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Movies and TV / What are you watching?
« on: June 07, 2011, 06:46:40 PM »
So, the book section has a topic where you can say what you are reading, and I thought maybe people would enjoy a section where you can mention what movies and television series you have just seen. If not, then this topic will die a slow, ignominious death, and I will feel the shame of my presumption.

I just watched Ran with my husband, and I thought it was very interesting. It's my second Akira Kurosawa movie, but this one was at the end of his career instead of the beginning.  I liked the use of color and the music.

For tv, I've been watching So You Think You Can Dance, which I like better than any of the other reality dancing shows because the people in this one can actually dance well.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: June 06, 2011, 08:22:39 PM »
I loved Empire of Black and Gold, though it did have some weaknesses. I'm hoping those are due to this being the author's first book. Now I'm on to Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, which I like so far.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: May 25, 2011, 08:55:28 PM »
I loved, loved, loved Shades of Milk and Honey, and I am still sad it didn't make it on the Hugo ballot.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: May 18, 2011, 07:37:05 PM »
I just started Empire of Black and Gold by Adrian Tchaikovsky. It looks good so far.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: May 14, 2011, 06:19:45 PM »
I just finished Field Grey by Philip Kerr, and it was interesting, but. . . .  It had a lot of R-rated content, and some of it was appropriate to the story and some of it wasn't, but it all made it a harder read for me.  Also, none of the characters were really that likeable. That also made it a harder read.

I'm not sure what to read next. I have some stuff from the library, and I don't really know what to put first. Oh well.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: May 04, 2011, 08:16:31 PM »
I'm reading Tiassa by Steven Brust. I love his books, though this one seems more like a collection of short novellas rather than a single, cohesive book.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: April 18, 2011, 08:51:52 PM »
I'm reading Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson right now, and life is very happy.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: April 13, 2011, 06:05:27 PM »
I'm almost done with The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier, and I am really enjoying it.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: April 05, 2011, 11:02:00 PM »
I finally finished A Million Open Doors by John Barnes which was interesting if rather plotless.  I'm sick, so I also flew through River Marked by Patricia Briggs, whose books I always find delightful. Now I'm reading The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells, which I'm sure will be interesting like all her books.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: March 21, 2011, 05:31:46 PM »
I'm reading One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde. It's a hoot. I find it especially funny that in the BookWorld, the Thursday Next books are in fantasy, whereas in the real world, I've only seen them shelved in Mystery or General Fiction.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: March 17, 2011, 06:56:57 PM »
The "cia"s are everywhere. I gave up on Dark Mirror and now I'm trying A Million Open Doors by John Barnes.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: March 15, 2011, 05:23:50 PM »
I'm reading Dark Mirror by M. J. Putney, and there's a certain clunkiness to the the storytelling and characterization that's making it a difficult read. I'm still not certain whether I'm going to put in the effort to finish it.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: March 03, 2011, 06:42:11 PM »
It just kind of ends, though. But I think that's why she uses the diary format, because it's just a slice/stage of Mor's life. Do you think that makes it excusable Sigyn or just lazy?

I've thought a lot about this book because there were a lot of things I liked about it and things I didn't. I don't think Walton was being lazy in using the diary format or that the story was just a bunch of ends. It isn't a question of excuse.  In my mind, this book is a story about what happens after someone saves the world and has to deal with going on with life. It's thoughtful that way and so completely character driven. It reminds me of some literary fiction I've read. I think the author specifically wanted it to be a bunch of ends seen through Mor's eyes. The plot is negligible on purpose.  I could be wrong, but it felt like Walton was trying to do some very specific things with this book, and she did them, though they did not necessarily always work as an enjoyable read. I've read Walton's blog on and that might be coloring my view as well.

Writing Group / Re: Fallen Fantasist
« on: February 22, 2011, 06:33:14 PM »
"Elf-colored glasses" is my new favorite phrase.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: February 22, 2011, 06:28:17 PM »
I read The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima, and I think I was just too old this week to get into it. Sigh. Now I'm going to read some Agatha Christie.

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