lodessa: lol (fables-ruined fairytale)
[Poll #1367127]

Feel free to talk about what in particular you liked or didn't like about either version in the comments.
lodessa: lol (dr. who-martha-end of the world)
I have just gotten back from seeing the Watchman movie and okay, Jeffery Dean Morgan is forgiven.
lodessa: lol (beauty and the beast-library)
We interrupt this post for the following announcement:

Law and Order: UK. Starring Freema Agyeman and Jaime Bamber. I could not be more excited.

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Books Read so far in 2008

1) The Darkangel (The Darkangel Trilogy, Book 1), Meredith Ann Pierce (YA, Sci-Fi/Fantasy)
2) Lady Friday (The Keys to the Kingdom Series, Book 5), Garth Nix (Children's Lit, Fantasy)
3) A Gathering of Gargoyles (The Darkangel Trilogy, Book 2), Meredith Ann Pierce (YA, Sci-Fi/Fantasy)
4) Unmanned (Y: The Last Man, Volume 1), Brian K. Vaughn (Graphic Novel, Dystopia)
5) The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz (Contemporary Literature)
6) Cycles (Y: The Last Man, Volume 2), Brian K. Vaughn (Graphic Novel, Dystopia)
7) Closing Time (sequel to Catch-22), Joseph Heller (Contemporary Fiction)
8) One Small Step (Y: The Last Man, Volume 3), Brian K. Vaughn (Graphic Novel, Dystopia)
9) Safeword (Y: The Last Man, Volume 4), Brian K. Vaughn (Graphic Novel, Dystopia)
10) Ring of Truth (Y: The Last Man, Volume 5), Brian K. Vaughn (Graphic Novel, Dystopia)
11) Girl on Girl (Y: The Last Man, Volume 6), Brian K. Vaughn (Graphic Novel, Dystopia)
12) The Pearl of the Soul of the World (The Darkangel Trilogy, Book 3), Meredith Ann Pierce (YA, Sci-Fi/Fantasy)
13) Paper Dolls (Y: The Last Man, Volume 7), Brian K. Vaughn (Graphic Novel, Dystopia)
14) Affinity, Sarah Waters (Gothic Fiction, Queer Fiction)
15) Kimono Dragons (Y: The Last Man, Volume 8), Brian K. Vaughn (Graphic Novel, Dystopia)
16) Motherland (Y: The Last Man, Volume 9), Brian K. Vaughn (Graphic Novel, Dystopia)
17) Good Omens, Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett (Apocalyptic, Religious, Humor)
18) Legends in Exile (Fables, Volume 1), Bill Willingham (Graphic Novel, Urban-Fantasy)
19) Mort (Discworld Series), Terry Pratchett (Fantasy, Humor)
20) Animal Farm (Fables, Volume 2), Bill Willingham (Graphic Novel, Urban-Fantasy)
21) Storybook Love (Fables, Volume 3), Bill Willingham (Graphic Novel, Urban-Fantasy)
22) March of the Wooden Soldiers (Fables, Volume 4), Bill Willingham (Graphic Novel, Urban-Fantasy)
23) The Mean Seasons (Fables, Volume 5), Bill Willingham (Graphic Novel, Urban-Fantasy)
24) Homelands (Fables, Volume 6), Bill Willingham (Graphic Novel, Urban-Fantasy)
25) Arabian Nights (and Days) (Fables, Volume 7), Bill Willingham (Graphic Novel, Urban-Fantasy)
26) Wolves (Fables, Volume 8), Bill Willingham (Graphic Novel, Urban-Fantasy)
27) Sons of Empire (Fables, Volume 9), Bill Willingham (Graphic Novel, Urban-Fantasy)
28) 1001 Nights of Snowfall (Fables, non-linear), Bill Willingham (Graphic Novel, Urban-Fantasy)
29) One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Magical Realism)
30) Deadeye Dick, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (Contemporary Fiction, Apocalyptic)
31) The Wall: And Other Stories, Jean-Paul Sartre (Short Stories/Novella, Existentialism)
32) The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Volume 1, Alan Moore (Graphic Novel, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Gothic Fiction) )
33) The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Volume 2, Alan Moore (Graphic Novel, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Gothic Fiction) )
34) Dance with Me, Luanne Rice (Popular Fiction, Romance) )
35) No Future For You (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8: Volume 2), Brian K. Vaughn (Graphic Novel, Urban Fantasy) )
36) The (Nearly) Great Escape (Jack of Fables: Volume 1), Bill Willingham (Graphic Novel, Urban Fantasy) )
37) A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce (Stream of Consciousness) )
38) Whys and Wherefores (Y: The Last Man, Volume 10-final), Brian K. Vaughn (Graphic Novel, Dystopia) )
39) The Good Prince (Fables, Volume 10), Bill Willingham (Graphic Novel, Urban-Fantasy) )
40) Superior Saturday (The Keys to the Kingdom Series, Book 6), Garth Nix (Children's Lit, Fantasy) )
41) Idoru, William Gibson (Cyberpunk) )

Breakdown By Type
Graphic Novels: 25
Literary Fiction: 6
YA/Children's Fantasy: 5
Genre Fiction: 3
General Fiction: 2

Currently Reading:
House of Mirth, Edith Wharton

Movies Seen in the Theater This Summer (from favorite to least favorite):

1) The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - Usually adaptations of books are disappointing or just so widely different that it's basically a different story, but occasionally there comes an adaptation that actually improves on the book. This was one of those. The movie teases out the character motivation and development that lay fallow in the book, rounding the characters and turns route summaries into evocative description. Additionally, I was inclined to like the film because it was beautiful, in setting and in its cast.

2) Ironman - When I heard this movie was good, I was surprised. When I actually saw it and enjoyed it as much as I did, I was shocked. I mean... he's fighting the terrorists. This is usually an instant turnoff for me and yet it wasn't here. Gwyneth Paltrow has never been a favorite of mine and I've never considered her as really attractive, but here she was simply stunning (also I wanted all of her clothes). Ultimately I am forced to conclude that it's just a really well made movie. The pacing and dialogue were good, the acting was just right as was the tone, and it was incredibly shiny.

3) Hancock - Boy did this movie exceed my expectations. I went in with a base assumption of being entertained by Will Smith that Jason Bateman would be in it. I expected it would be kind of silly. But it really wasn't; sure there were some funny lines, but I actually think it's the most serious superhero/adventure movie I have seen in I don't know how long. Will Smith didn't seen gratuitous, and in fact may I say that I feel that he is aging ridiculously well and I am far more likely to feel smitten with him now than ever before. And I loved Bateman's character... which was just similar enough to Michael Bluth not to throw me, but was more of what Michael might have been if raised by a less insane family... or at least differently insane. And there was a twist, which wasn't full of plotholes, and which the trailer didn't give away like they so often do.

4)Dark Knight - So I really liked most of the things about the movie, but it was far too long. The creators seemed not to understand that just because a scene or idea is good does not mean it belongs in a movie, book, tv show, play or whatever. It would have been a two hour and ten minute movie, and there was a perfect point to do so there. spoilers ) That said, the extraneous scenes were still good in their own right and I enjoyed the movie quite a lot. But I really do think that this movie exemplifies part of why Ironman was such a hit. It's simple and doesn't drag on for 40 minutes after what should be the end (like almost every movie to happen recently, including Casino Royale for instance). I had a secondary pet peeve, which was spoilers )

5) Hellboy II: The Golden Army - Okay, so I was seriously really excited about this movie and I suspect that had I not been it might have rated higher on my initial impression. When it comes out on DVD I will probably be more forgiving. But this was a movie that the previews really showed too much of. I still enjoyed the banter and characters, but I already knew the awesome cinematic moments that were coming and the climax didn't feel that exciting. Also, the whimsical look of the creatures, which is magnificent in Pan's Labyrinth, just contrasted awkwardly with the rough and tumble feel of Hellboy. The new addition to their team was a mistake and terribly executed and actually made my brother miss Myers. Also there was a spoiler ) and while it was the least offensive execution of one I have seen in a long time it still is always a terrible idea.

6) Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull - It was enjoyable and hit all the right trigger buttons for the franchise nostalgia. I feel that if I thought too deeply about it then it would fall apart, but it was a good ride. In fact, it made me want to go to Disneyland and ride the Indiana Jones Adventure ride. So good job on that, marketing.

7) The Incredible Hulk - This was a ridiculously lazy movie. Basically they just rested on the laurels of having Edward Norton and didn't bother taking advantage of that fact. Liv Tyler is still pretty and still boring. Basically, it lacked the amazing direction of the first one (which I liked for that reason despite the other issues) and didn't give us much in return except for the promise of an Avengers movie with Edward Norton, Robert Downey Jr., and Matt Damon. They would have been better off not making a film at all because the idea of Norton as the Hulk is more interesting than what's on the screen in this case. Better direction and cinematography might have made the same plot really worthwhile, but the execution was lackluster and disappointing.

Ps. Yes I am possibly already coming up with RPF for a show that hasn't even been made yet.
lodessa: lol (soiaf-jaime/brienne-in bed)
1) I am really behind on my flist, but I had a great weekend:

a) Geeky Friday night of BSG and World of Warcraft with Jeremy and my brother.
b) Delicious homemade Macaroni and Cheese I had been craving but not making for a while.
c) A state of the union conversation with Jeremy that actually went somewhere.
d) Actually doing the laundry Saturday morning, and folding it.
e) Udon, Tempura, and Pot Stickers with Jeremy and [livejournal.com profile] sophia_helix for Saturday's late lunch.
f) Some walking around on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, mocking the drunk undergrads.
g) Delicious boysenberry frozen yogurt topped with cookie dough, marshmallows, bits of waffle cone, and fresh raspberries.
h) Going to the used bookstore and buying (or rather letting Jeremy buy me): William Gibson's Idoru, Neil Stephenson's Snowcrash (because my lovely early 90s copy disappeared a while back), Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game (which our copy of has also wandered off), Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s Deadeye Dick, and a copy of Sartre's The Wall which was translated by Lloyd Alexander.
i) [livejournal.com profile] sainfoin_fields arriving so that we could go to a show in the city that evening.
j) Quality time with Jeremy while [livejournal.com profile] sophia_helix and [livejournal.com profile] sainfoin_fields went to the movies.
k) Getting to the show at just the right time, Desa being great as ever, and Facing New York going predatory and completely draining my soul with their amazingness and seeming more awake than I have seen them in a long time. Also their being symbolic of everything about Contemporary Art(no matter the discipline) as a whole.
l) Art is not a science.
m) Cheese fries and mozzarella sticks at Denny's to recharge after the soul exfoliation.
n) Getting up at 9:15 Sunday morning, despite not getting home until 3:30 and reading Fables: Volume 9 and 1001 Nights of Snowfall while waiting for [livejournal.com profile] sainfoin_fields to wake up.
o) Successful shopping trip for the beginning of [livejournal.com profile] sainfoin_fields new wardrobe, in which she actually ended up with more stuff than [livejournal.com profile] sophia_helix and I, rather than the reverse.
p) Surprise date night with Jeremy, which included tasty fake Mexican and a margarita which ended up excitingly since I had failed to eat anything during the day.
q) Actually getting a full night's sleep for the first Sunday in ages.

2) I'm also behind on my TV, 2 weeks behind on Doctor Who and still haven't watched any of the NBC stuff since it returned. I am up to date on BSG and Bones though.

3) Why has no one ever mentioned to me the fact that 100 Years of Solitude is the most incest filled book ever?

4) I need a beta for a ASOIAF fic. It's Jaime/Brienne.

Yay Books!

Apr. 8th, 2008 09:39 am
lodessa: lol (beauty and the beast-library)
Good Omens

I've been meaning to read Pratchett and Gaiman so I figured reading Good Omens would give me a head start on both, also people seemed to really like it. I was not disappointed at all. It was a really good book, well constructed and executed. It was funny, sweet, and ultimately humanist.

Additionally, I was struck by two things:

1. This is the slashiest book I have ever read. I mean obviously I knew already by osmosis that Crowley/Aziraphale was a big OTP, but usually people are in some sense subverting the text for these pairings. Not so with this one. A six thousand year forbidden love is nothing to be scoffed at. And in a book that is about humanity taking control of its own destiny, their central place is interesting; because, of course their story is really about how they have become sort of human really, and their relationship is the keystone to that. So apparently, nothing is more human than slash.

2. Footnotes. This appears to be Pratchett habit, but I was struck by having run into them twice in fiction in the last month or so (when previously I can't remember actually running into author created ones). It's entirely possible that Junot Diaz was somewhat inspired by Pratchett's use, since he is a sci-fi/fantasy buff apparently. In the end, I must conclude that I love footnotes and should start using them instead of parentheses.

Fables: Volume 1

I started reading Fables with hope and apprehension. I love fairy tales and re-tellings, but most of the time urban fantasy is clunky and executed without finesse. People use both things as a shortcut, instead of enhancing already fine work. So far this doesn't seem to be the case with this one.

Bigby is an excellent character to get one hooked into. He's Wolverine in a way, an archetype that has always appealed to me. He's a brute, but that makes him more trustworthy and rawly sexual in a way. Juxtaposing him with Snow White works well because it defines both characters more clearly by what they are not. It also works for their interactions and the push-pull aspect. I feel like I am fangirling their relationship already. Snow is so very locked down emotionally, well mostly sexually, and I really want to see her melt. Okay, I confess I have sort of been turned on by the idea since.

All the cameos and characters less involved in the plot were for the most part also well executed. Jack and Rose Red were lightly dealt with, as was Snow's ex-prince, but it was enough to give you a picture. Beauty and the Beast were priceless. Bluebeard was chilling.

I completely look forward to reading more of this series


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