Monthly Archives: January 2013
I’ll probably tend to start most of these reviews with a quick explanation of why I decided to read a particular book, and this one had two main reasons. First of all, it’s got a fantastic title, and while you shouldn’t judge whether a book looks interesting by its cover, you should judge whether it sounds interesting by its title. In my experience, if it sounds interesting, it quite often will be (not always though). Secondly, when I looked at it on Amazon, it was only 20p on Kindle. Obviously my selection criteria are hugely scientific.
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I’m planning to write a review of every book I read in 2013, rather than just an end of year list. This is the first.
11/22/63 is the first Stephen King book I’ve read. I’ve been meaning to read The Dark Tower series for a while, but have always found a fantasy series I want to read first, and most of his other stuff I’ve already seen the film of (philistine). I read this because it ticked a couple of boxes. It’s about the assassination of JFK (that’s what the date in the title refers to – 22nd November 1963), which is an interesting subject, and it’s about time travel which is inherently fun. Also, it got very good reviews. “Stephen King’s best novel in a decade” was one bit of praise I read.
Technically this isn’t my first time having a blog, because I have a Tumblr account, and I used to have a Livejournal (oh Livejournal). This isn’t a mission statement, because I wouldn’t do something so grand. Really, no one should actually read this, because it’ll be hidden way down at the bottom of the blog, and why would you want to scroll all the way down there. This is basically just a way of breaking the hymen of this place (so to speak) by writing down what I plan to write about.
I basically decided that I quite enjoy writing about stuff, so I’m going to do that. Over the last few months I’ve been fortunate enough that the good folks at Second City Fanatics and D-Pad Magazine have given me the chance to write my own brand of nonsense about the NFL and gaming respectively, but like any aspiring arch-villain I’m looking to expand. Over the last couple of years I’ve kept track of all the books I’ve read and published 6-monthly updates on that, with brief reviews, but I’m now planning to write an actual review for each book I read.
I’ll also probably sprinkle some crap onto this page about other stuff I enjoy, mainly thoughts on TV shows, films and sports.
So yeah, that’s it.
Also, I found my old Livejournal accounts. The most recent is 7 years old. Oh god. The horror. The horror.