I didn’t know it was based on books, but I enjoyed the short lived Dresden Files tv show on SciFi, geez, like, almost 10 years ago? Last year, I watched the whole series again, in order, through Amazon Prime.
Mr. TM watched some of it and hated it - he said it was a very “liberal” adaptation of the books, which he loves. Have to admit, I tried reading the first Dresden book but just couldn’t get into it.
The first one is like a master painter drawing something in crayon. You can sort of see what he’s doing, but it’s crude. He gets much better as he goes.
That being said, it is kind of formulaic detective pulp. But I’ve seen people devour plenty of formula books, this one hits me better than most.
I didn’t care for the series either. The casting was awful, and it didn’t catch the spirit of the books at all.
I read somewhere that they took the stereotypes and turned them up to 11. And wimpified Harry.
Not to mention the spirit was suddenly the virtuous, helpful adviser. Nothing there about lurid romance novels.
The thing Mr. TM hated the most was apparently they took his staff and turned it into a hockey stick. I mean, I know it was filmed in Canada (not that we have a hockey team in Toronto, where it was filmed ) but really???
The episodes were aired out of their original filmed order, and the two-hour pilot was never aired in its entirety during the shows run. An edited version of the pilot, titled “Storm Front,” aired in the middle of the first season.
Gosh, I wonder why these shows get cancelled?
I think the bald faced way Harry is just a wizard without trying to hide it freaks people out.
I don’t know, I think by the end of the sixth book I was tired of the “we won, but I’m screwed even worse than before” endings.
Not me, but dakson:
For 3rd grade, he’s required to read 15 minutes every night & write 2-3 sentences about what he’s read. He’s been reading Big Nate all summer but those aren’t going to qualify.
So, today we were at Barnes & Noble picking up 3 more Big Nates and on a whim I decided to see if they had My Side of the Mountain in stock. They had it! We picked it up and he had major reservations. “I don’t know if I’ll like this, it doesn’t look like other books I’ve read.” I told him to give it a try.
So tonight at bedtime, he cracked it open and within 5 pages, turned to me and said “wow, I love this book!”
I love that book! I read it when I was a kid, and about ten years ago I found it in a bookstore and bought it and read it again. I still loved it.
Right now I’m reading Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett. It’s his last book.
I remember reading that when I was a kid as well and I loved it although I have not read it since then.
I read Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidental while on vacation.
Which is probably a bad idea while spending a week eating at restaurants. It’s a pretty honest discussion of his early career with drinking and drugs while occasionally getting some cooking in. Also discusses things like how common it is for unused bread on the table to be reused.
On a whim, I picked up the The Last Survivors series (T.W. Piperbrook & Bobby Adair) in early August, got hooked, and ripped through the first 3 books in about 5 weeks (#4 isn’t out yet).
Moved from there on to T.W. Piperbrook’s Contamination series and I’m currently in book 3 of 4.
Never been into zombie/post-apoc type stuff before (in any medium) but I’m enjoying reading them.
I’ve found that I have a severe weakness for “construction porn.” The book where either society has collapsed, and everything must be rebuilt and they spend two pages talking about how to render old pigs into fat and grease for oiling machinery and running the old diesel tractor hooked up to the bank of car alternators and boat batteries to power the town’s lights and provide some cooling for the storage of food, or where there is nothing there to begin with and they have to carve out a civilization in the howling wilderness; so instead of the above they have to take the nuke powered saw and use it to produce enough logs to build the town with before it dies, hook up the old spaceship powerwheel to the local waterfall, and make enough other tools to continue a 18th century lifestyle with 21st century knowledge base. A lifestyle that is oddly satisfying in theory. 18th, early 19th with modern medicine, farming, and metal working theory doesn’t look too bad from here. Especially not when you add in some modern macguffins like memory chips and tablet PC analogues.
Eric Flint’s stuff is almost the sweet spot on that, Ringo writes it well, and I’m finding some indy stuff that is really fun. A long Time Until Now is pretty damn fun, but very heavily anti progressive.
It’s not survivalist, or prepper, so much as building things and figuring out issues, even if they are set pieces where one flows from the last. It’s not the zombies and the fighting that I like, it’s the built a shelter out of a Walmart and stayed there with some other survivors, turned the garden center into real garden, reinfoced the roof and built water holding tanks with pool supplies, along with starting compost heaps to get rooftop fruit trees planted.
The stuff I’ve been reading is pretty much in the “everything’s come apart” phase. The Last Humanity is a world cast back into the middle ages after enjoying the fruits of our current time. Contamination is current times and the wheels coming off.
Recent books this summer:
The Martian (Andy Weir) - excellent book. Can’t wait for the movie.
Grave Peril (Jim Butcher) - Supposedly when the series gets good. We’ll see how it goes in the next one.
Raising Steam ( Terry Pratchett) - Not my favorite Pratchett book. I liked Moist in Going Postal, but having him in Making Money and now this one seems a bit much. And it was an odd book with no real antagonist. There was, but it wasn’t really central.
Seveneves (Neal Stephenson) - Current read. Opening is depressing as hell frankly. And it seems like it’s… ‘stuttering’. There are some good moments started and then a switch in gears to something else. It may not help that I’m reading this as an audio book and the narrator’s voices for the characters are a little grating. If it’s a let down after this, I may re-read The Martian to put myself back in a good mood.
I plan on flip-flopping through the Dresden Files and the Old Man’s War series. I’ll throw in some other stuff too here and there as it catches my interest.
I feel like this is (unfortunately) one of Pratchett’s mis-steps like Jingo in which he tried to comment on real-world politics and was perhaps a bit heavier-handed. Several scenes in both seem like they’re meant to be commentaries on the issues of countries invading other countries and dealing with other cultures, but they don’t work as well as (for example) the commentary on religion in Feet of Clay or similar.
I loved Jingo.
Old Man’s War was ok, but the sequel was meh. And I dislike Scalzi enough now I’m not willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and try other books of his.
I agree. I liked some of the imagery of the dwarfs trying to move with the times, but the book overall felt flat. Jingo wasn’t quite as bad IMO. Nation was I think one of his few books where he got that right. I read the first Long Earth book but I just can’t seem to get myself to finish that series too.
Old Man’s War was good and the rest will probably be crap, but I think it might scratch an itch. I’ve been wanting a good universe with multiple writers like the old Saberhagen Berserker series. This might satisfy it. We’ll see.