September 1st, 2009

reviews

a smattering of things watched and read during vacation

Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey - Much fun, as it combines two of my favorite things: horses and a con-job-turned-quest-for-justice. Although it was weird to keep reading my pseudonym used in reference to someone else. (Should I be worried about that?)

Various Dick Francis novels - He writes basically the same main character in a variety of settings and circumstances (usually related to racing, somehow), but that's great by me because it's the kind of guy I really like: ordinary, but inventive and with a steel of spine. Competent. Self-sacrificing. A man of integrity and grit.

Also, various Terry Pratchett - I think I have Night Watch mostly memorized by now, and it just keeps getting better.

A Journey of Imagination by James Christensen - This guy is my favorite living artist. If you haven't checked out his art, go: you should. It is awesome. (And quirky and profound and beautiful and downright silly and pretty much everything good.)

Burn Notice season one - Well, really, the commentary tracks, which are chopped down to just the interesting bits. But still, so much awesome. I love how crazy-competent everyone is, and the witty banter and painful conversations and the explosions and pretty much everything. If I could watch only one current TV show, this would be it.

MirrorMask - Slightly crazy, very beautiful, and one of those movies where if I go back to watch just one scene, I wind up watching the whole thing all over again. If you haven't seen it, definitely do.

Coraline - Another Neil Gaiman movie, rather creepier than the other, but still excellent.

Oh, and The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, vol. 1 - So much crazy awesomeness. Definitely better in print than onscreen, and I'm definitely getting the next 2 volumes at some point in the not-too-distant future.