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08 February 2017 @ 12:39 pm
And you may ask yourself, How did I get here?  
WAY too much Idol reading recently—I've barely come up for air, and was so far behind on my f-list that I had to go back to Jan 22 to resume catching up. My apologies for all of the late comments!

We had a brief reprieve from rain, so I was able to bicycle outside FOUR DAYS in each of the last two weeks! \o/ Unfortunately, we're now in another wet spell. Four days of rain last week, a one-day reprieve, and then 5 more rain days. Ughhhhh. I finished pruning the 10 rose trees and about 7 other rose bushes in our yard, and did a little weeding, but that'll be it for awhile. Most of the remaining unraked leaves (they don't finish dropping until late December) became one with the mud several weeks ago...

We finally saw the latest (and probably last?) BBC Sherlock. Huh. Neither of us much liked the Mary subplot in the prior season (mainly, all the wedding stuff and then the improbable twist at the end), and that ate up quite a bit of this season as well. Then there was the torture porn. And the trashing of John's character. There was terrific style and some truly interesting visual work, but there has been less case-oriented plot in the last two seasons than I would have liked. I also renew my objection to the characterization of Sherlock's parents, who are far too normal and affectionate to have produced those particular children. We did actually enjoyed watching it overall—it was gripping! But like the prior season, we had really hoped for better.

We watched Anomalisa, and definitely regretted that. I understand what the creators were aiming for, but mostly it was just strange and slow at first, and Uncanny-Valley-weird throughout. Also? Puppet sex. I fast-forwarded through it, but you just can't unsee that. o_O

I read
  • The Girls In The Garden (modern drama with some mystery, hard to put down),
  • The Invisible Library (fantasy with librarians who strategically steal books from various multiverses),
  • The Fake Fruit Factory (tried too hard to be zany, but not weird enough), and
  • The Scythe (Neal Shusterman future-fic with a post-mortality world in which overpopulation is solved by "gleaning")


  • Up next will be the most recent No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novel. I probably forgot to mention that I finished the most recent Harry Bosch novel several weeks ago. That series was dissed in the Luke Cage finale, for no apparent reason. People are welcome to pile on the Lincoln Lawyer series, but the modern noire that is Harry Bosch? Sacrilege!

    Our son has now started his final year of Moot Court competition, so we'll be spending some time at the county courthouse over the next month. Hey, at least it isn't jury duty! \o?

     
     
     
    kick_galvanic, zagzagael, skull_theatre: work hard knucksbleodswean on February 8th, 2017 09:14 pm (UTC)
    Why has the Idol reading been so grueling this season???? I can't quite sort that. And the newbies aren't being super good about commenting or responding to comments. :(

    Moot Court! How fun! :)
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 8th, 2017 09:21 pm (UTC)
    It's partly the quantity-- normally we would be in tribes of about 30 people, so you could read and vote within a single tribe if need be, which used to save my sanity. The other has been that the prompts have led to a lot of non-fiction entries about truly sad and tragic things, and it is just emotionally tiring to wade through so much misery.

    I don't know what the deal is with commenting, because I think most people have been around LJ before if not Idol, so it's not one of those Tumblr-esque situations where you only comment on entries by people you know. Which is self-stagnating, in a way.

    I'm interested to watch the boys compete in Moot Court this year. Last year, a teammate choked at the finale and cost them the win, which was awful for everyone. Different team this year, so it's looking hopeful!
    Direst Ryl: Valkyrieryl on February 8th, 2017 11:04 pm (UTC)
    I've been trying to comment, but a lot of my Idol reading is at work so I've been getting interrupted. Also I made a new rule as of last week: as soon as an entry gets political, I close the tab. My blood's been angried up too much lately, need to dial that back.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 9th, 2017 12:03 am (UTC)
    I still read the political entries, because at least they're MY politics too. :) Though yes, my blood starts boiling again, and that's no fun.

    I think we have a huge number of people participating right now who are almost entirely silent on commenting, period. They might comment on a friend's entry, or one here and there, but overall, no. It's unusual to have so many of them at once, which kind of affects the season's dynamics.

    Though those who have been around much longer than me would say, "It's always something..." :)
    passing_through: books hairpassing_through on February 9th, 2017 01:36 am (UTC)
    And you may ask yourself, How did I get here?

    I was listening and singing along to this song on my way home from work! It's on my Spotify "Drive Time" playlist.

    I completely skipped over the paragraph about BBC Sherlock because I haven't watched the season yet. I didn't even realize it was out until my brother said something about it a few weeks ago. Obviously, I'm not missing it too much because I haven't watched it yet :D

    I think you would like living in the Austin area. With the exception of the blistering summer heat, it's pretty nice weather all year round and you could ride all over town. Austin is very bike friendly.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 9th, 2017 06:44 am (UTC)
    I love that Talking Heads song, especially David Byrnes' paranoid delivery of the lines. :D

    Glad you skipped the BBC Sherlock, rather than getting spoiled. I was pretty evasive in the description just in case, but it might spoil someone for the previous season!

    Sacramento is usually much dryer in the winter-- or we have a few days of rain, a few of clearing, etc, instead of these long blocks of raaaaain. But this year seems bent on making up for 5 years of drought all at once. :O
    Destinadestina on February 9th, 2017 04:01 am (UTC)
    Did you watch Bosch on Amazon? I'm curious to know how closely it adheres to the books, because I loved the show, but I don't want to read the books the show is most closely based on, in terms of the plot. I'd rather read other books in the series.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on February 9th, 2017 08:17 am (UTC)
    I haven't watched the Amazon series. I held back in part because of the casting choice-- a tall, kind of sexy guy as opposed to the wiry bulldog Harry should be. Our son wants to watch, though, because he's read a couple of the books and really liked them.

    After the movie casting for Jack Reacher, I'm leery of these things. My husband and I spend all kinds of time recasting Jack Reacher, since Tom Cruise was an absolutely appalling choice. It needs someone big (at least 6'3" and muscular) and ideally attractive without being too good-looking. After watching Luke Cage, though, we decided that we would totally be good with black Jack Reacher, and would overlook the fact that the actor was too handsome for the role. Because Mike Colter is awesome. :)
    Murielle: Scrunchedmurielle on February 10th, 2017 01:16 am (UTC)
    I read No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency ages ago and really enjoyed it. Wish it had been a series.

    Hope you're not suffering the horrible weather so many are having to endure.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 10th, 2017 05:47 am (UTC)
    It IS a series! The one I'm reading is about book 15 or 16. :D

    We're in the middle of seemingly endless rain here, but I'm not in a cold region, so we're not getting buried in snow or ice. :)
    Murielle: Scrunchedmurielle on February 10th, 2017 08:32 am (UTC)
    More books! This is wonderful! Thank you! I'm going to have start looking for them. Thank you!

    Glad your not freezing.