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Other: FunkoPop!

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1cbd_funko_pop_ghostbustersThis is a slightly different, and shorter, recommendation today, but I want to talk about FunkoPop! Figures.

Funko is an American company which was founded in 1998 to make pop-culture toys. They make a huge range of varying figures of many different characters from pop-culture over the years such as Ghostbusters, Batman comics, The Walking Dead, Zelda, Ace Ventura, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Chucky, Elvis, 517Lo5E2uGL._SX300_Doctor Who, Back to the Future, Toy Story, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Monsters Inc.… There are so many from all sorts of TV shows, games, films and even some celebrities.

I’ve been interested in these figures for a little while now ever since I’ve seen them featured in many YouTubers’ videos and also at my local HMV store. The reason why I’ve been looking on the internet for them recently is because I’m hoping to finally buy one of these figures for my birthday, as a small treat to myself I suppose.Funko-POP-Disney-Sally-Vinyl-Figure

Some of the ones I want are: Groot (From Guardians of the Galaxy), Robin (Batman and Robin), Bernadette (The Big Bang Theory), Jack Burton (Big Trouble in Little China), Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Pooh (Winnie the Pooh) and Elsa (Frozen). During writing this post, I have even found a range of Johnny Depp characters that I would also like such as Captain Jack (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Edward Scissorhands.

Places where I have found to buy them online are: www.forbiddenplanet.com, www.amazon.co.uk/www.amazon.com and of course, http://funko.com/.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the pictures, they are from: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Guardians-The-Galaxy-Vinyl-Figure/dp/B00JEYV048, http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/1cbd/ and http://coolgadgetsmarket.com/funko-pop-disney-sally-vinyl-figure/
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Books: 5 Random books

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For today’s book recommendation I, once again, grabbed five random books from my bookcase…

9781906772352.225x225-75Number One

James Bond: Goldeneye by John Gardner

I’m a fan of James Bond. I love the whole atmosphere around it, I love its concept and I love its ability to engage anyone. I picked up this book because of all of this and although I haven’t yet read it, I’m sure it’ll be brilliant even if it is not written by the original author, Ian Fleming, who of course was the genius behind it all. Gardner has written fifteen Bond novels based on the script of the films. I can’t wait to read this one and all of the others!39-clues-cover

Number Two

The Maze of Bones – Book one of the 39 Clues series by Rick Riordan.

I absolutely loved this book when I read it, which I admit was a long while ago. The story is about Amy and Dan Cahill who after a relative’s death find a whole hidden world unravelling before them. They need to go around the world hunting for the 39 clues to find out exactly how powerful their family is. I bought this book not realising that it was part of an entire 10 book series and thus I got to the end of reading it only to find out I was being left on a cliff hanger. I finally bought the 2nd and 3rd books but I haven’t read them since I’m waiting until I have the entire series to read the first again and to continue the rest of the story. I’m sure I’ll enjoy the entire story when I finally read it.

In addition, this book series runs alongside a trading card game. It always confused me but I thought it was very cbooks_11ool. Perhaps if you are intrigued and purchase the series you’ll manage to understand it better than me, since trading cards were never my strong suit when it moved from collecting into playing.

Number Three

VIII by H. M. Castor.

‘Destined for GREATNESS… tormented by DEMONS.’

Another interesting book that I have not read and yet I believe will be good and quite interesting. I found this book in Aldi, it was £1.99, and I thought it looked good because I‘ve been studying Henry VIII and the Tudor period in my History A-level work. Since I can’t describe the book I’ll insert the blurb: ‘VIII is the story of Hal: a young, handsome, gifted warrior, who believes he has been chosen to lead his people. But he is plagued by the ghosts of his family’s violent past and, once he rises to power, he turns to murder and rapacious cruelty. He is Henry VIII.’13035

Number Four

Bleach by Tite Kubo (Volume 1)

About six years ago I was obsessed with the anime Bleach. I was introduced to it through friends who were equally obsessed and we all watched the episodes on YouTube. Soon enough we found other things to be obsessed with and I fell out of love with anime in general. But I still appreciate manga, the print version of anime. I enjoyed reading the Bleach manga, although I’ve only ever read or owned volume 1 and volume 4. I will try to quote the blurb here: ‘Ichigo Kurosaki has always been able to see ghosts, but this ability doesn’t change his life nearly as much as his close encounter with Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper and member of the mysterious Soul Society. While fighting a Hollow, an evil spirit that preys on humans who display psychic energy, Rukia attempts to lend Ichigo some of her powers so that he can save his family; but much to her surprise, Ichigo absorbs every last drop of her energy. Now a full-fledged Soul Reaper himself, Ichigo quickly learns that the world he inhabits is one full of dangerous spirits and, along with Rukia-who is slowly regaining her powers-it’s Ichigo’s job to protect the innocent from Hollows and help the spirits themselves BuffyNovelColl1find peace.’

Number Five

Buffy the Vampire Slayer by John Vorkholt, Arthur Byron Cover and Alice Henderson.

Stories – Coyote Moon, Night of the Living Rerun and Portal Through Time.

‘In every generation, there is a chosen one. A slayer destined to protect the human race. She alone must fight the demons of hell. She alone must risk her life to stop the spread of evil. Buffy is the chosen one.’

We all know Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my favourite TV Show (or you should if you’ve been reading my blogs long enough) and so it was only natural that I would purchase this series of three BtVS novels. Each book has three stories within written by three different people. I think this first book is my favourite and I absolutely love the stories and of course I love the further development of my favourite characters. My only problem is that I wish these stories were made into episodes of the programme too.

The blurb for each story is: ‘In Coyote Moon, a typical night at the carnival becomes deadly as shape-shifters turn the amusement park into their own house of horrors. Buffy starts having past-life nightmares in Night of the Living Rerun, and must face her historic counterpart before the events of the past repeat in the present. In Portal through Time, Slayers over the centuries are in danger and Buffy must protect them in order to save her own life and legacy’.

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Disclaimer – I do not these pictures, they are from: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/goldeneye/id672157889?mt=11, http://buffy.wikia.com/wiki/Buffy_the_Vampire_Slayer_(novels), http://www.booktrailersforreaders.com/The+39+Clues+Maze+of+Bones, http://murrayhill.wikispaces.com/Read_Review, http://neilspencephotography.com/book-covers.html.

Book: The Dinosaur who Pooped…

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Dino Today I’m recommending The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas and The Dinosaur That Pooped a Planet. Okay, yes… these are kid’s books so it’s a bit of Poopa silly recommendation but I think these books are really good! Perhaps I’m biased because the writers are half of McFly and a third of McBusted and therefore from my favourite bands, but I absolutely love Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter and I think that they love kids so much in their own right that they can produce a perfect book for children.

Last month signalled the release the third book in the series ‘The Dinosaur That Pooped the Past’ and I cannot wait to buy that. All three books contain clever rhymes, interesting storylines and well, lots of poop and when you’re a kid you want someone or something to just joke about poop. It may seem silly and it may seem unpleasant but it’s something completely natural and funny to a child.

And hey, if you’re a lot older like me and want something to make you laugh, or perhaps you like Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter, you may just enjoy it too!

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Books: 5 Random Books

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For today’s book recommendation I grabbed five random books from my bookcase…

Johnny Depp BookNumber One

 Johnny Depp: A Kind Of Illusion by Denis Meikle.

As you now know, and as I keep reminding you all, I am a massive Johnny Depp fan so it makes sense that I have a biography of the man. I remember buying this a few years ago, perhaps five years ago, from the HMV closest to where I live. There’s little more to say than that the book tells all about Johnny’s life right from the beginning to, well, about seven years ago when Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End was released.

Book of Spells BookNumber Two

The Book of Spells: A Private Prequel by Kate Brian.

‘The Billings School For Girls. Fine Breeding. Perfect Manners. Black Magic…’

This book I bought from my school’s book club magazine, if I remember rightly. Clearly this is a prequel to book series ‘Private’ also written by Kate Brian. I have to admit I haven’t read the series, I don’t even own them, although I want to. Anyway, I have read this without reading the series and I don’t think you need to read the series if you don’t want to. It’s been a long time since I’ve read this book that so many of the details have been lost from my memory and I cannot wait until I read it again. This is because I remember really loving the book, this is because it had so many different aspects to it; friendship, romance, secrets, mystery, magic, and thriller; it definitely keeps you on your toes.

I recommended this book to my friend, and she has a different reading taste than me so I was surprised when she also loved the book.

Number Three

Harry Potter Book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling.

Who hasn’t read Harry Potter? Like really? But if you haven’t all I can do is shake my head in disappointment. I’m a massive fan of Harry Potter; books, films and merchandise, the lot. Now if you are completely ignorant of the Harry Potter series, here is a little summary. The books contain all the aspects of a good interesting story, they show the development of Harry, the development of his friendship with Ron and Hermione as well as his friends own personal quirks. As the series evolves there enters more romance, more suspense and more good vs. evil. It is all brilliantly written and the stories continue to be so popular. So if you haven’t read The Philosopher’s Stone or the rest of the series I really recommend it!

Doctor WhoNumber Four

Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell (Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the BBC’s Doctor Who).

It appears a lot of these books have something to do with something I’m a massive fan of and are obsessed about. This is no different as if you’ve seen my Doctor Who centric Saturday blog two weeks ago you’d probably understand I’m a massive fan of Doctor Who. This book is one of a series of eleven, one book for every Doctor. I, being honest, haven’t read any of these books yet but I know that their writing is going to be good. The stories also have relevance to each Doctor’s eras with the Tenth Doctor, this book, teaming up with his companions Wilfred Mott and Donna to investigate ‘an ancient force from the Dark Times.’

Number Five

The Kite RunnerThe Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

I had to read this book for my English Literature AS. It was one I dreaded because I felt it was something that I had no interest in but I reluctantly began reading it because I basically had no choice in the matter. Now I would say that you should be about A-Level/ adult age to understand the book and some aspects are not appropriate for younger audiences. I thought the bildungsroman genre of the book was brilliant, you can tell I studied it can’t you? Basically, it shows the redemptive journey of its protagonist; a heart breaking story. An absolutely brilliantly written book, I recommend you to read it.

I feel like my explanation is a little vague so here is the blurb from the book itself: ‘Afghanistan, 1975: Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is to shatter their lives. After the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, Amir realises that one day he must return to Afghanistan under Taliban rule to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.’

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Disclaimer – I do not own the pictures in this post, they are from: http://pinartarhan.com/blog/johnny-depp-a-kind-of-illusion/ , http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/kate+brian/the+book+of+spells+28ebook29/9496360/ , http://www.watt-evans.com/recommendedbooks2.html , http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/doctor-who-gary-russell/1111530180?ean=9781849905183 and http://www.flipkart.com/kite-runner-english/p/itmdz4pv8xftmesn

Magazine: Shout

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I would like to recommend Shout magazine. This magazine is a teen magazine aimed at 11 – 14 year olds, or so Shout says… I will admit I’m probably too old for the magazine but not that old. I like it for its celebrity news but not necessarily on One Direction or other bands alike, but on its YouTubers such as the weekly section written by Zoella and Sprinkle of Glitter. This week’s issue (as shown in the pictures) even had a poster of Marcus Butler and Joe Sugg as well as a MASSIVE Dan Howell poster. I really enjoy the free gifts too, this week I got a necklace, sweets and hair chalk. I love hair chalk! But that’s for me to talk about another day… Anyway, what I really love about Shout magazine is that it focuses on nothing but positivity, it has several articles every week on how to ‘beat a bad day’ or how to be happy, or something along those lines. I just think it’s a good reminder to be happy as well giving helpful tips to get out of a rut, if your day to day life is getting you down. This is reinforced by their 2014 Project Smile Campaign.Mag whole

This is what was reported prior to the launch: ‘Shout magazine will launch its ‘Project Smile’ campaign on Wednesday 30th April 2014. The campaign aims to promote happiness amongst Shout readers and will tap into the growing YouTube vlogger-sphere. It will run from April to September 2014.

As part of the campaign, Shout has appointed YouTube vloggers Zoe Sugg (Zoella) and Louise Pentland (SprinkleofGlitter) to be celebrity ambassadors. Popular amongst the teen market, Zoe and Louise have around 5.75 million YouTube subscribers and 2 million Twitter followers between them. They will write a monthly column for the duration of the campaign which will focus on their teen years.

Zoella’s Zoe Sugg said, “It makes me so happy to be involved in Shout’s campaign and to hopefully bring reassurance and happiness to others who may be facing insecurities or problems growing up is so rewarding.” SprinkleofGlitter’s Louise Pentland added, “I’m so excited to be a part of this campaign as Shout was the first magazine I read as a teenager and I love what it gives to young girls.”

I’ve been loving reading Shout this past month. New issues are published every two weeks and are available from most supermarkets and newsagents for £3.99.

Enjoy!

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Magazines: Superhero Movie Collection

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Today I’m reading SciFiNow’s Superhero Movie Collection Magazine, and I think you should be too! Personally, I’m such a massive fan of superheroes that I bought this very chunky magazine filled with all the superhero movie information you could wish for; from old to new to what’s coming up, it’s all mentioned. I’m going to open the magazine at four random intervals to show you some of what’s inside: 1) Articles on Avengers: Age of Ultron and interviews with the cast, 2) Article on Batman: The Movie, 3) Article on The Crow, and 4) Article on the movie Watchmen. I picked up my copy from W.H.Smiths (a UK news agents) for £9.99, a price which is well worth it for the amount you get.Upcoming Films

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