Mortal Engines: Predators Gold Book Review

Mortal Engines Predators Gold Book Review

The 2nd instalment of the mortal Engines series, offering revenge, love and redemption


The second book in the Mortal Engines quadiolgy from Phillip Reeve explores the frozen wasteland inhabited by suspected ghosts and vampires. Tom and Hester stumble across the town of Anchorage and help unravel the mysteries of this little known town after they discover this frozen city through a famous author and adventurer, similar to Lockheart in Harry Potter. The adventurer Nimrod Pennyroyal, goes on to tell them about America in which he promises there is a place for cities to settle down as it still has grass and green trees. Thus, Tom, Hester set off to find America, along with the city of Anchorage in a quest for a better life. Obviously, it is not that easy as the ruler of Anchorage, Freya has a crush on Tom causing trouble between him and Hester. They is also the the rise of the anti-traction league the Green Storm after Tom and Hester apparently stole the Jenny Hanvier. The novels unravels more as they try make their way to America as Anchorage is hounded by Wolverinehampton and the massive traction city of Arkangel due to Hester selfish actions.


I think it took a bit longer to get into this book then the first one, but after that it was a really exciting read with all the action going on. If Peter Jackson was to further adapt films from this book quarlet, he would have fun making this one with the icy and under words they are set in. I can’t wait to read the next book Infernal Devices.



Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeves: Review

Mortal Engines book review

A steam punk tale of revenge, technology and the old ways

Soon to be a all conquering film directed by Lord of the Rings Peter Jackson, Phillip Reeves novel explores a world where London is a high flying town, looking to take over the world through an evil invention called MEDUSA. It examines the idea of expansion of national power at the expense of individual liberty. But also what Darwinsm as it is a city eat city world in this future universe created. In the novel this kind of Darwinsm being named municipal Darwinsm.

The plot resolves around a young historian apprentice called Tom and a girl called Hester Shaw. They come into contact with each other to Hester seeking revenge against the Head Historian Valentine who she attempts to kill. However, Tom stops her in which he reveals an unusual scar across her face, Hester stating the scar is Valentines fault. Tom confronts Valentine only to suffer the same fate as Hester as he is thrown off the air bound city that is London. Hesters revenge however will have to wait. As the trio, along with Valentines daughter and pet wolf, Katherine and Dog, become embroiled in a massive plot, involving London trying to take over the world. London, with the power of its death star-esque like weapon MEDUSA, looks to be the sole city in the world with the evil Crome at its helm.

A conflict between technology and religion can arguably be seen as it is the historians vs. The Engineers. The historians keeping old relics and enjoying how things used to be, which also reflects the ant-tractionist views. The ant-tractionists being the city’s that still live on the ground mainly and do not going around eating other cities. The anti-traction league leaving in the land. On the other side, is the engineers who focus on technology and using it to expand their lifestyle and live forever as shown through the robocop stalkers.

This was a great book to start the quartlet of books, having a creative concept. I am looking forward to how Peter Jackson adapts this, as he has a great deal of depth to display on film.



Ready Player One Book Review

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Book Review

Nostalgia for all them 80’s kids

Having received this book as a birthday present from my girlfriend, I could not put this book down and ready it’s 367 pages in a week. Knowing the film, directed by Steven Spielberg was coming out shortly as well, I thought it would be best to read this book first by Ernest Cline. This book offers a lot a nostalgia for nerds and geeks through its ongoing pop culture references. From film references such as Ladyhawke and Fantastic Voyage to game references like Galaga and Dungeons and Dragons. This book is a perfect book for people who see themselves as more as a nerdy character. The book does also offer a lot for the casual reader as it still has the story arc of good vs evil and romance.

The novel centres around a death of a famous multimillionaire, James Hall day, who has created a massive MMORPG called the Oasis. The Oasis is like a mixture of WOW, EVE Online, Runescape and other massively popular MMOPRG’s. Due to his death and having no realitves to leave his fortune to. He instead creates an Easter Egg in the Oasis. To get to the Easter Egg, 3 keys are needed and can only be found by people with an expanded knowledge on him and his life. This includes his favourite video games and films, which doesn’t make it easy. The main character Wade, or as his game character is called Percival, inhabits on this quest in aim to create a better life for himself. However, it is not as easy as that, as his fellow Gunters (people who dedicate their life’s to search for the egg) and the evil corporation of IOI are also after it.

Ready Player One is a great read with many outstanding battles. Ernest Cline lending from some of the the more known fantasy worlds, along with creating his own to create a vast world inside a console. His writing easy to read and flows throughout when describing the world around Jade. Well worth a read. It’s easy to get hooked to this book like it would be a game, and I also can’t wait to how the film adapts this highly entertaining book.



The Maze Runner Review

The Maze Runner: Death Cure Review

Having read the Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner before the films started coming out, I’ve always looked forward to the films. To see if the films would match up to how good the books were. I believe the first film, The Maze Runner, did the book justice but the second one, Scorch Trials, fell off the wagon with how slow it was. Although the second one wasn’t that good, I still had high expectations for the end of this trilogy. Having now watched The Death Cure, it was as good as the first one although it strayed away from the book in a lot of places, although it did have aspects of the book. One thing that bugged me was how Gally survived despite Mino throwing a spear through him in the first film. However, The Death Cure was a nice enough finish to the franchise but I still think they could’ve done a lot more with the source material they had.

The film does produce some quality moments to end the franchise, such as Newts emotional death scene, Newt played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who will be remembered from Love Actually, skipping through the airport security. Throughout the franchise he becomes a loved character due to his devotion to Thomas and how he acts like a mentor to him, so it’s a sad moment to see him go. The film kills him in a slightly different way, as Thomas shoots Newt as an act of mercy towards him as he has succumb to the flare virus. In contrast to this scene, their is a cool awesome moment in which Lawrence, played by Walton Goggins’, a leader of the people outside the wall who aren’t immune to the virus, leads an attack on the wall. Having played his small bit role in the former hit show Community to perfection, Walter again delivers with his brief moments on screen as he has the unreal moment of breaking down the walls entrance using himself as a sacrifice. Dylan O’Brien also puts in an intense performance as the main protagonist Thomas, choosing to leave his near death scene in the final cut. However, what spoils the film for me is the inconsistencies to the book, but most people can look over them if they have not read the books.

Even though it does not stay true to the book, it was still an enjoyable film well worth watching.

Score: 6/10


Predestination (2014) and All You Zombies (1958) – Time Travelling Done Right

After watching the great film what is Predestination about time travelling paradoxes, I decided to read the short story that inspired it, All You Zombies by Robert A. Heinlein. After reading it, I can see why it was made into a movie through it’s twist and unpredictability.

All You Zombies – Robert A. Heinlein

Having previously wrote By His Bootstraps, Heinlein again writes a time travelling paradox tale. In this tale, he tells the story about a man who creates his own existence and what he does to keep his own existence going, thus creating himself to be essentially immortal in the process. However, in a sad twist, it shows how immortality brings loneliness, as she is only wanted by him/her self. The girl Jane, who you find out will become The bartender, falls in love with herself but cannot act on it as she falls in love with herself from a different period so they can never be together. ‘ It’s a shock to have it proved to you that you can’t resist seducing yourself’. The book begins with the man who calls himself the the unmarried woman, telling the bartender about her origin, and how he can write from a female’s insight for his magazine, the story ending with how he was born a girl being the reason. During, the story she also declares she would kill the man who left her pregnant causing her to become a man, lose her job ambitions and believes this man to have snatched her baby away from her. The bartender then replies, he can show him this man and takes her through time to face this man, who seduced her and left her without warning. He also tells her that her name used to be Jane before she was a man. While she is in this period, he snatches her baby from the other period, and puts her on the orphanage step. He then returns to where he had took this woman and he has fallen in love with himself, Jane. However, they cannot be together and the bartender takes her away after he has assured his own existence, and leaves her with the time travelling agency he works for. The bartender then returns home to think about the life he has created for himself. ‘The Snake That Eats Its Own Tail, Forever and Ever. I know where I came from—but where did all you zombies come from?’, thus that what his life is, the snake that eats it’s own tale. So much is packed into a short story. The title referring to the mindless job he has to do just be immortal.

Predestination 2014

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The film expands on this idea’s and dramatises it more, through the use of the fizzle bomber, thus Jane/the bartender and John are also a terrorist they have to stop. The producers wanting to stick to the source material as closely as they could. Ethan Hawke playing the older versions of himself, while Sarah Snook puts in a great performance of her unmarried woman self as a woman transformed into a man. The use of the terrorist helps show why the person does not notice herself as she has her face completely reconstructed after the fizzle bomber disfigures his face. The agent also becomes the fizzle bomber in order to save countless lives rather than cause deaths of countless lives. The fizzle bomber also gives himself a choice to end it all by not killing him, however he chooses to kill him thus continuing the paradox forever. Along with this, there is more focus on the time travel company they work for. As it established at the end, the owner of the time travelling agency Mr. Robertson played by Noah Taylor, orchestrated the whole thing so he could create the perfect agent for his time travelling needs. Going into this film without knowing the major twist will lead you having to watch this film again and again just to make sure you’re understanding it right.

It is super confusing to explain, but this book and film are a must watch, and is something that will get your brain thinking throughout.