Real Books, Friends and Benedict Cumberbatch

No birds were injured during the writing of this post.

My reading buddy criticised me for deciding to write a new-year post. Our debate is long and uninteresting to the uniformed, so I’ll just say she was right, given the circumstances of the conversation. My argument for writing this post is simple: new year resolution about which I will write will reflect on this blog.

I decided to read only “real” books during 2015 (real books being made out of paper). I’m quite reluctant to buy Cheap Thrills and Guilty Pleasures books (although I hope some of my purchases will end up as such), so I assume there’ll be less posts about erotic fiction. I could borrow such titles in my local library, but they know my name and address, so that’s not really an option for me.

Frankly, I want to kill two birds with one stone. Wait, three birds.

Bird 1: Read more “real” books;
Bird 2: Finally read some of those books I’ve already bought;
Bird 3: Read more substantial and edifying titles (and accompanying books).

I had a great start this year. Aforementioned reading buddy struggled through snow and winds to come stay at my place. We played cards, ate too much, bought real books and played a lot of Scrabble. We’ve also had a post-New-Year karaoke party which was a blast. Not to mention that on the first day of 2015 I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy Imitation Game. A truly excellent movie.

Is there a better way to start a new year with good friends, new books, a good movie and Benedict Cumberbatch? Methinks no.


All in all, an awesome start to a, hopefully, awesome year.


Until I Desolate Your Heart

Wow. Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein is – wow. I wept, I laughed, I was appalled. But most of all, I was, and still am, amazed. By Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature. He is truly superb. I had no idea he had a role like this in him. The things he made me feel! The consistency of his acting! His Creature is vulnerable and powerful, hideous and beautiful. Jonny acts with every muscle, with every limb and follicle. I swear, his white cells are acting.

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There is a downside to Frankenstein – Frankenstein himself. The character is underwritten, which makes him grotesque when compared to the Creature. Unfortunately, it does not function as a juxtaposition to show the contrast between man and thing. I don’t know if Victor’s anorexic character is a result of Cumberbatch’s interpretation or his interpretation is the result of a poorly developed character. (Surprisingly) Benedict left no impression on me. He was good but somehow the same. However, I’d had to see the version of the play where Jonny is Victor and Benedict the Creature to come to some sort of conclusion.


The beginning of the play, the birth of the Creature, is a bit comical. Miller was grunting and crawling around the stage aimlessly in an attempt to illustrate the spark of humanity being ignited. Half-naked, 41-year-old Miller is nothing to frown upon, on the contrary, but his convulsions did not make for a good introduction. The scene with “the train” was completely superfluous and out-of-place with musical elements which, in my opinion, have no place in the play.


Despite all that, it was an amazing way to spend two hours, and if you ever get an opportunity to watch Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature, you should. It made me think about giving Elementary another go.


Sherlock – Mostly Pictures

I decided to “write” a follow up on  – Triple Holmeside – Quantitative Creativity. Searching the world wide web for Sherlock Holmes artwork, a simple fact presented itself as self-evident. The Internet People believe that Benedict Cumberbatch Is Sherlock Holmes. Enough of text, let’s make do with some pretty pictures.

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