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What if I told you there are some books out there that can be as mind blowing as an episode of Homeland (season 1 of course)?

OK, so World book day was last week, OK, I’m a little late, but guess what? My reading recommendations are well worth the wait!

  1. Humans of New York (HONY) by Brandon Stanton

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Actually, you may have already heard of this one as it is an Amazon bestseller. The book is a collection of pictures of complete strangers in NY and their stories. Enlightning, heart breaking, motivating, each story will touch your heart or make you smile, and maybe restore your faith in humanity.

If you’re not into books, you can still subscribe to the blog and/ or facebook page!

2. PostSecret by Frank Warren

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My second book crush also doesn’t have a lot of text. The concept is simply brilliant: people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. The book (latest one of 6 already published) showcases the best, most candid, deepest (darkest?) secrets. Why not send yours?

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Warning: the Post secret blog  and the Facebook page are highly addictive!

That’s all folks! You can go back to your screens!

 

 

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Our fall TV show reviews

With almost one out of two new TV series cancelled after only one season (or even a handful of episodes in some cases), let’s check what is worth watching this season and which new shows are likely to get axed.

I should warn you first, that for now, none of the new shows have set my “awesome series” radar on. So let ‘s wait and see what the future brings!

 The “why not” series :

 

Gotham

The show explores Batman’s childhood. It’s dark and the characters are strong, but true Marvel fans might not see the point in the spinoff:  it’s one of those “love it or hate it” show.

 

The Affair

Reviews are raving about this show, eventhough it hasn’t aired yet, (the pilot is already available). The story follows the testimonies of a man and a woman engaged in an affair that apparently went wrong. It has depth, intelligence, great characters, and a touch of mistery that is very, very promising.

 

The Flash:

The storyline is based on the DC Comics character: after a lab explosion, Barry Allen becomes the fastest man alive and helps the cops fight crime in Central City.

The verdict: if you like men in tights (aka super heroes), you should enjoy “The Flash”. The pilot doesn’t disappoint and shows a lot of potential.

 

Selfie:

I wouldn’t have bet money on this show, given it was described as “a satire of modern society” (yawn). But it stars John Chow, and you can’t go wrong there. It’s actually a refreshing, funny, enjoyable show, eventhough the novelty might wear off after a few episodes.

 

 

The “disappointing” series:

 

How to get away with murder:

Shonda Rhimes, “mother” of Grey’s anatomy and Scandal, doesn’t seem to be third time lucky with her new offspring.

How to Get Away With Murder follows a group of hyperambitious know-it-all law students as they get mixed up in a homicide plot that involves their criminal law professor. The characters are very predictable and not likeable at all. The only good thing about Viola Davis, the law teacher, is her screen name, Annalise (same as mine). She is cold, manipulative in a very uninteresting way.  It’s one of those super fast “cat always falls back on its feet” shows, which are well wrapped but have no depth.  Let’s see if the show manages to get away with it in the upcoming episodes…

 

Gracepoint:

You really have to wonder why this US remake of the excellent British serie Broadchurch had to be made. The plot centers on the murder investigation of a young boy in a small seaside town, where everybody becomes a suspect.  The amazing David Tennant is back playing the main detective, but has dropped his Scottish accent (this by the way, should be a criminal offence).  However it stars Anna Gunn (Walter White’s wife in Breaking Bad) and, so far they’re following the british script to the letter, so obviously it can’t be bad. The killer will be different from that of the British twin, so I guess it’s worth watching even though I can’t see the drama getting nowhere near as good as the original.

 

The “don’t bother” series:

State of affairs: Katherine Heigl is a “ beautiful, brilliant CIA analyst with a great mind and uncanny instincts when tracking international baddies but who engages in reckless behavior when she’s off the clock”. You’ve heard that one before, right ?  State of affairs is no Homeland though. No need for a crystal ball to guess this show will never see a season 2.

 

Bad Judge: It’s the story of a judge by day/badass by night. Even though it stars Kate Walsh (and her legs), it’s just very plain and SO cliché.  You can pass on this one. Or watch it, just for Kate Walsh’s legs sake.

 

This is obviously a small selection of all new shows, and my opinion might change along the way, since  only the pilot episodes were available at time of writing.

Let me know which new serie you’re rooting for and which ones should go down the drain!

Remember, you don’t have to be in front of your TV to watch the shows on their scheduled airing. They’re all available in streaming  and can be downloaded legally with the FREE VSO Downloader.

 

 

 

 

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Bárðarbunga

A few days ago, I asked Videora if she knew what was going on at the Bárðarbunga.

Her answer was: barda-what ? I don’t know what’s happening there, because I don’t know what it is.

So Videora, Bárðarbunga is not the new hype du jour TV drama. It is a Iceland volcano  currently erupting.  You can watch it as if you were there with this pretty impressive video of the eruption, taken by a drone.

Yes Videora, you can keep the video for your own archive, using our  video downloader software.

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