Fables, Book One, by Bill Willingham

Posted in Books, Reviews, Uncategorized with tags , on July 6, 2016 by davidnm2009

After playing “The Wolf Among Us”, I gained the opportunity to read the first book of Bill Willingham’s Fables series.

The basic conceit is that the former inhabitants of the fairy tale Homelands have been forced to migrate to our ‘real’ world. Most of them are living in either New York, or out on an isolated reservation called the Farm. The stories cover the issues faced by the Fables as they try to carve out some place for themselves inside Mundane society. The roles the Fables find themselves playing can be quite different from what their previous lives have conditioned them to expect…

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Posted in Uncategorized on July 2, 2016 by davidnm2009

Harbinger for PM!!!

London, UK In a surprise move, Harbinger has announced its candidacy for the Tory leadership election. It cited its ‘MILLIONS OF YEARS OF EXPERIENCE’, claiming that only it could ‘ASSUME DIRECT CONTROL’ and ‘END THE CHAOS’. It also added that the party’s talent pool was ‘ANKLE-DEEP’.

Most analysts consider Harbinger a dark horse candidate, but given the events of the preceding week, who knows?

This Week In UK Internal Politics…

Posted in Art on July 1, 2016 by davidnm2009

BOOOOM!!!

I think this picture sums up the current situation quite accurately, doesn’t it?

I seem to recall writing a story a few years ago, where the complete collapse of a parliamentary government was a plot point. I didn’t expect to actually live in a place where that happened. For most of the past seven days, I’ve been alternating between complete horror and boggling at the utter insanity that’s been unleashed.

(Needless to say, for what it’s worth, I voted Remain. 48% and proud, dammit!)

While we’re on the subject, apparently Michael Gove forgot the First Law of Politics In The Internet Age (register your domains before you announce your campaign). With that in mind, here’s a snerk-tastic link:

http://www.gove2016.co.uk/

Referendum Survival Kit

Posted in Uncategorized on June 23, 2016 by davidnm2009

All the key items...

Let’s face it, this referendum campaign has been a miserable experience, hasn’t it?

I’ve assembled the key items for my survival kit. Tomorrow I’ll either be having a drink to celebrate, or several drinks to compensate.

Foundation and Earth, by Isaac Asimov

Posted in Books, Reviews, Uncategorized with tags , on June 5, 2016 by davidnm2009

In this review, I’m going to admit to a controversial opinion. You see, unlike a lot of the fandom, I actually like some bits of this book. In many respect, F&E is a frustrating work. It has glimmerings of a genuine epic. It could have been so much more.

Instead, we got what happens at the end. To be honest, the whole book is a bit like Asimov’s version of Mass Effect 3: the potential is there, and bits of it even shine through here and there, but the end result falls flat.

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dA Fail

Posted in Personal with tags on May 29, 2016 by davidnm2009

So I decided to change my username on devArt. That’s needed doing for a while now. I bought one of the three-month Core membership things, on the grounds that £10 isn’t a huge amount of money, even for me, and I have no intention of renewing it anyway, so the damage is limited if it all goes wrong. I’ve been wanting to retire the ‘davidnm’ identity for several years now, for lots of reasons, and it felt like this was as good a time as any to start that.

So off I went and I made the purchase.

And I’m deeply unimpressed with the results.

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Shrine to the Dragon God

Posted in Art, Uncategorized with tags , on May 14, 2016 by davidnm2009

It is finally finished – hurray!

I skipped a few of the more complex shadows, but as an experiment in colour and lighting, this was interesting.

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