Thursday, January 20, 2011

Things that make you go "meh"

Not that you would know it from the infrequency of posts here*, but I've been reading and watching a fair amount of stuff.  Just not anything that I've gotten jazzed up about enough to want to post.  So here's the tally for you:

Good Omens: the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman - Ferchrissakes, this should have been a no-brainer.  Neil Gaiman!  Terry Pratchett!  A novel about a demon and an angel who set out to avert the apocalypse because afte millennia, they kind of like the earth.  Plus someone has misplaced the Antichrist.  And the Hellhound assigned to him has decided that chasing rabbits is more fun than shredding souls.  And the Four Horsemen are totally badass.  But Good Omens left me, not cold, but lukewarm.  Sure, funny.  But it reads as though Gaiman came up with the story and the characters and then Pratchett wrote the words.  I love both these authors but I guess not in this peanut butter cup kind of a way.  Maybe I need to read it again.

Get Him to the Greek - Mr. Mouse and I both watched this.  Parts were funny; Russell Brand is a skinny, skinny man while Jonah Hill is not; and you could easily have cut 30 minutes out of it.  I did think that Brand nailed the used-up rock star bit quite well though and loved his songs.  Rose Byrne, as his fashion model/singer girlfriend is funny too.  Puff Daddy or P. Diddy or WTF you call him needs to not give up his day job, however.

Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin - Book 4 in the Song of Fire and Ice series was a let-down.  After killing off most everybody interesting, this book ignored most of my remaining favorite characters and instead gave many, many chapters to brand new folks or secondary/tertiary characters.  Where was Tyrion?  What about Jon Snow?  Who really cares about Sansa?  Martin gives a sort of apology at the end, saying that he'd had everybody in there at first but then realized that the book was way too long and he could either give all the characters half a story or half the characters a full story, so he went with the second option.  Well, that's fine, but it's been like five years already.  Give us the other characters now.

Lights Out - FX's newest boxing series ... I can't really say much here since I've only watched the first episode which was mediocre.  Critics say that it continues to improve as the series goes on so I'm not giving up yet.  But honestly, it just feels like I'm treading water, waiting for Justified to come back on.

* I can't believe that I can't find a current/new television show to recap.  I can't believe that no one out there can come up with something that holds my interest long enough.  Sigh.  I miss Deadwood and Lost and Veronica Mars and - gawd - even poor, pathetic Heroes.  And I'm kicking myself for not sticking with Fringe.  On the plus side, I'm moving it up in my queue and perhaps when I restart, I'll pick up those recaps where I left off.


  1. I'm not with you on Good Omens I'm afraid - I'd argue it was the best of both authors. Gaimans pomposity pricked, and Pratchett's meandering reigned in.

  2. That's an excellent point, Dan. As I said, I think I may have to read it again: I bet I'll like it better knowing what I'm in for.