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Pop Love 2014 edition

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I confess that since my move to remote Northern Japan, I have largely been out of touch with a lot of pop culture consumption. Like the fact that I have been to the cinema just once in the last 6 months, when it used to be my main form of entertainment. *gasp*

Anyway, I plan to have some short reviews up in the near future of high profile 2014 movie releases that I did manage to catch.

Until then, here's something funky to see in the new year... And help you catch up with chart toppers if you've been out of the mainstream music loop (like me).


Greek DJ Robin Skouteris has done it again. His third Pop Love musical mash-up has just been released - and once again you can download it for free, with his other amazing work, on his Soundcloud page.

I think last year's Pop Love was catchier, but overall I think 2013 was a better year for music and game releases, certainly.  Now let's see how things shape up in 2015. Happy New Year!


Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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Whether you are spending the festive season with a special someone...

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Or with family in whatever form that takes...

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Or even if you're lone wolfing your way through the holidays...

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I wish all of my blog readers and Twitter friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I hope you get to see 2014 out and 2015 in, in style!



Just look after yourself the next week or so....

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Because you need to be fighting fit and ready for 2015. Here's to a wealth of exciting adventures and experiences waiting in the New Year. It's time to rise...

These are a few of my favourite things...

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Cue Julie Andrews...

Comics and movies. Two of my favourite things.

And evidently DC Comics knows that there are a lot more people like me out there...

In March 2015, comics and film collide with a set of 22 variant issue covers based on classic movie posters (all from parent company Warner Bros, naturally).

You can check out the full set here, along with the original poster art they're based on. I'm in love. Particularly with this one. Appropriately epic and utterly gorgeous.


Have yourself a Merry Little Croftmas

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I didn't get around to doing my pop-culture-post-a-day Advent Calendar this year, but in substitute, for the next 9 days I encourage you to check out 2 fun Christmas countdown projects from Tomb Raider fans.

Over on Twitter, Lady Scion is using the #TRAdvent hashtag and tweeting entertaining Lara Croft content daily.


Meanwhile, on Tumblr, there's ipodger's adorable Advent Endurance, which sees Lara and Sam preparing for the holidays.


Finally,  today completes a special holiday season fanfic I wrote - and released in 3 weekly installments - called A Croft Christmas. Check out the unapologetically melancholy story in full here.

Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals reviewed – from Reboot Lara to Robot Lara

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Maybe you have a Tomb Raider enthusiast in your life, or perhaps you are the Lara Croft fanatic yourself? Either way, if you’re looking for something suitable for Christmas, and haven’t picked it up already, you may be considering the recently released novel Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals, written by husband-and-wife duo Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent. Adding to the temptation, no doubt, is the absolutely delicious cover art by Brian Horton, the Senior Art Director for the new Tomb Raider games.



In fact, it’s worth noting at this point that The Ten Thousand Immortals (out since 20 October) has been endorsed by game publishers and makers Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics, so the book can be considered canon in the rebooted Tomb Raider universe. It is set directly after the events in the 2013 game, sandwiching itself between the game and current Dark Horse Comics series.

Anyway, without giving too much away, The Ten Thousand Immortals sees young archaeologist Lara Croft trying to a…