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2013: films watched and books read
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Back to work tomorrow, after a week and a half of holiday. Just time to look back on the films I watched and the books I read in 2013, before I leave that all behind and start properly thinking about 2014.


Films watched in 2013

The pattern from 2012 continues, with Netflix supplying most of the films that I watched in 2013. Again, no visits to a cinema.

A View to a Kill (1985)
Fletch (1985)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
Casino Royale (1967)
The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963)
The Keep (1983)
Live and Let Die (1973)
Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
Carry On Matron (1972)
Carry On Nurse (1959)
City by the Sea (2002)
Tropic Thunder (2008)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Moonraker (1979)
Are You Being Served? (1977)
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Strippers vs Werewolves (2012)
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
House of 1,000 Corpses (2003)
The Woman in Black (2012)
The Mist (2007)
The Naked Gun (1988)
UHF (1989)
Judge Dredd (1995)
The Big Bus (1976)
Fatal Instinct (1993)
Zombieland (2009)
The Other Guys (2010)
Scary Movie 3 (2003)
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
The Assassination Bureau (1969)
The First Great Train Robbery (1979)
Skyfall (2012)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
Fatal Instinct (1993)
Street Fighter (1994)
Red Tails (2012)
Octopussy (1983)
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Mission: Impossible II (2000)
Evil Under the Sun (1982)
A View to a Kill (1985)
Thor (2011)
The Expendables 2 (2012)
Machete (2010)
The Rocketeer (1991)
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Starsky & Hutch (2004)
High Society (1956)
Live and Let Die (1973)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Batman (1966)
The Green Hornet (2011)
The Quatermass Experiment (1955)
Tommy (1975)
Remo: Unarmed and Dangerous (1985)
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
Murder on a Honeymoon (1935)
A Shot in the Dark (1964)
Cars 2 (2011)
Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (2011)
The Mouse that Roared (1959)
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Dad’s Army (1971)
Fantasia (1940)


Books read in 2013

A reasonable number of books read this year. I decided to read all of Agatha Christie’s novels in order, something I hadn’t done before. It was enlightening to see patterns in sequential novels, and to see the mood of her writing change over the decades.

I’ve sequentially read the complete works of various other novelists, but few cover the same sort of timespan as Christie; the nearest is probably Ngaio Marsh, but her later novels didn’t reflect the changing time in the way that Christie (resentfully) does.

I enjoyed most of Christie’s novels; some were excellent, and one was truly awful. “The Big Four” is a terrible novel (thankfully Mark Gatiss’s television adaptation last year radically reworked the story, missing out much of the plot and giving us an entirely different finale).

“The Others” by James Herbert (1999)
“The Dark” by James Herbert (1980)
“Natural Causes” by James Oswald (2012)
“The Book of Souls” by James Oswald (2012)
“SS-GB” by Len Deighton (1978)
“Where Eagles Dare” by Alistair MacLean (1967)
“The Redbreast” by Jo Nesbø (2000)
“A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon” edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger (2011)
“Ask a Policeman” by Anthony Berkeley, Milward Kennedy, Gladys Mitchell, John Rhode, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Helen Simpson (1933)
“Snuff” by Terry Pratchett (2011)
“The Rupert Annual No. 76” by (2011)
“The Rupert Annual No. 77” by (2012)
“The Mysterious Affair at Styles” by Agatha Christie (1920)
“The Secret Adversary” by Agatha Christie (1922)
“The Murder on the Links” by Agatha Christie (1923)
“The Man in the Brown Suit” by Agatha Christie (1924)
“The Secret of Chimneys” by Agatha Christie (1925)
“The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” by Agatha Christie (1926)
“The Big Four” by Agatha Christie (1927)
“The Mystery of the Blue Train” by Agatha Christie (1928)
“The Seven Dials Mystery” by Agatha Christie (1929)
“The Murder at the Vicarage” by Agatha Christie (1930)
“The Sittaford Mystery” by Agatha Christie (1931)
“Peril at End House” by Agatha Christie (1932)
“Lord Edgware Dies” by Agatha Christie (1933)
“Murder on the Orient Express” by Agatha Christie (1934)
“Why Didn't They Ask Evans?” by Agatha Christie (1934)
“Three Act Tragedy” by Agatha Christie (1935)
“Death in the Clouds” by Agatha Christie (1935)
“The ABC Murders” by Agatha Christie (1936)
“Murder in Mesopotamia” by Agatha Christie (1936)
“Cards on the Table” by Agatha Christie (1936)
“Dumb Witness” by Agatha Christie (1937)
“Death on the Nile” by Agatha Christie (1937)
“Appointment with Death” by Agatha Christie (1938)
“Hercule Poirot's Christmas” by Agatha Christie (1938)
“Murder is Easy” by Agatha Christie (1939)
“And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie (1939)
“Sad Cypress” by Agatha Christie (1940)
“One, Two, Buckle My Shoe” by Agatha Christie (1940)
“Evil Under the Sun” by Agatha Christie (1941)
“N or M?” by Agatha Christie (1941)
“The Body in the Library” by Agatha Christie (1942)
“Five Little Pigs” by Agatha Christie (1942)
“The Moving Finger” by Agatha Christie (1943)
“Towards Zero” by Agatha Christie (1944)
“Death Comes as the End” by Agatha Christie (1944)
“Sparkling Cyanide” by Agatha Christie (1944)
“The Hollow” by Agatha Christie (1946)
“Taken at the Flood” by Agatha Christie (1948)
“Crooked House” by Agatha Christie (1949)
“A Murder is Announced” by Agatha Christie (1950)
“They Came to Baghdad” by Agatha Christie (1951)
“Mrs McGinty's Dead” by Agatha Christie (1952)
“They Do It with Mirrors” by Agatha Christie (1952)
“After the Funeral” by Agatha Christie (1953)
“A Pocket Full of Rye” by Agatha Christie (1953)
“Destination Unknown” by Agatha Christie (1954)
“Hickory Dickory Dock” by Agatha Christie (1955)
“Dead Man’s Folly” by Agatha Christie (1956)
“4.50 From Paddington” by Agatha Christie (1957)
“Ordeal by Innocence” by Agatha Christie (1958)
“Cat Among the Pigeons” by Agatha Christie (1959)
“The Pale Horse” by Agatha Christie (1961)
“The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side” by Agatha Christie (1962)
“The Clocks” by Agatha Christie (1963)
“A Caribbean Mystery” by Agatha Christie (1964)
“At Bertram's Hotel” by Agatha Christie (1965)
“Third Girl” by Agatha Christie (1966)
“Endless Night” by Agatha Christie (1967)
“By the Pricking of My Thumbs” by Agatha Christie (1968)
“Hallowe'en Party” by Agatha Christie (1969)
“Passenger to Frankfurt” by Agatha Christie (1970)
“Nemesis” by Agatha Christie (1971)
“Elephants Can Remember” by Agatha Christie (1972)
“Postern of Fate” by Agatha Christie (1973)
“Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case” by Agatha Christie (1975)
“Sleeping Murder” by Agatha Christie (1976)
“The Colorado Kid” by Stephen King (2005)
“The Complaints” by Ian Rankin (2009)
“The Impossible Dead” by Ian Rankin (2011)
“Standing in Another Man’s Grave” by Ian Rankin (2012)
“Haunted” by James Herbert (1988)
“The Ghosts of Sleath” by James Herbert (1994)
“Ash” by James Herbert (2012)
“Doctor Who: The Death Pit (Time Trips)” by A. L. Kennedy (2013)
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