The Hunt (2020)

The Hunt

The Hunt

Flicking through Netflix looking for a shortish film to watch and I came across The Hunt which has such a silly premise it sounded like it would be a fun, easy watch.

Twelve strangers are kidnapped and taken to The Manor to be hunted for sport, they all have one thing in common though.

The liberal elite hate them.

I really liked The Hunger Game nod at the start of the action sequences, it was also good that the film kept playing with your expectation of who was going to be the main protagonist, knocking them off just as you thought ‘Them! It must be them.’ Including some regular big horror film names.

Some really good action sequences throughout, not as bloody as I thought it was going to be from the main poster and the fact that it was labelled as horror but still really enjoyable.

Betty Gilpin was excellent in the action role, the character was cartoonish but at times that’s all you need, especially late at night.

The end fight was well choreographed with some really funny bits peppered into it.

Well worth a bit of a brain-free watch, high on action low on blood.

The Hunt | March 13, 2020 (United States) 6.5

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Monster Hunting for Beginners

Ian Mark, illustrated Louis Ghibault. Chicken House. (304p) ISBN 9781910655030
Monster Hunting for Beginners

Monster Hunting for Beginners

Picked this up as it’s been on my shelf for quite a while now as an ARC, apologies, and from the beginning I was entranced.

We follow Jack (I know) from a very boring life in a very boring school where he has worms put down his back and he just doesn’t get the reason for maths (don’t we all).

Grotesque Aunts, even more grotesque Ogres abound while Jack has to find out what happened to Dad who has gone missing, which his boring dad never would.

The book is full of witty asides, nods to past myths and fairy tales, speaking bears, Arthurian legend, and a welcome appearance late on.

Short chapters make it a fast punchy read, not able to put it down for very long I romped through this in a day and enjoyed the whole experience. All of this was supported by funny illustrations and bits from the Monster Hunter Manual.

Fun, fast, thrilling, and silly adventure suitable for all, really looking forward to the second in the series being released.


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Swashbucklers

Dan Hanks. Angry Robot. (400p) ISBN 9780857669384
Swashbucklers

Swashbucklers

Let’s start this off with the fact that I’m a great fan of Angry Robot, they always seem to release great books 🙂

Cisco is the only one that remembers Deadman’s Grin, this has not been great for his life and marriage as he also can’t let go.

And in Dark Peaks it’s all starting over again!

This was a great read, really pulled me through from start to finish. Some wonderfully described images still stick in my mind, especially the Christmas Market!

Dan plays with a lot of tropes from old children’s favourites and some newer film-based ones, but puts his own twist on them and serves them up fresh (love the use of old consoles) and without stumbling.

In places quite dark, but also very funny, a bit horror, a bit fantasy, a bit sci-fi but all a great story, looking forward to reading more from Dan.

I was given this on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords

Laura Ellen Anderson. HarperCollins. (240p) ISBN 9781405287067

Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords

Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords

Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords is the second in Laura Ellen Anderson’s Amelia Fang series finds Amelia and friends travelling to the Kingdom of the Light and face their fears.

Amelia is on a quest to rescue Tangine’s mother, Queen Fairyweather who has been missing for a while now.

Disguises are donned, angel-kittens are faced, puns are plotted, unicorns are discovered. New friendships are forged and truths uncovered in the frightening Kingdom of the Light.

Once more a fast-paced, funny adventure that takes the traditional ideas of Dark and Light and twists and plays with it in a good-natured way.

Very popular and so many youngsters have been asking for Book 3 and were sad that it wasn’t out yet but pleased when I could tell them when it was coming out, none of us though are very good at waiting.


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