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A 2011 interview with me

Since I know no one interesting or famous enough (not that they would agree to do one either) to warrant an interview. So like the arrogant fucker I am, I thought i’d put my 2011 memories in the form of an interview.

1) Best place you visited?
In between my large period of being a hermit writer, I have managed to see some very nice places, I went to London twice. I saw Wembley stadium for the second time but this time with my team leeds rhinos playing. But the best place has to be when I spent the week in Rome, a place I have always wanted to visit. We spent a exhausting 5 days making sure we saw all the sites.

See more of my photos of Rome from my 5 days there here (https://joelhopkins.wordpress.com/extras-rome-photos/)

2. Best book you read?
According my goodsreads account, I read 25 new book last year (plus 2 re reads of books). Not a huge amount, but I managed to fit in a number very good books in there. I managed to finally read all 3 of the Lord of the rings books. The new John Scalzi novel Fuzzy Nation was a great book, I read the 4th dune book. Other book I really enjoyed was flashfoward and the forever series of books.  I read number of other sci-fi, post apocalyptic, fantasy and the odd thriller book in the year. But my favourite would probably have to be Neil Gaiman American Gods, different to anything else I read this year and it is partly the inspiration for the story (more credit should be given to lord of light however) I am currently writing.

3. Best film?
For me it has been a pretty poor year for films, and I would have really struggled coming up with my best film year before last week. I ordered Rise of the planet of apes on sky box office. I really enjoyed the prequel/remake, perhaps I have seen a better a film, but I really can’t think of any off the top of my head.

4. Best TV show?
There has been a few contender’s for this, starting with the last ever episodes of Stargate Universe and in turn the Stargate franchise. However, that is tinged with so much sadness I can’t put it as my best TV show of last year. Walking Dead season 2 (part 1) also aired which carried on from an excellent first series. There was Game of thrones which pretty amazing and the Borgias which I enjoyed as well. The show I enjoyed the most would be the first series of Sherlock, the second series just recently started and it reminded me just how good the show is, and how great those first episode were.

5. Best Game?
Mass effects 2 (see http://wp.me/psL0a-jo)

6. Best Album?
Another thing that I really haven’t kept up with all that much. I got the new Foo Fighters album, along with the long awaited (for me) new Kaiser Chiefs album which I thought was great. However, I found a new group that I really like The Dresden Dolls, and while none of their albums were released this year. I found all their albums were available on the website, for a pay-what-you-like price. So I manage to get 3 albums and a live album for a cheekily cheap sum. The songs have been played over and over again on my I pod and computer so one of their album would probably be the best.

7. Best Moment?
Without a doubt seeing Leeds Rhinos win their 5th grand final in 8 years, from the fifth position.Which was the lowest ever position for a team to win it from, they shocked almost everyone (including me) by winning it, and showed the world that they are true team of champions. I have been lucky enough to see all 5 of those grand finals they won, in them I have seen some magnificent tries. But the two tries that Rob Burrow scored and made were pretty amazing, and will stick in my memory for a long time to come, like the Scot Donald try in 2007.

Best moment

8. Best Gig?
I’ve seen a few good bands this year, Hurts in February was amazing and so was seeing Muse for the second time at Leeds Festival. Though the best gig I went to was seeing Arcade fire for the second time too. They are a interesting band to watch, because they are so many of them. Your eyes move all around, not being sure what to look at next. I give credit to my sister for getting me into them, they have a unique style. And they put on great show.

9. Most important thing that happen you in 2011?
I guess having an almost full time job, while it was only for a little over 6 months, it was an interesting experience living life of almost full time working. It was not my ideal job, and not at all stimulating, but then again I did say I got the experience of a full time job, so what did I expect? Hopefully, a new job will rear its head soon in 2012.

10. What are you looking forward to most in 2012?
Quite a few things, there might be a holiday to American in the making which would be very, very good. I will be going to Italy to see my sister, who is now living there for next 6 months. But most of all I look forward to reading plenty more books, playing more games and getting a lot more writing done this year, a lot more than I did last year. Oh and the new Keane album and tour!

Done.

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My top 5 science fiction books (so far)

I wanted to put a list up on here, of the 5 science fiction books i have read in my life, since i’m still in life mode it is so far.

First here are a few books that just missed out on the list.

Stephen Baxter -Flood, Ark
John Scalzi- The Ghost Brigade, The Lost Colony and The Android’s Dream
James Patterson- Maximum Ride novels 1-3

And in at number at number 5

Children of dune

The third book in the Dune series

The most recent books i have read that got in to the list. Dune as a series is a well thought out SF masterpiece, in my opinion . There has been many, many dune books but Children of Dune is the climax (eyy!) to the original trilogy that started with Dune. This book unlike the first 2 does not follow the story of Paul, it is the story of his two children Leto and Ghanima, both of the kids of inherited the same strange power that his father had. The book follows Leto as he tries to make his vision of the golden path come true. I would not recommend this book until you have read the first two either.

Frank Herbert is a very smart author and i can’t wait to read the other books he has written.

Coming in at number 4

The Forever war

The Vietnam war in space

An Action packed book. It reminds me a lot of Starship trooper. Joe Haldeman book has widely been seen as a comparison of the Vietnam war in but in the ‘Space Opera’ setting. Its more than that though, its one of the few books i have read that has shows, how much time would pass on your home world, when a person travels such vast distances. Ohh and there is device called a stargate  in it, not the same stargate as from the show but still cool never the less.

Riddle Scott is apparently making a movie of the book, its meant to be the next Avatar type film, so read up before it comes out.

Number 3 is

Lord of Light

Buddha step aside Sam is here.

A strange book, one that took me a while to get in to, but one that once i  did get in to it; was impossible to put down.  The book is set in the far future. Earth has been abandoned many years before, colonist that escaped from Earth have found a new planet and have started to seed life on the planet. There is a twist though, the original colonist use there advance knowledge to become gods to the new human life seeded on the planet. They limit the knowledge of the new humans to keep them in check. However Sam one of the first colonist wants to change that. What happens after that is an epic story of his life, which reads like parables of a holy book .
The book infuses religion and Science fiction in a way that i have never before seen, but hope to see again.

In the second spot is

Old man's war

The first book of the trilogy

John Scalzi is one few author that i have read every book of, I plan to read any future books. Old man’s war is the first book of trilogy however it can be read as a stand alone novel. Scalzi is the only author, I have read that puts together Comedy, Action and hard Science into one book. Set in a Universe, that when you get to be 75 you have a choice you can either live out the rest of your life or you can join the army and fight in space. This book truly has everything for a Sci-Fi fan and i mean everything, it has an orgy of old people that have been transferred in to green skinned humans, and who would not want to read that. If your not interested in Sci-Fi (why are you reading this?) I would still recommend this book but as a soft way to get in to the genre.

And finally at number 1……….

Dune

A classic

A classic and obviously the first book in the series. This book tells the story the Atreides family on the planet of dune (Arrakis). Paul the son of Leto Atreides discovers he has strange powers that allow him to tell the future, so what do with his powers, he uses them to kill the emperor of the know Universe (It’s a lot more complex than that, just trying to put the basics on here). He takes over the empire using his powers and the brute strength of the fremen of dune, who end up worship him as a god. I have decided to put two dune books in this list because they are just so damn good! There is not much i can say about the book other than it is a must read. Give it a few chapters and you’ll be hooked. The series is set so far in the future that its hard to find connection to the humans as we are now, but that makes discovering about the the Dune Universe that little bit more exciting.

My computer is been stupid so it took me a long time to write this blog ,a bloody long time. Its only 2 days till my A-level results day, shall keep you informed.