Friday, 29 November 2013
Thursday, 28 November 2013
These finished copies of 'From Wildthyme with Love' have just arrived fromSnowbooks and they are just exquisite! *Perfect* Christmas gifts for fans of Iris and (Art Critic Panda) Panda - and me..!
Well done, Emma Barnes and Bret M. Herholz!
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Monday, 25 November 2013
A good weekend was had round here, celebrating Dr Who's 50th anniversary. We had Jelly Babies and Prosecco for the main event - the Saturday night episode itself - and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Lots of things to enjoy throughout the weekend - from the bizarre live aftershow party to the spoof film the 80s Doctors made. I spent quite a lot of the time reading the large anthology of new short fiction, '11 Doctors, 11 Stories' (Why didn't they just call it The Puffin Book of Dr Who?!) - which I hope to blog about enthusiastically soon.
So it feels all a bit Boxing Dayish at the start of this week. We're still thinking about zygons and world peace; the numbering of Doctors and where Gallifrey might be hidden (remembering very well the brilliant revelation where it was hidden *last time*, according to Lance Parkin's novel, 'The Gallifrey Chronicles.')
Perhaps feeling like a little break from Dr Who... It's a bit like mince pies on Boxing Day and turkey on New Year's Eve. Nevertheless, today sees me back at work on 'The Annual Years', the chapters of which I'm writing out of order. At the moment I'm back in 1967...
Thursday, 21 November 2013
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
to cheer up November a bit and to get you into the mood? Let me know what your favourites are. I'd love to hear about ones I don't know...
Thursday, 14 November 2013
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
From Stuart Douglas and obersebooks.co.uk:
THE ANNUAL YEARS - BY PAUL MAGRS
"“These extraordinary books are like weird, grotesque shadow-versions of the Show we recognise. They are mutations haunting the wilderness between the domed, protected cities of Canonicity. The world of the Annuals is odder, darker, madder, more psychedelic and surreal. These are adventures in a wilder, destabilized universe. The cosiness of what we recognise as Doctor Who has gone.” - Paul Magrs, from the Introduction
Continuing our recent tradition of doing Doctor Who titles, so long as they're the sort of thing we at in the Obverse Bungalow would like to read, next year will see the publication in hardback of The Annual Years, a serious and detailed look at that most maligned of Doctor Who storytelling, the World Distributors annuals.
From 1965 to 1986, from William Hartnell to Colin Baker, the annuals were weird and witty and wonderful, a big brother to TV Comic and second cousin to Doctor Who Discovers… - and all the more beloved by us because of that.
With cover art and internal illustrations by Adam Bullock, and commentary on every single story from Paul Magrs, author of Doctor Who fiction for Big Finish, the BBC and AudioGo, this is the celebration that the annuals have long been overdue!"
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Monday, 11 November 2013
Last week I wrote about Ali McNamara's new romantic time-travel novel, 'Step Back in Time.' Today her blog tour stops at Life on Magrs - and our decade is the 1970s. We're sharing our mixtape playlists...!
I asked on Facebook for people to send in their top ten tunes from the era of disco and glitter, and they didn't disappoint.
First, here's one who actually wrote us out the cover - filling out this C60 in lurid pink ink. Thanks Blair Bidmead! (Whose own novella, 'By the Time I Get to Venus' can be found here!)
Paul Castle sent his - choosing one song per year - and says he blames BBC 4 for his newfound love of disco:
For those who can't read upside down, that's:
And Jamie Griffiths sent me two lists - one for staying in and one for going out:
Amy Besson wrote and said: