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This week I’ve done badly with reading again. The reason is the same as it was last week. On Thursday I had an interview and since last Friday I’ve been madly preparing and trying to calm my nerves. I’m not sure how it went but I know I could have done better answering the questions. It’s safe to say, with my past experiences, that I don’t have my hopes up but it’s a job that I really want. Still, it’s out of my hands for now so I’ve spent my time since Thursday playing Civilisation V. It’s been fucking awesome. I’d forgotten that I’d bought it until the game was discounted on Steam. I’ve bought so much shit in their sales over the years that I have an unlimited supply of games I’ve never or rarely played. So to ignore my increasing fears of rejection I’ve been trying to dominate a digital world. I always intend to try a peaceful campaign for as long as possibly but easily fall into the joy of military victory. Well, I am British. As if I can avoid creating an massive Empire with my huge fleet of war ships.

Currently Reading

  • His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

It’s still good. It’s still being read super slowly. I have nothing more to say.

Recently Purchased

  • Dear Laura – Jean Stubbs
After my interview I had some spare time before my bus. It just so happens there’s a fantastic charity bookshop nearby so I wasted my time buying books that I didn’t need. This is one of them. Why did I buy it? It has my name in the title. That’s it. Worst reason to buy a book ever. I have a fucking problem. Still, a good old fashioned Victorian mystery sounds bloody good to me. A business man dies of an apparent suicide but is it actually murder?

  • Fidelity – Susan Glaspell
Another of my charity book haul. I bought this because it’s on of those beautiful Persephone Books editions. The simple grey colour is good enough but opening it up to the gorgeous end pages. I just couldn’t resist. This novel asks the question “is love enough?” When a young woman marries someone controversial for love it has consequences for so many people. When she returns to her home time she has to ask, was it worth it?

  • Quantum Leap novels (Knights of the Morningstar – Melanie Rawn and Loch Ness Leap – Sandy Schofield)
The greatest charity shop find ever. These two babies were the first thing I saw and there was no way I was leaving the store without them. Quantum Leap is the cult sci-fi show that has scientist Sam Beckett lost in time. He gets around by leaping into the bodies of random people and found himself on any number of weird and wacky situations. These books are bound to be a fantastic use of my time.

  • Angel Catbird – Margaret Atwood, Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonvillain
This is a book so perfect that, if I didn’t actually possess it, I would easily suspect I made up myself. Amazing writer Margaret Atwood has devised a graphic novel about a man who accidentally gives himself the ability to turn into a cat/owl hybrid. This is based on classic, pulpy superhero adventures and is fucking amazing. Johnnie Christmas’ artwork is great and the narrative is just brilliant. As are all the cat facts that litter the pages. It’s going to be a painful wait for part 2 next year. 

Recently Watched
  • Luke Cage
Friday was Luke Cage day as we all know but I didn’t have the time to watch any more than the first episode. I’m trying to take this series slower than I do with most Netflix shows. I know there are a fair few numbers in comparison to a lot out there but I don’t want to rush it. I already know I’m going to love this and, after feeling lost when I finished Stranger Things in a day, I want to let this feeling last. 
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Tuesday’s Reviews – Luke Cage Streets Trailer

So I’ve decided to forgo my usual Tuesday review in honour of Netflix’s latest Luke Cage trailer. With only a matter of days before the first series of Marvel’s latest television series kicks off on Friday, we have been offered another trailer showing us what to expect from the series that we’ve all been waiting impatiently for. This may seem like something of a cop out, and in a sense it is, but I can’t help it. I’m really fucking excited about this show. Luke Cage was the best thing to come out of Jessica Jones (David Tennant aside obviously) and Mike Colter was just perfect as the bullet proof barman. Let’s all be honest, as great as I think Kristen Ritter’s performance was, Jessica herself is kind of irritating. The whole troubled past, drunk thing just didn’t get me. She was too self-righteous and holier than though in a way only rivalled by Buffy Summers. The whole ‘I can do this without help from anyone ever” thing is just dull. Accept help. It worked for the fucking Avengers. Despite this, her brief relationship with Luke was fantastic and it was a massive shame when he left the scene. It was a long wait for this series.. and I say that as someone who only watched it a matter of months ago. God help all the people who watched the series when it first came out.

So the latest trailer for Luke Cage shows us a lot of stuff we’ve seen before but, crucially, it really introduces us to some key characters. We get a better look at the people Luke will be fighting against for most of the series. We see more of the gangster Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes (Mahershala Ali) and his cousin Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard), a local politician. Both of these antagonists look as though they’ll easily hold their own against the villains of Netflix and Marvel’s established shows. Cottonmouth is classic gangster who wants to control everything and uses strength and power to get it. He doesn’t care who he hurts and thinks he’s unstoppable. Dillard looks complex and her position as politician will only be complicated by her relationship with her cousin.

The series is setting out to be more of a Western with a lone hero trying to save his town from the bad guy. It looks really bloody exciting. After all, if there’s one thing the trailer continues to highlight it’s that Luke Cage will be non-stop action and violence. There is plenty of gunfire, punching and, threatening to keep everyone entertained. Luke is a phenomenal character who deals with a super abilities that he doesn’t want to help people who need him. He’s a normal guy who comes home to find his hometown is going to shit. He is the only person who is really in a position to stop it.

The trailer also gives us a closer look at the people who will help Luke change his town. Rosasrio Dawson reprises her Daredevil and Jessica Jones role of Nurse, Claire who helps Luke realise who he could be. We also see Luke getting advice and encouragement from Misty Knight (Simone Missick), a local police detective who is interested in Cage. These are the people who will help Luke become the hero that he is destined to be whether he likes it or not.

Ultimately, Luke Cage looks like a fantastic addition to the Marvel/Netflix catalogue. It feels more political in nature to the previous offerings and adds great social insight. Showrunner Cheo Coker is keen to point out the connection between the show and classic hip hop and continually subverts racial stereotypes. Luke’s outfit of choice is a hoodie which he wears as he smashes expectations of young,, black men causing trouble. Luke Cage isn’t just the show we’ve all been waiting for; it’s the show we all need to see. It has an important message, is thrilling and still has time for jokes. The trailer’s cameo appearance from Method Man is unexpected and a great moment in the middle of the action. Luke Cage respects the classic character but updates him into a familiar world. It’s real but empowering. I can’t bloody wait. Is it Friday yet?