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While I did not get eaten by sharks, there was a bit of disappearing. Sorry about that, and will catch up on replies as soon as I can.

I managed to finish out the month o' Spooks at [livejournal.com profile] crack_van mostly by autoposting. Fun, but exhausting!

In the meantime: the beginning of July. Wow. Never a dull moment, that's for sure.

When things get crazy around here, the grocery shopping turns into a sort of blitzkreig. I distinctly remember cruising the through the produce department at high speed and wondering what any melon could do to deserve the name Athena melon. Despite the haze of fatigue, I must have snagged one, because it was in my cart at the checkout! Despite the intriguing name, sadly, no Greek goddesses sprung out of it when cut. It looked like a big cantaloupe, and lo and behold, it was. But tasty.
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It's small fandom month on [livejournal.com profile] crack_van, and some silly insane person is recommending for Spooks / MI-5 for the first time.

For posterity, here's a link to the fandom overview.

Oh, yeah, that silly person doing the recs is me. It's a strange process, because I wonder how anyone (i.e. me) can be any sort of authority on this fandom when I've only been in it for six months, and the only selection criteria was volunteering. So I worry about the usual sort of stuff, hoping that I haven't missed anything really spectacular and won't offend anyone by having completely missed their awesome work. There's a whole gigantic genre (Ruth/Harry stories) that I haven't read and to be honest will not be able to read this month. There are stories I love and won't rec, because I don't want to rec more than one story per author.

But, hey, there are bigger problems out there, and if just one new reader finds a story s/he likes, I'll feel like I've paid back something for all the stories I've found through [livejournal.com profile] crack_van. I mean well, really I do.

And if you're stopping by because of [livejournal.com profile] crack_van, hope you'll let me know any comments, suggestions, or story recs!
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Rumors of my absence ... were totally true. OK, there weren't actually any rumors. I have been bad about updating. Sorry! It turns out that typing is much easier with two good hands (or wrists).

Meanwhile, back at the ranch:

1. I finished Being Human (UK) Series 2. Unlike S1, I thought this series made a few missteps. More thoughts (in what will probably be excruciating detail) shortly. (I know I keep saying that.)

2. I saw the new Avengers movie.

Avengers spoilers ho! )

3. I have been watching Game of Thrones. I wish I were as awesome as Arya Stark. The young actress who plays her, Maisie Williams, is insanely good. I hope she goes on to great things.
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Random reflections on two stories and one movie (none of which I’ve thought of for a long time)

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I’m almost done with Being Human Series 2 and look forward to thinking about that, as well.
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Boy, has it been busy, but I did manage to watch the first half of Being Human Series 2. Here's the halftime report.

Spoilers behind the cut )
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Watching the second half of Being Human series 1, I have to admit, I steeled myself for disappointment. There are too many shows out there that started well and went nowhere. It seemed hard to believe that the show could finish the first series as strongly as it started.

You know what? It got even better.

I think what I liked most was the way the last three episodes managed to use the buildup of the first three, but then take things in slightly unexpected directions that were still true to the original characters. A few comments on the individual episodes may help me explain this. (Obviously, they contain spoilers for the episodes.)

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Overall, I liked the writing, acting, and development throughout the series. I think it really lived up to its premise, which can’t be said of very many shows, as an exploration of what it means to be human, even if supernaturally so.
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Taking a break from Spooks to watch Being Human series 1. I fully intended to post some brief Spooks episode reviews, but so far everything I've has been the opposite of brief (and also, finished). While all that was in progress, I came across a description of Being Human and though that the concept was screaming for a Spooks crossover where Lucas North moves into the flat while he's relearning what it is to be human. Also, the interlibrary loan system was astoundingly efficient and somehow bumped me to the top of the waiting list.

There are more flimsy excuses, but at this moment I'm hard pressed to think of one.

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Insert usual wishes for peace, health and happiness here. Not necessarily in that order.

Also insert usual apologies at being offline for, well, eight months. How have you been? What's going with you?

I have discovered interlibrary loan and read the complete Peter Wimsey canon. You go, Harriet Vane!

Also rediscovered Spooks/MI-5 Series 7, which I'm gradually deciding is that show's best season. I'm about to start reading a novel by one of that season's main writers, Ben Cross, who seems to have written some very, very good episodes.

Best wishes for 2012!
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Hello all! How have you been?

Me, mostly I have Not Been on the Internet. Clearly. On the plus side, I have read actual books, including Connie Willis' Blackout/All Clear novels and Dorothy Sayers' Wimsey novels.

I've really enjoyed Connie Willis' writing since I first came across To Say Nothing of the Dog. Blackout and All Clear are set in the same universe of time-traveling Oxford researchers. Where TSNotD uses Victorian setting to comedic effect, Blackout and All Clear focus on the trials and travails of three historians stranded in WWII London during the Blitz. Understandably, the tone is more serious, though not without humor. Unfortunately, I think the pacing suffers from the somewhat excessive attention to historical detail, and the duology could easily have been one slightly longer book or two significantly shorter ones.

Still, Willis succeeds in bringing the past to life. I was very moved by underlying premise that it was the ordinary civilians doing extraordinary things who ultimately won the war. Without the young women ambulance drivers, air raid wardens, and fisherman turned into a rescue fleet, World War II would have turned out very differently, and the world would be a very different place. The books are a great tribute to countless people whose names will never be remember but nonetheless deserve a place in history.

As a side trip, I also read Fighter Boys, Patrick Bishop's nonfiction account of the pilots of the Battle of Britain. Less time travel, more history, also fascinating.

I started Dorothy Sayers' Peter Wimsey novels after a bit of research revealed them to be the source of a significant proportion of the allusions and in-jokes in To Say Nothing of the Dog. They are, of course, thoroughly enjoyable. Hopefully, Sayers' works are getting a bump in popularity in these days of geek chic. I'm now in the odd position of eagerly awaiting the ones I haven't read (local library has some gaps in its collection) and wanting to delay the gratification, because after I read these there will, sadly, be no more new adventures of Peter Wimsey and/or Harriet Vane.

Next on the list are some biographies of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Cleopatra (long story) and Abraham Verghese's novel Cutting for Stone.
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No time to post yesterday but how can I not say anything tonight? Torchwood season 3 / Children of Earth: Day Four. Spoilers through ep 4 and thoughts behind the cut.

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Massively spoilery Torchwood S3 Day Two thoughts:

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Have just seen the first episode of Torchwood S3/Children of Earth. It did not disappoint. I reserve the right to change my mind some point where I am not completely lost to fannish glee, but for now ... GLEE! in capitals.

For anyone watching on the US schedule, I have no spoilers below except for new character names and guest actors, but just in case:

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Fine, my conscience has forced me to add: there may be flaws, but if the rest of episodes are this good, I'm probably going to have to resort to handing out DVD's on the street to shill this show. Just not, you know, season 1 DVD's.
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Have now seen all of Torchwood S1 and S2, just in time for the S3 miniseries which will air in Britain tomorrow. Not that I'm in Britain, but hey. Actually, I finished watching a couple of weeks ago fully anticipating being TV-less and internet-less for a while around the move.

I suppose the normal human (or fan) reaction to liking a show would be to pimp it to other people. I really can't bring myself to do that here, because I got turned off by the first season, first time around, and suspect you discerning genre viewers might as well. So instead, I will say: friends, neighbors, countrymen, and flist: start with season 2. I'm happy to enable.

As for some thoughts on season 1:

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I suppose if S1 were really all that bad, I never would have made it through the whole season, even the 2nd time around. And if it were all that good, I wouldn't be writing all this critique. Really, it falls in between: enough potential to get me invested, not enough living up to the potential, to keep me from going on and on about it. So in summary: start with season 2.
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Some days I swear I have fallen into a black hole or time paradox or something, because the less I sleep, the faster the days go by. e.g. somehow I have not yet posted in 2009 and the end of residency is less than a month and a half away. So ... how's your life?

All of these concerns pale in comparison to a new and very worrisome problem: I have started watching Torchwood, and I am totally addicted. When the show first started a couple of years ago, I made it to episode 4 and gave up, but now I am partway through series 2 and will probably finish far, far too soon given my current level of sleep deprivation.  It is an odd experience being so sucked into the show. To say Torchwood season 1 is seriously flawed in places is sort of like me saying, perhaps I could use a bit more sleep, while nodding off if sitting down more than 5 minutes. But there are some absolutely brilliant moments, and by the end of the season, the writers must thrown away, or started taking, the good crack and turn out a couple damn good episodes.

I'm sort of embarrassed to like the show, because watching I can't help but think so much of this is crap. And then I get one of the erstwhile heroes  *smiling* before he headbutts a a creepy insane cannibal, and I realize it is hopeless. I have myself a new show.
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Holy bovines - it's October. Apparently time flies even faster than it used to, and I update even less often than I used too. Anyway, hope everyone's doing well!

Summer was mostly lacking in fandom activities, due to a sad abundance of ICU rotations. Somewhere I still have the newest season of Doctor Who to watch, plus all of the first season of Ashes to Ashes. And I hear there's this new thing on TV called the fall season, with all new strike-free episodes. Weird.

I did see one episode of the new Amazing Race, which seems particularly thronged with annoying teams this time around. Is there some kind of rule that smart guy teams must consist of slightly pudgy nearsighted guys in need of haircuts?

While unlike certain folks around these parts, I have not gone so far in my culinary adventures as to bake bread, join a farmshare, or, terror of terrors, make up brand new recipes, I am happy to report on a success shopping trip to the local cut-rate produce store. Considering I have spent the past few months living on the contents of my freezer and cupboards, it was pretty exciting to splurge on fall produce. I got a whole cored/peeled pineapple, some skinny asparagus which blanched nicely into skinny cooked asparagus, and some Italian sausage. The latter I used to make a whole pan of lasagna (sadly also using the last of my canned spaghetti sauce). It is not my best lasagna ever, but I have already eaten 2/3 of the pan. Finding room for lasagna also gave me inventive to clean out the fridge, where some really old parsley and some really old onions were doing unspeakable things inside their plastic produce bags. I don't even blanch at draining someone's abscess anymore, but I say with great authority that my rotting produce was really gross.

All right, enough with As the Kitchen Turns.

Random fandom question if anyone feels inclined to answer: what is Dr Horrible? And why are people so excited by it?
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I'm coming up on one of those blessed events, time off. Would appreciate any suggestions on reading material.

I may not have access to the internet for a bit (as if my guilt over not keeping up with people's journals was not already large enough) so fanfic is out.

Thanks!

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