Some of the books I discuss here are ones that I have received from publishers. This was especially the case when I was reviewing for the now sadly closed Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus. I have, however, rarely (if ever?) made this clear in my comments. Not from a desire to hide that fact, or in any way be deceitful; rather it’s never a habit I got into, and sometimes I forget the provenance of a book I really want to read! Some book bloggers do a very good job of announcing it (I think of Sean the Blogonaut). So what I’m wondering is… does it make a difference? Should I make a conscious effort to notify my readers of when a book was given to me gratis by a publisher or author? I’d be very interested in your thoughts.
Movies/TV of 2017
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (Netflix 2016) * Ascension * The Sum of All Fears * A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix) * The Italian Job (2003) * Serlock Holmes (movie)* Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows * Arq * Arrival (rewatch) * The Expendables 2 (rewatch) * Like Water for Chocolate * Gone in Sixty Seconds (rewatch) * Master and Commander (rewatch) * Gladiator (rewatch) * Spy Game (rewatch) * Logan * Iris * Robin Hood (2010) * The Abyss (rewatch) * Hidden Figures * The Martian (rewatch) * Under Siege (rewatch) * Last Cab to Darwin * Person of Interest (season 2) * Escape Plan (rewatch) * Person of Interest (season 3) * Person of Interest (season 4) * Chef’s Table (season 1) * Person of Interest (season 5) * Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise * Moana * Doctor Strange * Arrival (rewatch) * For the Love of Spock * Rogue One (rewatch) * Mad Max: Fury Road (rewatch) * Ghostbusters (2016) (rewatch) * Sahara (rewatch) * Wonder Woman * The Blacklist (season 1) * The Blacklist (season 2) * The Mummy (rewatch) * Agents of SHIELD (season whatever we’re up to) * The Blacklist (season 3) * Orphan Black (season 5) * The Mummy (2017) * The Fate of the Furious * The Zookeeper’s Wife * Kong: Skull Island * The Good Place (season 1) * Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (rewatch) * Rogue One (rewatch) * Wonder Woman (rewatch) * The Blacklist (season 4) * Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them * Ocean’s Eleven (rewatch) * Iron Man (rewatch) * Iron Man 2 (rewatch) * Iron Man 3 (rewatch) * Grease 2 (rewatch) * The Poseidon Adventure (rewatch) * The Towering Inferno (rewatch) * Wynonna Earp (season 1) * Thor (rewatch) * Searching for Sugarman * Thor: The Dark World (rewatch) * The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies * The Expanse (season 2) *