Category Entertainment

Mattel Green Lantern Movie Toys

I recently had the opportunity to try out a sample of Green Lantern movie toys from Mattel, the Colossal Cannon and an action figure.  My children John and Chloe were anxious to assist. The box arrived and I removed the…

Cartoons teaching something useful

This morning my daughter was awake as I went downstairs to make breakfast: she’s an early riser,she loves Naruto and she is the only one in the house who sees me leave for work standing there playing with her Naruto…

Goldfinger trivia from unlikely source

I was watching It Might Get Loud on the weekend: a documentary type film about technique and influence from The Edge, Jack White and Jimmy Page. While chatting Jimmy Page mentions he was a studio musician when Shirley Bassey recorded…

McDonald’s Monopoly Lies

I’m a regular McDonald’s diner for lunch or a quick breakfast.  On October 5th they started their Monopoly game: on certain food items you receive two game pieces.  Emblazoned everywhere around the store and on the food items is the…

A Prisoner Of Birth by Jeffrey Archer

Picked up A Prisoner Of Birth at a bargain book warehouse; I knew Jeffrey Archer‘s work and needed some new reading material.  Two days later I had finished the best book I have read this year.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb:…

Sherlock Holmes

Let me start by saying I’ve read all the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, seen all the black and white Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce movies and Jeremy Brett BBC series from the eighties.  The new Sherlock…

The Book Of Eli

I had been looking forward to this film based on the previews: it appeared to be a solid western-ish action story focusing on a hardened traveler on a mission.  It definitely delivered. The Book Of Eli is the story of…

Review Criteria

With my new found interest in reviewing books and graphic novels it makes sense to lay out what I'm looking for before I tackle a review.

False Impression by Jeffrey Archer

Another find at the bargain table was False Impression by Jeffrey Archer.  I had read Kane & Abel years ago but hadn’t read any of his other works since: I don’t like to take on new authors blindly and thought…

Stalin’s Ghost by Martin Cruz Smith

I picked up Stalin’s Ghost on the bargain table at a local bookstore.  Martin Cruz Smith rang a bell but I couldn’t place it; the description sounded interesting.  Here’s the official blurb: Investigator Arkady Renko, the pariah of the Moscow…