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This week I got one books:

Runaways #8 (a few plotty issues, but actually more enjoyable than usual)

Full reviews as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

Speaking of Runaways, they announced the new creative team. With #11 (probably) it will be written by Kathryn Immonen, with art by Sara Pichelli. I've seen some of Pichelli's work before and thought it not bad, but never read any of Immonen. I'm willing to be cautiously optimistic. And hey, if Christina Strain stays on colors, that may be an all-female creative team (well, if you don't count letterers and maybe not inkers), which is kinda cool. Less thrilling is the spoilery hint about what would happen in that run. I'll just link to it, if you're interested. A few art samples there too, and looks much improved to me over recent efforts.

And yesterday was my birthday. Another year older and deeper in debt. Actually less deep in debt because I'm gradually paying off loans and still make more than I spend, but why quibble on details. Another year older and less likely to be happy, anyway. Ah well, another year down, X-1 left to go. As is my tradition, I do not have to accept my new age until the other half of my birthday, on Good Friday. Still, thanks to all those who wished me happy birthday, and to the rest of you, YOU ALL SUCK. J/K, really not that big a deal. If it was, I would have dropped hints regularly before it came.;)

Didn't actually do anything on my birthday, spent a quiet day at home. Last weekend I went to my grandmother's for a 'birthday dinner' which was quite nice, though. Roast beef, rice, scalloped potatoes, corn, and for desert, cheeeeeesecake tarts, some of which I took home and ate on my actual birthday. (I also got my traditional bag of salt and vinegar chips to devour).

In other news, apparently SF channel will be giving the Riverworld concept another go. I always loved the concept (even though the books themselves were only soso), and thought their first attempt at a movie was only okay, so I look forward to another try.
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So yeah, big BSG finale this weekend. Figured I might as well do a solo post. Spoilers will be behind the cut, non-spoilers before it.

Okay, as usual, generally well acted and directed. Maybe a bit of iffy bits, and a little too dark at times to tell for sure what was happening (at least for me).

However, as a finale, it didn't really satisfy me, and in fact has confirmed my feeling that the show seriously jumped the shark with the final 5 revelation. As I've become fond of saying, "The Cylons had A Plan. It would have been nice if the writers did too." The series is generally well written as far as individual episodes go, but, as a whole, it fails to hang together - plotline that I felt were important get dropped and characters occasionally seem to change suddenly because of it. Because of this, I doubt I'll watch the series, as a whole, again. I may watch individual episodes if I happen to catch them and I'm in the mood and like that one, but because they failed I won't be able to watch, say, daily reruns. Kinda like X-Files.

A few specific points Read more... )

Good Terminator episode that night though, I think it's finally got its groove back, and a better showing than there's been so far with Dollhouse.
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Meh. Can't do laundry because roommates left the Smartcard in their room (or hid it somewhere unusual) and are sleeping. I like doing it in the morning because there's usually no competition. If when they wake up all the machines are full, killing spree time. Well, probably not. But there'll be a frowning to remember!

Anyway, let's get to the Book Foo...

Finished: Queen of Candesce (Book 2 of Virga), by Karl Schroeder
Started: The First Half of the Book of the New Sun, by Gene Wolfe (technically two books)

I don't really have many extended comments on this one. I liked it, but not as much as the first in the series. Some of the setups of Spyre and the different kingdoms seemed a little artificial (in terms of setup, of course they were artificial in origin). Still, I'm going to get the third (and probably fourth) eventually.

Finished: Nocturne for a Dangerous Man, by Marc Matz
Started: Chasm City, by Alastair Reynolds

Comments behind the cut, short version: Meh, not my cup of tea. (no real spoilers except for concept and characters)
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Finished watching the first season of Wolverine and the X-Men (because the UK jumped past us, playing it every day instead of weekly). Rather good, overall. Could be better. (some spoilers for end of season coming)Read more... )

Also lately been enjoying the second season of Spectacular Spider-Man. It's nice to have good cartoons again, finally.

TVwise, Terminator wasn't bad, BSG was... kinda a waste for a second last episode, but we'll see how they end off.

Edit: Oh, and I finally saw Watchmen. My thoughts, spoilers behind the cut both for the movie and the GN. Short version: Liked it, a bit soulless in parts, but I'll probably buy the extended DVD. Read more... )
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This week I got two books:

Captain Britain and MI13 #11 (quite good, really enjoying the arc)

Full reviews as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

Also picked up at the used bookstore:

Book of the New Sun, the First Half of, by Gene Wolfe (since one half of the first half is a Nebula winner I haven't read)

and

Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds

Wasn't too thrilled with Revelation Space by Reynolds, but this was cheap and I'm running low on new reading material so I figured what the heck, I'll give him another chance.

Work was okay, showed up only a few minutes after I did and decent load. And of course, since I had comics to get and the weather was fairly nice, I got some good reading time in. The weather was fairly nice, as I just said, but very windy. Which did make it a bit challenging to read at times, but I managed, except at a few points (like going under a train bridge that seemed to become like a wind tunnel.

What else? Some quick TV thoughts... BSG's moving slow and with what, only a couple eps left, I really don't have confidence that they're going to end on a satisfactory note. I happened to see a little preview for Caprica that looked good, though, looking forward to that when it comes, even if I'll probably have to treat it as a completely separate entity from BSG. Lost's been enjoyable (but what? Not on tonight?). Terminator _finally_ came through with a pretty good ep after a few weeks of stinkers (I mean seriously, how many times do we need people to be hallucinating/dreaming major parts of the episode, or for there to be fear that that's going on?). Dollhouse continues to, uhm... 'be', I guess.

Morena Baccarin is cast in the V remake. You know, I almost think the only way to approach the series would be to... not even Battlestar Galactica it, because BSG remained pretty close, plotwise, just modernizing it and making one major change (adding secret human cylons). For V, I think the best way to do it would be to also reimagine it, but go one step furthur... just use the title V, and the premise of aliens landing and becoming public to the world, and forget the lame (I'll cut for spoilers just in case you never saw any of the original) Read more... ). Reimagine not just the plot but the whole nature of the aliens, make the threat (if there even is one) a new one. Anyway, we'll see, Morena Baccarin in it might make me at least give it a look. Aw, who am I fooling, I'm a sci-fi geek, I'd probably give it a look regardless.

Been having a fair number of 'back in high school' dreams, or 'meet somebody from high school' dreams lately. And they usually involve rather random people, people I wasn't particularly close with (or negative with), just people who's name/face I happen to remember. Shrug.

Depressed of course (tis the season), and not really feeling inspired to do writing (though I've been meeting my quotas, it's been fairly joyless). And I'm still very lightly sick. Can't seem to shake it. So, meh all around.
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First, Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] soleta_nf!

Second, meh. Sleep was not great. I kept semi-waking up convinced that I was moving tomorrow/today and my mind was frantically racing trying to organize everything. Even though part of me was aware and tried to remind myself that uh, no, I'm not moving, the racing-mind part wouldn't listen. On the other hand, then I had a dream that I went to see a taping of the Daily Show, and hung out with Jon Stewart afterwards, which was kinda fun.

Did I mention how on Monday at about 5:30 am I helped a homeless woman steal back her bag of clothes from another homeless person who was using it as a pillow? No? Well, maybe after work.

Finally, Stargate Universe castings! They finally announced the rest of the main cast. And there are some recognizable (to me, at least) names there, although nothing super-exciting, some are at least mildly cool. (cut just in case you don't want to know) Read more... )
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So, the computer's still doing well. Haven't got an IDE enclosure yet to attempt to restore my old data, but I'm making slow progress on getting my other stuff up to speed or better than up to speed. For example, now I don't need to watch TV, sitting in my uncomfortable chair with dollar store earphones in my ears! My old PC had an internal speaker that was good for watching, this one doesn't. Luckily my brother had recently upgraded his speakers (he's one of you 'tunie' freaks who listens to 'music' for 'pleasure', and so the quality matters to him... weirdos) and still had the old ones around. With some kajiggering that left me completely soundless for a while (oops), I managed to get 'em up and working.

So, what have I been watching lately? Well, the Dead Like Me direct to DVD sequel-movie "Life After Death", for one. (some spoilers)Read more... )

Wolverine and the X-Men wasn't bad this week, though a bit low on the funny. And a NM cameo!

Terminator... From what I understand, the show has slipped severely in the ratings its first week out on the Friday Death Slot, so I'm not optomistic about it surviving another year. And judging by the last couple eps, I'm not as broken up as I would. I dunno, the writing seems to be getting more and more stilted (spoilers ahoy) Read more... )

And speaking of Friday night deathslots, Dollhouse. Dollhouse, Dollhouse, Dollhouse. I'm not feeling it. It's slightly enjoyable. I mean, I think I could really dig a hypothetical third season where (slight spoilers and longer discussion of the show ahead)Read more... ) So I'm thinking this is a slight misfire for Joss. I _almost_ wish it gets cancelled so that he can move on to doing something else awesome. But I won't add any bad wishes to it. I'll still watch but I don't think it'll be must-see for me anymore.

BSG I'm still worried has lost the plot. They're at the stage where people seem to be changing their minds and allegiences suddenly for no good reason, and (spoilers for most recent) Read more... )

Lost has been fairly enjoyable... not super exciting, but good.

What's up other than TV? Not a whole lot. My Dad, who's been out of work about two months or so, got a new job that pays much more than his previous ones, + benefits, so that's nice.

Writing-wise I should be on a writing cycle this week, but since I lost my last weekend trying to sort out my computer and otherwise not being able to enjoy myself much until I got the new one, I'm taking this one off, from my normal metered writing at least. I find I need a certain amount of unproductiveness and I lost that. However, I'm not abandoning writing entirely, I've just decided to work on unproductive writing and dipping my toe into fanfic for the first time in quite a while. Specifically, Runaways fanfic (well, sorta a crossover), set between the Secret Invasion mini and the 1st issue of vol 3. I may not actually get past the outlining stage (since for some reason I can't write comic fanfic as prose, I have to structure it as though I'm actually writing a comic script), but at least unlike my other Runaways ideas (like the What I'd Do With one, even though my ideas have moved far beyond what I have in that one entry) it's unlikely my ideas can become incompatible with the real storylines, I can actually work on it slowly without the fear that I should chuck it all into the 'why bother, it's not even theoretically possible anymore' bin. Shrug.
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This week I got one book:

Runaways #6 (bit of a weak end to the arc)

Full reviews as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

Work was okay, though late, however it (and the walk to the comic store) were a bit of a pain because of a snowstorm. It wasn't especially cold, and thankfully, at least most of the time, not especially slushy, but the snow was falling the whole time and meant I couldn't really read while walking. The snowstorm probably also contributed to the lateness at work.

Anyway, some random bits of news and such that may be of interest.

Kim Manners, director of a number of SF shows including X-Files and Supernatural (and in fact, who directed the recent SN episode "Family Remains" has died. RIP.

In TV news, NBC had greenlit a pilot for a new series, called Day One. It's described as a post-apocalyptic series after a global catastrophe destroys the world's infrastructure. Sounds like my kind of show. The writer of the pilot has worked on Heroes, Lost, and Alias. So that might be good or bad. He was one of the co-executive producers let go when NBC realized the Heroes ship was sinking and needed dramatic efforts to rescue it, though. I'll give it a chance, because, well, me-likey post-apocalypse.

ABC's greenlit a pilot for a remake of V, by one of the co-exec producers of The 4400. Also may or may not be worth a look.

Also, like Jane Austen? Like Zombie Apocalypses? Well, I have the book for you! It's a posthumous collaboration with Jane Austen is an upcoming novel, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies". Yes, really. Apparently it combines actual text from the Austen novel with new material making a plot about a zombie uprising, making it a comedy of manners during a zombie apocalypse. I dunno, I kinda dig that kind of thing, at least in theory.

And if you're not sick of zombies yet, apparently there will be an upcoming horror-comedy Zombieland, starring Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslyn.

And there's some more word on casting for the DW Specials this year, over at Gallifrey One's News Page, but I won't be specific because it may be spoilery to some.

Had a Supernatural episode in a dream. Not so much a dream about Supernatural, but actually a plot (albeit, not a complete one). Read more... )
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Let's start with Battlestar Galactica. I've come up with a theory about what's going on, and, since it will be spoilery for the newest eps, and theoretically if correct, might (but probably not) spoil upcoming stuff. Some of you may have heard some of this before.

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On to cartoons. Over the weekend, I watched several (mostly because my net was down sunday morning but I had them already).

Wolverine and the X-Men, ep 14. Another Wolverine centered episode. Some interesting choices, and a smile now and then, but as always, I don't much care when he's the focus. Introduction of an expected character, too.

Hulk vs. Thor. This actually seemed more like an episode of a hypothetical, lost, Thor series than a true crossover. (minimal spoilers) Read more... )

And, Hulk vs. Wolverine. This one is supposedly a prequel to the Wolverine and the X-Men series. I'm not 100% sure it works (a few potential continuity blips). But really, it's only okay. (Some minor spoilers, characters that appear). Read more... ) If you do watch this, be sure to watch past the end of the credits.

And, the first Book Foo of 2009!

Finished: Wild Cards, Vol 6: Ace in the Hole, edited by George R. R. Martin (reread)
Started: Wild Cards, Vol 7: Dead Man's Hand, by George R. R. Martin and John J. Miller (reread)

Some brief comments on AitH behind the cut, some spoilers.
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On to the last WC I'll probably be rereading (unless I happen to stumble across the next volume I haven't read, but that's unlikely)

Finished: Ilium, by Dan Simmons (reread)
Started: Olympos, by Dan Simmons (reread)

Minor spoilers (mostly back of the book stuff) in a few brief comments behind the cut. Read more... )

Oh, and an interesting trivia note you might not be aware of. Today, US President George W. Bush left office and President Barack Obama officially became the 44th President. "Former President George W. Bush"... that has a nice ring to it somehow.

Oh, and Marvel released its April Solicitations. Some quick thoughts:

Man, I know he's got a movie out, but 10 Wolverine books this month? That's just crazy.

Looks like the rumors of a new old-school New Mutants ongoing series is pretty much fact, because they're releasing "New Mutants Saga #1", one of those prose-recap-lets-get-you-up-to-speed-on-past-continuity-for-cheap issues that they often do right before a relaunch with some history. I might have to try that out, despite my lack of interest in mutant titles.

And really, the only surprise? A relaunched Exiles series, written by Jeff Parker. He's behind the First Class comics, and since I always liked Exiles basic idea, just couldn't stand to read it under certain authors, I might actually pick it up. The cast leaves a little to be desired, but in Exiles they can change quickly.

End of Ultimate Spider-Man... probably just for a relaunch. But really, the Ultimate universe died for me the day they assigned any of it to LOEB.

A new major event effecting every other title starting in the regular Spider-Man books? Please, I've had enough of your events. Unless it a) repowers mutants, or b) reverts the crap of BND, I'm not interested and am plugging my ears with my fingers and shouting la-la-la. (Okay, there's a c... adds oldschool New Universe characters to the MU proper. But that's like a million to one shot).

Dark Reign: The Cabal? Eegads, that means in my imaginary Runaways fanon universe I toy with from time to time I can't use the Cabal as the name of the new villain group that wants to take over the Pride's territory! Damn you Marvel for messing up with my imaginary runs. I suppose I'll have to ignore you!

Moore's last issue on Runaways, hope they announce a new creative team, and a good creative team, soon. Maybe Jeff Parker might be an idea, he seems capable of multiple titles and I've liked what I've seen of him short term in Scans of hisbooks.
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What? The Veronica Mars movie isn't just a pipe dream to sooth fans? He's actually working on the script and Joel Silver and Kristin Bell both want to do it?!

(Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kissingdaylight for the heads up!)

BSG wasn't bad. Wonderfully acted, powerful moments, but I don't think I buy into any of the central premises of the series, and until I do and they explain things in a way that makes sense to me, the show's going to mostly leave me a little cold.

Wolverine and the X-Men is back on yTV (I think now 11:30am Saturdays), so another thing to watch on weekdays. Last week was pretty good, this week's, according to the preview, not so much that interests me, but I'll watch it anyway.
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As I expected, some of the big Stargate announcements have come this week. That is, more of the cast of Stargate Universe.

Gateworld has the full rundown, but here are the bullet points: SG Universe will premiere in the fall of 2009, as opposed to summer. It begins filming in only 20 days.

The cast, in addition to the previously announced Robert Carlylse is... Read more... )

That's clearly not all of the cast (since there are several female characters but no actresses revealed so far), but supposedly the full press release will be today. I'll edit in new names when I find them.

My main comment: Don't really know any of these people. So we're back in "we'll see" territory.

Edit: Oh, and SF Author John Scalzi has apparently been tapped as a technical consultant (which basically means they phone him up with questions once in a while). Never read any of his books, but it is encouraging that they get a SF author.
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COLD. Or maybe that's C-C-C-OLD!

So, when I was on my way to work, it was supposed to be about -29 (C, that's something like -21 F I think) with the wind chill. But hey, I'm a Canadian, I only had to be out for about 2-3 hours walk today since it's a comic day. No biggie.

Then I go to take a shower before work... no hot water.

After an abortive attempt to boil water and use it for a bath (I just didn't have the time to get enough hot enough to make a difference), I said screw it and just did a shower. Of course, I did it the reverse of usual. You know how you usually try to stay as much as possible in the spray because outside it's cold. I had to stay as much outside the spray and just dip my hands and hair in to clean and rinse off. And then, when I was almost done, rinsing my hair and about to step out... the hot water comes back on. Not full force. The hot water tap was turned all the way, the cold not at all (not the smartest plan, probably, just in case it all came on at once, but I'm a good jumper), and still it was only slightly more than body temperature. But still I did a quick rewash (because you can't get everything clean in cold water) and shampoo and soaked in the semi-warm water to warm myself up for an extra minute or two.

Still, fate was not looking good for me. But I spit in the face of Fate! Usually right before it kicks me in the stomach. Then it's time for my countermove. Doubled over, vomit on its shoes. And Fate has some expensive shoes. That, my friends, I consider a win.

Then, out to the frozen Canadian winter. Now, I may have mentioned this before, but what I wear generally only has three areas of variation. Hat, gloves, and jacket. My hat's a toque, relatively warm. My gloves not too bad but still get my hands pretty cold. My jacket is a light windbreaker, with three buttons missing and a broken zipper. These I only wear when the temperature's too cold. Underneath all that, I wear jeans and a t-shirt (and socks and shoes and underwear for all you nitpickers). That's it. Summer or winter. -30 or +30. It is a mark of my Canadian pride to endure, especially the winter. In the ultimate extreme, I'll pull the toque down over my face. I'm used to it, and I've gone walking for hours in the coldest temperatures like that and been relatively comfortable (The main discomfort is that when it gets too cold sometimes I can't read while I'm walking). But, it should tell you that it's was supposed to be a cold day. But I made no change to my routine.

And it wasn't that bad. I didn't have to pull my hat over my face, and for most of the walk, I didn't even have to stop reading (there was a time when I was walking a little more into the wind and my fingers were starting to numb). It was actually rather pleasant. It's the kind of cold that numbs the Weltschmerz and whispers in your ear, the kind of cold that you take to the market on a foggy day and three apples screw driver swallow you whole and spit you out again inflexible and starlight.

It's remotely possible my brain is still dethawing as I'm typing this. The gist of what I'm trying to say is that I endured. I am Canadian! Also, I much prefer really cold to not so cold but very slushy and rainy, as was the case last time I made the big trip.

Anyway, on to New Comic Day!

This week I got two books:

Captain Britain and MI-13 #9 (My pick of the week, but man, Cornell depresses me sometimes!)
NYX: No Way Home #5 (holdover from last week. Okay, will have to see how it all ties together though).

Of minor interest, the Obama covers of Spidey were already sold out when I got there, within an hour of opening. I might have got one if they were cover price and not marked up (I don't know if they did or not but they sometimes mark up the variants).

Full reviews as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

Work was okay. Got there early, and finished quickly.

And just learning sad news. Patrick McGoohan, best known as Number 6 in the TV show The Prisoner, has died at the age of 80. He is the reason number6 is part of my username. RIP, man. Be Seeing You.

Edited to Add: Not just McGoohan, but also Ricardo Mantalban... KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!
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So, this post I'll be giving my thoughts on all the series I watched regularly, as how they stand on the midseason point. This includes shows which've only aired one apisode (Who), and ones which only have two episodes left to go in their entire run (Atlantis). My criteria for inclusion is if I watched it with most of my attention, most of the time.

So, here we go.

Prison Break: Major spoilers for the newest season so far. In short: Kinda enjoyable for most of it, but turned sour around the end.Read more... )

Heroes: Major spoilers for Vol 3: Villains. In short: What a cluster$!@$. Read more... )

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Major spoilers for S2. Short version: Bit of a down-turn in quality from S1, but still some interesting things going on. Read more... )

My Own Worst Enemy (Cancelled): I watched this mainly because it was right after Heroes and nothing else was on. No real spoilers. Short version: Not especially going to miss it. Read more... )

House: This is kinda episodic, so there's not much to say. Minor spoilers for relationshippy stuff in the newest season. Short version: Still enjoyable for what I watch it for, the ongoing stuff doesn't thrill me though. Read more... )

Criminal Minds: Another episodic show. I don't even know why I like it, especially since the awesome Inigo Montoya (that's his name for me from now on) left, but I still mildly enjoy it. No spoilers, no cut. Still enjoying it, maybe because it's my only real 'serial killer crime' show I watch.

Bones: Another show I watch more by circumstances than choice - it's on, nothing else is, and I like it enough to watch it regularly so long as nothing conflicts. Some spoilers but mostly for the end of last season and how it plays out this time. Read more... )

Pushing Daisies (cancelled): Minor spoilers for ongoing plots of S2. Short version: Too bad it's cancelled. Read more... )

Supernatural: Relatively low on spoilers. Short version: Mixed, not feeling the arc so much but still enjoy the series. Read more... )

The Office: Don't have too much to say about this. I kinda feel bad for Andy though. This is probably my one half hour comedy show left.

Stargate Atlantis: There's only two episodes left before the series is over, so this is almost a season-in-review. But not quite. Anyway, no spoilers really. Short version: Enjoying it, but it's a bit weaker and I'm already kind of more excited about Universe.Read more... )

Survivors (BBC): Only minor spoilers, since I don't think anyone on my flist's watched it. Or probably planning to. Short version: Actually the show I've been most looking forward to this month.Read more... ) I'm glad it's getting a second season.

Doctor Who (2008 Christmas Special only): Oh, RTD, you did it again. Decent character work at first, with a crappy plot you must have wrote in the bathroom because it's made out of tissue paper. Major spoilers. Also a bit of fannish speculation for what happens next for the baddies.
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I think that's about it. If there are any other shows you know I watch (or wonder if I watch) that I left out, feel free to comment and I'll let you know what I think.

Edited to add:
Wolverine and the X-Men: Not really many spoilers, except perhaps for characters appearing. Short version: Quite liked it.Read more... )
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First Stargate Universe casting is in... veteran actor Robert Carlyle will be playing... a role that wasn't in the initial manifest released during casting, possibly because they were keeping it secret. In the story that reveals him, they've also released a bit more information on the initial plot (that gets the people in the situation for the series). Anyway, I haven't seen much he's been in personally, but he might be good.

Terminator winter finale was only okay.

Heroes finale was mostly craptastic, with a few decent moments. I think this year I might do a MIDSEASON REVIEW of all the TV I've been watching, in the next few weeks, so I'll expand more on it later.

Personally? I seem to be having another cat day. I had an 8 hour sleep last night, and then two separate naps during the day. I dunno why. Nothing to do and I was sleepy, I guess. Been having a few unsettling dreams lately. You know, the kind where I'm happy, or have a hope of becoming such. Meh. My winter's depression typically isn't supposed to start until after New Years, damnit. Meh I said. An emphatic meh to all the world. Having a lot of 'last survivor of a plague' type fantasies lately, in part triggered by Survivors, in part by general depression and loneliness.

Other than the great mehness, feeling just slightly off healthwise. Like I'm mostly recovered from a cold but still have a risk of slipping back in now and then. Isolated spots of coughing, days apart, or random dizziness. *shrug*

Still have the bad half of my Xmas shopping to do. That is, the half that it's not appropriate to give a gift card. I'll see what I can find tomorrow at the mall on the way to work. Speaking of work, very low-level stressing about whether next week's going to be screwed up schedulewise, but not enough to be worth mentioning. And yet I did. So that should give you an idea of how little is going on in my life right now. :P

And to close off, GIANT UNDERSEA STARFISH FOUND OFF ANTARCTICA. Those aren't starfish... those are Elder Thing pets! (Okay, so it's old, but I was just linked it again).
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Finished: Wild Cards, Vol 4: Aces Abroad, edited by George R. R. Martin (reread)
Started: Wild Cards, Vol 5: Down and Dirty, edited by George R. R. Martin (reread)

Aces Abroad's the next in the series, but not really one of my favorites. (minor spoilers behind the cut)
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Finished: Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman
Started: Parable of the Talents, by Octavia Butler

Thoughts on AB behind cut, minor spoilers. Short version: Liked it, but probably the weakest Gaiman novel I've read.
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So, since I'm writing this offline while my net is out, I might as well talk about a few more things. Let's start with Wolverine and the X-Men, because apparently, it will be no more. Well, at least, in Canada, on YTV. Teletoon bought exclusive Marvel rights, so YTV isn't airing it any more, and Teletoon will be, starting in January. But that _probably_ means they'll have to rerun the first 12 episodes again, and so it might be a long time before a new one. Grr. Maybe they'll recognize that many people have seen it already and do a marathon or something to get through them quickly.

Saw my first episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures. I only watched it because this was the ep with (spoilers) Read more... )

Terminator wasn't bad this week, but the timeline's pretty screwed up. There's no way there's been 6 months since the series started (unless they decided to take a 3 month jump with this episode). Minor point though.

Heroes? My god it's gotten train-wreck bad again. I have one non-spoilery thing to say. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOEEEEEEEEB! This wasn't his episode, but I'm blaming him anyway. (More major spoilers beyond the cut)
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Anyway, Jeph Loeb will be gone soon but next ep is one he's writing, which of course worries me. And Bryan Fuller is going to be back on the writing staff... starting episode 20... WTF? That's like 2 before the end. And there's no guarantee he'll be back next year. That's not time to turn the Craptanic away from the Iceberg. Meh.

Oddly enough, the only show I've been _excited_ about lately is Survivors, on the BBC. It's not perfect but it hits a lot of my fiction enjoyment buttons. And only a few episodes left about that. Terminator's probably second place but has been a good deal weaker this year.

That's about it.
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Another Prisoners of Gravity vid came up over the weekend, so I thought I'd do another pimp-and-post. This one's topic... Dreams!

Part 1: Brian Stableford on literary use of dreams, and his use fo them in Werewolves of London and Angel of Pain, Neil Gaiman on Sandman and how his dreams influence his writing, Inker Mark Buckingham on the Sandman Special, Neil Gaiman on A Game of You arc.
Part 2: Charles de Lint on why dreams are so important in his fiction and the similarity to the rules of faerie, Clive Barker on Imajica and shamanism, Peter Straub on his dreams influencing his writing, particularly in Koko
Part 3: Various writers on whether they keep Dream Diaries and thier usefulness, and particular dreams and dream inspirations they've had (Jack Dann, Dan Simmons, Pat Cadigan, Barrington J. Baley, Michael Moorcock). Brian Aldiss
(some slight sound synch issues on this one, at least for me, but not horribe)


In other TV news I'm actually quite digging the BBC's Survivors show.
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No, this does not relate to any real news at all (and shame on you for being disappointed!). It's just I've watched two apocalyptic productions out of the UK recently. One is the first episode of Survivors, the remake of Terry Nation's miniseries from the 70s (or the miniseries based on his book at least, I'm not entirely sure which), in which a plague wipes out most of humanity. The second is "Dead Set", a zombie apocalypse miniseries... set around the (UK) Big Brother House (actually I saw the first ep a few weeks ago but got sidetracked by November and other stuff while I tried to track down the rest). A zombie apocalypse breaks out on "Eviction" Night, and the reality show contestants don't realize anything's gone wrong at first because they're isolated from the world and media. It sounds funnier than it is, but it is very good.

So let's start with Survivors, because I have less to say. It's only the first episode, and being such, much of it deals with the plague itself, rather than the aftermath. But it does a decent enough job in setting up the situation and the characters that I'm interested in coming back for more. Of course, I like apocalypse fiction and other media. A few Doctor Who alum make an appearance, and one of the main cast is someone who's currently odds on favorite to be the Next Doctor.

So, onto Dead Set. When I heard about the premise, I did kind of think they'd play it really satirical, almost comical, like Shaun of the Dead, but surprisingly no - there are certainly elements of satire, but it's dark satire, and most of the plot is played deadly serious, and frankly, it's both gorier and more disturbing in many ways than a lot of the more recent zombie films I've seen. One of the greatest things about it is actually using the Big Brother house and property and celebrity status. It's a tiny bit lost on me, personally, since I've only seen the US version, so I don't get all the in-jokes (like using the actual host and some prior contestants) but I have to give them big kudos for doing it. For example, I could never see this being remade in the US, at least not without it being about some made-for-the-movie reality show, like "Total Surveillance" or "Human Zoo" or "Do I Orwell For The Camera?" or something. And that's a shame, because really, it's the best way to do it. Read more... )

The cast, although a few of them are a little bland, are mostly enjoyable and to a fair degree aren't idiots, which is refreshing (of course, they are occasionally, as moments of idiocy are practically necessitated by zombie movies, particularly for climaxes). But they use well thought out plans for dealing with the situation.

If I had one complaint about it it would be that they use fast zombies. It's not a dealbreaker for me, but I generally prefer the slow ones. In Shaun of the Dead writer/star Simon Pegg's review of Dead Set he pretty much agrees and explains why better than I could (Dead Set writer Charlie Booker responds at the end of an unrelated editorial on the US election here if anyone is interested in the reasoning, and so I can forgive him for it and even agree that in some situations I might use fastish zombies, but I just slow zombies best.)

So, yeah, Dead Set is highly recommended for zombie fans. Or Big Brother fans who don't mind gore and swearing and brief nudity. Got me thinking about my old desire for a zombie apocalypse ongoing TV series. Read more... )

In other plague news, my cold was very painful over the weekend (and I felt a bit zombieish, except my cravings for human flesh stayed at about the usual level), but seems mostly better now. I thought I might suffer a minor setback from having to walk 45 minutes to work in cold rain this morning, but I had a bottle of OJ for extra vitamin C and bought some ginger beer, the magic cure all, on the way home, so that helped balance it out.

And, while I'm here, I suppose I should give a rundown of PerExWriMo (personal extra writing month). My goal was to write every day but wednesday, and on every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday do my quota of 2000 words a day (Monday and Friday I would be working on script format writing and other things which aren't easy to meter). I wound up with just over 38,000 words of metered writing, and I did write every single day (except Wednesdays when work and often comic day makes it implausible). So I suppose I could count it as a technical success. However, I didn't finish anything, wasn't really excited about most of what I wrote, and didn't write nearly as much on the non-metered writing as I hoped. I also didn't really get any 'new ideas' that caught fire in my imagination, as forced writing sometimes does. The closest I came was a desire to start a movie type script, weaving together many elements I enjoy reading in SF, but of course with my own plot, and I did start that, it taking up most of my non-metered writing time of the last half of the month. I'm kinda digging it conceptually but may not go anywhere, just another half-(or quarter, or 1-tenth)-finished project. We'll see. But now we're in December, which is my official month off from writing, where I only write if I feel _particularly_ inspired.
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This week I got one book:

Runaways #4 (kinda fillerish, but still fun)

Full reviews as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

Work wasn't bad, showed up earlyish and wasn't too bad, load-wise.

Been feeling sick, but still writing, PerExWriMo continues.

Some quick TV thoughts:
Heroes: Takes a turn for the ridiculous again. Well, maybe or maybe not. It all depends on whether they have a damn good explanation for why things are happening. But it better damn well not be "ECLIPSES ARE MAGIC". LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOEEEEEEEEEB!

Terminator: I totally called one of the revelations in this episode, back in September.
One of the others I didn't see coming though and was kinda cool. And enjoyed the ep as a whole.

Stargate Atlantis: Haven't talked about it lately, but it's actually been a bit on an upswing in recent weeks. Figures it happens after they announce cancellation. Ah well. Supposedly February is when they start filming the pilot for Universe, so I bet we'll be hearing casting news soon.
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Finished: Wild Cards, Vol 2: Aces High, edited by George R. R. Martin
Started: Wild Cards, Vol 3: Jokers Wild, edited by George R. R. Martin

So, Wild Cards 2, another 'mosaic novel'. This one though has a more cohesive plot. Whereas the first one was telling the broad story of the world in the 40 years since the Wild Card virus was released (through individual tales), this one has different writers tackling the same basic story. How does it work? Not bad, but I preferred the first book. (Minor spoilers behind the cut, mostly plot-based, plus some longer thoughts on some of the characters I enjoy).
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Finished: The Hand of Oberon, by Roger Zelazny (reread)
Started: The Courts of Chaos, by Roger Zelazny (reread)

So yeah, reaching the point in the series where I'm getting a little bored with it. (Very minor spoilers beyond) Read more... ) And we're on to the last book now.

Anything else to report? I don't think so. I think I'm coming down with a cold again, very slowly and still with a chance of fighting it off. We'll see. Still writing but it's getting to be a bit of a slog. Haven't checked out Brave and the Bold the new DCU cartoon yet, but eventually maybe. TV-wise, things have been a bit meh. Terminator _almost_ turned in one of their more kickass episodes, but they ruined too much of the awesome with the way they told the story and it turned out only okay.

Book Foo

Nov. 7th, 2008 06:43 pm
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Finished: Wild Cards, Vol 1, edited by George R.R. Martin (reread)
Started: Wild Cards, Vol 2: Aces High, edited by George R.R. Martin (reread)

Even though it's a reread, I think it's long enough since I last read it, and I may never have mentioned it on LJ, that I'll go into more detailed thoughts. In short, I really enjoy the book and the world created. Even rereading it works well. Minor spoilers (mostly concept related) behind the cut.

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Finished: Sign of the Unicorn, by Roger Zelazny (reread)
Started: The Hand of Oberon, by Roger Zelazny (reread)

Liked this one a little more than the last, but not as much as the first. And since I decided to move on to the fourth, I might as well finish up the first cycle of books. It does occur to me that the method of shadow-walking in some way matches my technique of choosing my destination when I have a lucid dream. In fact, it's possible that reading Amber long ago helped inspire that ability, since I didn't try anything like it before. Maybe I just need to find the Pattern in my dreams and walk it and then I can do it in real life. Anyway, no real comments beyond that.

PerExWriMo proceeds on schedule, doing fairly well meeting my goals.
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Because there's nothing that interests me. Nothing next week, either. So instead I'll do another Book Foo!

Finished: A For Anything, by Damon Knight
Started: Wild Cards, Vol 1, edited by George R. R. Martin (reread)

Thoughts on A for Anything (originally titled The People Maker) behind the cut. Some minor spoilers, mostly conceptual. Short version: Didn't really care for it.
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I'll probably read the first 2 or 3 Wild Card books if I don't get anything new before then, but figure I'll stop before kinky sex takes over the whole series. ;)

Finished: The Guns of Avalon, by Roger Zelazny (reread)
Started: Sign of the Unicorn, by Roger Zelazny (reread)

Not really much to say since GoA is part 2 of a series. Didn't like it quite as much as the first part, but still held my interest and since I'm running low on new books I'll move on to book 3. We'll see from there if I continue.


Anyway, work was annoying... not too bad, but way late, so I wound up getting home at the same time as I would if I walked to get comics after work on a normal day (about a 3 hour detour).

Edited to Add: Oh, and it looks like it's official, David Tennant's leaving Doctor Who after the five specials this year. I wonder if this means the most recent rumor about his replacement is true (the most recent I heard was Paterson Joseph, who I remember best as the Marquis de Carabas in the miniseries version of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere... I think he could be an interesting choice). It also occurs to me I made an icon of him in that role, so if you want to know who I'm talking about, it's the guy uncomfortably trying to comfort in this:

(okay, not the best icon, but it was one of my early ones)

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