I had intended to do something fun this week to celebrate the release of the Heir audiobook—woo hoo! Except Heir isn’t actually showing up on most stores yet, so less woo and more boo. 😢 Retailers are being slow as pahoehoe. (A 5.5 Kilauea-adjacent earthquake woke us a few nights ago, so lava flows are on my mind).That leaves me scrambling at the last minute for a blog post, which means it’s time for a Story I Love I could write in my (non-earthquake-interrupted) sleep. “Another dead body. Every year it is the same. Every year, another dead body…”– Abdullah, Lion in the Valley, Elizabeth Peters I’ve always been a reader, but, as I’ve shared previously, there was a period of time in my early twenties when law school broke … [Read more...] about Stories I Love: Another Year, Another Dead Body with the Inimitable Amelia Peabody
Stories I Love
If you follow my shenanigans on Facebook, you’ll know that I’ve discovered the joys of Amazon Prime TV, specifically their addictive adaptation of the Michael Connelly series, Bosch, featuring Titus Welliver. That is some good entertainment! But Season Three of Bosch doesn’t come out until April 21, 2017 (now not so far off), so what’s a binge-watching orphan to do? Well, this one got lucky and found a new favorite show: Sneaky Pete. I cannot recommend this show enough, but I hesitated to write about it because I really didn’t know where to start. The premise is fun, especially for someone with a soft spot for heist movies. The cast is superb. And the writing… oh, my, the writing. See—so flabbergasted again, I don’t know where to start. … [Read more...] about Stories I Love: Sneaky Pete
Another New Year, another binge-watching opportunity to discover. ;)There is undoubtedly an abundance of crap on television, but “network” innovation in recent years (is Netflix a network? is Amazon?) has also given us some excellent shows. With limited viewing hours in a day, I often don’t find those shows until they’ve already come and gone. I’m glad to report this one [knocking on desk] is still around.Longmire is the story of a Wyoming sheriff who’s struggling with his grief over the loss of his wife. As the one-year anniversary of her death nears, Walt Longmire (who doesn’t love a guy named Walt?) is still unmoored from his job, his community, and his daughter. But that’s all about to change. The show begins with his deputy … [Read more...] about Stories I Love, Onscreen and on the Page: Longmire
I’ve mentioned before on the blog that the Stories I Love (use the Category dropdown to read all of the posts) are those where I feel a real connection with one or more of the characters. Not only that, but character trumps all for me—it’s much more important than the plot. That was driven home once again last week when we watched the latest recommendation from my Facebook Page: Endeavor. (Thanks, Maureen!)Endeavor is an ITV/Masterpiece series chronicling the early years of Inspector Morse (from the Colin Dexter books and the previous ITV series), the years before he became a Chief Inspector, and before he began driving his ubiquitous red Jaguar. It takes place in Oxford in the mid 1960s when Endeavor Morse is a lowly Detective … [Read more...] about Stories I Love (Despite Themselves): Endeavor
This week’s blog post is a quick (or at least somewhat scattered) combination rave and rant. The rave is me sharing a show I’ve been enjoying lately. As for the rant, you may remember a post a while back on things that can jolt you out of a story (How Factual Do You Want Your Fiction?). This week I stumbled upon another very specific story jolter, and I thought I’d share.A lot of people claim we’re in a Golden Age of TV, and there do seem to be a lot of quality shows on television now. I don’t have cable or streaming or an implant or whatever everyone else is using to consume entertainment now; I’m still kicking it old school with DVDs, often from our local library (communist old school?). That means I don’t have everything on demand, … [Read more...] about Seriously? You’re Playing the Amnesia Card?