TV: BBC Horrible Histories Series 1-5 DVD Box Set (UK Edition)

“The best thing since cave-men!”


Studio: BBC

Genre: Comedy, Historical, Age: 5+

Released: October 2013  (UK version)

Horrible Histories, for those that don’t know, are an insanely popular series of factual-comedic books made for children. They are pretty old, considering I read them in school, and are filled with facts that seem ridiculous, but are actually true. There have been many productions based off the books, from broadway shows, to animated series, but the 2009 series is easily the best one, being made for all age groups, not just children.

The whole box set is around 30 hours long, and includes all episodes from the five series. The first 12 episodes of each series has sketches, fake historical ads, historical parodies of modern-day reality and chat shows, songs, and quizes. Episode 13, the last of every series, has a compilation of the best songs from the series, and a few extended sketches.

The series groups ancient and modern history into categories titled like Rotten Romans, Awful Egyptians, and Terrible Tudors. Although the show starts off with mainly British related history, it does branch out into significant American and some European history.

Each member of the main cast plays a plethora of characters. As time grows on, you can immediately recognise them and their acting style, and the familiarity makes the comedy even more hilarious.


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I personally find it impossible to pick a favourite person from the cast, because even when they are not in the starring role, they bring a lot of charm and charisma to the sketch, and are great in their supporting roles.

Each cast member has plays many characters, but my favourite roles are Jim’s Shouty Man, Matt’s King Charles II of England, Simon’s Robert Dudley, Martha’s Queen Elizabeth I of England, Larry’s Bob Hale, and Ben’s King Henry VIII of England.

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News: Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive Book 2) Release Date

“Of Extreme OCD-ness”


Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Age: YA+

Released: 6th March 2014 (UK version)

Following up on my post from eons ago, a lot of little details have appeared for the next book in the Stormlight Archive series. The release date for the UK version has also changed, and is now in March 2014. Pre-orders are being taken at all the usual places, (Amazon, Waterstones, etc) and this book is guaranteed to hit bestsellers’ lists all over the world.

However, in my usual infuriating way, I am refusing to pre-order this book, because… it isn’t the same size as the other books in the series. For some reason, newly released hardbacks and paperbacks are much larger than the paperbacks issued after the first year. (I’m not sure if this a UK-only issue, or not).

It is very obsessive compulsive, but I want to have an uniform collection, and since I only have the smaller paperback version of The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive Book 1), then the rest of the series will have to follow suit.

The few details that I have allowed myself about this book is that it is about Shallan, and there are  some new characters for the interludes.  For the rest, I have covered my ears, and  sang loudly so no spoilers will come to me.

As usual the UK version of Brandon Sanderson’s books have covers by Sam Green. I absolutely adore his art style.

Words of Radiance is available for Pre-order at £20.00 for the Hardback edition.

Book: Legion Review

“Around the world. With Me, Myself, and I…”

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Drama, Age: YA+

Released: 31st August 2012 (UK version)

Secrets of time should remain secret. One scientist doesn’t think so.

Balubal Razon creates a camera that can take images of the past in the exact location they are taken. Then he goes missing…

Stephen Leeds is a critical genius, whose hallucinations are various people. Intrigued by the prospect of following up the missing camera, he travels with government agent Monica to find out the truth about the camera.

Warning! Contains Spoilers!


Purchased: Legion

“This had better be worth it…”

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Drama, Age: YA+

Released: 31st August 2012 (UK version)

A short novella by my favourite author, published by small company, and imported into UK at an exorbitant cost.

After being used to Brandon Sanderson’s 600+ pages novels, it’s a shock to be holding this tiny 88 page story, despite the hardback cover.

I was intrigued by the promise of a new magic system (well it’s a mental condition), and a different plot to what I’ve read from him before.  Definitely looking forward to reading this, as well his other books.


News: Stormlight Archive Book 2 Estimated Release Date

“Pre-order a fictional book…”

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Age: YA+

Released: 21st November 2013 (UK version)

Now that Brandon Sanderson’s work with the Wheel of Time series is complete, it’s an exciting wait to see what he does with his own epic fantasy series.

I’ve been fanatical about the Stormlight Archive series ever since the the first book, The Way of Kings, blew me away. The scope of the book was magnificent.


News: Alcatraz Omnibus Release Date

“This book carries a secret…”

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure, Age: Children’s+

Released: 20th September 2012 (UK version)

Being a big fan of Brandon Sanderson’s work, it’s always irked me that his Alcatraz books weren’t released in the UK. Instead, they were imported from the US, at an exorbitant cost.

Just when I’m about to shell out for the Alcatraz books, I spot a pre-order notice for the UK Alcatraz Omnibus


News: Emperor’s Soul Release Date

“Thief but with a Sanderson twist…”

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Age: YA+

Released: 1st November 2012 (UK version)

Brandon Sanderson ensures that magic is kept alive with this short novella. It features a completely new character, albeit one with an interesting magic ability. From the blurb, I’m somehow heavily reminded of Warbreaker.


News: Dodger Release Date

“He always comes up smelling of roses…”

Author: Terry Pratchett

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Age: YA+

Released: 13th September 2012 (UK version)

I’m enjoying Good Omens very much at the moment. I’m only halfway through the book and yet it feels like one of the meatier books that I’ve read in a while.

I’m so entranced by Good Omens that I want to start reading more of Terry Pratchett’s work. I’ve always eyed Colour of Magic, but the sheer scape of the Discworld Novels has put me off. This time, I think I’ll pick a new book and hope that it doesn’t let me down.


Fun: Sailor Moon Opening and Rainy Day Man Song

“Fighting evil by moonlight…”

There are a lot of series that you remember forever, no matter how bad the animation and dub was. Sailor Moon will always be remembered, even though I can’t sit through an episode anymore. It’ just too episodic and repetitive, even when the arcs are moving forwards.

On the plus side, the opening song is still amazing:


Currently Reading: Good Omens

“Pratchett and Gaiman = Heaven and Hell?”

Author: Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Drama, Age: Adult

Released: 23rd May 1991 (UK version)

I haven’t give up on The Great Hunt, I’m still reading that. This book was lent to me by a friend, so I feel like I have more of a deadline to finish this. I hate taking books away from their owners..


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