kelliem: stack of books (books)
( Sep. 19th, 2012 02:02 pm)
It's International Book Week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 52, post the 5th sentence as your status. Don't mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your post.

She caught sight of Lesley's masked face and took an involuntary step backward-- works every time.

(This could be seen as the 6th sentence, I didn't count the one at the top of the page that's split between pages 51 and 52.)

kelliem: stack of books (books)
( Aug. 11th, 2011 08:22 am)
I was just perusing NPR's newly-posted list of the Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books and while I have plenty of quibbles (Connie Willis all the way down at 97??) one of my top ones is the presence of "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" at #63 - or frankly, on the list at all. Seriously, that was one of very few books I ever just gave up on. I found it slow, hyper-stylized, and mind-numbingly boring. Clearly, I missed something. Check out Glen Weldon's take on the list, he has some interesting things to say.
kelliem: stack of books (books)
( Aug. 5th, 2011 01:19 pm)
It's National Book Week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you. Go to page 56. Copy the 5th sentence as your status. Don't mention the book. Post these rules as part of your post.

"Beside me, the old woman looked up and smiled; and the executive with the briefcase gazed at me unblinking, and the drunk shifted on his seat and awoke, and his eyes were bright and knowing as he watched me."
Seriously, this is really funny. (click on the one titled 'nailing your wife.') Nathan Filion has the best 'oops' face ever. ;D

In completely unrelated news, I just started reading David Weber's "Off Armageddon Reef" and even though I am only about 10 pages into the main body of the novel (i.e., past the setup section) I already want to hunt down David Weber, find his computer keyboard and disable his "Y" and "Z" keys. The book has 4 stars on Amazon, so hopefully I will be able to stifle (or should that be zhtyfle?) my annoyance with this little stylistic quirk and get through it. (I see that one of the amazon reviewers hated the y/z thing too. I understand Weber's probably trying to show language evolution but really, it's just frakking annoying.)

Also unrelated, can I just say I am really exited about the new Trek movie? I may have to break down and go this weekend even though [personal profile] bluster is coming up to see it with me next week. I suspect going to see it twice won't be a problem.

Also (also also!) calling someone a bird-brain might be a compliment. (I've always liked corvids!)
kelliem: icy lakefront sunrise (unsettled)
( Oct. 2nd, 2007 08:15 am)
Susan Cooper speaks out (a little) on the new movie "based" (and I use that word reluctantly) on her book, "The Dark is Rising." The link goes to an NPR article which includes a link to Ms. Cooper reading an excerpt from the book.

From the article: "You do have to do violence to a book to make it into a screenplay — the two mediums are so different," Cooper says. "But the alteration is so enormous in this case. It is just different."

I'm definitely going to avoid this movie like the plague. The audio version of the article noted that Walden Media has recently removed "The Dark Is Rising" from the title, and are just calling it "The Seeker" now. Gee, I wonder why?
kelliem: icy lakefront sunrise (suck)
( Jun. 25th, 2007 09:33 pm)
No, I'm not confessing to secretly being into BDSM, (apologies to anyone who was about to call me a hypocrite since I've always maintained I dislike BDSM fic) but rather I am confessing to the fact that once I start a series of books, I have a hard time stopping before I get to the end, even if in some ways they annoy the snot out of me.

Case in point. I was out of things to read, having just finished my newly-delivered copy of [ profile] matociquala's New Amsterdam, (which I loved!) and my housemate handed me a stack of three books, a series basically in the Supernatural Romance/Mystery genre by someone Kelley Armstrong, which have a female werewolf for a protagonist. bitching behind the cut )
kelliem: icy lakefront sunrise (darkness)
( Feb. 20th, 2007 01:29 pm)
I don't know whether to be elated or terrified at finding out today that they are making one of my all-time favorite fictional worlds, Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising series into movies. O.o

I was all set to be elated, when I read this article which leaves me more in the terrified camp. I can't see how anyone could put a "Biblical" spin on that series without totally ruining it. Walden Media did pretty well by The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, but the Christian allegory in those books was there to start with, it didn't need to be tacked on.

That said, there's at least one bit of casting that I love. Check the IMDB entry and I'll bet you know who I'm talking about. :)

ETA After reading a bunch of posts on [ profile] thedarkisrising I think I'm definitely in the terrified camp, despite the casting. ::whimper::
kelliem: blue stairs (possibilities)


( Sep. 12th, 2006 08:28 am)
I just read that Peter Jackson (yes, that Peter Jackson) has optioned [ profile] naominovik's Temeraire series.

Now, we all know that an option does not a movie make, but still how cool is that?

Congratulations, Naomi.
kelliem: can of spam (spam)
( Jun. 12th, 2006 01:17 pm)
I realized I haven't updated in a while... mostly because I am the most boring person ever. I think I must be on a British kick. I've been reading a lot of PD James and have started the "Top Ten Ways To Tell If You're Reading a PD James Novel" list:
1) The main character's mother died when s/he was born or very young leaving them emotionally repressed.
2) Everyone can tell you at the drop of a hat if a building is Norman, Regency, Victorian, or Edwardian. And does. Regularly. At length. Often including the name of the architect.
3) At least once in each book someone experiences a moment of heightened senses which reads very much like an acid trip.
4) There is one character per book (not the same one) who owns the complete set of "Famous British Trials" books.
5) The butler didn't do it.
6) The main character often reflects broodingly on their relatively un-traumatic but motherless childhood.

Now I just need to come up with the last four. :)

TVwise I've been watching a lot of BritTV: Dr. Who (9 & 10), Life on Mars (loved it but don't find it slashy), Touching Evil (season 1)(ditto), and A Wire in the Blood (season 1)(ditto, in fact the het UST is practially incandescent). I love Robson Green. He really likes them 'gritty crime dramas' don't he? ;-D In addition to British TV, I watched some Canadian TV... the second season of ReGenesis, which continues to be completely awesome. OMG, that last ep! I hope to hell they get another season to explain what happened. And I have the second season of Slings and Arrows to watch when I have time.

Other than that, I've been helping the kidunit with some cosplay stuff, and going about the mundanities of life. And still not writing, other than a little MFU comment-fic snippet I did the other day for a friend. I need to remember to post that here.

I saw an interesting quiz on [ profile] tanrina's LJ (The Nonrepresentational Aesthetics Test) and took it myself. My results behind the cut tag )


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