I really want to go to Boise on Thursday to see the Hotel Cafe Tour concert. This has hit me right now and I'm very tempted to text people involved to say 'come to Boise w/ me Thursday' and 'or 'can I stay overnight with you Thursday, ps come to concert with me.' Thankfully, I have a <small>little itty bit</small> of restraint. So I'm posting here instead. People you know who you are! Expect texts from me at a more reasonable hour.... *bounces around*PS, it's always funny to come post to LJ and hit restore from draft and see what I was going to post about before that I never finished. Happens everytime. lol
It was a good month. I'd pretty much given up on the urban fantasy genre because all the books I read seemed so similar. Then I found Patricia Briggs(who I've already talked about) and Kim Harrison. Kim Harrison's series about a witch who is a 'runner'(think bounty hunter, kinda) is much fun. Harrison is also very clever about weaving the novels together without big cliffhangers(haaaate). The first book is 'Dead Witch Walking.' I totally recommend.
Got my hands on the 2006 BBC version of Jane Eyre. Awesome. And then dad brought home this BBC "Elizabeth Gaskell Collection." I've never heard of Gaskell, but 'North & South' was wonderful. It's about a woman who moves from a very rural area in the South to an industrial city in the North. There is culture shock, romantic misunderstandings, beautiful cinematography, and an interesting look at the lives of cotton mill workers(think 'Lyddie'-lite). Lovely movie.
ETA: Ooops, the name of the book I was thinking of was 'Lyddie' not 'Lydia.'
Anyways, if anybody is interested in checking it out, friend <a href="http://twitter.com/strangesoul">m
The first episode of ABC Family's Samurai Girl is free on itunes. Take my advice, don't waste your time(not to mention your hard-drive space). It was bad, even by ABC Family's standards.
Well, we saw the last of the plays today. The Taming of the Shrew and Cyrano de Bergerac. Shrew was totally awesome. They moved the setting to 1940's Italy. Petruchio was an American GI, Lucentio was an Italian-American on vacation(his father, awesomely, is basically The Godfather). Everybody in the cast was hilarious. And I really liked how Petruchio was acted. When I read the play he came across as a bit of a turd, all smooth and superior(he's played that way in the movie Kiss Me Kate as well). In this performance, he was more of a hapless class clown who is genuinely smitten with Kate but never figured out you don't flirt with girls by poking and teasing them(at least not after you've reached puberty).
Cyrano de Bergerac was okay. It got rave reviews and one of the local favorites was the lead, so I was expecting a lot more. I should have known better. I've seen this lead in other plays and he isn't my cup of tea. He tends to over-act the drama IMO. I will admit this particular brand of acting did pay off in the comedy we saw him in, Room Service(2006). In fact that was one of the best plays we've seen here.
In parting, I give you the real star of Two Gentlemen of Verona: Crab.
Finally got ahold of the latest Kushiel book. I was about 20 pages in when I realized I didn't remember much of what happened in the previous book. Heh. There was something about Imriel's dead wife, and my brain bled. Totally forgot about her. Anyways, I liked it. Not as much as the first Kushiel trilogy.
Also read the newest Naomi Novik book, Victory of Eagles. That was a good read. For anybody who doesn't know, Naomi Novik writes the Temeraire series. They are alternative history fantasy based on a Napoleon war era Britain in which dragons exist and make up an Air Force of sorts. They follow Will Lawrence, a sea captain and his dragon, Temeraire. The novels are written in a period voice, something I haven't come across before, but I like it. They are light reads(the one on my desk is a 400 page paperback), no angst. I'd give the whole series a B+, and Victory of Eagles and A-.
Next up is Wicked by Gregory Maguire which I've been wanting to re-read since I bought the musical soundtrack awhile ago.
I also keep telling myself I'm going to read Thinking Shakespeare(basically a Shakespeare textbook) along with re-reading The Taming of the Shrew and Othello before we go to the Utah Shakespearean Festival in two weeks. We'll see if that actually happens. I've told myself the same thing in previous years and it hasn't happened yet... I am really looking forward to the plays this year though. The Taming of the Shrew and Othello are two of my favorite Shakespeare plays. And I really liked their performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor a few years ago, so I have high hopes for Two Gentlemen of Verona, which I am deliberately not reading. It's rare to be able to see a Shakespeare play and not already know what's going to happen, so I'm going to take advantage of the opportunity. Though I've learned not to do this if the play is a tragedy (like Coriolanus last year), that just isn't fun. But the comedies tend to be easier for me to understand, so I'm not worried.
Saw Hancock today. I give it a rating of "Meh." Also saw Iron Man again(hey, I was bored). Which I still like a lot. More than Dark Knight, not as much as Batman Begins... The "world-building" stuff explaining how all the gadgets work and why they are there is a big part of why I liked Batman Begins so much, but for some reason it didn't work as well for me in Iron Man. Too much of a good thing maybe? Dunno.