Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Have a Merry Christmas and a happier New Year and here's The List.

I decided for a Christmas wrap up I’ll list the good the bad and the ugly in no particular category or order. I will stress that this is all my own personal opinion so if you disagree, that’s your right and I will not argue it, but I won't publish your comments either. :)
This is the sixth year of my total indulgent blog and thanks to all those who have visited. I will continue in a more diminished capacity next yer. D
PS: if you get to the end there's a little gift, especially if you like Alan Moore.

 Best new novel: The Girl with all the Gifts - MK Carey. Great Sci-Fi thriller about a young girl trying her best to save humanity after an apocalyptic event.
Best old novel finally getting around to reading: Perdido Street Station: China Mieville. I don’t know why it took me so long to read this, I’ve read other Bas-Lag novels like the Iron Council
 as well as Un Lun Dun and enjoyed them immensely. So I wasn’t surprised that this would be the masterpiece everyone said it was. Fine novel that takes way beyond what you expect when you start. Like all great books it is a great journey rather than a great read.
Comic series -International: Walking Dead- It kept me interested, so it wins.
Comic Series- Australian: The Deep. Tom Taylor is a gifted writer. This story of a family of Maritime Scientist is soon to be a TV series and deserves it.
Also Dean Rankine's Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candyland. A hilarious immature adults only tale of Tyrone and Phil, two sweet litle maniacs who have the craziest adventures.Just read it.
On Line Comic – International. Crossed-Wish You were Here. The Crossed series can be dismissed as ultra violent crass splatter fodder. This series (which ended this year) was a well paced and executed story of love and regret.
On line comic- Australian: Kranburn. Nobody has Ben Michael Byrne’ skill as a story teller/artist or sickness of humour.
Best Movies – Interstellar, Snowpiercer, The Railway Man
Worst Movies: (Due to massive hype and higher expectations) Guardians of the Galaxy, Godzilla and The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug.
 Best TV show, True Detective, Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, In The flesh. Derek.
 Best comic series (that I hadn’t read yet): Preacher.
 Best documentary: The Outer Circle Line – Melbourne’s Forgotten Railway.
Best Aussie comic: Decay. 
Best Album: The Smith Street Band- Don’t fuck with our dreams , Group LoveSpreading Rumours and 21 Pilots- Vessel (I really haven't listened to a lot of new music this year)
Best Blog: Dangerous Minds. Fun and informative.
Best Magazine: SiFi Now

Biggest disappointment. The ability of people to shoot themselves in the foot when announcing projects and then never producing. This in itself isn’t too bad, it’s the complete communication shut down when they find they can’t deliver and pretend it never happened that is the biggest problem. I know now not to be part of any Kickstarter or presale of Australian comics in future because of it.