Author: Mondyboy

New Housemate

On the same day I was offered the job at Vic Roads, my new housemate Ori N Shiffrin Esq moved in. I have a pretty large book collection, but with Ori in the house – my God… we’re a f*&king library at the moment. And then there’s all of Ori’s juicy DVDs. Things I’ve wanted to buy, but never got around to, are now sitting a foot away from me in my apartement. So many hours to idle away. Oh yeah BABY! And Ori’s a good guy to have around. He’s an SF nutjob like me, reads the same sort of crap I do, and lives with the fact that I’m a Doctor Who fanatic. And we talk and talk and talk about all that cool SF shit. If only Ori was a girl....

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New Job

Well, after six years and three months, I’m finally leaving Cubit Media Research. At the moment I’ve been offered temp work at Vic Roads (which looks after licenses, and testing and that sort of thing). I’ll be working in the Bookstore and in the Library doing database stuff. Not the most glamorous job in the world, but I’ve already visited my new workplace and the people seem very nice and there’s already talk of fulltime work. Which is cool. In the meantime, the 25 hours a week will pay the bills. And the job also gives me plenty of time to look for other – better paid – work. And who knows, I might like working for Vic Roads and if I get the opportunity for full time work I might stay on. It’s all a mystery. And quite exciting really. I start Tuesday. Me and the Cubit posse are getting drunk Monday. Should be...

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Books and Movies

It’s late, I’m going to bed, but before I do I wanted to mention the following. People, if you haven’t already, please go and buy The Time Travellers Wife by Audery Niffeneger. Aside from the cool sounding surname – “My God, is that a Niffenefer I see before me” – this is one of the best novels I’ve read period. It’s heart warming and thrilling and sad and happy and brilliant and clever and so on and so forth. So put down your Da Vinci Code and buy this book. Do it NOW! before I come over to your house and steal your fridge magnets. And if any killjoy out there tells you it’s okay, “but I’ve seen it done far better in some science fiction novel in the 50s by a dead guy who you’ve never hard of but was once nominated for a Hugo and possibly lived in a small seedy apartment in New York where other hack science fiction authors would come and drink his tea, steal his booze and have sex on his couch,” well you can go tell them to f&^%k off. The Time Travellers Wife is the real deal and you won’t regret reading it. And, just so I totally murder any credibility I had as a purveyor of all things good… I really, really liked Constantine. I think I’m in a minority....

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So what’s this about new Doctor Who…

As you all probably know (or don’t know), the first episode of the new Doctor Who series was leaked on the Web a couple of days ago. Now, thousands of fans have watched the episode and the reviews are coming thick and fast. And you know what people are discovering, that the show (or at least the first episode) doesn’t meet the impossibly high expectations they set. Here’s my thing. As fans we want to love, love, love the show. But as fans we can’t help but slice and dice the show as well. When the TV Movie came out, I watched it with wide eyed fascination. It was new Doctor Who for seven years, and while bits of my brain were telling other bits of my brain that the story wasn’t very good, the child inside me didn’t care. Because this was the show I loved, and here I was, all alone in my parents living room, watching it for the first time since 1990. And for all its flaws (and there were many) it was still a wonderous sight to behold. Of course, a few weeks later, when the buzz had settled I examined the TV Movie more closely and I started to pick at the loose shambling thing masquerading as a plot. And now, years later, I think TV Movie is an okay piece of entertainment...

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I’m back and it’s about bloody time

Okay, I have a cold. My nose is all snotty, my ears hurt and I’m dribbling (nothing to do with the cold, I’ve just got drool problems – so shut up!!!!). Despite all this, I’d like to tell you people how much fun I had at the recent Gallifrey convention. The people I met. The things I saw. The alcohol I drunk. It was so much bloody fun. Los Angeles is not my favourite place in the world, but it doesn’t matter when you’re spending so many great people. You had Steve and Sue (Steve with his baldness and his disgusting language… horrible, horrible man and Sue with her beauty and her gorgeous smile). Then there was Shel (HI SHEL!!!) and Taza (with his youthful features and his ever present grin and his postive attitude) and Jon and Douggie (what great people, hopefully English cricket will do Jon proud by not losing in a clean sweep against Australia). Oh, and there were so many more people. Andrew (stop trying to kiss me you hunky man) and Mr Treacle (all deep and meaningful) and Eva (best screwdrivers EVER!) and Ash (best insults EVER!) and Karen (best everything EVER!) and Zoe (oh you are soooooo cute). And Keith (this man knows his genre TV) and the DWIN boys (Greg… you stud you, you should be a male model and Graeme –...

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  • My review of The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott (Farrar Straus and Giroux) https://t.co/9TfBpgRpSc
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