I had high hopes for Harper's Island. A murder mystery show with only one season so there was no need to worry about cliff hangers and dragging things along to keep people interested in a second season. They could have really stepped out of the TV mold and made something interesting and compelling. I keep seeing the show compared to Twin Peaks, which I find offensive for Twin Peaks. I've watched the two episodes that have been broadcast and I'm struggling to care enough to watch anymore of them.

The big problem the show follows the standard formula. Poor boy who worked summers cleaning boats on an island off of Seattle ends up engaged to the girl of the wealthy snob who owns the boats. They come back to the island for a week long wedding ceremony where people start dying. Oh, and don't forget that some years earlier 6 people were killed and hung from a tree from a madman who is buried in the bush because the island folk wouldn't bury him in consecrated ground. The father of the bride doesn't want his little girl marrying the poor chump so he secretly brings in her ex boyfriend and helps him to try and "save" his daughter. The brother of the groom is the bad sheep. How do we know? His hair is black and he has tattoos. On and on its so cliche it's not even funny.

Oh well... I had hoped for a unique story and some good television. I got a stupid soap opera where they can't kill the cast fast enough for my taste.

Watchmen

Mar. 23rd, 2009 10:23 pm
[livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen and I went to see Watchmen tonight. She hadn't read the comics and I have. I still don't understand how anyone thought this would be popular enough to herald a new era of super hero/sci-fi blockbusters. As she said, "I was expecting violence, just not A Clockwork Orange violence."

Last night I finished reading Escapement by [livejournal.com profile] jaylake. I enjoyed Escapement more than Mainspring, the first book in the series. The writing was more consistent and I found the story more compelling. There were a couple of things I didn’t like though. The book just kind of ended and I wasn’t satisfied with the conclusion. Also there was a character I really liked who was just dropped in the middle of the book and I wonder what happened to him. I hope Jay Lake writes another book in this series. There is still the mysteries south of The Wall that can be explored.

Next up is A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle. I really like The Last Unicorn, so I decided I needed to read more of Peter’s books.

Last night [livejournal.com profile] omg_teh_funnay and I sampled a couple of beers I've wanted to try. One was dissapointing, one was great. So without further ado, here's my thoughts on the beer.

First, the bad. Rogue's Chipotle Ale. I've had and enjoyed chili pepper beer before. This time wasn't one of them. I thought that the smoky flavor of the chipotle peppers would compliment the flavor of the ale. For me the chili the ale flavors fought against each other. I guess that if the chipotle flavor was stronger I would have enjoyed this more.

Now the good. Red Hook's Double Black Stout. Just reading the label made my taste buds jump. It's an imperial stout with coffee and dark malt for added flavor. I like stout beer and this one didn't disappoint. I'm not normally a coffee drinker but the flavor added to this stout. Sadly, the DBS is a limited run and only available until February 2009. I'll have to go buy a few more bottles to enjoy.

In other news InBev/AB has announced they're closing the 600 year old Stag brewery. Sure they "brewed" Bud, Bud Ice and Michelob Ultra but a place with that much history should be used to brew good beer and stay operating. Here's hoping someone can step in to save the brewery.

I just received this note in my LibraryThing profile. Sweet!

Congratulations. You’ve snagged an Early Reviewers copy of The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry. You should get your copy in the mail shortly. The publishers ship the books directly – some are speedier than others, so please be patient!

Tintenherz

Apr. 4th, 2008 02:42 pm

Today I finished Inkheart, a book I’ve been reading during my lunch hour. It’s written by Cornelia Funke and its being made into a movie staring Brendan Fraser. Last year I saw a teaser about the movie so I picked up the book.

In the story when Mo reads out loud things in the book exchange places with things in our world. A long time ago when Mo was reading to his wife she vanished and Dustfinger, Basta and Capricorn came into our world. The story picks up years after that when Capricorn comes after Mo and his daughter, Meggie, to read more of his friends out of the book into our world.

I enjoyed this book. It was a good story. While I wasn’t gripped with the need to keep reading to find out what happened I did look forward to my lunch time to get back into the story. A lot of the description of how Mo and Meggie loved books reminded me of myself and many of you.

Last week I took $little to see The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) because I had enjoyed the first book and he liked the idea of goblins and ogres. We enjoyed the film and had a great time together. The receptionist here at work and I have been talking about books for a few months and she mentioned she had all of the books in the series. So I borrowed them and finished reading the 5th one at lunch today.

I wish I had never read them. Seriously. I’m sad now that I know there are such wonderful parts of the story that aren’t in the movie. [livejournal.com profile] blackholly and Tony DiTerlizzi created an amazing story that I enjoyed a lot. I’m going to have to look for other books they’ve made.

I’m torn about what I should read next. It’s a choice between [livejournal.com profile] naominovik’s Empire of Ivory and [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna’s The Labyrinth. Choices, choices…

No reason for the icon other than it reminds me of conversations with [livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen and it's new so I wanted to use it. The rest of this is just a bit of rambling thought for my own notes, but I would love any advice or information you all have.

Thinking more about hiking I think I'm going to need new boots or shoes. My problem is high arches and while wide shoes are more comfortable, my feet aren't wide they're tall. The boots I have are snug with one pair of light socks. I can't imagine wearing another pair of socks in those boots and I don't look forward to any serious hiking with only one pair of socks.

Speaking of socks I need some better ones. One kind to wick water away from my feet and another to keep them warm and comfortable. I used to wear a light pair inside of a woolen pair. Fabric technology has changed so I need to investigate the current options.

I wonder if Backpacker is still a good magaine. Is it like Muddy Water or is it more like Land's End? (Only campers and hikers in Kansas City will get those references. Don't worry about it if you're not one of them.) They used to have good equipment reviews that were written by the folks who actually used the gear.

I had really been enjoying Jim Butcher's book Furies of Calderon. However, around page 250 the story has two serious problems and I'm not sure if I can finish the book.

Cut for spoilers )

Oscar

Apr. 25th, 2007 02:27 pm

Last night I was back at the sleep lab to have my CPAP machine calibrated. I knew I would have a couple of hours to kill and access to a TV and DVD player so I brought along a movie to watch. Last night’s selection was Oscar (1991), an underappreciated bit of comic genius starring Sylvester Stallone.

If you haven’t seen it you should give it a watch.

Ice Hunt

Feb. 7th, 2007 02:04 pm

At lunch today I finished Ice Hunt by James Rollins. Unlike the other Rollins books I’ve read this one is a self-contained novel so it wasn’t a problem to read them out of order. In fact the first five novels stand on their own.

I have to give high marks to Ice Hunt. Of course I really enjoy the action/thriller genre and Rollins writes some of the best I’ve read. I think one of the things I enjoy the most is the women in the stories aren’t just love interests or victims. There are some very strong women who take an active role in the plot.

I just finished reading The Angel’s Command (TAC) by Brian Jacques which is the sequel to Castaways of the Flying Dutchman (CotFD). I didn’t enjoy TAC as much as CotFD. The story line wasn’t as gripping and Jacques was a bit heavy handed with the Good Always Wins Over Evil message.

As a quick recap, Ben and his dog Ned are aboard the Flying Dutchman on the fateful voyage that cursed the ship and its Captain to eternally ply the seas without rest. Being the only good souls on the ship the two are rescued at the last minute by an angel but are then fated to never age and wander forever. The books are stories are their adventures as they make their way around the world.

There is a third book in the series but I’m going to take a break and read Ice Hunt by James Rollins first. I’ve really enjoyed the three other books I’ve read by Rollins and I’m hoping this is no exception.

Update: Dammit, James! I'm not even 25 pages in and I'm hooked! I was just getting back to sleeping again and you've stolen it from me!

Last night [livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen and I went to catch a late showing of Happy Feet. I figured a little bit of light entertainment with singing and dancing penguins would be a good way to break my mood. Whoa! That movie is not what I was expecting from the trailers. Sure there was singing and dancing penguins for part of the movie but there was a lot more than just that. I wasn't expecting to get beat over the head with the message that we are evil aliens who are destroying the world around us.

Another main problem with the film was the ending. It seemed like someone said, "Shit! This is 80 minutes long! Quick we have to wrap it up in 5 minutes to be sure and have a run time of 90 minutes or less and don't forget the 5 minutes of credits we have to tack on the end!" Because of the snap finish all the emotional impact they had been building up was lost.

I do have to say the visuals and animation was pretty stunning. I'm not sure if some of the scenes were real or animated. I would say they were real films of the Antartic but other parts I know were animated are done so well that it could all be animated. I'll have to rent this when it comes out to capture some of the scenes as backgrounds.

Another highlight was the music. I really enjoyed the classic songs covered by other artists. There were also a few interesting mash-ups.

There are parts of Happy Feet I would not hesitate to highly recommend. Sadly there isn't enough to really recommend the movie. If you do go see it stay through the credits for extra bits that are added at the end.

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