I’ll be honest, the last 7 days haven’t been the greatest. Work is super stressful for everyone right now but my manager seems very willing to ignore everyone’s increased workload. By the end of the week, I was physically and emotionally exhausted. I’m not even 6 months into my apprenticeship and I’m already dreaming of pastures new. Not a good thing I guess. It doesn’t help that I’m meant to be learning the business from people who don’t seem to know/care about marketing strategy. I mean, I’m the only one in our office who’d had the foresight to carry out real keyword research for our SEO strategy. Is it any wonder I’ve had my dream copywriting job saved on Indeed for ages now wondering whether to apply? I mean it’s creating pop culture content for a website. If that isn’t perfect for me then what is? Anyway, enough of the moaning. A good night’s sleep will hopefully get me ready to face the stress of next week. I could do with getting some reading done too. I’ve barely achieved anything this week. It’s been hard to concentrate.
Weekly Blog Posts
- BOOKISH POST – August Reading Wrap-Up
It’s that time again. Another month gone and another chance to look back on how well I did in the previous few weeks. In 2018, August was my best reading month because I was on holiday. I was essentially inhaling books 12 months ago. This year? It’s the busiest time at work so it’s the complete opposite. But just how badly did I do? To find out just read my post.
- TUESDAY REVIEW – Batman: Hush (2019)
I was listening to an episode of the Empire podcast last week where the hosts were debating the age-old question: who is better, Batman or Superman? I’ve never really been a fan of Superman. As a character, he just kind of bores me. Anyone who is that perfect and impervious to harm just lacks drama. At least Batman, as a human, faces real consequences. And I know Superman can die but it’s not the same. But this isn’t the point. The episode inspired me to indulge in a bit of the Dark Knight this week. Starting with this latest animated adaptation. Was it worthy of the great character? To find out check out my review.
- BOOK REVIEW – Batman: Hush
Hush is often cited as one of the greatest Batman stories of all time but, actually, it’s a fairly divisive one. For the most part, hardcore fans aren’t all that fussed but it’s is a pretty useful introduction to the comics. Before watching Hush for my Tuesday review, it had been a while since I’d last read the storyline in full. I decided it was time to revisit and see how I felt now. Was I misremembering it? To find out if it was worth my time you can check out my post.
- THROWBACK FRIDAY – Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (2018)
The question of what to watch on my Batman week was a big one. Should I go back to Tim Burton? Or even further back? Was it worth forcing myself to watch the awful Joel Schumacher era? Or should I just rewatch a Christopher Nolan film? I guess I could finally have finished watching Justice League or check out the full cut of Dawn of Justice? But really, all I wanted to do was watch this silly animated film from last year. Not as throwback as most of my films but good enough. If you’re also feeling a bit nostalgic then head over to my review.
- Batman: Hush
Thankfully, this super quick read managed to get me one up this month in my first week. I’m struggling to get stuff done, so I needed a quick win. Maybe reading a few more graphic novels or short reads to help get my mojo back?
- Darkness on the Edge of Time by Adam Christopher
I’ll be honest. This is proving a struggle to read. It’s taking a really long time to get going and is indulging in a lot of unnecessary storytelling. It just feels like people taking advantage of loyal and young fans of the show. Especially when you take into account the hardback costs £20 new. At the moment, it’s a step-up from mediocre fan fiction.
- Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson
Not got any further with this as I couldn’t resist the allure of Hopper any longer. It’ll be my next read I’m sure. Am I lying? Definitely.
- Supper Club by Lara Williams
I think I’m going to try the audiobook with this one. It might be easier to get through.
- The Sky Is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith
I’ve set this aside for the time being. It feels like it’s going to be a very dense read so I think I’ll leave it for a better time. A time when I’m in the right mood.
I was so sure that I hadn’t bought anything this week but then I remembered I had. It was Excalibur Epic Collection: The Sword is Drawn a Marvel series that introduced the world to a British Avengers-style group. Featuring Captain Britain, his wife Meggan, and a few familiar X-Men faces, Excalibur ran during the 80s. The first editions were written by Chris Claremont and I’ve always loved his writing. Because who hasn’t? I’m also trying to work my way through some Captain Britain stuff. I don’t really know much about Marvel’s British contingent and I’d like to.
- Community – I went back to the beginning and, boy, this show is amazing. It’s so weird and wonderful. All the characters are well-written and have great development. You can see how Dan Harmon went on to make something like Rick & Morty.
- Heroes – this afternoon I started watching the first series of Heroes again. With all the stuff that happened in later seasons, I’d forgotten how good the early episodes are. This show had so much potential.
- Marvel double feature – on Saturday evening, I sat down to watch both Infinity War and Endgame in one go. It took ages thanks to my tiny bladder and I was an emotional wreck by the end. But as a set of films, they work so well. I’m still angry that people are debating the legitimacy of Nat’s death and that people are writing off Thor as just comic relief. Chris Hemsworth does a lot of great work in this film. Also, you know, Benedict Cumberbatch’s face. Man, he’s perfect as Dr. Strange. God, that hair and shitty beard.
Who is Murdocal? A casual critic who is a little bit too obsessed with pop culture. A young woman who swears and rants much more than she knows she should whilst trying to make her way in an adult world she isn't prepared for. A not as recent as she'd like literature graduate who, between job applications and subsequent rejections, has turned to the internet to fight the boredom and review the shit out of everything.
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