Geekery, general

New Musical: Why I Am Now Obsessed with The Clockmaker’s Daughter

Another week, another musical to rave about! This time it’s a completely new discovery: The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Michael Webborn and Daniel Finn.

I came across this totally by accident – I’m a big fan of Fra Fee and so a Youtube video from What’sOnStage popped up in my recommendations; a video of him recording a song called The Turning of the Key. Naturally, I pressed play and found that it was part of a studio cast album for an upcoming release called The Clockmaker’s Daughter. Continue reading “New Musical: Why I Am Now Obsessed with The Clockmaker’s Daughter”

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Theatre Review: Les Miserables at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

If you’ve visited the blog before, you may be aware that I have a slight *cough*obsessive*cough* fondness for Les Miserables. It’s one of my favourite books, my all-time favourite musical and I am frankly way too emotionally invested in the lives of fictional French revolutionaries.

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Book Review, Geekery

Book Review: Victory of Eagles (Temeraire 5) by Naomi Novik

Happy New Year, everyone! After a couple of slightly lax months, it’s back to the book reviews.

My first read of 2019 was the fifth of Naomi Novik’s wonderful Temeraire series. Set during the Napoleonic Wars, they feature an alternate history in which sentient dragons are teamed up with human captains to form the Aerial Corps, a branch of the armed services which exists alongside the army and navy.

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Film Review: Fantastic Beasts – The Crimes of Grindelwald

It’s been a looong two year wait to finally see the continuation of Newt Scamander’s adventures in the wizarding world. I remember my husband and I coming home from the midnight opening in 2016 absolutely full of excitement and adoration for this new part of the franchise and complaining “I can’t believe we have to wait two whole years to find out what happens next!”

Last night we went to the midnight opening of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (yeah, we’re die-hard geeks; who needs to go to the cinema during civilised hours?!) and all I can say is: it is most assuredly worth the wait. Don’t worry if you haven’t seen it yet though – this review will be completely spoiler free.

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Book Review, Geekery

Books Reviews: Three Sherlock Holmes Pastiches

I have something of a complex relationship with Sherlock Holmes pastiches – sometimes I really enjoy them, sometimes I’m completely ambivalent, sometimes I loathe them – but invariably I pick them apart with the relish of a pedant. Partly it’s because I’m too much of a book snob for my own good, but largely it’s due to the fact that Sherlock Holmes is a series so close to my heart that, although I always want more stories, I have almost unreasonably high standards when it comes to other people playing in the sandpit.

In the last ten days or so, I’ve got through three very different pastiches that between them showcase some of the best elements of Holmes imitations and also some of the reoccurring niggles I have with them. Here is a brief summary of what I thought about them – I will keep it spoiler free for any Holmes fans looking for a new mystery to enjoy.

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Geekery, general

Dad’s Army: My Top Ten Episodes

I’ve written on this blog before about just how much I love Dad’s Army (and various other classic comedies), but this new post is really for two reasons. Firstly, it was prompted by the Royal Mail’s new set of Dad’s Army stamps to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary: each member of the platoon as well as their old adversary Mr Hodges is represented, along with a key catchphrase. I think it’s a lovely way to commemorate a show which has so much become part of our comedy culture.

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Book Review: Black Powder War by Naomi Novik

I was genuinely going to hold off on reading any more of the Temeraire series until I’d made my way through the last of the books I got in December and January. Then my husband bought me books three and four as a present and my resistance cracked. The series is just so enjoyable that I couldn’t wait to get cracking with the next one. I am weak, I tell you!

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Geekery, general, History

The Napoleonic Wars: My Reading Recs

The Napoleonic period is one of the most fascinating in history. It was a time when truly ‘great’ characters changed the face of Europe forever: when a British, Spanish and Portuguese force under a (nominally) Irish general in the name of the German king of Britain fought a French, Polish and German force under the command of a low-born Coriscan who through the merit of his own genius had been proclaimed Emperor of the French. In addition to being a an absolute knot of nationalities and political finagling, it laid the foundations of our modern world.

I’ve been accruing books of every variety about this period since I was in my early teens and as my love of the period shows no sign of diminishing, I thought I would collate my top recommendations for Napoleonic reads for anyone looking to learn more about the period. Continue reading “The Napoleonic Wars: My Reading Recs”

Film Review, Geekery

Film Review – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

When my husband told me that there was going to be a new Jumanji movie, I must confess that, like with Murder on the Orient Express, I was a little bit sceptical. After all, did it really need a remake? Especially now the late, great Robin Williams was no longer with us. These past few years have felt a little bit like Hollywood is out of ideas and that we are in a perpetual cycle of superhero stories as reboots.

Once the teaser trailers were released though, it was clear that this was going to be a totally different film to the original Jumanji and I started to look forward to it. Craig and I went to see it yesterday and both enjoyed it so much – it totally surpassed our expectations.

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Why Star Wars doesn’t feel like ‘my’ Star Wars anymore…

My husband and I are huge Star Wars fans. Our mutual geekiness was one of the first things that got us talking when we first met. Craig grew up watching Star Wars with his family whereas I discovered it for myself when I was in my teens when I rented The Phantom Menace from our local video rental – my family don’t do sci-fi/fantasy/magic/anything that isn’t 100% realism.

We are both die-hard devotees of the saga and the Expanded Universe so when the announcement came a few years ago that we were going to get all this new and exciting Star Wars content, we were therefore over the moon. The Potter films were over, as were the Hobbit movies (two more of our favourite fandoms) so here at last was the new batch of geekery we needed.

Sadly though, for us, Star Wars just doesn’t feel like our Star Wars anymore. It’s difficult to fully articulate why, but I’m going to try anyway. Be warned though, there will be spoilers throughout!

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