The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
First I read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and now this. 2013 seems to be my year for books told from the POV of an autistic individual. I read five science fiction books by this author last year, but those were all space opera, while this was only set two or three decades in the future. The plot is about an autistic man who is pressured by his boss to undergo a new procedure that could make him "normal." I thought it was really interesting, but am not sure how I feel about the ending, which I found to be kind of rushed and bittersweet.
Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Unity by S.D. Perry
It's fortunate they prefaced this book with a timeline of events because I have been reading the books in the DS9 "relaunch" very sporadically and have a hard time keeping straight what went on before. Plus, I inadvertently skipped over a couple books included in the series. I think it's cool that Star Trek novels have gone in the direction of carrying on
past the point where their respective TV series ended, but it does make
it a lot harder on the casual reader. If these books were a TV series,
this one feels like a season finale- an ideal place to take a break or
maybe quit the series altogether.
Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
The final Sookie Stackhouse book. This got terrible reviews from fans, but honestly, I don't see how it was any worse than the other books in the series. My sister is the one who got me reading these and we both agree they're pretty "terribad." According to her, True Blood is an improvement and better thought out, so I may have to add that to my list of shows I need to watch someday. I think the reason many fans hated this book was because they shipped a specific relationship and they felt betrayed when things didn't turn out the way they wanted.
Lukas Moodyson's Show Me Love by Anna Westerståhl Stenport
Some may recall me previously expressing my strong affection for the movie Show Me Love (or Fucking Åmål). As a completist, I felt driven to get this book, which provides a scholarly analysis of the film. It's not uninteresting, but it is rather short; at least a third of the book was comprised of footnotes.
Unshelved Volume 1 by Gene Abraum & Bill Barnes
This is a print collection of a webcomic... but it still technically counts as a book! It's about people who work at a library, so it's not too surprising that my library seems to have every volume. I guess it's not bad as far as comic strips go, but it actually made me feel better about my own art and sense of humor in a "I could do that" sort of way. It also made me glad that I don't work in a library- something I used to think might be a fun job.
Castle Waiting Vol 2: Definitive Edition by Linda Medley
Comic set in a medieval castle with a lot of fantasy elements. I had kind of the opposite reaction to this that I had to reading Unshelved. My talent definitely pales in comparison to Linda Medley's. I read volume one several years ago now; I might have benefited from refreshing my memory on what occurred in that book before starting this one.
What I mostly remember from the first book was getting to the end and being disappointed at the discovery that it wasn't a complete story. I had a similar feeling when I reached the end of this book, even though for this "definitive edition," the creator added sixty+ pages of new material to the end to provide an epilogue of sorts. And now I understand she's taken a hiatus from the comic, so who knows when- if ever- she'll get around to finishing whatever it is she's been leading up to.
Not that I blame her, exactly. Procuding art of such quality must be quite taxing. I get burned out just doing eight illustrations for a book. It's an enjoyable read, but frustrating when you get the sense that events are obviously building up to something that never arrives. Hey, maybe I just figured out the title.
All the white guys in this movie look alike to me. No joke. First I wasn't sure if the hero and his brother were supposed to be twins or not, until I looked at the credits and saw they were played by unrelated actors. Then I had an equally difficult time discerning the hero from his main rival.
I'm not that into giant robots, but I'm a Guillermo Del Toro fan and went to this partly out of a sense of loyalty.
I read about the novella when it first came out thirteen years ago, but it took me until this year to read the book and then watch the movie. The book was okay, but I connected to the characters way more in the movie. By the time the end credits were rolling, I was kind of an emotional mess. There's no way around saying it: this is a beautiful film.
Jane Eyre (1970)
I've seen a few old interviews Tina Fey did on Conan, back when she was only known for Saturday Night live. In the end of each interview, she would pretend to plug some plausible sounding, yet totally made up movie or TV appearance, and then when they played a clip, it turned out to be
from some old silent film with animals dressed as people. Admission felt like it could have been one of those plots Tina would make up
strictly as a gag.
Also, I have to admit, I felt a little uncomfortable watching a movie about getting into college, since I so completely screwed up my own education.
Three Days of the Condor
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
I've rented a handful of these direct-to-DVD DC animated movies, and
frankly, while they're well made, they don't seem to leave much of a
lasting impression on me.
Speaking of DC, Man of Steel got to the nearby Budget Cinema, so I saw
that again. I made the mistake of going on a Tuesday when admission is
a dollar, which obviously means increased numbers of cheapskates, many
of whom don't know how to shut up in a theater or walk in fifteen minutes late or bring their really young kids along instead of getting a damn babysitter.
In spite of all that, while I liked Man of Steel well enough the first time, I liked it even more the second time around- enough so that I went back to see it a third time a few days later.
I seriously feel bad that the film has been so polarizing. It seems as though Superman can't catch a break. Some people love to bash him for whatever reason. Now WB is bringing in Batman to ensure the next movie will make money, but even that casting decision has proven to be controversial. Michael Keaton should consider himself lucky that twitter didn't exist when he was cast as Batman in the 80s.
The toxic negativity of these vitriolic fans literally makes me sick to my stomach. I just learned that the attendees of the Las Vegas Star Trek convention voted Into Darkness as the worst Star Trek movie, which is crazy to me because, if nothing else, it was at least a big improvement over the previous movie; I really felt that they fixed most of what was wrong with 2009's Star Trek. That's part of the reason I feel reasonably confident that the next Superman movie can be better than Man of Steel... and I like Man of Steel way more than I liked Star Trek 09. But I'm less confident about the sort of reception it will get as I become increasingly aware of how much some nerds get off on hating on stuff.