April 15th, 2008

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Books and Movies - First Quarter 2008

BOOKS 2008 - TO DATE

This year seems to have been the year of fantasy, that's for sure. Also: Reading stuff in German.

  • Harry Potter und die Kammer des Schreckens (J.K. Rowling)
  • Harry Potter under der Gefangene von Askaban (J.K. Rowling)
  • Death's Master (Tanith Lee)
  • Hero (Perry Moore)
  • Die Stadt der Traumenden Buecher (Walter Moers)
  • Born on a Blue Day (Daniel Tammet)
  • A Student of Kyme (Manuscript, Storm Constantine)
  • Der Zauber von Fleisch und Geist (Storm Constantine)
  • Bewitchments of Love and Hate (Storm Constantine)
  • Fulfilments of Fate and Desire (Storm Constantine)
  • Wraiths of Will and Pleasure (Storm Constantine)
  • Shades of Time and Memory (Storm Constantine)
  • Ghosts of Blood and Innocence (Storm Constantine)
  • Terzah's Sons (Victoria Copus)

The last 7 were of course re-reads, but necessary ones since I have to keep up on my Wraeththu to be a good editor and writer. Outside of those reads, I most enjoyed the German reading -- Harry Potter and City of Dreaming Books -- and Death's Master. I love the whole style of Tales of the Flat Earth, and have to say I found it kind of weird that I was in the minority on that at Outworlders book group this past weeken.

MOVIES 2008 - TO DATE

For movies, I seem to be going from classics to fairly new, plus a bunch of fantasy, mostly re-watches. (You CANNOT watch LotR or Wizard of Oz, duh!)

(T) - in the theater
(NF) - NetFlix rental
(SF) - SciFi Channel

JANUARY
Top Hat
Sweeney Todd (T)
That's Entertainment II
The Big Lebowski (NF)
Casablanca
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Radio Days
Pinnochio
Un Chien Andalou (NF)
Ghost Voyage (SF)
All About Eve (NF)

FEBRUARY
Shortbus
Bone Eater (SF)
The Grudge
Purple Rain

MARCH
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone
Harry Potter and the Prisnoner of Askaban
LotR: Fellowship of the Ring
LotR: The Two Towers
LotR: The Return of the King
Jason and the Argonauts
The Wizard of Oz
Insatiable (SF)

APRIL
LotR: The Two Towers
LotR: The Return of the King
Odysseus: Voyage to the Underworld (SF)

Out of the movies here I watched for the first time, my favorites were: Sweeney Todd, Shortbus, The Grudge, and All About Eve.
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Cruel World

Over the years I've come to the conclusion that this area is animal cruelty central. And a lot of it goes unreported and unchecked because there isn't adequate awareness or a strong enough rescue community, local government commitment, etc. Here's a report of a recent puppy mill bust, however:

They Yelp For Help
A single cruelty case overwhelms metro rescue operations

The county where this occurred -- Jackson -- doesn't even have an animal shelter.

Meanwhile I read the other day that those "kids" who baked the dog in the oven may be getting out early. I'd like to see them baked, if I believed in that sort of thing.