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TV Review: Doctor Who – Series 12 and the Timeless Child arc

SPOILERS AHEAD! Doctor Who Series 12 has come to an end after an all-too-brief 10 episodes and it's been a mixed bag. I was super-underwhelmed by the opening two-parter, Spyfall, which had 45 minutes' worth of story drawn out into two 60-minute episodes. And new aliens the Kasaavin (which, uninterestingly, just looked like shining humanoids… Continue reading TV Review: Doctor Who – Series 12 and the Timeless Child arc

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TV Review: Netflix’s The Stranger – not a good example of a conspiracy thriller, frankly

I really thought this was gonna be a good'un. The trailers made it look great. And for the first few episodes, it was genuinely compelling, with lots of plotlines you expect to come together. Until they don't. The fact that new Netflix show The Stranger was billed as a conspiracy thriller made me assume something… Continue reading TV Review: Netflix’s The Stranger – not a good example of a conspiracy thriller, frankly

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The Game of Thrones finale and why everybody needs to stop whining

It’s possible that the Game of Thrones finale has been more divisive than Brexit and that fluffy orange turd currently running America. The way I see it, the whiners who hated the ending and have been petitioning HBO to remake Season 8 boil down to two groups: People who don’t like what happened (Daenerys losing… Continue reading The Game of Thrones finale and why everybody needs to stop whining

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Everyone’s wrong! My thoughts on Game of Thrones’ final season (so far)

Crikey. Season 8 of Game of Thrones is sure taking a battering. Fans are slating it. Critics are slating it. For a show that once earned almost universal acclaim, things have taken an unexpected turn. Is all this criticism deserved? Frankly, no. I’m not going to talk about how incredible the acting and special effects… Continue reading Everyone’s wrong! My thoughts on Game of Thrones’ final season (so far)

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Hey 2019. The year Game of Thrones and Star Wars end. And…

... Million Eyes begins! Yes, yes, yes, I totally realise that I’m making it sound like my forthcoming conspiracy thriller novel Million Eyes is going to be the next BIG thing. I’m under no illusions how unlikely and pipe dreamy that is. I’m confident that a lot of people will enjoy Million Eyes given the subject… Continue reading Hey 2019. The year Game of Thrones and Star Wars end. And…

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TV Review – Fearless Season 1 – everything Paranoid wasn’t

This six-part 2017 British TV series is everything a good conspiracy thriller should be. And it’s everything 2016’s Paranoid was not. SPOILERS AHEAD FOR FEARLESS SEASON 1 Paranoid felt like it was written by a five-year-old with a big book of conspiracy clichés close at hand. Risible characters, panto performances, juvenile—sometimes nonsensical—dialogue, and a plot… Continue reading TV Review – Fearless Season 1 – everything Paranoid wasn’t

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Movie Review – Zootropolis – Disney’s first conspiracy thriller

Warning: this review contains spoilers the size of elephants. 2016’s Zootropolis is the first animated conspiracy thriller to come out of the Mouse House. It’s been called a “conspiracy thriller for children”, but as we all know, most Disney films hold just as much appeal for adults as they do little’uns, if not more. What… Continue reading Movie Review – Zootropolis – Disney’s first conspiracy thriller

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TV Review: Designated Survivor — Season 1

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a TV series so gripping that I just couldn’t turn it off. The sort of series that, when you start catching up, you panic that you’re going to run out of episodes, and you’re not entirely sure what you’re going to do with your life after you do.… Continue reading TV Review: Designated Survivor — Season 1

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Book Review – “The King’s Deception” by Steve Berry

The King’s Deception is a Dan Brown-esque conspiracy thriller that centres on one of British history’s most intriguing political conspiracy theories. FULL SPOILERS AHEAD... There are two reasons why I wanted to read The King’s Deception. 1. Because of its parallels with Million Eyes, my own forthcoming conspiracy thriller with historic British conspiracy theories at… Continue reading Book Review – “The King’s Deception” by Steve Berry

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TV Review: Paranoid – a terrific example of how NOT to do a conspiracy thriller

In an extra blog for this week, I’m reviewing the first three episodes of new ITV conspiracy thriller Paranoid. Why I’m choosing to review the series at this point will become clear. Spoilers ahead. I’m not going to mince words. Britain’s televisual output is pants. Apart from some comedy gems and one decent sci-fi series,… Continue reading TV Review: Paranoid – a terrific example of how NOT to do a conspiracy thriller

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Book Review – Library of the Dead by Glenn Cooper

So this week’s blog was supposed to be a little look into Amelia Earhart’s disappearance, but due to unscheduled busyness, I’m putting that back to next week. Instead I’m reviewing a conspiracy thriller novel I recently finished — Glenn Cooper’s Library of the Dead. FULL SPOILERS AHEAD... Will Piper is an FBI agent and serial… Continue reading Book Review – Library of the Dead by Glenn Cooper

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Book Review – Deception Point by Dan Brown

My extra blog for this week looks at Dan Brown’s 2001 novel, Deception Point, one of his few non-Robert Langdon tales. Full spoilers for Deception Point ahead… Deception Point is about a government intelligence analyst called Rachel Sexton who is summoned by the President to help on a NASA discovery of enormous magnitude. We learn that NASA… Continue reading Book Review – Deception Point by Dan Brown