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This will be a very brief edition since I only finished one book this week. I had another on the go, but it's not my cup of tea and I'm trying not to force myself to continue reading things I know I'm not enjoying.

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 [personal profile] 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.

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Mar. 26th, 2015 05:43 am
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Let's Make Out : Comment Ficathon .

Thinky thoughts on the recent internet article about the Buffyverse by [profile] shadowkat67.

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Chapter Twelve of Answering Prayers by [personal profile] velvetwhip.

Chapter Thirteen of Dreams and Mirrors by [profile] kikimay.

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Mar. 24th, 2015 02:49 pm
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Petzi Sis evidently got a buggy e mail and now the brand new computer has to go to the shop to get de-bugged. So here we go again, don't know how soon I'll be back.

I'm thinking about becoming Amish, they don't have to deal with all this stupidity.

Monday March 23rd 2015

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BUFFY: We found an empty grave.
GILES: Another vampire?
BUFFY: No. No, this one was dug up and the body was taken out.
GILES: Grave robbing? That's new. Interesting.
BUFFY: I *know* you meant to say gross and disturbing.
GILES: Yes, yes, yes of course. Uh, terrible thing. Must, must put a stop to it. Damn it.

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BUFFY: We found an empty grave.
GILES: Another vampire?
BUFFY: No. No, this one was dug up and the body was taken out.
GILES: Grave robbing? That's new. Interesting.
BUFFY: I *know* you meant to say gross and disturbing.
GILES: Yes, yes, yes of course. Uh, terrible thing. Must, must put a stop to it. Damn it.

~~Some Assembly Required~~





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Mar. 23rd, 2015 08:43 pm
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Elf is sick of being overlooked in favour of the baby. He just meowed me indignantly to the couch, where he proceeded to grab my hand with both paws and smugly purr all over me. Every time I try to move, this whole cycle starts all over again.


In other news, I'm enjoying a fun activity I call "parenting through peer pressure". It involves the kidlet sitting in his highchair with his plastic cutlery (no solids yet) while we eat dinner, and using his gumbrush while I use my toothbrush. The idea is that he thinks this is just What We Do, so that I can avoid having to introduce him to Scary New Things and instead just slide him effortlessly into our everyday lives. (Those of you who are parents, this is where you get to laugh hysterically at me using "effortlessly" in a sentence about parenting.)

So far, it's working well.

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Your Cards Are Just a Mirror, You're Reading Them Wrong , Jenny/Willow by [profile] kwritten.

The Meaning of True fear , Giles/Anya; Mine , Giles/Ethan and Sparks in the Darkest of Caves , Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] dragonyphoenix.

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WhatCulture posts "33 Great Behind the Scenes Shots You Need to See". Definitely a blast from the past.

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Sunday 22 March

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SPIKE: I don't understand. This sort of thing's never happened to me before.

WILLOW: Maybe you were nervous.

SPIKE: I felt all right when I started. Let's try again.

(he attacks her again, but breaks off before drawing blood)

SPIKE: Ow! Oh! Ow! Damn it!

WILLOW: Maybe you're trying too hard. Doesn't this happen to every vampire?

SPIKE: Not to me, it doesn't!

WILLOW: It's me, isn't it?

SPIKE: What are you talking about?

WILLOW: Well, you came looking for Buffy, then settled. I--I... You didn't want to bite me. I just happened to be around.

SPIKE: Piffle!

WILLOW: I know I'm not the kind of girl vamps like to sink their teeth into. It's always like, "ooh, you're like a sister to me," or, "oh, you're such a good friend."

SPIKE: Don't be ridiculous. I'd bite you in a heartbeat.

~~The Initiative ~~




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