That time of year again.

I had a conversation on the bus with Spouse of Mouse recently where I mused about what I was going to put in the end of year wrap up. “I dunno” I said. “2022 felt the first kinda “normal” year in a long time. Doesn’t feel like anything super crazy happened.”

She looked at me like I was insane. 

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Oh riiiiight, the thing.

My God, you can get used to anything can’t you? Yes, ignore me, I don’t even know what time is any more and it’s been that way for some…something, I don’t know what the correct term is. Anyway, after the orgy of book schilling that was 2021 the blog must have seemed very sedate this year. The new year will not be like that. Big things in the pipeline folks. We’re gonna have to call a plumber…

But in the meantime, check out this absolutely stunning cover for the Czech translation of When the Sparrow Falls from Planeta 9 publishing. 

2184: Pád Kaspické republiky. Prvé české vydanie (Planeta9, 2022).

Or, as it’s called in Czechia, 2184: The Fall of the Caspian Republic. Because, as one Czech reviewer noted “who would buy a book called When the Sparrow Falls?”

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Anyway, here’s what I did this year.

In 2022 I reviewed 1 Canon Disney movie, 4 MCU movies (plus Hulk), 3 X-Men movies, 3 animé, 3 live action movies, 4 non-Disney animated feature, 2 animated series and 1 Batman movie. 

It was a pretty great year, honestly. After the fairly paltry showing of last year I actually managed to make some sort of dent in my review pile and I discovered plenty of new movies that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. Best movie this year isn’t even close. 


Redline reminded me of why I love animation in the first place. As for worst? Alice in Wonderland, which increasingly feels less like a movie and more like an early onset symptom.

Even if 2022 wasn’t actually a return to normality in any way, I hope it at least fooled you like it did me. 

Have a wonderful, safe and happy Christmas and a great new year.

Nollaig shona daoibh go léir,




  1. Excellent book cover, reminds me of SHODAN from System Shock.

    Glad you had a good year. Here’s to many more.

  2. For what it’s worth, I think I’d rather read When the Sparrow Falls than Czech title. Does your book have a Spanish translation? I mean, I obviously can read English but it’d be nice to check out the translated title (Cuando el gorrión cae?).

    Merry Christmas Mouse, to you and your loved ones. Thank you for a year of laughs and may it continue!

  3. My best wishes to the House of Hairy Mouse and all within, please ignore the occasional twitches as my brain tries to process the notion of “2022” and “normal” in the same sentence.

    I was going to say “British brain” but at this point the former would be quite, quite redundant – hopefully 2023 will be less alarming, but assuming that 2016 was the first of the Biblical “seven bad years” we might not yet be out of the wilderness…

    Anyway, hopefully I’m only being paranoid: Goodwill to humankind, peace on Earth and the Joy of the Season to all.

      1. I’m trying to think of a comparatively mild-mannered Eastern European, but the best I can do is suggest that some of it is more Romantic (in the literary sense of the term) than Rock & Roll.

        I’m looking at you, Poland, you and your abiding love of lancers.

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