Saturday 7 June 2014


Celebrity Fifteen to One
1x01 (6/6/2014 edition)
[Watch it (again) on 4oD.]

3x04 Episode 4
[Watch it (again) in HD on iPlayer.]

Gavin & Stacey
3x05 Episode 5 [2nd watch]

Have I Got News For You
47x07 (16/5/2014 edition; extended repeat)


The Tournament (2009)
[#46 in 100 Films in a Year 2014]


Neptune's Brood by Charles Stross
Part One: Chapters 3-5

Every time this threatened to get interesting, it slipped into a history or economics lesson about this fictional far-future -- ugh. I was on the verge of giving up... then decided to give it to a fifth of the way through, the end of chapter 4, and it suddenly got interesting, with a chapter-ending cliffhanger and everything. By the end of chapter 5, it's almost downright exciting.

Unfortunately, this is where the free extract provided for Hugo voters runs out. Now I'm debating whether to bank on this new-found good-ness continuing and read more, or assume it will fall back on its old ways and give up anyway.

If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love by Rachel Swirsky

Selkie Stories Are for Losers by Sofia Samatar

The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere by John Chu

Three of the four Hugo nominees for Best Short Story. All are about real-world things with an SF/F twist. If You Were a Dinosaur is clearly the best, The Water That Falls is good but perhaps ends before the end (though perhaps not), and I have no idea what Selkie Stories Are for Losers is really meant to be about.

You can read them all online for free at the links above.

Collection Count

Collection Count tracks my DVD/Blu-ray collection via a number of statistics every week.

This week, a Blu-ray upgrade for V for Vendetta, thanks to the hard-to-come-by Zavvi-exclusive Steelbook. Even though my DVD is a fairly nice limited edition too, there's no point hanging on to it, which is why some numbers go down.

Number of titles in collection: 1,678 [no change]
Of which DVDs: 1,201 [down 1]
Of which Blu-rays: 477 [up 1]

Number of discs in collection: 4,173 [down 1]
Number of films in collection: 1,801 [no change]
Number of TV episodes in collection: 6,147 [no change]
Number of short films in collection: 410 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.