What do you really think of the #IceBucketChallenge?

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I don’t think there is a single person with internet who doesn’t know about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. But just in case, it’s a social media trend that went viral a couple of months ago wherein participants have to film themselves lobbing a bucket of iced water over themselves and donating to charity, specifically the ALS Association (or MNDA in the UK).

Thought you’re more than likely aware of the challenge, not everyone is fully up to date with its associated controversies. Honestly, it’s a bit of a goddamn headache, but I’ve been nominated for the challenge and I didn’t feel right about just doing it without having a good old think about the issues. I’m annoying like that.

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#WhoReviews – What everyone is saying about the Season 8 Premiere

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First of all…FINALLY! Though it has only been eight months since the last episode of Doctor Who (which, for Whovians, is not a long time at all) but the anticipation has really been something. New series, new Doctor, and for the first time in a long time, we didn’t really have much of an idea where the show was headed. A lot of loose ends were tied up last year: River Song’s story seems to have (nearly) come to a close, we know who Clara is, we know a lot more about the Doctor (though still not why his name is such a guarded secret!) and all about Trenzalore & the true fate of Gallifrey. That reminds me, I should add a spoiler warning to this post.

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Review of Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee

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I’ve just got to go ahead and rate this one five stars. It just hooked me. It was so completely my kind of story. I don’t even care that I had problems with it. I don’t care that my “rules of book enjoyment” are probably looking a little bit inconsistent these days. Shatter Me recently taught me that I can love a book without it having everything I once thought I needed in a novel. I can envelop myself in the pure enjoyment of something, I can bend over and let it make me its bitch, all for one element that I just get. And for this one, it was one pretty big element: the story itself. And it was epic.

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On Robin Williams and Therapeutic Comedy

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Back in 2009, Michael Jackson’s death was the biggest piece of celebrity news in my eyes. His was the first celebrity death that I had ever been truly affected by, and given the number of people at my uni who couldn’t stop talking about it for weeks, I’d say a great number of people my age felt the same way. I remember sitting with a group of friends and talking about how the world (or at least the UK) hadn’t been in such an intense state of mourning since the death of Lady Di. We each wondered whose death would be the next one as hard-hitting as MJ’s. I can’t remember whose names we threw around, but I remember we settled on Nelson Mandela.

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Review of The Giver by Lois Lowry

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This one was fairly difficult to rate, as when it comes to fantasy, dystopia, or any fictional world for that matter, I am hypocritical and demand that the world-building makes logical sense within itself. Pretty standard when you think about it, really.

About halfway through The Giver, you start to realise that not all your questions will be answered, not all the plotholes you’ve spotted will be filled. Some will, and quite well in fact, but as they get resolved, new ones arise. It’s quite an inarguable fact that Lois Lowry’s universe is missing some plausibility. A fair bit of plausibility, actually. And that sucks balls.

Though I have rage-reviewed books that have committed lesser crimes than this (Divergent, anyone?), I have to say that The Giver appears to be an exception to the rule. I’m not intentionally playing favourites, I swear.

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Review of Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

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This was one of those books that started out with such promise; it showed such originiality, such inticing world building, such hope! But slowly, it began to scatter broken promises. It continuously posed questions it wouldn’t answer, and make mistakes it didn’t take accountability for. Because of this not only did I finish this book feeling disappointed, I also felt very, very angry.

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