TV Review: Doctor Who ‘Thin Ice’

Hello!

This weeks Doctor Who episode brought us to Regency London where something is lurking under the frozen Thames, and worse, it’s feeding on the locals! This foe brings out a very different side to Bill as she discoveres more about the Doctor and his past. Overall, though lacking excitement in the plot, this was a thought provoking episode…

Read more of my thoughts on last week’s episode of Doctor Who ‘Thin Ice’ here, you can let me know what you thought aswell!

I hope you have a great week!
Anna 🙂

Book Review: The Monkey’s Mask, Dorothy Porter

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For those interested my review of Dorothy Porter’s The Monkey’s Mask was  posted on the RMITV In Review blog last night to coincide with last nights episode of the ABC’s, The Book Club. This post is a bit late but I thought it would be worth doing anyway, here’s a little snippet of the review:

“I want you, trouble,
on the rocks.”

Dorothy Porter’s The Monkey’s Mask is one of many novels I probably wouldn’t have picked up at all if it weren’t for uni, but I’m thankful I did. Porter manages to seamlessly blend the genres of crime thriller and lesbian romance into nearly three-hundred pages of verse. Yes, you heard me correctly! Verse. This somewhat unusual combination of crime, passion, and poetry makes for an intensely engaging read right to the last line….

Click here to read the rest of my review of this beautiful verse novel, and maybe take a look at some of the other review on the blog too!

I hope you all are enjoying your week! 🙂

TV Review: Doctor Who ‘The Pilot’

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So recently I joined the RMITV ‘In Review’ writing team, and as a part of that I will be reviewing each episode of Doctor Who Series 10 as they air and posting it to their blog. Though I can’t post the review here, I though it wouldn’t hurt to do a spot of ‘shameless promotion’ of some more of my writing!

“Well, most people when they don’t understand something, they frown. You…smile.”
~ The Doctor

So, Doctor Who is back for Series 10, and it’s not just back…it is back! And terrifyingly so!

The first thing I should say about this episode, is that it was bloody scary. There is no other way to put it. It has been quite a while since an episode has really given me the shivers, and sitting in that cinema tonight was no exception…

Anywho, click the link here to go have a read!

I hope you all had a lovely Easter or long weekend for those who don’t celebrate it! 🙂

Petrichor

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There’s nothing like a summer rain
Unexpected, unruly, untamed

It rolls on through

Quiet at first
But growing
To reach a thundering din

Clattering on your rooftops
Rushing down the drains
It presses summer tears
Down dusty window panes

Why then must you be saddened?
It’s only rain it’s true
But dance with me dear stranger
What else is there to do?

There’s nothing like a summer rain
Unexpected, unruly, untamed
This rain it frees your soul and more
To leave the sweetest petrichor

~

Book Review: Bad Behaviour, Rebecca Starford

bad-behaviourGoodreads Blurb:

It should have been a time of acquiring confidence, building self respect and independence, of fostering a connection with the natural world through long hikes…

A gripping, compulsively readable memoir of bullying at an elite country boarding school.

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts:

Reading Bad Behaviour off the back of The Golden Child was either an interesting coincidence or just not a very well thought out decision on my part. I do not regret reading this memoir, more than that, I am so glad I did, but I feel there is a certain waiting time that I should have taken before reading a book of such a similar strain. The more I think about it now however, the more I come to realise that whenever I read it, I would still be just as shaken.

In writing Bad Behaviour, Rebecca Starford has written something which is incredibly, but beautifully raw. She paints a brutal picture of the pack mentality which can develop within large groups of school girls and how that can affect the victims of the resulting bullying. Her year spent in a Victorian boarding school not only brought out a side of herself which she never thought she had, but also left her scarred.

For me, this memoir left a much deeper impression than I could ever have expected. The scenes and actions of the girls a reminder of the first couple of years at my own all girls’ high school. Though for me and my year of girls the bullying never got as bad, it was all still was painfully familiar, and not just the group dynamic but the people as well. Despite this, it was written in such a way that even though the events recorded were true enough, to me they felt almost surreal. So that in finishing this book I was left with the feeling of waking up from a bad dream.

Reading the breakdown of the relationship between Rebecca and her mother however was what most struck a chord with me. It is something which I found to be the most heartbreaking to read. Lastly Rebecca Starford’s memoir is poignant, deep, and a real insight into the turmoil which teens experience and work through at this age. Beautifully written, this memoir something which I am sure will stay with me for quite a while.

Wordle #147 – Flashover

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Latch the door
My friend
Your heart
It will be mine

Let me take you in my arms
And hold you tight

Your simple iridescence
Enchants me
Heart and soul

So…

Follow my lead now
Take one step back
Forward the next

Let passion lead the way
Inseperable we spin
To make our own ballet

Legs, arms, chests
We move as one
Our perfect harmony

Relieve yourself of fear
Leave the media behind
It’s just us now

We levitate, and
Through heat and heart
It carries us away

~

Written for this weeks Wordle on MindLoveMisery’s Menagery! I really loved the words this week 🙂 This one is for my favourite fictional couple at the moment, Magnus and Alec from the show Shadowhunters.