Friday Favourites: things of 2013

By The Hodderscape Team

Posted on December 27, 2013 in Books, Film, Friday Favourites, Fun Stuff, Television with tags Sarah Lotz

2013 is almost drawing to a close. We’ve had a blast. There’s lots to look forward to in the New Year, but we’re taking a moment to look back and picking out our 5 favourite things of 2013:



– Reconnecting with A Song of Ice and Fire after nearly twenty years. The box set of the first two TV series was a heady pleasure.
The Desolation of Smaug. At last the Jackson/Tolkien franchise departs almost totally from the primary source. My brain was almost as benumbed as my bum after 2 hours and 40 minutes of it, but in a good way…
Gravity. Have raved enough about this in my blog piece
Events … all such fun. The Kitschies’ Lauren Beukes, Warren Ellis and Ben Percy event at the Brixton Ritzy. Particularly liked (shameless author plug) Ben (aka Mr Growly) reading from Red Moon.
Conventions … funsome times again! Another highlight: Anne moderating a hilarious ‘Heroes and Villains in Fantasy’ panel at Nine Worlds (drowned out a Doctor Who panel next door, that did).



– Favorite time-waster: Avengers Alliance. Yes, it’s a Facebook game. But it’s one I’ve played continuously all year (rather than for 3 days and then deleted, like every other Facebook game). It’s the kind of low-impact game I like; a little strategy, a little competition, and no dying. Also, Magneto.
– Favorite just-discovered classic: Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking series. I’m ashamed to say I hadn’t read this phenomenal trilogy before 2013. Partially that’s because I’d already read A Monster Calls and it had decimated me emotionally; I was worried the Chaos books would, too. They did. But they are so terrific – much like A Monster Calls – that I forgive them. I forgive them everything.
– Favorite adorable stick-figure Egyptian god: Inonibird’s Set. Set: he’s the god of tacos!
– Favorite new skill: I can now make these incredible paper snowflake things. They’re much easier than they look!
– Favorite dragon: Smaug, obviously.



– Book: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson: so good it made a five-hour delay at an airport almost enjoyable.
– This freaking awesome cover of Macklemore’s Thrift Shop by Penatonix:

– The film of Catching Fire – a triumph of a sequel which is (dare I say it?) better than the book. I cried. Several times.
– Orange is the New Black – the Netflix original TV series to which I lost a week and a half of my life earlier this year. Counting down the days until season 2.
– Nashville (the TV series, not the city). Who knew a show about country music could be this incredible? Special shout-out to the amazing Lennon and Maisy Stella.


– Sinister, slightly saucy and incredibly slick, The Returned was a much-appreciated export from our croissant-munching friends across the Channel.
 A Field In England: a bizarre film following Civil War deserters, hidden treasures and possibly the devil. The cinematography is also the coolest:
– The doge meme. The greatest meme of this year, and a historic moment for dogs. (Cats still win the internet though)
– I wasn’t around when Peter Murphy first slinked onto the stage and sang the goth anthem ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’, but I enjoyed seeing him do so this year. There’s life in the old goth yet and I hope I can pull off leather trousers when I’m 56.
American Horror Story: Coven surpassed all my expectations. Lots of black clothes. Lots of Jessica Lange. Lots of creative violence. Lots of fun.



Catching Fire film: I was waiting a long time for this film to come out and it did not disappoint.
Starbucks Christmas coffee – Toffee. Nut. Latte. 3 great words, 1 great drink
– I loved reading The Three by Sarah Lotz, extremely scary at points and a book that really makes you think!
The summer heat wave: SUN, what’s not to love!
– This year I fell in love with Game of Thrones, managed to watch 2 full series in 2 weeks, I can’t wait for the new series to come out in March.




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