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Monday, 19 September 2016

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

The Accident Season
The Accident Season is about Cara's family and every year towards the end of October, everyone in her family becomes accident prone. Despite trying to prevent these accidents, they seem injuries seem to follow them. They don't know why they happen and live their lives in perpetual fear. How can they break away from this?!

This book however doesn't deal with the accident season so much which can either be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it. On one hand, the book is much more about familial dynamics than it is a fantasy/supernatural story. Moira Fowley Doyle does a really good job of juggling really heavy themes such as death, abuse and coming of age.

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Saturday, 17 September 2016

Why I'll Still be Watching 'A Birth of a Nation' despite Nate Parker controversy



Earlier this month, I was having a conversation with some fellow bloggers when the topic of Woody Allen came up. Like many people, they don't watch his films I assume because they don't want to support and validate the work of an accused child abuser. Naturally I sat there guiltily nodding, smiling and thinking 'oops just saw Cafe Society' .

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

The Woman Who Walked on Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith

The Woman who walked in Sunshine is book 16 in the Number Ladies Detective Agency series. for anyone who hasn't heard of these books, it's about a Batswana woman - Mma Ramotswe who opens the country's first female run detective agency with the help of an assistant - Mma Makutsi. Together they solve both big and small mysteries/problems in the lives of everyday people.

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Monday, 12 September 2016

I love 'The Bachelor' but it's not ready for awards


It's that time of the month when Bachelor in Paradise (long live Carly + Evan) finishes, the Emmy's follow, and The Bachelor producers complain once again that the show, after 20 years of being on TV deserves that Emmy nomination.

Reality TV obviously gets a lot of slack for being trash - nothing more than just manipulated and unrealistic situations. And for this reason the genre is widely overlooked when it comes to awards season. Sometimes I think unfairly so. You can say Made in Chelsea is trash all you like but it's filmed so beautifully you can't deny that. But The Bachelor is almost in its own league. Here is a show that has survived
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Monday, 5 September 2016

Film Review: Plastic (2014)


Plastic is a British action-comedy-crime film. So yes, there's a lot going on. Based on a true story (we'll get to this), the film tells the story of a group of four university students running a successful credit scam. Watching their early get-rich-quick escapades is a really slick yet fun way to lure you in to the plot and establish the main characters. There are a few cringe-worthy moments concerning the director's portrayal of "typical" British university students - attempts that come off as shallow, desperate and unconvincing. But early hiccups aside, it's enough of an introduction for you to be invested in the rest of the film.
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