentine’s Day

Dorothy Parker is one of my all time favourite poets and this, One Perfect Rose, is one of my favourite poems. The way in which the poem sets up the beauty of the rose and the love held within it, is offset by the ponderings of the limousine, which makes the poem a beautifully bitter-sweet one. The offhand almost blasé way in which Dorothy writes is both refreshing and humourous. I would highly recommended anyone to find and devour any of her work!

With that I wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you have a lovely day filled with lovely love and don’t forget the 15th of February is Cheap Flower Day! So get out there and buy some drastically reduced flowers!

Total Drama: All Stars

The newest instalment of Cartoon Network and Fresh TV/Teletoons’ Total Drama series sees contestants return, one year later, to Camp Wawanakwa. Chris, recently released from gaol on toxic waste dumping charges, returns as host to a group of fourteen contestants. These new hopefuls are a mix of the past four series, with seven from the original cast and seven from Total Drama: Revenge of the Island.

Rather than previous seasons where contestants were separated randomly, Total Drama: All Stars separates the campers into heroes and villains groups. The ‘good’ and ‘bad’ characters return in this thirteen episode season to fight for a $1,000,000 cash prize. The returning campers in the new season are Cameron, Jo, Lightning, Mike, Sam, Scott, and Zoey from Total Drama: Revenge of the Island and from the first three seasons, Alejandro, Courtney, Duncan, Gwen, Heather, Lindsay, and Sierra. As a particular favourite of mine, the return and resolution for Alejandro and Heather is a welcome one.

While sporting a new strategy for the team separation, the show attempts to hark back to the first season of the show. Mixing old and new concepts, each episode focuses on either a previous challenge or on a brand new one. As always though, the season starts off with a cliff drive, or in most cases, fall. This mix up of old and new gives the show a fresh energy, with each subsequent episode flowing easily into the other.

Plot is still very important to this animated, Survivor-esque show, so the creation, collapse and chaos of many relationships feature heavily. However, a larger storyline concerning a certain character subtly plays out over the whole series before culminating in a spectacular finale. The non-stop hilarity, which is a major feature of the show series, is sure to delight viewers whether they be new or old followers. Through the many twists and turns that only a Total Drama title can pull off, All Stars proves to be a very solid and enjoyable show.

The IT Crowd

ITThe BBC show The IT Crowd, created by Graham Linehan, focuses on the IT department of fictional Reynholm Industries. Roy, played by Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, The Sapphires), is an Irish IT consultant whose good natured lack of enthusiasm coupled with Moss’s (Richard Ayoade) very intelligent yet socially awkward mannerisms merge to create a dysfunctional workspace. Due to the pairs ‘antisocial’ and ‘nerdish’ behaviour are assigned a new manager whose job title is ‘relationship manager.’ Jen (Katherine Parkinson) has no knowledge of IT, however it is through her interaction and management that the department and the two men continue to function.

As a multi-camera sit com filmed in front of a live studio audience, the It Crowd is a typical British comedy. With only six episodes a season, the show manages to deliver good natured laughs with every episode. Classic episodes such as ‘Return of the Golden Child’ (S2E2) and ‘The Dinner Party’ (S2E4) have the power to still resonate  years after viewing. One liners such as ‘Who’s a Peter File?’ and the Box of the Internet (The Speech, S3E4) prove to be just as funny years later. The humour of the show is often drawn from the Roy and Moss’ ability to interact and be misunderstood by the company and characters.

The IT Crowd has had such an impact on viewers that, to this day the phrase, ‘Have you tried turning it off and on again?’ has become a staple in any sort of technological situation. The resonance of this quote is not only from the humour of the show but also from the actual mouths of anyone who has ever been asked for tech support. No matter your technical proficiency The IT Crowd is a show that does not discriminate as even the most low tech person will enjoy the show, indeed they may even learn something (such as the hilariously explained (S3E3) revelation that IT stands for Information Technology). If you have not seen the show, it is one that I highly recommend.