Friday Favourites: Thing We Read and Watched in August
By The Hodderscape Team
Posted on August 29, 2014 in Books, Film, Friday Favourites, Television with tags Fantasy, Planet of the Apes
Here are three things that kept (a slightly depleted!) team Hodderscape entertained in the sunny month of August.
I’ve been a big fan of Paul Cornell ever since his Doctor Who novels including Love and War and Human Nature were among the stand-out classics of the 1990s New Adventures line, and he’s gone on to write many, many fun things, including a great run of Captain Britain & MI13. So why did it take me so long to get round to reading London Falling, the first in his Shadow Police urban fantasy/crime series? I’ve no excuse, since it’s a cracking read – dark, pacy and gripping. A team of London police officers gain the Sight, revealing to them London’s occult criminal underworld, and have to discover the rules of this new world to stop a serial killer with supernatural powers and obsession with West Ham football club.
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
This book is deeply creepy. I don’t want give much away, but in short: four scientists go on an expedition to Area X. Their mission: to map the area and gather samples. Things don’t quite go to plan.
The team know very little about each other, and, it transpires, even less about Area X. They are being controlled and influenced not only by the powers that sent them, but by the forces, whatever it or they are, that inhabit Area X.
Imagine H.P Lovecraft penning an episode of the X-Files. That almost touches upon this wonderfully uncanny novel.
This month the favourite thing I’ve watched is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I really loved The Rise of the Planet of the Apes and 2014’s Ape epic is set 10 Years after when a disease has spread around the globe wiping out large chunks of humanity. The Apes are now living in the hills behind San Francisco having simultaneously started and survived the disease. I’m not even sure if the film was really that good but in 3-D, I was blown away by the special effects and just how real the apes looked. I have to admit I also found it quite scary but then I am a complete wimp. My favourite moment is when a particularly evil Ape, Koba, charges towards the human survivors on a horse, wielding a machine gun. It was a completely ridiculous moment but also pretty amazing!