Let's have a list of things that are quite awesome:
1. After approximately a million years, Elizabeth Peters has finally written another Vicky Bliss mystery and it is being published next month
. I've always preferred her Amelia Peabody series but that has gotten a bit tired and stale of late, so I'm glad she's returned to the adventures of Vicky and the very swoon worthy Sir John Smythe (my crush on this character is epic). If you have no idea what I'm talking about here are the first five books in the series: Borrower of the Night
, Street of Five Moons
, Silhouette in Scarlett
, Trojan Gold
, Night Train to Memphis
(1, 2, 4, and 5 are .lit, 3 is .html in a .rar).
I just finished re-reading Night Train to Memphis
and it was amazing, partly because it is quite a good book but mostly because I've now been to most of the sites in Egypt mentioned in the book. Never before have I had that experience - of having been to the place that I'm reading about in a novel (well ok, I've read a couple of books that have been set in Sydney but it's not the same). When she described the pyramids and Sakkara and Karnak and King Tut's tomb (I agree, it's a disappointment) I didn't have to imagine what it's like - I know. Now that might not seem so amazing to people who live in places they also read about but it was a new experience for me - and one I rather enjoyed.
2. I was recently overcome with the desire to re-read a book that I had loved in high school but was faced with certain problems. Like that I couldn't remember the title. Or the author. Or the names of any of the characters. I had a vague idea of the plot which is that prince in a fantasy kingdom grows up with half a body and as his faithful companions die, body parts reappear. However, if you try typing that into Google you'll get a bunch of links to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
. Not helpful. Still, after much searching I discovered that it's called One for the Morning Glory
and it's by John Barnes. Have now ordered a copy and am hoping it's as good as I remember (because I do remember it being very good).
3. Of the things that I am watching currently, I just finished re-watching the 2000 version of Wives and Daughters
which is just a lovely adaptation of Gaskell's novel. It's one of Andrew Davies more restrained works - only one gratuitous wet shirt scene and it's almost a plot point!
4. Scans of the latest Invincible Iron Man
have not yet appeared, which has me gnashing my teeth with impatience. When I fall for something I generally fall hard and I don't do well sitting around and waiting for my obsessions to come to me. Luckily, Comic Book Resources has the first 8 pages up
which helps to take the edge off.
5. I started the great Press Gang
rewatch of 2008 and am already onto the second season. It's not that I forget that this show is brilliant but I'm always reminded of it on rewatch. While Blink
, The Girl in the Fireplace
, The Forest of the Dead
, and Jekyll
are excellent examples of Steven Moffat's genius when it comes to pacing and structure and big stories, it's Press Gang
that you really need to look to if you want to know what he's going to do with Doctor Who
because Press Gang
is all about characters and relationships and finding your way in the world. And it's got obsession and sacrifice and blaming yourself for the actions of others.
Honestly, the main reason I'm so excited about The Moff taking over Who
is because I hope that it will give him the clout to bring about a Press Gang
Spike: "You don't happen to be jealous of a girl I've never even met, do you?"
Lynda: "Of course I'm jealous, Spike. I wish I was the girl you've never even met."
Oh Lynda. Oh Spike. You're my favourite.