I have a feeling that I may have posted about this before – but I can’t remember for sure, so it won’t hurt to do so again. I’m a bit of a Stargate fan – though not along the line of Star trek fans, many of whom can be regarded as Star Trek freaks. I do however enjoy watching the show and was quite disappointed when it was discontinued. Stargate SG1 was of course the best of the three, but I didn’t mind Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe.
Anyhow, I’ve been re-watching the entire original Stargate series, right from the first movie. I’ll move on to Atlantis after that.
When it comes to SciFi, you have fans of Star Trek, BattleStar Galactica, Star Wars, etc. I like all of those shows, but a big fan of Stargate – SG1, Atlantis and only slightly of Universe. I have the full set of Stargate DVDs and have started to go through them all again.
Today had been quite unpleasant outside. It has been pouring with rain at times, then not. When it hasn’t been it has been blowing a gale and it is also quite cold. It’s bucketing down yet again. So very little has been able to be accomplished outside today. No great outdoors for me on this wet and miserable day.
I have been spending a bit of time, as a consequence of the weather, reading ‘The Bourne Identity,’ by Robert Ludlum. I haven’t read the Bourne series of books before, but have seen the movies many times. I’m a big fan of the Jason Bourne movies. However, having seen the movies it has been difficult to some degree reading the book. The book is very different to the movie, more so than what ‘The Hunt for Red October’ was to the film version. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still enjoying the book and will try and work my way through the other nine books (I believe there are now 10 books in the series).
So I’m making good progress through the first book and as I said, enjoying the read. I’m hoping to complete it before the end of the week, which I think I can achieve relatively easily. I’m approaching halfway through now – on the Kindle. I was only 10% through it a couple of days ago, so progress is going very well.
I am a big fan of Tom Clancy novels and in particular the Jack Ryan series. A number of years ago I read all of the novels published in the series up until the time I moved house and so for the last 5 years I haven’t read any new ones. When I moved I decided I needed to clean out some of my books (and I have a huge library), so I figured the majority of my fiction books could be cleaned out. I always regretted moving the Tom Clancy novels along, though I figured that at some point I could reclaim them as ebooks, which I am now beginning to do.
A couple of weeks ago I decided to start reading the series again – right from the beginning. I hesitated as to what order I should read them, given that Patriot Games really was set before The Hunt for the Red October, but then settled on the order of the novel release order – so Patriot Games will be next. So I purchased a copy of The Hunt for Red October from Amazon. Of course I decided I might as well watch the movie again, as something of a comparison/contrast. That sort of thing intrigues me you see. I own a Kindle, so I purchased the Kindle version (which can be purchased via the link above).
So having read the first few chapters of the novel I decided to watch the DVD movie (which I have watched a number of times since purchasing the DVD some years ago) again. Now have refreshed my mind by re-reading the entire novel, it is not so much a comparison as a contrast. Certainly there are common threads and similar plots, but there are a large number of differences between the book and the movie. Still, both are quite good in their own right.
So Patriot Games was going to be the next book in the Jack Ryan series and this was to be read next. However, having read something about the 10th book in the Jason Bourne series of novels I thought I must read those also. So to break up the Tom Clancy books I’m going to be reading the Jason Bourne novels also. In fact I have just started the first in the series (again, quite different to the movie), The Bourne Identity (by Robert Ludlum).
I have always loved cricket and the team I’ve supported for many years is the West Indies. Sure, they aren’t what they used to be – but I’m a loyal West Indian cricket team fan. Yes, I am Australian – but I have always loved the Windies way of playing cricket – think Viv Richards, Brian Lara, Malcolm Marshall and Curtly Ambrose – my kind of cricket.
I’m probably not a huge rugby league fan, but I have been something of a Parramatta Eels fan since the 1970s. Of course their best period was in the 1980s with four premierships – they also came close a couple of times, including last year (when they were beaten by the now known salary cap cheats, the Melbourne Storm)