Thursday, August 1, 2013

In the dead zone

I'm traversing a bit of a pop culture desert right now, burning through S2 of Fringe, which is picking up steam and getting better and better - I'm glad I went back to it after giving up partway through broadcast S1, and re-reading Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time books because I own volumes 1-12 and need to refresh before finishing the series.  (Actually, I'm mostly re-reading those books because my library is undergoing some major renovations and it's a huge pain in the ass to get books out of there right now.  Pluswhich the one I really want to read - Joe Hill's NOS4A2 - has a huge waitlist.)

I'm reluctantly keeping up with Under the Dome, which I'm less and less enamoured of as it goes; I know Stephen King is being all supportive of it but the show is SO different from the book (it would have to be since the book is one of King's more violent tomes) and so much less interesting and well done.  I really don't think they should have renewed it: you can't keep those people under that dome indefinitely.  Finally, I am eagerly awaiting the return of Breaking Bad and the start of Broadchurch, and have also become sucked in, for the first time, to So You Think You Can Dance.  A girl's gotta have at least one guilty pleasure, right?


  1. I'm dying for Breaking Bad's return. I just finished rewatching the first 8 eps of season 5. Can't wait.
    Broadchurch is really good. I watched it a few months back. David Tennant using his natural Scottish accent takes some getting used to at first.
    I started the first WoT book not done by Jordan and didn't get past the first few pages. The author seemed to be endlessly describing what the dude was seeing in as many words possible. I should probably retry it since I did enjoy the previous books and I've spent decades reading the damn series so far.

  2. Yeah, I'm rather dreading the last two books but I am a completist and, like you, have spent decades with the series. I gotta finish it. It's funny, though, that I used to love this series as the be all and end all of high fantasy ... and then I read George RR Martin and Joe Abercrombie and now I'm all, Robert Jordan whatevs. Have you read Joe Abercrombie? Because he's frickin' awesome.

  3. I haven't read Abercrombie. Any titles of his you'd recommend first? We've got a couple awesome used book stores here that probably have them.

  4. Start with The First Law trilogy: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings. Next comes Best Served Cold, a stand-alone that has utilizes some of the trilogy's characters. Then The Heroes, another stand-alone that again has a bunch of characters from the prior books (I actually read The Heroes first and then went back and read the books in order). The most recent book is Red Country, which should definitely be read last; it is tangentially related to the earlier books but would have some spoilers if you read out of order. These qualify as battle fantasy and they're friggin' awesome. I have never read fight scenes like these. Plus, really funny in addition to the violence - which isn't easy to do.

  5. 1. Why would re-read The Wheel of Time? Why is that a thing you would do to yourself?
    2. True story: Lisa and I love So You Think You Can Dance. No shame in that.

  6. 1. Because I HAVE to finish the dang series. Have to. It's a compulsion. But I can't remember hardly anything past Book 5 (which I'm almost done with, btw).
    2. I'm kicking myself for never having watched before this season. I really like it and it makes me nostalgic for my senior college year when I was dancing 20 hrs/wk between classes and performance groups. Not that I ever could do anything these crazy SYTYCD kids can do.