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Dead Reckoning is Charlaine Harris’ 11th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series; the series which lends itself to the basis of the American TV show, True Blood. Although linked by character’s names, the TV show and book series have very little in common; if you didn’t like the TV show, but still want to add a bit of supernatural fantasy to your life, this is a really good series to peruse. Previous reviews have not been favourable to Dead Reckoning; the plot is slower and calmer than we’ve been used to in the last five or so books, and this…

You will never forget the first time you see a live band as brilliant and unique as The Destroyers, for me it was in a small, wet tent at Glastonbury festival, but for many Bangor residents last week it was in the University’s very own Powis Hall. The 15-piece jazz/gypsy/folk ensemble, in association with Racubah, electrified the hall on 3rd Feb with their huge selection of instruments, ranging from fiddles to trumpets to a hurdy gurdy. Usually host to exams and seminars, Powis made for a surprisingly lively venue, though this group of characters would have that effect on you…

If you head over to the travel section you’ll find an article on my recent trip to Palestine. In the week I spent there, I was also reading a book by Simon Sebag Montefiore called Jerusalem: A Biography. This particularly weighty tome coloured all of my experiences during my time there and has changed my entire outlook on the situation. The book explores the full seven thousand years of history of the city and each chapter looks at the particular dynasty or regime that controlled the area at different times. This way of telling the story of Jerusalem allows Montefiore…

It’s no secret amongst the Seren team that I love Madonna. I wish I could tell you why but I can’t; I just love her. So when Joey, our Music Editor, asked me to write a little about her I couldn’t possibly say no. This year Madonna is back! Her upcoming album, aptly named MDNA, is currently number one on the iTunes pre-order chart which, for someone her age, is pretty impressive. Madonna recently released the first single from her album. ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’ (don’t even get me started on the spelling) is a tackfest from the off;…

There aren’t many better ways to start your long awaited third album than with a terrifying metaphor about how capitalism is about to crash around us. Enter Shikari don’t pull a single punch on this album, and in a time when many music fans are crying out for a mainstream band to go political, nor should they. ‘Gandhi Mate, Gandhi’ is contains a spectacular rant from the lead singer Rou, and is possibly one of the most incisive political commentaries you’ll see from a band all year. The band take aim at many subjects, from the Israelis dropping phosphorous bombs…

These days its difficult to remember that there actually is an awards season. What with the multitude of different weekly TV magazines we have, that all seem to have their own pointless ceremony. All of this, though, is beside the point because with the impending 84th Academy Awards we can safely say it really is awards season. The Academy Awards, or as they are more commonly known ‘the Oscars’, are generally seen as the most prestigious awards in Hollywood. Winning an Oscar is what most actors, actresses, directors and filmmakers in general dream of. Winning an Oscar, for lack of…

Sherlock was amazing, literally amazing! (Only mild spoilers from episodes 1 and 2) Episode 1: A Scandal in Belgravia This episode started off in a most bizarre way; it answers the cliff-hanger at the end of Series 1 where Moriaty, Sherlock and Watson are left at a stand-off. The rest of the episode concerns the investigation of one Irene Adler. What is needed now is a counter argument to the anti-feminist judgment. It is true that in the book Irene Adler is the only person who ever beats Sherlock Holmes, because she is genuinely more clever than he is; where…

“New Girl” see’s the arrival of Jess (Zooey Deschanel). Desperate, lonely and newly found single Jess is on the hunt for a new apartment with a fresh start. This is how she meets Nick (Jake Johnson), Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Winston (Lamorne Morris). We also meet Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.) briefly in the pilot however after Winston comes home and he moves out. On the other hand Jess’s best friend, model and all around gorgeous girl Cece (Hannah Simone) is in and out of episodes throughout the series and promises to add something juicy and interesting to the story line.…

Skins is a flamboyant drug and sex fuelled teenage drama, full of vivacious characterisation showing an often over exaggerated and outlandish depiction of college life in Bristol. Now back for a 6th series of digital channel E4 Skins has often remained controversial whilst providing an entertaining platform tackling what are in reality serious issues. Despite there often being claims that Skins glamorises drugs and alcohol, it could be argued that this isn’t necessarily the case. Whilst a lot of story lines may have substance abuse as a focal point series 3 saw long term drug user Effy sectioned. Over the…

In the 90’s we had the best television. Its official, if you pick a T.V guide now the amount television for Kids on BBC or ITV has declined.  All their shows have been pushed over to the satellite channels exclusively for kids like CBBC or CBeebies.  In 2004, ITV stopped commissioning kids T.V altogether, after a well meaning Jamie Oliver, started his campaign to improve school dinners.  He went to Downing Street and the government gave their support.  Under public pressure, the broadcasting regulator, Ofcom banned all junk food advertising in the children’s T.V schedule.  This has drastic effects, it…

The Descendants is the latest book to be given the Hollywood treatment.  Written by Kaui Hart Hemmings, the book was released in 2008 and the film was released in cinemas in early 2012. The film has received critical acclaim and has already won two Golden Globes for Best Picture – Drama and Best Actor – Drama. The film has gone on to be nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. It is likely that after the February 26th award ceremony, The Descendants will be the proud owner of even more awards. The Descendants…

This year will see a feminist surge of films where girls finally take the main role. We have had role models such as Hermione Granger, but the story was all about Harry. The only films in the past few years, that have been centred around women are – dare I say it – Twilight and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, even then Lisbeth was helping Mikael, it was how he was ultimately going to solve the case.  In the next few months we’ll see films with a heroine that saves herself, and in most cases, others too.  2012 will…

A breakthrough in CGI Animation, ‘Toy Story’ is as entertaining as it is innovative. Anticipation has swirled around Walt Disney’s latest release, ‘Toy Story’, for a long time prior to its debut in cinemas.  Not only is it Pixar’s first full length feature film, but also the first to be created entirely from CGI Animation.  However, despite the magnificence of its technological advances, it is the other elements of the film that make it truly special. The story follows the life of Woody, a pull-string cowboy doll voiced by Tom Hanks (Sleepless in Seattle, Forrest Gump).  Alongside the fellow toys,…

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