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08 February 2012 @ 12:29 pm
I watched the premiere of The River last night. That show probably requires more attention than I'm willing to give it, so my main impressions (apart from good background spookiness) were
A) Clusterf**k
B) Lamentable failure to use "chupacabra" in any way, shape, or form.

"A" was mainly the overuse of the flailing-handheld-camera technique, including where mysterious weirdness is happening off-camera. Good use of creepy dolls, though. Lots of them.

My trip last weekend was unfortunately timed in that Christopher is now out of library books. I'm still working through a backlog as fast as I can, since I have several I've checked out AND new ones are now waiting. :0

I finished The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and its successor. I especially enjoyed the first book, and my husband said (!!!) that he thought it was very well-written. HalfshellHusband was an English major, and firmly worships at the altar of Dead Authors, so this was shocking. Perhaps my fanfic is lowering his standards...

I also finished The Borrower, and so did Christopher. I still love the "Choose Your Own Fiasco Chapter." It's just nine paragraphs. Three of them involve whether or not to deliver a shoebox from the narrator's (possibly Russian-Mafia-afiliated) father to another Russian man in Pittsburgh, and three others somehow wind up in Alaska (including one choice with a nonexistent fiance). Only Christopher noticed that there actually was no path to the ninth choice. :D

I'm still reading Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers (wall-to-wall gay stereotypes and excessive mayhem, but not bad enough to bail on), and The Bards Of Bone Plain. I've started A Prince Among Frogs (none of these E.D. Baker books are as good as the first series, though) and The Hunger Games (wow). There are more Ladies' Detective Agency books and a couple of Stephanie Plum mysteries in the pile, too.

At the gym yesterday, I finally read Wired's tribute to Steve Jobs. Lots of little additions (including George Lucas and Penn Jillette). The whole collection is here: Steve Jobs' Legacy. My favorite part was this excerpt, describing Jobs carrying an iBook (the first major WiFi product) around the room while it streamed video: Jobs was literally dancing, hips swaying in a joyous mambo around the conference table while Schiller and Ive beamed. Yes, he was a showman. But even more than that, he was the ultimate Apple fanboy.

I'm firmly a PC-not-MAC kind of person, but that article really "got" Jobs and the genius he brought to truly thinking differently. We lost him all too soon...

realpestilencerealpestilence on February 9th, 2012 04:30 am (UTC)
LDA is one of those rare books that is both popular and well-written. I don't worship at any dead altars, though I do like some classic writers; but I find that the more popular and best-selling a book (movie/cd/etc) is, the worse it is. Writers dumb it down for the masses...or, horrifying thought, THAT'S THE BEST THEY THEMSELVES CAN DO. 0.0

Does HSH play on-line? Because 50bookchallenge is a good comm for finding things to read that you might otherwise not encounter. It's been around for years, and has been LJ spotlighted at least 3 times in the last 5 years. He might like it.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bookshalfshellvenus on February 13th, 2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
I'm not a big fan of bestsellers, so I tend to read the ones that people are still raving about months (or years) later. I loved LDA #1, liked #2, and loved LDA #3 (just finished it). Also Teatime For The Traditionally Built, which was the first one I read.

But for many bestsellers... ugh. I've read a few nonfiction ones that were fascinating (Crisis In The Hot Zone, and Into The Wild), but that was after The New Yorker posted shorter versions of them, so I already had a sense of the writing style.

John Grisham makes me cringe. He plots, but his characterization is awful. And when has someone NOT wound up in the Cayman Islands at the end?

I mentioned that comm to HSH, and sent him a link. I just realized that, at my current rate, I might hit 50 books this year myself. But I'm not always up to blathering about them, or sometimes I forgot (The Other Wes Moore, for instance. I finished it and really liked it, but didn't follow up online). I'm hoping HSH might find some interesting recommendations over there. He just told me that he's ready to re-read A Tale Of Two Cities, so I expect he won't be getting through any new books for several weeks now. :0