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29 April 2015 @ 11:50 pm
Temperatures are climbing...  
It felt like it was about 90 at the end of the day today, when I went to an outdoor event at my son's high school and just kept sweating and sweating--even in the shade. I hate that! I hope the heat backs off soon.

We finally watched the finale of Justified, which was satisifying. I'll miss the story of Raylan and Boyd, and the show's theme song. Winn Duffy and Loretta? Not so much.

The show had a great cast, right down to the minor roles. We recently saw Cousin Johnny playing a Russian Mafia member in The Equalizer, and Cousin Dewey is currenly hiding behind "smart" glasses on Battle Creek. I hope Boyd pops up in something soon, too.

I'm closing in on the end of that Jasper Fforde YA trilogy on the Kindle. I was reading bits of it at the dentist's office the other day, waiting for the anaesthetic to kick in, and the dentist asked me about Kindle's dictionary feature. Um... I have never used that. I don't think I've run across a word I needed to look up in years, unless it was foreign. Perhaps there are words I should be looking up, but I'm so used to abstracting their meaning from the context that I never do? Or maybe I should torture myself with heavier reading? \o?

Right now, I need to get to bed. Another fun-filled work day awaits! Yarghhhh...

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 1st, 2015 04:50 pm (UTC)
I don't really like the formula of Westerns. Its masked form, in Jack Reacher novels, is kind of fun-- those are really more mystieries. But as a basic form, it bores me. Same for the Romance genre.

I think most women dislike Westerns, so it's more rare if they don't! Much as most men hate Romance novels, I suspect.

I did used to like the TV "Maverick" show, though...
bleodsweanbleodswean on May 1st, 2015 05:34 pm (UTC)
I love westerns! I'm trying to think of the formulaic aspect....Is it the White Man Powering Over the Indigenous that bothers you? I've never seen Maverick but cut my teeth on Kung Fu.

I wonder if that's true about women and westerns!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 1st, 2015 05:50 pm (UTC)
The whole setting-- the wild west-- really doesn't interest me at all, and the One True Hero (typically, the Reluctant Hero) fixing everything wears thin.

Plus, the female characters are typically secondary and stereotypical, and that kind of grates on me.

My grandfather loved L'Amour, which is interesting because he came over to the U.S. at age 13 (British by origin), and this was not his initial culture. He lived in Utah and then Enterprise for many years, before the difficulty of homesteading in that part of Oregon finally wore him out and he became a carpenter in Eugene instead.
bleodsweanbleodswean on May 1st, 2015 06:03 pm (UTC)
But isn't that the exact same formula as sci-fi? Which I thought you liked...I dunno, maybe I DON'T know what you like!!!

The issue of strong women in entertainment of all genres is a whole 'nother conversation. ;)

I loved L'Amour when I was a tween.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 1st, 2015 06:11 pm (UTC)
Haha-- I have a blanket hatred of Westerans, and Sci-Fi is really iffy for me.

I'm more about alien cultures/ideas and unusual realities in Sci-Fi. Think "The Lathe of Heaven" and "Left Hand of Darkness" rather than "Rendezvous With Rama." Anything that basically amounts to just war/weapons/my-ship-is-better-than-yours bores the crap out of me.

So, I like SOME Sci-Fi and Fantasy a lot, and some of it is just hopeless.

Personal taste is such a huge thing, too. Cannot tolerate Tolkien (too much detail about unimportant things, from my POV), but for other authors that detail might come across as atmosphere. It's just so hard to say!