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Recently, Seren was invited to attend a performance of Peter Pan on ice at the local theatre, Venue Cymru. As an occasional writer for the paper, I jumped at the chance to be the one to go and review the show – I absolutely love the story of Peter Pan and what could be more magical than telling that story on ice. I managed to convince one of my colleagues to attend with me, partly for a second opinion but also because I had a strong suspicion that I might be sobbing during the performance and a girl cannot be…

The Maze Runner by James Dashner is fantastic for fans of The Hunger Games. Don’t be put off by its “Young Adult” status it is a great read for adults as well as teenagers. It is set in a dystopia called “The Glade.” Its residents, the Gladers, are all teenaged boys, all of whom have had their memory wiped and all they can remember about themselves is their first name. This is true for protagonist Thomas. The Glade, which resides in the middle of a gigantic maze, appears to be their only means of escape and is guarded by half-robot-half-creature…

As it’s sunny in New York at this time of year, members of the four year old Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society have been stripping off everywhere they can; the group want to celebrate good books and sunny days and enjoy both as long as the law lets them. It’s not clear what connects reading and being topless but these women are evidently having a lot of fun proving there is one. Founder A. Andrews said that, ‘four summers ago, my best friend and I were talking about the law in New York that says women are free…

When it first surfaced that Amy Hennig had left Naughty Dog, earlier this month, I couldn’t quite believe it. My favourite writer, of my favourite game leaving my favourite games company. It was upsetting news, certainly with Uncharted 4 on the horizon; what was to be the future of Nathan Drake? And then came the rumours that Amy had been forced out by fellow Naughty Dog directors, and duo behind the Last of Us, Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann. Naughty Dog has of course denied the rumours with co-Presidents, Evan Wells and Christoph Balestra, releasing a statement which wishes Amy…

We’ve come a long way since the events of The Avengers. We’ve seen the effects the Battle of New York have had on billionaire superhero Tony Stark and we’ve seen the God of Thunder, Thor, try to forgive his tyrant brother Loki for his actions. This April, however, it’s time for the First Avenger to step up and defend his newfound home from yet another threat. The Winter Soldier marks Chris Evan’s third (technically fourth) outing in that star-spangled suit and the Cap’s second solo movie. The movie is set for release on 4th April and follows Steve Rogers’ struggle…

From the release of the original Metal Gear over 25 years ago, the Metal Gear series has enthralled gamers worldwide – and once it evolved into 3D form and landed on the original PlayStation in 1998, the series led a new generation gamers through a vast and often confusing universe of twists, turns and lengthy, pontificating cutscenes. 2008’s Metal Gear Solid 4, however, represented the end point for the series…or so we thought. After a decent-but-not-great hack-and-slash spin-off (Metal Gear Rising), and a reasonably good PSP title (Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker), the twisted genius of series creator Hideo Kojima…

You were here last year playing in Bangor in PJ Hall. How do you enjoy being in Bangor, and what’s it like as a venue? It’s a big venue and it has it’s own characteristics soundwise because of that. It’s always interesting do a sound check but people come in and change the sound. It has such great character, with all that wood and it’s beautiful, and nice people run it. But more than that I’ve spent a lot of time in Bangor myself, having fun and I have friends living here, so I do love coming back to Bangor.…

Amazon have recently introduced a new project to their already full repertoire. They gave us the Kindle which helped us read on the go, keeping all our favourite books in one handy place, ready at the touch of a button. Love Film lets us watch what we want when we want including Blu-Rays, DVDs and Games through the post. Amazon Prime offers free two day delivery while Amazon Art deals in all the rare and limited edition works of art from selected galleries. With all these fingers in pies, you would think that Amazon could rest on their laurels and…

The release of the Playstation 4 in the UK and Ireland (29th Nov) came a full two weeks after it broke day one sales in North America, with over one million units sold in 24 hours. In a world now dominated by smart phones and cheap apps, some have been quick to preach the oncoming death of the console. Whilst Microsoft have made clear their ultimate goal in creating a machine that will function as the central entertainment hub of the living room; Sony has held to its early message, this one is for the ‘gamers’. The general consensus is that…

Microsoft’s new addition to the console market is not quite what it seems at first. Its no coincidence that when the first announcement of the Xbox One from Microsoft there was little to no mention of it as a game console. The focus was more upon it as a home DVR unit. The defining factor of the console is a minor convenience feature. The Xbox One attempts to be the focus of the living room, putting everyone of your electronics through it. Its as if Microsoft has realised that they cannot compete with Sony and Nintendo for the Japanese market,…

At over 1200 years old and after saving the world countless times, it’s not surprising that the Doctor has a huge collection of friends and fans, and last month we all got together to celebrate his 50th anniversary in one blockbuster of an episode. The buildup was spectacular, the aftermath remarkable but what about the episode? After months of speculation and waiting, did Steven Moffat’s ‘The Day of the Doctor’ give Earth’s greatest hero the birthday he deserved? When those now famous time vortex titles first hit the screen in 1963 it marked the beginning of a new era: William Hartnell’s…

Award-winning novelist Joanna Trollope has created a storm in the literary world by stating that children are getting little moral guidance from fantasy novels and should instead read only classic novels. Trollope stated in The Sunday Times that she wanted to see nineteenth century authors like Jane Austen and George Eliot being taught in the classroom; that we should get books that would give children a stronger sense of guidance back on bestseller lists. Reading Science Fiction and Fantasy novels like The Hunger Games and Twilight means that children are “missing out on an enormous amount,” according to Trollope. “Although…

Ever since the influx of new cast members, online forums have insisted that Glee was going downhill fast.  It now seems that the series will finally draw to a close at the end of series 6, with director and show-runner Ryan Murphy announcing the news on the 16th of this month. He also revealed he had planned the last season around Finn and Rachel’s storyline, with the whole show ending with them. The sudden death of leading man Cory Monteith back in July means he has to rethink the series: “I knew what the last shot was — he was in…

In conjunction with our theme of “Rewrites and Adaptations”, my Book of the Month for October is C.S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces. The novel is an adaptation of the tale of Cupid and Psyche from Metamorphosis. In the original, Psyche is the youngest and most beautiful daughter of a mortal King. Her beauty and kindness enamours the people who quickly begin to worship her; much to the anger of the Goddess of Love, Venus. As punishment Venus bids her son Cupid to shoot Psyche with one of his arrows making her fall in love with a monster. Instead, when he first…

WILL WE BE BEWITCHED, BODY AND SOUL? by Nicola Hoban Book lovers around the world are preparing themselves as a much-loved classical series is being taken and transformed from its nineteenth century form into the prose of the twenty-first century. The Austen Project set out to pair six contemporary authors with the six Jane Austen novels: Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion and Mansfield Park. The aim of each novelist is to take their assigned tale and, following the basis of the plot, put a new spin on it and make it unique in a modern…

When Jordan McKee first turned up on our screens we were unsure what to think of her. She had a trouble that meant anyone she touched would writhe in pain and quite frankly, with her being a member of the mysterious Guard, that was quite a terrifying prospect. It wasn’t long before Jordan won the fandom over, she was tragic and she was brilliantly played by actress Kate Kelton. Now in season four it looks as though we’re about to see a whole other side to the troubled spitfire in leather.  This week Seren’s LJ caught up with Kate to…

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