I know, I suck at updating. I have a plan: when I finish reading my daily Hellblazer issue, I will devote my lunch break to crafting blog posts instead, which is currently when I read the daily Hellblazer issue. Sound fair? I hope so. Hopefully, I’ll get to post more soon, but in the meantime, let’s look at August’s entertainment tallies!
And as always, I’m happy to jabber about anything that’s on the following lists. If you want my opinion about something, just comment and ask.
CULTURE CONSUMPTION: August 2013
Two DNF’s this month, but the one I stopped reading in June in order to focus on Hugo reading but frankly have no interest in returning to. Best read of the month? Tana French’s by far. I need to get my hands on her next mystery!
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
Fringe: September’s Notebook: The Bishop Paradox by Tara Bennett & Paul Terry
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (DNF)
The Likeness by Tana French
A Brother’s Price by Wen Spencer (DNF)
Simon’s Cat vs. the World by Simon Tofield (ARC)
Kitty in the Underworld by Carrie Vaughn
I’m pretty sure I’d read Captive Girl before in Pelland’s Unwelcome Bodies, an excellent collection that I highly recommend, btw. And just a head’s up: you can find “An Ill-Advised Rescue” in the back of Andrews’ new book, Magic Rises.
Saga is back, and I love it dearly. Trillium made for a very, very interesting debut, and I’m curious to see where the mini-series ends up. I re-read Thumbprint #1 & #2 to prepare for #3, the final installment, and I’m not sure why IDW didn’t just publish it all together in a graphic novel to begin with. It makes far more sense reading it at once, rather than spaced out an issue at a time.
Batman Annual #2
East of West #5
Kick-Ass 3 #2
The Manhattan Projects #13
Saga Chapter #13
Star Wars #8
Star Wars Legacy #5
Ten Grand #4
Thief of Thieves #16
The Unwritten #51
The Wake #3
The Walking Dead #113
Wonder Woman #23
If you have Netflix, please watch Chasing Ice. It’s beautiful, awe-inspiring, and provides the kind of sense of wonder that some big-budget SF flicks only wish they could deliver on. Plus, it’s a documentary about climate change that doesn’t have an agenda! It’s just sheer video evidence, and it’s both beautiful and frightening. Please watch.
But speaking of big-budget SF action flicks, Oblivion wasn’t as nearly as bad as I’d been led to believe. The Raven, however, was pretty awful in that it took itself too seriously. Best flick of the month? Upstream Color, so Netflix users, watch this now. Utterly surreal and demands your attention, but it’s beautiful and fascinating and a great tale. Melancholia, a film I’ve been wanting to watch forever, was just WEIRD, but in an interesting, operatic way. Beautiful to watch, but weird. Actually, short of The Raven and to a lesser extent, The Frankenstein Theory, it was a pretty solid movie month.
I really don’t have a single gripe about the television I watched this month, because it was all really good. But I did get through the second season of Breaking Bad in five days, and Orange is the New Black is fascinatingly awesome. Only letdown was season four of Arrested Development, but I wasn’t totally high on season three either. The jokes started to wear thin, and I think the writers were getting increasingly absurd as they realized they were likely to be canceled. Season four, while impressively intricate, held some plot lines that did not work for me.
And that’s it! What did you watch and/or read? What did you love, what did you hate? As always, please refrain from spoilers, as I’m obviously catching up on some shows rather late and don’t want to be spoiled.