K.J.Heritage

K.J.Heritage is a UK author of mystery/crime sci-fi and epic fantasy—all with a strong emphasis on action and adventure and occasionally a little humour. Find out more

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6 hours ago

KJ Heritage

Now time for my regular period of horizontal undressed unconsciousness upon a suitable lying down device. ... See MoreSee Less

16 hours ago

KJ Heritage

I presently have The Cult thumping out at juicy volume. Nice. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Classic ! Which album ?

Originally called "Southern Death Cult" Then just "The Cult" Currently called "Ult" and considering shortening their name further 😀 . I know a musician who has worked with Ian Astbury.

2 days ago

KJ Heritage

Quick-Kill - 3 'Quick-Kill and the Purpletongue Lizard' is now finished. A few quick drafts and it's off to the editors. Next up: Gravity City 2 ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Fabulous news! *Cue spontaneous dancing* And there was I thinking 'Mostly writing' was a disclaimer. 😜

Bluetongue not Purpletongue! Where did that come from?

1 day ago

KJ Heritage

I’m in the room where I keep my big soft oblong ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Best place to be ... So long as u know where your towel is 😉

I got oblonged about a hour before you. 2018 is weird.

2 days ago

KJ Heritage

It would appear to be Monday again. How do people live like this? ... See MoreSee Less

 

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No idea. But it keeps happening!

3 days ago

KJ Heritage

Sunday curry! 😀😀😀🔥🔥🔥😀😀😀 ... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago

K.J. Heritage Writerer

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4 days ago

KJ Heritage

I’ve just made myself 2 cups of tea by accident. And they say positive thinking doesn’t work! ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago

KJ Heritage

This must be Thursday... I never could get the hang of Thursdays. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Brilliant ! From the most quotable of books 😁

I was in the ER here in the states in the wee hours of the morning when I read this. It gave me such a smile.

 

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I really want this mug.

7 days ago

KJ Heritage

I'm re-branding my IronScythe series - I've a few new Scowl stories coming out later this year - and I need some feedback on a a new cover design. Whatdyathink? Over to you... ... See MoreSee Less

Im re-branding my IronScythe series - Ive a few new Scowl stories coming out later this year - and I need some feedback on a a new cover design. Whatdyathink? Over to you...

 

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Good stuff but a space between Iron and Scythe or I can't read it.

7 days ago

KJ Heritage

With the majority of star systems existing as binaries, ‘night’ may be something quite rare for galactic species. Our need for 8 hours of unconsciousness could very likely be a source of amusement... 😮 ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Never sign up for a night shift on a binary planet has always been my motto! 😜

The Night cycles would be dictated by the distance between the binary stars, the size of the stars (often the "beta" star is a red dwarf or smaller ...) also the 2 stars are often further apart than the distance between sol and the oort cloud. Further to this is the rotation period of the planet etc ... It's a complex thing to get ones head around ...😌

Don't get me started on Night cycles with no lights!

1 week ago

KJ Heritage

They mostly come at night... mostly. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Well it is dark at night

So I'm reliably informed

1 week ago

KJ Heritage

Presently enjoying the quiet ambiance of Hove at 4:14 in the morning. With a cup of tea you understand. ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

Rosie Ruston

#drumroll ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

KJ Heritage

Breaking news! @BBCNews fails nation by lack of coverage and tacit support of the ongoing disaster that is the present UK ‘government’ @BBCBreaking - now why would the Oxbridge gender pay gap BBC do that? 😡😡😡 ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

KJ Heritage

Watching Strictly Ballroom 😀😀😀 ... See MoreSee Less

Watching Strictly Ballroom 😀😀😀

1 week ago

KJ Heritage

Latest security PC update going infuriatingly slow. Asked me to reboot ages ago. Now wearing my best Wellingtons, but it’s just sitting there? FFS! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Rosie Ruston

And your best caption.. ... See MoreSee Less

And your best caption..

 

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I know a president who grabs pussies too.

2 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

No surprises. It’s deliberate underfunding by the Tories putting lives at risk in their pursuit of privatisation

I'm an NHS consultant and I can tell you exactly what caused this winter crisis
Once again, the NHS is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. You’ll have seen that non-urgent operations and clinics are being postponed to cope with what is being described as “the winter crisis”.
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It's a disgrace. Not just this government though, the NHS has been chronically underfunded for more than just 7 years, it's been happening for decades - successive governments have failed it. Admittedly it seems worse than ever - our local hospital has been putting out messages for a month saying not to turn up at A&E, advising people to go to alternative hospitals. Also my family lost a loved one recently and waited an hour for an emergency ambulance to arrive. They chased the ambulance 3 times but it arrived too late. Awful and Heartbreaking. Wonder how much more will be sold off as we negotiate post brexit trade talks, worrying times!! 😞

2 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

ONLY $0.99/£.099 and equivalent!! For a few days only! BLUE INTO THE RIP "Fast paced, intriguing, thought provoking, character driven science fiction!" Available on all platforms around the world! NOW WITH ADDED EXCLAMATION MARKS!!!! smarturl.it/rip1 ... See MoreSee Less

ONLY $0.99/£.099 and equivalent!! For a few days only!  BLUE INTO THE RIP Fast paced, intriguing, thought provoking, character driven science fiction! Available on all platforms around the world! NOW WITH ADDED EXCLAMATION MARKS!!!! http://smarturl.it/rip1

2 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

Watched the Red Turtle tonight. Started well but...??? It made no logical sense. Just couldn’t get my head around it. Great animation tho. ... See MoreSee Less

Watched the Red Turtle tonight. Started well but...??? It made no logical sense. Just couldn’t get my head around it. Great animation tho.

2 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

A hearty GOOD MORNING to all other carbon-based lifeforms out there! This obviously doesn’t include the Tory party or any other heartless, stone-lizards ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Morning amigo !

What's the difference between a politician and a flying pig? The letter F.

2 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

Under current guidelines Toby Young’s views, writings and posts would preclude him from becoming a Teaching Assistant... ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

Trump vs. Bannon! In other news: Madman vs. Madman! 😂😂😂 ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

All we hear from the BBC is that “The NHS is failing” - it refuses point blank to report the reasons why? The Tories have been deliberately underfunding it, under-staffing it, ignoring necessary restructuring and generally preparing it for selling off to their mates in the city and abroad. Report the damn truth! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY! If I can think of one... ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Got one yet Kev?

Looks like your having a Theresa May moment 😂

2 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

They’re deliberately and systematically underfunding the NHS and making it harder to employ staff from abroad. The reason? Privatisation and goddamn profits for themselves and friends. Sickening. news.sky.com/story/jeremy-hunt-apologises-for-cancelled-operations-as-theresa-may-denies-nhs-cris... ... See MoreSee Less

They’re deliberately and systematically underfunding the NHS and making it harder to employ staff from abroad. The reason? Privatisation and goddamn profits for themselves and friends. Sickening. http://news.sky.com/story/jeremy-hunt-apologises-for-cancelled-operations-as-theresa-may-denies-nhs-crisis-11194253

 

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Yup, because people who can afford treatment can pay and those who can't can die. This is the ultimate in Tory solutions.

2 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

‪First proper writing day of the New Year starting in 3... 2... 1... 💥‬ ... See MoreSee Less

 

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I don't stop for xmas, but I suspect I do a better job of ignoring it than you do 😀

2 weeks ago

Rob Storer

Has everyone on here been to see the latest Star Wars ?
Or are we still on spoiler alert ?
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Seen it

I also have seen it..

Seen it! So go on... tell us what you think 😮

I quite enjoyed it. Lots going on and got through a lot of chocolate.

I was not a happy bunny .... Is probably the best I can say ...

In fact ... I thought it was a terrible star wars film ! 🙁

I didn’t mind it. But the magic that was in the Force Awakens wasn’t here. It went on too long and had an irrelevant subplot with Finn bolluxing around in some silly subplot. I’ll need to watch it again tho. But at best a 3/5

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2 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

2018: Not looking forward to the inevitable war Trump et al will instigate for the only reason of holding onto power. Very much looking forward to all the many distractions planned by the elite to make sure we don’t notice what is going on 😞 Nite nite ... See MoreSee Less

 

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From a purely selfish point of view, if he could wait until we've got our holiday out the way, that would be good...

3 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

What did you all get for Christmas? I’ll kick off first... Oven gloves, cologne and a bottle of Southern Comfort... yep, try and beat them potatoes! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Pods, perfume, gin x 3 and a purse full of dollars 💵

Chocolate snowman and loads of grief

This bundle - I recently took up running, (but am not v fast! Hence need plugging in! 😂🙈)

time..

A microwave! (Mine was doing whalesong at 100 decibels). Also a TV (my sister's old one but it's so much better than mine), lots of tobacco and cigars, some cash and a pile of pretty lights (I'm a sucker for a pretty light). 😉😁 I also got to host Christmas for Mum and Dad - the first time in years. Priceless.

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2 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

Off out in an hour for some Brighton posh nosh with the family! Can’t wait 😀 ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/lord-adonis-brexit-theresa-may-silence-national-infrastruc...

Lord Adonis says he quit as adviser because Government 'tried to silence' him
Lord Adonis has said he was forced to resign as the Government “trying to silence” him over his criticism of its handling of a multi-million pound rail franchise.
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If he thinks The Government made a hash of something, then he's allowed to say so. This is how democracy is supposed to work. It shouldn't be us having to look on as the clever people desert a sinking ship.

He’s really putting the boot in 😀

2 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

If I could only keep all the £10s Facebook keeps offering me for every ‘well-performing post’ I’d have at least £20 now! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

I’m drunk with Champagne and love for everybody and everything and life ...Happy 2018!!! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Happy New Year lovely man, hope 2018 is good to you and yours 💋

Me too man

Happy New Year!

Happy New Years!

Thanks guys! xxxxxxxxxxx

Happy New Year Kev!!! Looking forward to read you in 2018! 😉🍀🍾🎊

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2 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

Is it just me - but does 2018 sound very space age? ... See MoreSee Less

 

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One can only hope.

I thought I’d be vacationing on the Moon by now. What a washout

2 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

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2 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

I finally found my liver, it was hiding under the bed... GOOD MORNING 2018! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

Feeling a bit itchy after my yearly wash... GOOD MORNING! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ONE AND ALL !!!xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

Champagne glasses at the ready!!! Please all join me in popping your cork 🍾🍾🍾💥💥💥 ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

I have eaten too much New Years Eve curry... 😀😀😀 ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Congratulations x

3 weeks ago

KJ Heritage

This government is a bloody disgrace

The New Year's Honours are out – they include Tory Brexiteers and Nick Clegg but Grenfell heroes must wait
Heroes of the Grenfell Tower fire and Manchester and London terror attacks have not been included in the New Year Honours list, while politicians and celebrities do make the cut. The organisers of the honours list said more time was needed to gather and judge nominations of people praised for their�...
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ROGUE ONE – Too Many Whys

MAJOR SPOILERS! This is not some rant at a Star Wars movie. I’m a huge Star Wars fan and always will be. I really wanted to like Rogue One, but, for me, it was a confused mess that made little sense throughout. The problem? Too many whys.

I’ve now seen it again, hoping that my first viewing was just an off day or something. But if anything, I liked it even less.

Characters I didn’t get/like

None of the main characters jelled with me as they did in The Force Awakens.

Rogue One just didn’t work at the character level.

Unlike Rey and Finn, I got no sense of ‘who Jyn was’. She seemed a very flat character who I never got a handle on. Which was problematic as the story arc involves her influencing hard-nosed soldiers to follow her.

And as for Cassian? He lacked depth, charm and believability. Nearly everything he did was odds with who he was supposed to be—a calloused field agent.

And why didn’t Cassias pull the trigger to kill Jyn’s father, Galen Erso?

If he was this hard-nosed assassin type, he’d have no trouble following orders like this in the field.

And, importantly, there was no preceding scene to cement a relationship between Cassian and Jyn to prevent him pulling the trigger.

Jyn and Cassia - no sparks
No sparks here

Both characters were not portrayed deeply enough to justify their lead roles.

The ‘relationship’ between the two didn’t have time to blossom. Things simply moved too rapidly from one event to the next.

Also, why didn’t Jyn kill Director Orson Krennic when she had the chance on the tower?

Krennic killed Jyn’s mother and forced her father to create weapons of mass destruction.

Yet she allows Cassius to stop her doing this.

Just why would Cassian stop her?

He’s supposed to be a cold-blooded killer (we saw that in his first scene), so there’s no reason why he’d miss an opportunity to kill such a high-ranking member of the enemy.

Deep Impact - Tsunami Wave - Rogue One
Deep Impact – hold on tight Jyn

Why is Cassian indestructible?

He should have died during his epic fall inside the tower. His head hit the metal beams.

He must’ve had broken bones or at least broken ribs, but he bounces back as if nothing’s happened.

Why?

Because I think he was supposed to die and they brought him back for the different ending with Tea Leoni  and her father waiting to die on the beach, as they did in the movie, Deep Impact.

A lot has been written about the inclusion of ‘Asian characters’ in Rogue One.

I have no problem with racial types, aliens, women, homosexuality or gay, bright blue, furry xenomorphs in fiction, movies or any media.

Humans, like aliens, are fucking diverse. I love all that stuff.

But the Asian characters seemed to be added just for ‘effect’.

Chirrut Imre was dressed in Asian style. And was an ‘Asian style mystical type’.

Why make that generic choice?

We are in A Galaxy far far Away. It was just so lazy a choice for him. His character and his mate were a really disappointing duo.

As for the rest of the ‘band’?

There were too many characters and not enough time spent with them to get a handle on who they were… and more importantly, to actually care about them.

Also, Jyn’s mother? What was her motivation in taking out the gun to threaten Krennic?

Why did she do this?

I thought she must have some plan… but no. Nothing.

Did she want to get herself killed and leave Jyn parentless? It sure seemed like it.

A dumb move that I didn’t understand.

And I hate Mexican standoffs. Generic nonsense that infests nearly every movie and TV show.

The Stormtroopers/guards would have shot her dead where she stood.

Let’s move on to Saw Gerrera. A total waste of Forest Whitaker.

He was only there to excite the fanboys, not to further the plot. And what happened to his blue eyes?

Other cameos were awkwardly tacked on.

I found myself sighing at all these sad ‘nods’ to other characters. E.g. C-3PO and R2-D2 shoehorned in for fan service.

The movie didn’t need them.

They reminded me I was watching a film, and it jarred.

Characters I liked

K-2SO was the one character I loved. A wonderful change from the other Star Wars—a droid who can shoot! Bringing both humor and some great action to the film.

To be honest, K-2SO was the best thing in it.

Overall there was a lack of comedy—integral to get us liking and caring about the main players.

Grand Moff Tarkin was excellent. What a shame we didn’t get more from him. Although he wasn’t that wonderfully rendered. But neither was Leia for that matter.

 Galen Erso hologram
Convenient cheese…

I also liked Jyn’s dad, Galen Erso, although his holo-speech monologue was both rushed and too convenient.

Plot

Plots don’t always have to make sense if the characters are strong enough to carry the story.

But without believable, interesting characters, the plot holes shine through like bright fucking lights.

What I liked was:

The explanation for the exhaust ports on the Death Star.

The Jeddha explosion and the other planet explosions.

It picked up near the end with the Rebel spaceships. It was like Star Wars arrived with their ships.

But the things that jarred were:

The whole first act didn’t feel like Star Wars but more like some Homeland Baghdad episode.

A giant octopus that can send you mad, got one scene.

Why?

The guy who was ‘sent mad’, was only mad for a little bit.

The Empire keeping all their stuff on a single disk (no backup procedures? Haha).

The TV dish on the top of the tower…

Doc Brown - Back To The Future
Been done before and better

The silly master switch.

The ‘Doc Brown wire that is too short’ sequence. I’ve seen it before in Back To The Future.

It was great in that movie. Here it’s just an embarrassing, cringe-worthy repeat.

The rebels assaulting the tower wearing WWII styled helmets reminiscent of US troops in the  Pacific—again, hardly A Galaxy Far Far Away.

Too many storm troopers being shot and blown up that it became tedious.

The final couple of scenes were something taken from Star Wars Battlefront and again, tacked on.

And Darth Vader didn’t look or sound like himself—he didn’t connect with me as being ‘real Darth Vader’.

Why?

Darth Vader
Just too bad ass!

Because the Darth Vader we see at the end of Rogue One is not the Darth Vader we meet in A New Hope. In Rogue One he’s all fucking lightsabre badass. Killing rebs all over the place.

A scene for the fanboys.

He takes on an army all by himself without even breaking a sweat. He’s nothing like the Vader we meet in the next movie. It jarred with me so completely as to ruin his ‘return’.

Just utter fanboy nonsense—like the manic Yoda fighting Count Dooku in the prequels.

And I don’t understand the need to fill in every single gap of the pre-A New Hope narrative.

Last bits

I’m the kinda guy who loves to watch Star Wars movies over and over—but not so much the prequels.

I’ve watched the original trilogy hundreds of times, particularly The Empire Strikes Back.

After watching The Force Awakens, I saw it at the cinema as many times as I could.

I only watched Rogue One a second time because I hadn’t seen what everyone else had and I wanted to make sure that I hadn’t missed something.

If I’d seen this before Force Awakens, I’d probably have been a lot happier with it. But it was a confused movie that failed to develop its main characters.

I was hoping it would find its feet, yet it never did.

I’ve read reviews where they say this is a ‘more dark’ Star Wars.

To my way of thinking, The Force Awakens was very dark. Han Solo killed by his son dark. Good vs Fucking Evil dark.

All the greys of Rogue One added up to a grey film. I wanted to be transported away from my life and taken somewhere fucking amazing and special—like a good Star wars movie should do. But Rogue One wanted to remind me of the Middle-east, the Second World and Star Wars Battlefront.

All these things just added up to keep me from suspending my disbelief. Lots of jarring moments where I was asking ‘why’?

So, what to end on?

Despite all the hope and the hype, the movie isn’t that great. Remove the Star Wars universe and the tiresome fanboy bits and no one would be talking about this three star (just) film at all.

Sorry, but it is what it is… *braces for flack!*

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