I consume a lot of media every day. Here it is!
Dark Night Rises
Saw this in IMAX and it was great! Loved the action, everything looked amazing. There were a few hokey moments but overall a fantastic third Batman film. The only part that really took me out of the movie was the American anthem part - totally ridiculous and unnecessary. I am sure it plays well there but it is so much less emotionally stirring here that it just took me right out of the movie.
Also Anne Hathaway was a better Catwoman than I thought she would be.
Again, I prefer the less yell-y UK version but have just mainlined all of the last season of the US KN. I particularly like when arrogant owners get their loud comeuppance. Which is of course the reason everyone watches these shows.
Other people are watching and enjoying The Newsroom or True Blood. I on the other hand am busily catching up with re-runs of Shark Tank on Hulu. I much prefer Dragons Den (and especially the UK Dragons Den) but this is a good substitute.
The US recession has added a layer of desperation to the show that is a little uncomfortable but I still love seeing great ideas get funded. And I REALLY love seeing terrible ideas get mocked!
Apocalypse Codex. Charles Stross
This was fantastic! Just about the best Laundry book so far. So many secrets revealed :) I think we are getting closer to CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN and I can’t wait (the 2 years till there is another Laundry book).
The only small thing I wish could change is more of the civil service, middle management, bureaucracy stuff. I know that most people don’t like that part of these books but I find it endlessly amusing. I have always been a sucker for a good PowerPoint joke.
Kings of Cool. Don Winslow.
This sequel to Savages just came out and is being reviewed all over the place. Maybe I have just ODd on Winslow but I didn’t love this. Or maybe I am just not loving anything right now? No… gotta be the first thing.
Saints Astray. Jaqueline Carey
I really really loved Santa Olivia - moving, surprising, fun and different from the usual stuff I read.
The sequel was not nearly as good. The focus here was on the private bodyguarding industry and how great Genetically Modified Humans are at it. I would have been much more interested in an understanding of how the plague/flu and American isolationism combined with genetic experimentation impacted the world. But hey, a love story is not totally bad.
It was ok.
So! I finished the Liaden series (all 12 books plus short stories and everything else). I didn’t love Saltation on second read but the rest were quite good (as they were the first time.
Working my way through the Liaden series still - I am on the last book Ghost Ship!
SYTYCD so9e05 Vegas!
This is usually one of my favourite episodes every season and this one was even better than usual. A great group of dancers, some surprises, some terrible injuries as usual. But the whole came together just so well this year.
I can’t wait to watch the Top 20 episode (it can be a little repetitive and tense but I LOVE the group dance).