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What am I Missing?

Posted in Books, Rants with tags , , , , , , on September 1, 2016 by C J Spear

I’ve mentioned on this blog before about how I’m trying to watch as many films as possible, but another thing I’m working on is reading more. I’ve always loved reading, but during my years at college and Uni I barely read anything other than stuff for my courses. When I left Uni, I made a concerted effort to change this, and started searching out lots of classic sci-fi and fantasy novels. It was my favourite genre, so it made sense to start there.

This went fairly well, as I’ve now read quite a few of the classics (Dune, Foundation, I am Legend, Rama, 2001 a Space Odyssey, I Robot, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, The Man in the High Castle, Lord of the Rings), even if I did basically take a year out to read everything that Asimov wrote because I fell in love with his stories. There’s still plenty left to explore in the genre, especially considering I haven’t read hardly any modern sci-fi, but I figured that it was time to branch out a bit and check out other things. After checking out a few mystery and crime novels, I figured it might be good to start reading the all time classics.

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Hurry Up, Future

Posted in Rants with tags , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2016 by C J Spear

Game of Thrones returned to TV a couple of weeks ago, which is generally a cause for celebration. However, being British, I’m always going to find something to complain about, and in this case while the show itself has been great and I’m enjoying it, I can’t help but feel irritated by the time between episodes. It’s not just the wait, but the problems that the wait entails.

Now, this post may just come off as a millennial whining about things that are unimportant, because things are much better than they used to be, and to a certain extent yes, that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m old enough to remember life before the internet; when TV watching was a massive headache where you either sat down at the exact right time or just missed out. I understand that I have things better now than anyone 20 years ago could ever dreamed of.

However, I can’t help but feel that we’re stuck in an awkward limbo between the past and the future, where we have the technology and the means to streamline our entertainment, but a lot of companies haven’t caught up with it, or are just clinging to older models because they assume they’ll be more profitable or they just fear change. What am I talking about? Let me back track a little.

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The Future of WoW

Posted in Gaming with tags , , , , , , , on March 2, 2016 by C J Spear

It’s been a while since I’ve spoken about WoW, but it’s still a game I really enjoy, and it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. I’ve tried my best to condense my thoughts on the topic into a few specific points, but they tend to blur into each other, so apologies if this is a long and rambling post.

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My Movie Quest

Posted in Film with tags , , , , , on February 1, 2016 by C J Spear

I’m on a quest, ladies and gentlemen. Not an interesting or heroic quest, like bringing about world peace or finding the Holy Grail (because strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government).

No, I’m on a quest to watch movies. Not every movie ever made, because that would be impossible and also a colossal waste of time. I want to watch every movie that matters.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Review (SPOILERS)

Posted in Film with tags , , , , on December 22, 2015 by C J Spear

I had a number of topics I was considering for this months blog post, and then I remembered Star Wars was coming out, and yeah this post was never gonna be about anything else. If you haven’t seen the film yet, and somehow haven’t already been spoiled, don’t read on until you’ve seen the film as I’ll be talking major spoilers. If you have seen the film, read on for my full review.

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Return of the Dragons FAQ

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2015 by C J Spear

Now that my book has been out for a couple of weeks, I figured I’d sit down to talk a little bit about it, and answer some common questions that people might have. If you haven’t read the book yet don’t worry: this post is spoiler free.

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Return of the Dragons

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2015 by C J Spear

My new book, Return of the Dragons, is now live and for sale!

Available exclusively on amazon, it’s just £2.99/$3.99 for the ebook version or £10.00/$12.99 for the paperback. The price disparity is entirely down to the printing and shipping costs (I make about the same from both versions, so get whichever one you’d prefer!)

You should be able to preview the first few chapters on the amazon page, but I’ve heard some people have had problems with getting it to work, so you can also preview the first chapter here or on Goodreads.

Check out the amazon page for more details on the book, and if you pick up a copy, thank you and I hope you enjoy it!

Amazon UK – http://amzn.to/1Mu2igz

Amazon US – http://amzn.to/1MWTQsD

Goodreads – http://bit.ly/1NqZHYH

Also, if you do pick up and enjoy the book, reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads are a huge help for me, and greatly appreciated. If you’ve already left me a review: you’re awesome!

As always, you can find me on twitter @heroicrant, or find me on my new facebook page, which you can find here: http://on.fb.me/1Oy8Cs4