The BBC adaptation (aired years ago) of Robert Harris's book about a search for an heir of Stalin's, in 3 parts. It stayed very true to the original story, although needed to be cut down greatly which meant reducing a lot of the suspense and intrigue. A good watch, with some beautiful shots of Russia (presumably!) to make us feel very nostalgic for the time we spent there, but definitely a better read.
Charlie Brooker's look at modern technology and how it can impact us in the future. It focused on three separate themes; the ability of news to go viral and it being very difficult to keep things under wraps once the cat is out of the bag, shows like X Factor and the adverts that run alongside it taking over our daily lives and rewarding / punishing us for what we do and don't watch, and the ability to look back on all of our memories in the future. A really interesting and thought provoking mini series, well written and produced.
What Charlotte's been reading:
Basically a murder mystery thriller with a bit of romance and weirdness thrown in. A gripping novel that I'm not entirely sure deserves it's hype, albeit being quite a good read. Very much written with further books in mind. It would make a cracking film.
Exploring philosophical concepts using the medium of the Mad Men series. It includes some good bits about the philosophy of advertising; and keeps your attention as the authors aren't afraid to let you know their personal opinions, including some critique of the series.
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written By Herself - Harriet Ann Jacobs. As the title says, an account of being a slave in America. Eloquently written account of being a true survivor.
Last Man in Tower - Aravind Adiga
Liam and I had greatly enjoyed 'White Tiger' by the same author so were excited when this came up as the Kindle Daily Deal. Although not quite as good, the book starts off slowly and then picks up half way through. A tale of greed and community betrayal.
I have been delving into poetry now and then to try and bring myself to enjoy reading it. My favourite from this book I shall share with you: 'There was an old man whose habits, induced him to feed upon Rabbits, when he'd eaten eighteen, he turned perfectly green, upon which he relinquished those habits.' Not the most sophisticated poetry but amusing nonetheless!
Broadmoor Revealed: Victorian Crime and the Lunactic Asylum - Mark Stevens
Mark Stevens has looked after the Broadmoor Hospital archives since 2004 and has compiled this book about the early inhabitants. A compelling read!
The Case for Working with your Hands: Or Why Office Work is Bad for Us and Fixing Things is Good - Matthew Crawford
I like the principle of this book very much indeed, written by a guy who has a Phd in Political Philosophy, has worked in a US Government thinktank, and is now a motorcycle mechanic. However, I do feel he is quick to judge 'intellectual' jobs (he only spent 5 months working in the think-tank) and he can rather laboriously litter his musings with examples from motorcycle repair methods; complete with different lines of enquiry as well as diagrams! An interesting read though.
Fatherland - Robert Harris
Inspired to read this after watching Archangel. A story set in Berlin, with the premise being that Germany actually won WWII. We both read this and agreed that it is a slow burner, but is very hard to put down from about halfway. As usual with Harris, it features some real people and events from that era and references to genuine documents from WWII, making it educational as well as entertaining.
Breakfast with Socrates - Robert Rowland Smith
A pretty cool introduction to philosophical concepts, working through an average day to illustrate the ideas.