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12 July 2020

A hectic month but all’s well here at least, as we stated we’re still getting all our mail but no local book sales so we are looking at a pretty low stock build this year unless there’s a major shift in policy. Publishers have certainly not stopped putting out new titles, we’re already well into next years orders! We’re currently playing around with ‘Blocs’ and may use this as the next platform for the site but the changeover looms like a prison term, it’ll be a lot of work, but a refresh is needed we think.

We blitzed through the John Salzi ‘Interdependency Saga’, what an entertaining read!, we love Scalzi’s work and he certainly didn’t disappoint, highly recommended trilogy. We also gobbled up an Anthony Ryan ‘Raven’s Shadow’ novella in prep for ‘The Black Song’ which is due anytime now. It does irritate that Ryan releases these novella’s in ebook format only in most cases, we don’t do that shit man.

Musically we’ve had a bit of fun discovering Johnny Cash’s American Recordings and wow, these were refreshing and yeah country, still anything where Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were the backing sound must be worth some time right?

We’ve been watching a Korean TV series  called ‘Bad Guys:Vile City’ which was great, also finished ‘Marcella S03’, that lady has issues.. Now starting the German series ‘Dogs of Berlin’ and very excited about ‘Hanna S02’. ‘The City and The City’ was a disappointment unfortunately.

Thats all for now, stay well all.

7 June 2020

It continues, hopefully this month we’ll see some return to normality but we fear that there will be a second wave and what then? Holding thumbs here. On a depressing note we had one of our shipments take some damage, which really upset us, so we now have some stock which is slightly ‘dinged’ - there are words we’d like to add here, but. We are trying to take the long view here and honestly we have had a good run for a long while with postage.

We finished ‘Black Hawks’ which unfortunately didn’t live up to the hype, ‘Kings of the Wyld’ it ain’t. We thought we’d give Ed McDonald a go finishing off ‘Blackwing’ quite quickly which was good but we’re just not invested enough to want to find out what happens next, plus when you’ve got a recently completed Scalzi trilogy just sitting there…

We’re still rocking on some really good old stuff here and we were really happy to discover a brace of Tom Cochrane albums previously unheard, they are just great albums, great.

For entertainment we really enjoyed 'War of the Worlds S01’ (French/Anglo), ‘Briarpatch’, ‘Cardinal S04’ and ‘Killing Eve S03’. We just got hold of ‘The City and The City’ - who knew? and we’ve been catching up on Korean movies, and loving it! - ‘The Host” was great!

Cheers all!

3 May 2020

Well we’re still in ‘lock downish’ mode here, and yeah it seems the postal service is slow to, at least that’s the hope otherwise we’ve lost some parcels, which is stressing us a bit. We’re still walking as much as possible and that’s going well, believe it or not we apparently walked 180km last month, which is just great. 

You’ll note from the music section that we are listening to a lot of different albums in isolation, a lot of these are older SA albums as Google now has a range of these available, we’ve been really taken by Squeal’s debut album and the Falling Mirror compilation album, also aKing, who knew?

Finished ‘Ozark’ S03, WOW. Due to no movies being available we decided to check out Korean movies, and really pleasantly surprised. 'The Villianess’ opening sequence makes ‘John Wick’ look like he’s some kinda wannabe. Anyway we are also enjoying ‘Gangs of London’, and of course ‘Killing Eve’ S03 - hilarious!

Cheers for now.

12 April 2020

Strange days indeed. We’re working from home and in semi ‘lock down’ mode here. We’re trying like everyone else to balance couch time and some form of exercise which for us works out at two longish walks a day when possible, sans mask though. Also we’ve upped our reading time trying to make up for our usual commute read which obviously vanished, thus we rapidly finished ‘Gideon the Ninth’, which in hindsight just isn’t our thing, we could never really see the screen, so it’s a bit of a surprise that the book has been so well received but there you go, we’re all different.

Isolation has meant that we are getting a lot more traffic on the site which is great, with Fritz Leiber the author most in demand, we’ll certainly continue to work on making the site an interesting place to visit. We love the Glenn Chadbourne idea and continue to try and get more dust jackets when possible, if other artists did the same, it’d be great. 

So no major movies but certainly lots of entertaining TV, we tried and got hooked on the Korean period zombie series ‘Kingdom’, great fun there, we’re still watching ‘Ozark' S3,  loving 'Strike Back' S8 and excited about ‘Cardinal’ S4.

Musically we’re just cruising past albums and other remote stuff.

And we’ll see the end of hot cross buns soon, damn!

We wish you and yours the best in these trying times. 

Cheers!

15 March 2020

As stated we got to see Elton John last week and as things are looking that may well have been one of the final shows for some time. It was a great concert, he puts on a show, as you’d expect with his experience. But since that event things have obviously taken a turn for the worse and we are feeling the effects of the COVID pandemic in a variety of ways, least of which is the devaluing of currency causing us to slow down international purchases and we have concerns on shipping and postage security. Hopefully we get past the peak of things rapidly.

We have already pointed out the large amount of books that we’ve been working on and there are still more on the way, but we think that the planned forthcoming sales will be cancelled this year which will retard new books substantially moving forward. And now movies are being delayed, not happy news for us movie lovers.

We just finished ‘Altered Carbon S2’, wow, 'Narcos S2’, brilliant, and still lots to see thankfully.

Just discovered 3 Doors Down’s 2016 ‘Us and the Night’ album and realise that it’s actually the lost Rob Thomas album… nice though.

Cheers and stay safe and healthy!

1 March 2020

Well we saw Queen with Adam Lambert fronting the band, what can we say, best tribute band performance ever. It is worth the effort. Man, the crown loves to sing along to a Queen song! Anyway this week we’re off to see Elton John, again a bit of a surprise there but if it’s anything like Queen it’ll be fantastic. 

Books!, we’re so pleased about those Babel editions, they are just great, and we’ve got so many interesting books coming in this year, it really has started amazingly. We finished Peter F. Hamilton's  ‘Salvation’, the first of a trilogy, and it was honestly boring for the first half of the book, Hamilton goes to great detail setting things up, but things ramp up in the second half, enough to have us ordering the second novel immediately.

Tv has us spoilt for choice, 'Narcos S2’, ‘Deputy’, ‘Hunters’, and now ‘Altered Carbon S2”, seriously, how can we get any reading in at this rate?

Green Day’s latest album ‘Father of All….’  rocks, but you need to turn it up.

Cheers

9 February 2020

From fires to floods, it’s been raining for three days solid and not letting up!, thankfully our hobby is an indoor activity. So we got a brace of new books in at the sale, which we have yet to work on and list, because we keep getting sidetracked by new arrivals like that ERB edition, we immediately bought a second copy by the way. So a lot to look forward too  additionally we’ve had some phenomenal book sales of late, always a bittersweet thing for us, but still great in concept right?

Aside from the books we’ve got the new Theory of a Deadman album, ‘Say Nothing’ and it’s good but certainly more laid back than their earlier albums. We also discovered Shinedown, now that's what we're talking about! We’re also binging on Halestorms’ ‘I like it heavy’ for some reason.

One more episode of ‘Justified’ to go, we’ll be lost. We’re struggling to get into the recent crop of tv series but maybe that’s just us, we gave ‘The Outsider’ a view, seems a bit of a downer frankly. Finally we saw ‘Parasite’ and yep it lives up to the Oscar hype, great movie and we hate subtitles. 

Queen in concert next week folks!

Cheers for now...

26 January 2020

We’re right into it this year, as predicted choices abound from various publishers making for some hard calls. We couldn’t resist the Suntup edition of ‘Red Dragon’ though, looks gorgeous, we are talking the ‘gift’ edition here, Suntup certainly aren’t cheap when it comes to the limited and lettered states of their editions. We’ve discovered ‘GIMP’ which allows us to crop images as we’ve done with ‘The Stand’, nice tool but man, distracting, we certainly lost a few hours there. Aside from cropping images we’ve added a new page under the ‘Trivia' section, Edgeworks,  we are finally doing something about those pesky soiled page edges on some, of what should be, really great books. It isn’t easy but the finished item is great and we get to use GIMP on the image!

‘The Ruthless’  Peter Newman’s second novel in the ‘Deathless’ trilogy took us back into what can only be described as a strange and macabre world, what Newman does with his characters in a few words is incredible, as with ‘The Vagrant’ one has a ‘sense’ of things rather than actual facts, it’s good. We should see the conclusion this year.

We’re still watching ‘Justified’, unbelievably, but have also completed the somewhat disappointing ‘The Witcher’ season one, we’re back at ‘Brittania’ season two for the final few episodes, love the soundtrack and it’s quirky. But big hit with us is ‘Deputy’ that’s great, we want more of this. Movie-wise we enjoyed ‘Dr. Sleep’, ‘1917’ was very good and we finally got to see ‘Zombieland Double Tap’ which was simple fun. We did catch one we missed last year, 'The King’, which was really worth it.

First 2020 book sale on 02 February, so wish us luck!

Cheers!

1 January 2020

Right, that's the end of that.

2019

Looking forward to a happier year and hopefully decade for all of us!!

Best wishes Everyone!