Thero’s Recommended Reading: Jurassic Park

Since it’s been a while since I’ve posted a book recommendation and since the film, Jurassic World, is on its way, I thought now would be a good time to talk about the book that started it all, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.

The book follows a couple of paleontologists (dinosaur scientists) as they are asked to tour a new safari-like park which is home to genetically engineered dinosaurs. Despite being assured that the park is completely safe, one thing leads to another and the whole tour group soon is in peril.

I first read this when I was about thirteen years old and even though it is quite heavy in scientific terms, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The book has the right balance of action and scientific theory; with the plot pacing spot on. The group of characters are varied and well developed. I find I tend to pick this book up every few years and each time, I love reading it. I also find that it doesn’t take me long to read it, despite the length of the book itself.

So if you like dinosaurs, science gone wrong or just want to see where the franchise started, I recommend you read this book!

Please note: Thero excavated this image from www.goodreads.com.

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MCM Comic Con!

On Saturday I went to my first ever Comic Con in London! As I’ve never been to a convention before I didn’t know what to expect, but I went away from the day loving every minute of it (and a purse that felt slightly lighter…). My highlights of the day were seeing the incredible cosplay costumes, being able to play a demo of Lego Jurassic World and being able to get a plush Happy from Fairy Tail!

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Since this was my first convention, I have a learnt a number of things which will help me the next time I go. And in no particular order they are:

  1. Priority tickets are worth the price. The couple of hours you get allows you to scout out the place and  gives you a chance to check out the more popular displays ahead of the crowd.
  2. Programme guides are vital. This should have been an obvious one, but we didn’t pick ours up until a couple hours into the convention, which means we missed out on some the panels and displays. Plus it had a really handy map.
  3. Be aware that some things will be incredibly popular. We were glad we had a go on the Lego Jurassic World demo when we did, as later on the area was packed.
  4. Some sellers sell the same thing. There were a lot of sellers selling items like Funko Pop figures, so make sure to shop around and get the best price.
  5. And finally, the convention centre gets really, really hot, so make sure you don’t dress for winter and bring/buy plenty of water.

I definitely would recommend going to Comic Con and I would certainly go again. If you missed the MCM Comic Con in London this time, it will be back in October so keep an eye on the website: http://www.mcmcomiccon.com/london/

Oh, I Just Can’t Wait…

To tell you where I’ve been!

Wow. That was way more corny on screen that it was in my head… Anyways, this is just a really quick post, since I’m still hyped about yesterday. Hyped about what? I hear the voices in my head say. Well, I went to London with a friend of mine and we saw the Lion King in the West End (I an hear the groans now, as someone gets the title of this post…).

And let me cut right to the chase, it was completely worth it. To be honest, I don’t think I could really do the musical justice but let me say, if you love the Lion King or musicals in general, you really should see this show. I can’t really fault the show at all, the costumes were amazing; the additional songs fit in with the ones taken from the film and the adaptation of the scenes from film were incredible (seriously the stampede scene was really well done). Like I said before, the Lion King surpassed my expectations and I left the theatre feeling very nostalgic.

OK, I can see this post sounds very gushy and perhaps a little bit hyper but you know what? Hakuna Matata. 🙂

Thero’s Recommended Reading: Ready Player One

So I haven’t posted in a little while (I know I’m a terrible, terrible person) so I thought I’d write a brief post about a book I’ve recently read. It’s called Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. 

It’s set in the future, where almost everyone spends their time on the MMO, Oasis. When Oasis’ creator dies, his will states that whoever completes all three tasks hidden in Oasis will inherit his fortune and company. You follow Parzival, Aech and Art3mis as they race against other players and company Innovative Online Industries (because there has to be an evil corporation) to complete the tasks.

When reading the book, I got an Indiana Jones vibe from the book (the whole race against time, under dog versus a far more well-funded opponent etc.) combine this with the geeky and video game references. Overall, I found the book an easy read, that will leave you with urge to delve into some 80s geeky fun.

Note: The book cover was taken from the website http://www.goodreads.com.