After years of threatening to do it, my good friend Barry and I have started a podcast focusing on Star Trek in its many incarnations and its impact on us.
The third installment is available for your listening pleasure (it was recorded before we’d finalized a name, which may or may not be referenced in the conversation). This installment looks at our best and worst episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
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Do your reading habits change in the summer?
Even though I’ve been out of school for a long time now, summer time reading always makes me think about summer reading lists for the upcoming school year. And while I don’t have any “required” reading these days, I always find it interesting to look at the summer reading lists that are posted at my local library. It’s interesting to see what’s still on the reading list and to see what’s new.
As for my reading habits, it’s not as much what or how much I read as where I read. Summer is a great time for reading outside either by the pool or on the patio with our new patio umbrella. I will admit at the start of the summer, I will sometimes look over my TBR pile and decide I want to move some things up or try and cross some books off that list. But as with all plans, that tends to go astray after a few weeks.
Each week, I see multiple book bloggers post their Top 10 Tuesday from the Broke and Bookish. And each week, I keep thinking I should join in the fun but then never quite get around to it. Well, at long last I’ve decided it’s time to stop thinking about it and to dive into the Top 10 Tuesday.
And this week’s topic is one that hits right in my sweet spot — storytelling in other mediums. And so, here we go…
1. Doctor Who — I always like to say I was Doctor Who before Doctor Who was cool. I loved the classic series and have collected it multiple times over on various formats, including off-air VHS, commercially released VHS and now the DVD/Blu-Rays. I discovered the series in my early teens and was fortunate to live near a PBS station that showed the syndicated run of the show in just over two years. Now, I’m counting down days until the Peter Capaldi era begins and probably just as excited about the new season as I was for Matt Smith’s second year. This is a series that has a tie-in to reading since I collected the original adaptations of the classic serials back in the day and read the New Adventures and Missing Adventures faithfully during the wilderness years when there was no new Doctor Who on our TV screens. I still listen to those Target novels as audio books while working out — they’re great for a run or workout because I’m familiar enough with the stories that I don’t have to pay attention to every detail for fear of missing a crucial plot point or development.
Timing is everything.
I believe I might have enjoyed Stephen King’s latest offering Mr. Mercedes a bit more if I hadn’t recently read and enjoyed Michael Connelly’s Blood Work. Both novels share enough points that I found myself wondering if Mr. King was attempting to channel Mr. Connelly in his latest novel. And, to be quite honest, I’ll admit I enjoyed Connelly’s take on the story just a bit more.
Both stories feature retired law enforcement officers who are drawn into the pursuit of mad-men who have killed before and are looking to do so again. Both of our heroes have reluctant sidekicks who help them overcome difficulties (in the case of Blood Work, it’s McCaleb’s inability to drive, here it’s our heroes’ lack of understanding about using modern technology and the Internet) and both of our heroes fall in love with women, though King’s novel features a more tragic outcome than Connelly’s. Both novels center around a cat and mouse game between the retired law enforcement officer and the criminal in question.
And yet, I walked away from Blood Work feeling far more satisfied than I did here.
Future police officer, Dayoung Johansson travels back in time to investigate potential crimes against time by the Quintum Mechanics. This collection of the first five installments of the Image Comic unfolds in two points in time — the near future and the near past. The linking elements is Dayoung, the titular Rocket Girl.
There are some intriguing ideas in the story, though they aren’t as well developed as they could have been, including some of the implications of traveling through time and changing the future.
The artwork in this collected comic is nicely done with visually flourishes given to each time period to set them apart.
A friend made me aware this morning that my review for Rainbow Rowell’s Landline is being featured over on Amazon. She was kind enough to take a screen shot so I could (humbly) brag about it.
The review on Amazon is the same one that appears here.
The Crooked Man
Given that The Crooked Man is from the pen of John Dorney, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I enjoyed it as much as I did. And that’s despite having an reveal in the last five or so minutes that I guessed long before the Doctor and company deduced it (or at least that they confirmed it in the course of the story).
The Doctor and Leela arrive in a sea-side town for a holiday but discover that a macabre series of murders is taking place. Investigating further, they soon discover there’s a link between these murders and a local family — the sinister and creepy Crooked Man of the title.
The idea of world of fiction having the ability to crossover into reality is nothing new for Doctor Who (see the Troughton era serial “The Mind Robber”) so it’s a huge credit to Dorney’s script that it manages to feel interesting when done here. And while there’s a twist in the last five or so minutes of the script that’s telegraphed fairly early on by the story, it’s still one that is entirely earned by the story. Continue reading