Category Archives: Books and movies

Tomb Raider was worth seeing

We went to see Tomb Raider on the weekend.  I have to say, I liked it. I didn’t love it the way I loved, say, Wonder Woman, but I thought the movie was quite strong and I enjoyed it.  (I’m a supporting member of WorldCon this year and I already know which movie I’m going…

Amazon’s weekly charts

Amazon has started bringing out weekly book charts.  The top 20 books sold, and the top 20 books read They do fiction and non-fiction. You can find them at https://www.amazon.com/charts. Looking at the fiction lists, there are few surprises in the Books Sold.  These are the books you see in the display area of any…

Finally saw Rogue One

Finally saw the Star Wars film, Rogue One. I enjoyed it, thought it on a par with The Force Awakens. I’m not sure why people say it’s outside the main Star Wars series. To me, this fits right between Episodes III and IV.  Episode 3.5.  (Or is that III.V?) The ensemble cast of characters in…

The Huntsman

Yesterday we saw The Hunstman: Winter’s War. The reviewer in our local newspaper gave it one and a half stars. I think they were a little harsh.  I enjoyed the movie. I thought it was much better than the first one.  Sure, it probably won’t win any Oscars, and it would have benefited from a…

Designing my bookstore

Some recent tweets pointed me to two two articles from last year about designing bookstores (What makes a good bookshop? and Let’s reinvent the bookshop). I like some of the ideas, but not all of them, so I thought I would design my own. It would be full of books It seems obvious to say…

This weekend it’s movies and books

The edits for Alliance are away. This weekend it’s all about movies and books (and house cleaning) before we restart properly on book three. I’ve just finished Charlaine Harris’s Day Shift, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sherylyn’s reading Cress, by Marissa Meyer, and enjoying that. Robin Hobb’s new book, Fool’s Quest, is out. That’s on the…