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  1. Silent Runner

    Y: The Last Man

    Wow, what an idiot I was 11 (!) years ago. Shia is amazing and would have been perfect as Yorrick. And as much as I love to see Dublin lads getting work I can't see Barry Keoghan as Y. The rest of the cast is superb.
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    What are you reading at the moment?

    Over the weekend I read The Anomaly by Michael Rutger. This is the third name used by the writer Michael Marshall Smith. He started out as MMS and wrote some amazing sci-fi books then published a few decent thrillers as Michael Marshall and now is writing as Michael Rutger. It's the story of a YouTube guy, Nolan Moore, who investigates mysterious phenomenon - I picture the guy from the Ancient Aliens meme not Indiana Jones. And tries to uncover whatever 'secrets' he can in these sites. It goes without saying that he's a spoofer and that he's only in it for the money. But while investigating a cave in the Grand Canyon he finds something properly weird. And soon Nolan and his team are trapped and some real weird stuff is happening. This is aimed at the Clive Cussler/Dan Brown market. Chapters are short and every chapter ends on a cliff hanger. But Rutger is an excellent writer and his characters, plotting and location work are superb. The central mystery is really good and he times the reveals perfectly. Some of the twists are telegraphed but there's enough genuinely weird stuff happening to elevate this above the rest of the genre. Not as good as his sci-fi work but definitely worth a read if you're into this kind of thing. I'd read more from this series if they come appear.
  3. Silent Runner

    The Leftovers. (HBO show)

    I have the soundtrack CDs in my car. They make for pretty dramatic trips to the supermarket.
  4. Silent Runner

    The Meg - Jason Statham vs Giant Shark

    You could skip The Trench all right if it's not available as an audio book. I think some characters return in book 3 (it's a while since I've read it) but it wouldn't be hard to pick it up. From the trailer for the film it looks like there's a lot of book 2 in there.
  5. Silent Runner

    The Meg - Jason Statham vs Giant Shark

    They get much sillier and schlockier from book 2 onward. Book 2 introduces an Elon Musk-esq supervillain who randomly switches to Latin in mid-sentence for no reason. Jonas is a bit straight-laced all right.
  6. Silent Runner

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Hold the phone lads.
  7. Silent Runner

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    4. That's it. Croatia dead on their feet.
  8. Silent Runner

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Awful decision.
  9. Silent Runner

    The Meg - Jason Statham vs Giant Shark

    Same. I can't see the Stath as Jonas Taylor, I think it will be good though. The books are fab.
  10. Silent Runner

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Conte sacked by Chelsea - I'd forgotten he was still there. Sarri in next.
  11. Silent Runner

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Last night was made for Wilshire I think. Easily Englands most creative and technical midfielder, he would have thrived in that relatively slow-paced midfield. I think Southgate made a real mistake not bringing him but I understand why he didn't.
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    Barry - Bill Hader, HBO Hitman Comedy

    I watched this last week and thought it was great - got a Breaking Bad vibe from it. The plot was nicely twisty and I liked that his actions had consequences.
  13. Wasn't there also someone who completed Halo without realising that you can crouch? They had cheesed the training level on the Pillar and got past the crouch bit without noticing it - I think it was clicking the left stick so it could be done without noticing. So they never hid behind terrain or behind crates etc later on.
  14. Silent Runner

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    How many headers had they won in the 90 though. You've got to play the numbers and get to extra time.
  15. Silent Runner

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Yes Japan. Come on.
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