What I'm reading:
Hooked, A Thriller by Ruth Harris. Don't bother. I'm going to finish it if only because I can't believe the stupidity of the characters. There is no one written with enough personality to relate to or appreciate. I'm not even sure why I'm planning on finishing this except it is so short I should finish it today. It's all tell, tell, tell with no more depth than the characters do what they do for prestige or money or because it's expected. It's not good.
What I read:
Rite of Passage by Alexi Panshin I read this one decades ago and I've always meant to read it again and now I have. It was a fun read, lively and quick. It's a combination of SF tropes, a coming of age story, an after-the-end-of-Earth story, a survival story, and a tech versus science story. It was pretty progressive for a sixties SF tale, the main character is a young girl. I liked Mia Havero, she is smart and observant and critical. There are a few sections of speechifying IMO, and a few more where I got bumped out the story momentarily, but by and large the tale spins out evenly and I really enjoyed reading it again.
What I'll read next:
More SF I think. Definitely more SF.
What I'm watching:
I'm still forming thoughts about it, but Battle Creek. Yes. A buddy cop show about two men - one, Russ Agnew, is a cop, the other, Milt Chamberlain, an FBI agent - who don't like each other. (The twist is they may never like each other.) As I said to china_shop, it's like a bent version of Due South, and she pointed out it would be one from Ray Vecchio's point of view. Which, yes. It is if Ray was older, way more cynical and kind of beaten down, and Fraser was younger, a bit less pretty, and a shade more obvious about masking his true self.
With that in mind it should be no surprise that David Shore is credited as a creator and writer. He's had his hand in many TV pies from Traders to Due South to House not to mention others I've not seen. I'm interested in where the show will go and how long it will take Russ and Milt to work together as a team, or if they ever do. In the meantime I'm enjoying them being paired up working individually and antagonistically toward a mutual goal.
I'm already enjoying the secondary characters. Janet McTeer's Commander Guziewicz is wonderful, and Kal Penn's Detective White has my attention whenever he is on screen. Meredith Eaton gives her usual zesty performance as the local coroner.
I didn't expect to like the show, even I with my near unconditional love for the buddy cop format. I really didn't have strong feelings about the show. But it grew on me and now I'm happy when I sit down to watch an epiosde.