Monday, July 25, 2016
I'm so tired of hot. And summer.
We viewed Batman vs Superman via On Demand on Saturday. Didn't like it.
It wasn't necessarily the acting, it was the directing and the way the director put the film together that just didn't make sense.
We also went to see Star Trek Beyond yesterday. That was very good.
I think this evening I'm going to deal with the boys' dinner, deal with Steve's dinner, then go read in bed. Just wanna shut down the brain and get cool.
Thinking happy cool thoughts .....
PK the Bookeemonster
Friday, July 22, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
One of my favorite crime shows on TV is called Motive. Set in Vancouver, it follows a couple cops as they solve crimes. The brilliant part of the show is that at the very beginning, in the opening scene, we know who the killer and who the victim is. Then we follow the cops as they uncover the truth as the killer tries to keep it covered. The second thing I love about it is the cops. They are perfectly cast. They are what I picture to be seasoned partners who have a report and mutual understanding should be.
After airing for two summers on ABC, the network decided not to pick it up for a third season, effectively cancelling it for American viewers. I watched it both those summers.
However, the series is produced in Canada and the CTV network renewed it for a third and fourth season anyway. I just found out the fourth season is now showing on USA channel. Sadly, there won't be a fifth season per a press release. But you can watch the first three seasons on Amazon Instant. Which is what I'm doing.
It's only Wednesday. It's hot again. But we're not paying attention to all that.
I just finished a book that I only finished because I wanted to see how the trainwreck of a female kept being a trainwreck.
A romance novel that shall remain unnamed. I hate that I wasted reading time to it but I really had to see how bad she was. And the premise is a basic trope and when done well is a good classic one.
What I should have done:
All right. That's all I've got. Have a great day!
PK the Bookeemonster
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
It will cross 100 degrees today. Blech blech blech.
Whatever. It's too damn hot. We should all worship at the feet of the creator of air conditioning. (That's a silly name isn't it).
I've decided I'm having a year -- maybe two -- of re-reading without guilt. I refuse to feel like I'm cheating on the new books I've acquired but not read yet.
Darn tootin'. I've started a re-read of the second book in the Outlander series, DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon now that the Starz series has completed it -- I didn't watch it this season except for the final episode when they introduced Roger and Brianna.
I read the first three I believe when they first came out but then moved on to other things and never got back.
Even though the new TV season is 70 something days away from premiering, it is good to see that they are back in production:
That one is of NCIS: Los Angeles doing their first reading of the first script of the new season. Good to see everyone back. :)
This week, if one had a teleportation unit, I would love to blip in and out of San Diego this week for Comic Con.
The crowds are beyond huge so I would never actually go there unless I could somehow be a VIP and be driven anywhere I needed to go, given a place to stay, passes to all events, etc. Heh heh heh, not going to happen.
Stay cool, calm, and collected, but mostly stay cool.
PK the Bookeemonster
Monday, July 18, 2016
So here we are on Monday again.
I started and finished the first Deryni book this weekend in my re-read of the fantasy series. The world building is phenomenal - a fantasy medieval setting combining magic done by the persecuted Deryni, court political intrigue, and the church, Catholic-style-ish.
What a perfect combination to capture my imagination when I was in my formative reading years. I'll give it a few days and go on the second book.
I started to watch a BBC crime show via Amazon Instant video called Thirteen. Long story short, it was missing the final episode. Only four episodes of the five-episode series are listed.
So I can't see how it all ended, you know, catching the bad guy and solving the crime. I contact Amazon but we'll see if they can get it available sooner rather than later. Bother. They did give me a $10 credit for the trouble. Meh.
No, my mood is good! Sigh.
Have a good day, work hard.
PK the Bookeemonster
Friday, July 15, 2016
Just starting THE GENEVA TRAP by Stella Rimington. 7th of 9 in series featuring Liz Carlyle, an agent in MI-5 Joint Counter-Terrorist Group, in London.
At a tracking station in Virginia, U.S. Navy officers watch in horror as one of their communications satellites plummets into the Indian Ocean and panic spreads through the British and American intelligence services. When a Russian intelligence officer approaches MI5 with vital information about the cyber sabotage, he refuses to talk to anyone but Liz Carlyle. But who is he, and how is he connected to Liz? Is this a Russian plot to disable the West's defenses? Or is the threat coming from elsewhere? As Liz and her team search for a mole inside the Ministry of Defense, the trail takes them from Geneva, to Marseilles, and to Korea in a race against time to stop the Cold War from heating up.
Published in 2012, it has 336 pages.
I think I may also start a re-read of a fabulous fantasy series I absolutely adored. The first book of the series is DERYNI RISING by Katherine Kurtz.
In the land of Gwynedd, the Haldanes have long ruled and have long kept a dangerous secret: there are those of their blood who possess the magical powers of the Deryni. To be Deryni in a land ruled by the all-powerful Church is to be branded an outcast. But now, young Prince Kelson is about to assume the throne after the mysterious death of his father. He must be told of his magical heritage. For his legacy is being challenged by a woman who does not hesitate to lay full claim to her Deryni powers. And to face her in magical combat, Kelson must learn a lifetime’s worth of magic in a few short days. If he loses, he dies as his father did. And if he wins, he is King—but all the world will know that he is also Deryni…
Published in 1976, it has 304 pages.
Speaking of SFF series.... I've come to the age where I want to re-read these beloved books now with the perspective of a much-maturer adult. Here are some of my favorites:
DUNE by Frank Herbert. Rocked my world in junior high.
Just seeing that cover gives me shivers and transports me back to that very moment when I first pulled it off the shelf in the library at Lewis and Clark Junior High.
The Deryni books by Katherine Kurtz. Politics and religion and magic.
The Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold. Miles Vorkosigan. Best. Character. Ever.
Vatta's War series by Elizabeth Moon. Commerce in space. (read in the last couple years)
The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander. Welsh mythology. My first touch of romance and fantasy in grade school.
Foundation books by Isaac Asimov. I didn't read these until college. I must re-read because maybe I'll understand them this time.
The Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. (wow, remembering these blew my mind)
Memory, Sorrow & Thorn series by Tad Williams
Mary Stewart's CRYSTAL CAVE trilogy about Merlin. Between that and the movie Excalibur, I fell in love with Arthur.
THE MIRROR OF HER DREAMS, two book fantasy story by Stephen R. Donaldson
The Belgariad by David Eddings. Not Kindle. They must fix that.
The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
Wow. Flashback city. I feel very sorry for kids who will only know Harry Potter and the junk that is out now.
Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
THE SPARROW by Mary Doria Russell. Haunting.
And good recent series:
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Fairy tales in space.
The Cainsville books by Kelley Armstrong:
So many more.
So, yes, I read a lot of mysteries but my formative years were SFF. And I want to re-read ALL of these.
Have a great weekend!
PK the Bookeemonster