May 28th, 2017


Book Reviews: The Hell-Hound Of The Baskervilles + The Cat

Warlock Holmes: The Hell-Hound Of The Baskervilles by G.S. Denning
This is the unexciting sequel to ‘Warlock Holmes: A Study In Brimstone’. This brazen lunacy is inept and deserves odium and contempt. It’s all about calamitous consequences, lack of decorum, contested claims, unconvincing excuses, disgraceful conduct, opportunism and covetousness. But none of it is any good. This has none of the charm and humour of Book 1.

Best Lines:
“Your work cannot be recanted.”

“Something fundamentally, terribly wrong with him.”

“Beyond even the salvation of death.”

“He is terror, given shape.”

The Cat: How It Works
This Ladybird book is funny.
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Arrow 5x22 + Clique 1x03&1x04 Reviewed

Where did Vigilante go? Chase is particularly vociferous about revenge. Does Oliver not face adrenal exhaustion? Thea’s baby voice annoys. Curtis annoys. Diggle has alienated his wife and child and could care less. Quentin and Felicity are superfluous. I’ve no incentive to care. Oliver’s negative treatment of others deserves a sharp reprimand. The useless Lian Yu flashbacks are not concise. When Chase is in his glass cell, where is the toilet? This is all Chase’s direct responsibility apparently. He has unrepentant anger.

Oliver is incurious as to how Chase knows all these things. Chase does ill-service. Quentin meets Black Siren; he has no emotional self-defence against that. Oliver beats Chase. Malcolm shows up, was John Barrowman kicked off the show or what? Tommy is not mentioned. See what you caused Oliver! Nyssa shows up. Oliver gets stupid and violent. Oliver looks up Slade. This was not good and was a terrible lapse in judgement.

Best Lines:
“Worse than a shipper on a soap opera.”

“Locks are more like suggestions.”

“Millennial nonsense.”

“You are not welcome here Malcolm.”

“Red death.”

“Gets dumber with time.”

“I’ll cover you. Really.”

Clique 1x03&1x04
Our heroine Holly gets an intern job. Doesn’t she have college to attend? Holly is uninformed and soon loses her place among the alleged cultural elite. This was not insightful about the mundanity of power. Holly is a recipe for inconvenience. Who is James? This has no incendiary brilliance just morose cheerlessness. People have distressing indifference. Holly is acquiescent and eager to please. There are no strict behavioural standards. Louise broods. Rory lurks.

The plot and gaggle of undifferentiated men are unfollowable. Steiner is criminal scum. Georgia takes macabre sinister mean spirited glee is being awful. She should be observed with ambivalence and suspicion. Elizabeth is insistent on feigning innocence. Holly makes empty assertions and exudes contempt for Elizabeth, who is a better friend to her than the slutty disloyal Georgia.

The interns regard outsiders with either scorn or pity. Holly ends up in Fay’s old room before being chucked out. This doesn’t appeal. Holly is inconsolable and has moral doubts. She makes bad judgement calls. Nobody is truly sincere. Holly has horrified astonishment at Georgia being the c word. Rachel wants to be Holly’s friend. Jude and Phoebe try the patience. This was glossy but empty. Who is Sam? The Solasta company is corrupt and Fay’s man James ends up dead.

All the pretty pretty girls that Holly calls friends are awful people. There is bad acting. Steiner is a human trafficker. Rory is an undercover cop. Georgia does cocaine openly at a party. Who is Charlie? Georgia doesn’t want to be saved. She has animosity and apparently likes being abused. She’s cut the cord, Holly should do the same. Flashbacks show what Holly did as a kid. This does not sound a sinister note. Jude rages. This was mmmm with no atmosphere of menace.

Best Lines:
“James is dead.”

“Is that allowed?”

“I refuse to care.”

“What being Alistair’s top girl really means.”

“Get out before you’re me.”

“Internet mafia.”

“Ordering banker drinks.”

“You can bugger off, I’m busy now.”

“They think we’re going to report them to HR.”

“Properly clever.”

“You ginormorous whore.”

“Doubt their commitment to student welfare.”
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Trailers, Quotes and musings on issues 15-37 of Misty

Wonder Woman’ TV spot

‘Rock Dog’ promo

‘Ripper Street’ promo

Peppermint crunch with a twist of Basil dark choc - yum.
Raspberry frozen yogurt shake - okay.
Garlic fries - okay.

I will review ‘A Matter For Men’, ‘A Day For Damnation’, ‘A Rage For Revenge’, ‘A Season For Slaughter’ and ‘The Gospel Of Loki’.

I plan to review ‘Designated Survivor’ season 1 at some point.

Kevin Zegers the cute security guard in ‘Dawn of the Dead’ (2004) was Alec in ‘The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones’!

There is to be another ‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot?

I’m on a break from ‘Hollyoaks’ and ‘Neighbours’.

‘Get Shorty’ (1995) was not good. Neither was the 2006 ‘Gridiron Gang’ or the 2007 ‘Ghost Rider’.

Anyone see the 1998 ‘Great Expectations’ or ‘Wag The Dog‘? Or ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’?

Another food market closes!

Watched some of the ‘Poirot’ ep ‘Appointment With Death’. It starred Tim Curry in this Syria set tale. It is full of sinister forewarning and an evil old biddy who faces suitably nasty consequences for her vileness. This was contrived with a ludicrously over-complicated murder and an even more ludicrous climax. This dispensed with the normal narrative structure. It was not artistically innovative or creative. One by one rational explanations fall away. Poirot is blamey and unsad and it was nothing like the book.

Best Lines:
“A bucket of strychnine.”

“One more red herring to fry.”

“Commendably grotesque.”

“Declined your offer of affection.”

‘The Irish Times’ Quotes:
“Overthrow and death.”

“The politics of condemnation.”

“Serious threat to co-existence and constitutional order.”

“Accumulated scum.”

“With a wife and child he would soon abandon.”

“Instilling criminal values.”

“Provided untruths.”

“Utterly incapable of listening.”

“Can’t justify testing them.”

“Very concerned and disappointed.”

“Quite nauseated when they hear that.”

“Fans had wrecked the venue,”

“Charged with inciting the riot.”

“Smoking crack in the toilet.”

“There was nothing unusual about this.”

“Did not have an ease of dealing with bureaucracy.”

‘RTE News’ Quotes:
“I’m not accepting this.”

“A pinch point coming.”

“Imminently expected.”

“Anti-democratic trends.”

‘Channel 4 News’ Quotes:
Gave up his back pack at gunpoint.”

“Cannot allow them sanctuary.”

“Unwelcome obstacle.”

“Hidden hands behind this.”

“Clearly concerning.”

“Political insurrection.”

“Yet to move against them.”

‘Dr Phil’ Quotes:
“One more bad decision and she’s done.”

“Am I still in the will?”

“Only turned mean.”

“Sexual behaviour.”

“In fights with gang members.”

“Arrested at 14 for illegal behaviour.”

“Doing bad.”

“Sex for money.”

“Hanging out with gangbangers.”

“Refusing to parent.”

“She does good like that.”

“Truancy letters.”

“Doing criminal activity.”

“Trying to fight no-one.”

“You weren’t even faithful to dad!”

“Afraid at night.”

“You are a liar mother!”

“This is a lying woman.”

“No-one likes her. 7 neighbours on the street won’t even speak to her.”

“Peaceable existence.”

“Step away.”

“Active addiction.”

“I am in your balcony.”

Closing Doors’ Quote:
“She found them unsavory and overly inclined to murder.”

‘Victoria Derbyshire’ Quote:
“Failing to find any evidence of recent human activity.”

‘Sky News’ Quote:
“Reassuming the opinions they had.”

‘Eastenders’ Quotes:
“Everyone’s against me.”

‘The Simpsons’ Quotes:
“His daughter recently bought a washing machine and promised him the box to live in.”

“Angrier than a beehive in a paint-mixer.”


“Bar butter.”

“Town failure.”
“You’re not even that.”

‘FTWeekend’ Quotes:
“Mock their own parents as kitsch provincials.”

“Reputation disappears in the mists of time.”

“You all laughed at me - well, I have to say, you’re not laughing now, are you?”

“False search for authenticity.”

“Event culture.”

“Become such a hate figure.”

“His crimes become public knowledge.”

‘The Daily Telegraph’ Quotes:
“His mother had an affair with the milkman - life imitating cliché - and then married him.”

“Their horizons are so closed down.”

“Nor did any artists’s reputation tumble more dramatically.”

“Half the cast look as if they have spent the weekend in a sleeping bag with Bob Geldof.”

“High words ensued.”

‘Deadly Lessons’ Quotes:
“Who’d do anything like this?”

“They’re good girls most of them.”

Recall the ‘Misty’ stories ‘Screaming Point!’ about a resurrectionist or ‘Dressed To Kill’ about a spider fancy dress costume that isn’t fancy dress. ‘Danse Macabre’ about a corpse de ballet. ‘The Treatment’ about a yob turned into a tree. ’The Monster Of Green Acres’ was about a scarecrow that looks like the Green Goblin that has malevolent motives clearly ascribed to it. It was good and then there was ’House of Horror’ about waxworks, I think.  I read issues 15 to 37 of ‘Misty’ and those stories haven’t cropped up yet. ‘Sticks and Stones’ is about a gossip columnist who gets got. ‘The House Across The Way...’ was not that good. The prose stories aren’t interesting. ‘Poor Jenny’ is a sad tale. ‘The Bell Jar’ is a tale of a vengeful old biddy. ‘Queen’s Weather’ is a dumb tale of bees’ revenge. ‘When The Lights Go Out!’ sees a girl encounters ghosts in a department store and she comes to a bad end.

‘Mrs Barlow’s Lodger...’ was a tale that made no sense. ‘Curse of the Condor’ is a memorable tale that sees a girl and her archaeologist grandfather look for a lost Inca city. It was sad. Imperilled women regularly face negative patronising comments and treatment by confrontational men. ‘Prize Possession’ is a bizarre tale of a typewriter. ‘Alien Seed’ is a tale of a triffid like plant. ‘The Eyes of the Gorgon’ was a tale of a mad scientist.

The Day The Sky Grew Dark...’ sees a girl visit her creepy uncle in his uncommonly intense tale of vengeful birds. ‘The Black Widow’ defies all laws of logic. ‘A Spell Of Trouble’ was the tale of an evil Queen and her insincerity. ‘The Pet Shop’ was about 2 snotty kids and their lack of moral concern. ‘When The Rain Falls...’ sees 2 slaves escape and the ending is good. ‘Song of Petina’ is an anti-hunting tale of frantic attempts for mercy and horrible treachery. It’s amazing how many children go through personal discomfort due to absent parents.

‘Curse of Gantreth House...’ is about an unfortunate serving girl and her very acrimonious boss. ‘Watch Your Step!’ was a silly unlovely tale of fairies. ‘Safe Until Morning’ is a tale of Nessie. ‘Titch’s Tale...’ sees a short girl go kite flying and aliens show up. This was mean with a ghastly ending. This was good. ‘What’s On The Other Side’ is a tale of a despicable witch who wishes ill to the world. It has a creepy ending. ‘The Visitors’ is a tale of a wishing well occupied by aliens who talk like Jar-Jar Binks. This was not mature and informed.

‘End Of The Line...’ a girl encounters weirdness on an Underground line. ‘Take Two’ is a ’Jaws’ knockoff. ‘The Last Laugh’ is okay but ends abruptly. ‘A Leap Through Time...' is a tale of a girl who travels to ancient Crete. ‘Doorway To Yesterday’ is about evil carnies being foiled. ‘Last Encounters...’ is a tale of aliens. ‘Elmo’s Revenge’ is a confusing tale. ‘Dead End!’ is about a bully’s end. ‘The Girl Who Walked On Water’ is a tale of a delinquent girl. ‘Happy Families’ is a tale with no purpose or vision. ‘Mirror...Mirror’ was cringe-inducing. ‘The Cats of Carey Street’ was conclusively dumb.

Best Lines:
“And don’t expect to get into the golf club now!”

“Pre-decimal money.”

“Bullying them with spiders.”

“He tried a wages snatch and ended up inside.”

“Your father’s brought shame to the neighbourhood.”

“Push that weak fool out of the way.”

“I’ll have no trade unionism here.”

“Draggy party.”

“My cousin might be going barmy.”

“A woman from Redbury who’s a medium. She’s in the Yellow Pages-”

“We want none of your hospitality!”