Book review of Horns – By The Resident Weeble and The Girl…well, mainly her


It’s Sunday evening, it’s time to snuggle up with a good book…review.  Today’s book is ‘Horns’ by Joe Hill. If you haven’t heard of Joe Hill you will have heard of his father Stephen King, but please don’t let that sway your decision on this book either way.  Joe Hill is very much a notable author in his own right with his own style and his second novel ‘Horns’ is a wonderful example of this.

Both myself and The Girl in my life, have read this book and I believe her account of it to be far more eloquent than mine, so below is and extract of her review of the book. The full book review plus others can be found at her BlogSpot ‘Books I’ve read’. Be warned a lot of her reviews may give away plot points, so only delve in if you’re not bothered by this.

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Horns is the story of the aptly named Ignatius Parrish following the brutal murder of Merrin, the love of his life. A year after her death, he gets wasted and visits the place she was killed, near an old disused foundry. He desecrates the shrine that people have made in her memory, and pees all over a plastic Virgin.  Waking up the next morning, his troubles begin having grown a fine pair of horns and apparently acquired various demonic powers. We follow him as he looks for help amongst his friends and family, and they each in turn tell him their deepest darkest desires. Eventually this leads him to find Merrin’s killer, and he goes about extracting his revenge. Read more of this post

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No more room! Just Packham in?


Wally, trying his best to highlight overpopulation in the world to today’s children


Chris Packham recently did an interview in the Radio Times focusing on the British animal that should represent the nation, he chose the Barn Owl, good stuff. In this article he talks about his views on overpopulation and what to do about it. It was this that several tabloid newspapers picked up on and ran with that aspect of the interview.

He said “I read the other day that, by 2020, there are going to be 70 Million people in Britain. Let’s face it, that’s too many.”

He was asked whether he thought people should stop having children, and Chris Packham, who has never been one to sit on the fence, said “Yes. Absolutely, I wouldn’t actually penalise people for having too many children, as I think he carrot always works better than the stick. But I would offer them tax breaks for having small families: say, 10 per cent off your tax bill if you decide to stick with just one child. And an even bigger financial incentive if you choose not to have a family at all. ”

The tabloids, of course, sensalionised this with Read more of this post

Self-help yourself to the love


Feeling Depressed? Why don’t you go and love yourself? Go on, love off.

In my first blog, ‘This Smoking Life’ I talked in one section about how I’d cut down on smoking. Now, this was merely written as a prelude to my conclusion about smoking bans on society and not necessarily as a method in which you should cut down on smoking.

If I was telling you what you should do with your life, then this could be misconstrued as a self help blog, which is dangerously close to self help books, which I think, put simply, are Read more of this post

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