Best Procrastination Method?


Rather than write the 4000 words for 50% of my module that is due this week, I’ve read half a book. I even got so into it last night, that I fell asleep hugging said book. Which book? The tenth book in the Alex Cross series by James Patterson, ‘London Bridges’. Now, some might say that these books are not very well written, with simple language and short chapters. And they would be right. But when I’m supposed to be researching and writing thousands of words on architecture in India under the British Raj, a subject that I’m not totally interested in, these books are perfect. The simple language makes for a very easy read, perfect for when my brain can’t take any more words that I have never encountered in my life. But that’s not all. James Patterson has a talent for making you want to finish his whole book in the same night, probably one of the reasons I fell asleep with my book last night. The short chapters make the book fast paced and the story lines are so easy to follow, yet still so cleverly conceived. So, despite what people say, I like these books. Yes they are not the most intellectual books, or even some of my favourite books, but they make for a good read when you just need to relax with a captivating plot.

On the other hand, don’t watch the films. Morgan Freeman, as great as he is, does not fit the character of Alex Cross even slightly. Cross is supposed to be a young, fit homicide detective with a young family who runs around chasing some of the worst serial killers in the world. Yet they got Morgan Freeman to play him? It doesn’t make sense to me. Read the books then watch the films to find out just how ridiculous it really is. Or better still, trust me. The films suck.


The Alex Cross Series in order:
–  Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, Jack and Jill, Cat and Mouse, Pop Goes the Weasel, Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Four Blind Mice, The Big Bad Wolf, London Bridges, Mary, Mary, Cross, Double Cross, Cross Country, Alex Cross’s Trial, I, Alex Cross, Cross Fire, Kill Alex Cross.


‘Sink in Slowly’

Whilst browsing The Guardian online the other day. I found these pictures  and really liked them. They’re aimed at students who are about to enter their first year of uni, giving them advice on how to ‘sink in slowly’ to university life. They were designed by recent graduates and I thought it was a really good idea. There are a lot more designs on the website too. If only I was about to become a first year student, then I could get a free poster! Some of them would look great on my bedroom wall.


Source:  The Guardian, 10th October 2011