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December 5th, 2007


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10:13 pm - Why, Sometimes I've Believed As Many As Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Emily and I watched the first four episodes of Arrested Development on Sunday. Jesus, I forgot how goddamn fucking funny that show is. The laugh/minute ratio is insane. Nothing airing currently holds a candle.

I finished reading Alice's Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking-Glass. What nonsense! I'm not used to stories that are clearly being made up as they go along and don't make sense or have a point. It's such a strange work to be in the literary canon, but there it is, exerting its influence over a century later. I wonder why.

So now I need some Christmas reading, guys. I'll be doing some traveling, so I'm looking for one book of sufficient length to keep me occupied for, say, at least eight to ten hours. Preferably in paperback for portability. And not something in a series that I'll be compelled to continue after I'm done; I'm not ready to be tied down! What do you recommend? Something fun and not boring. I'm sure you know what I like.

But until I have a new book, I have television! Whee!

Dexter

Okay, I have to say I was weirdly disappointed with this episode, but I think that's partly due to the awesomeness of last week's. It bugged me that Dexter's leg wound didn't get him in trouble with his FBI security blanket. I was freaking out about that, and then nothing really came of it except for an amusing scene with Rita. And I'm fine with Dexter getting back with Rita, if only for the kids.

Also, I'm not sure how I feel about Deb/Lundy anymore. It's still so weird! And he's going to leave! And he's always so cool and detached, he sometimes comes across as an unfeeling jerk! But Deb is really into him, so I'll like it for her sake.

But never mind all that, the meat of this episode is Doakes and Dexter, and that was all pretty awesome shit. It's so weird because most everyone had embraced a future where Doakes and Dexter teamed up to vigilante it up, but...that is looking less and less likely by the minute! He's really, truly sickened by what Dexter does, and he's not seeing it as the same thing he does. Which means...I don't see how he's getting out of this clean.

Speaking of: I DO NOT APPROVE of Dexter deliberately framing Doakes. Arrgh, I hate when Dexter fucks with the Code. Dexter is such a brilliantly complex character because he fucks with the audience reaction so much. The very fact that I have to justify why I don't like a particular aspect OF A SERIAL KILLER is kind of fucked-up to begin with. But even though it's self-preservation, I hate that Dexter has been driven to frame Doakes, basically sending him to his death for crimes he committed. And the problem with this entire storyline this season is that someone's got to pay. Or maybe no one will. Maybe they won't catch anyone, and they'll just say the Bay Harbor Butcher is at large. But could they really do that, knowing he works at their damn precinct? They're not going to rest until they find him. So Dexter has to do this, right? But it still leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth.

And while we're talking about fucking with the Code, what the hell with that random drug dude? When has Dexter ever just taken the computer's word for these things? For all he knows, he could have been a wrongly accused murderer! He was just a convenient person to kill! IT'S SO ICKY. (See what this show does to people? How are his other murders NOT ICKY?)

Speaking of icky: FUCKING LILA. DO NOT FUCK WITH ANGEL. EVEN YOUR BREASTS CANNOT SAVE YOU NOW. If you go through with this date-rape frame-up, I will have to resort to calling you names I'm not supposed to call women.

Hey, look at this, a theme! I don't like framing people!

Finally, I have been wary of the continual Harry retcons this season. I was actually getting really excited to see what I was just recently predicting we'd see: Harry sending Dexter after a murderer who got away. I was so sure that was going to happen. And it was funny because when Deb was talking about what she wanted from her dad, I was trying to remember how Harry died, and I couldn't. And then, ta da, heart disease. OR NOT. At first, I thought the suicide thing was weird and sort of lame and pointless. Until it turned out I was completely wrong about Harry. He couldn't live with what he'd created. Harry basically molded Dexter into the person he is today. He did essentially send him after his first kill, the nurse who was trying to kill him. And that was all good, I suppose, but it's different when you have to see it (just like with Doakes). Dexter thought he was making his dad proud, and instead he drove him to kill himself.

I don't know how Dexter's going to deal with this! It's like the ultimate angst!

Chuck

Okay, so Lester's Jewish? Seriously? I don't think I've ever heard of an Indian Jew. jeeperstseepers, a non-Indian Jew, tells me that all his dreidel talk was complete bullshit, which lends credence to the theory that he is in fact totally faking, which would make more sense. Not that this show has to make a lot of sense.

I don't think I followed the counterfeit plot at all. There was fake money and crates and Taiwanese people. Whatever, Son of Alias! Any excuse to get Sarah in a bikini, right?

Mostly, I am wondering this tiny tiny thing: WHY THE FUCK COULDN'T THEY HAVE JUST JUMPED OFF THE FUCKING BOAT? I mean, I know blowing up Casey's car is fun and all, but...seriously, they had plenty of time to get off the boat. PLENTY.

I am very worried about Intersect 2! They seem very intent on killing Chuck no matter what. I wonder how they'll get around it. Or maybe THE STRIKE WILL KILL CHUCK ANYWAY.

Heroes

Things I liked:
—Peter and Adam rampaging through Primatech.
—"We have trust issues." The Mohinder-and-Sylar Show is always a hoot.
—That minute or so where Maya was going to be dead and gone forever.
—The old bury-the-immortal trick. Very Tenth Doctor of you, Hiro.
—Elle! I am liking her more and more, now that we're seeing more of her as a person. I loved her reaction to having saved the three Ms' lives.
—Sylar with his powers back, FINALLY.

Things I did not like:
—For God's sake, Peter, trust Hiro over Adam.
—FOR GOD'S SAKE, PETER, YOU CAN FUCKING WALK THROUGH WALLS YOU FUCKING IDIOT JESUS GOD.
—So after scene after scene of Micah lovingly fondling electronics in order to make them work...he can talk to traffic lights with his mind?
—Who the living fuck are these kids who will just burn an innocent girl to death?
—Niki? Well, guess she won't be needing that cure after all. I suppose that's...ironic.
—Micah and Monica were completely isolated from everyone and ended up serving no point at all.
—Mr. "Let's fly around and get noticed because I'm so awesome and who cares" backtracks and says, "Oh, my bad, what I really meant was I want to hide and be secretive."
—That part where Maya continues to live.
—Nathan talks Peter down with the power of brotherly love again? Is this how every plot is going to be resolved?
—I guess not because WHAT THE FUCK?? I was lying down, and I sat up when Nathan got shot.
—By, from most reports, Bennet???
—Why the hell have we never seen Bob (MIDAS) turn anything into gold since the premiere? Lame!
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:December 6th, 2007 06:22 am (UTC)
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Books - anything by Jasper Fforde.

Oh, and I seem to be the only person ever who likes Maya. When she got shot on, I was all "Well, there goes another pointless cute girl who I like. I hope you are happy LOST!"

Edited at 2007-12-06 06:26 am (UTC)
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From:jenelope
Date:December 6th, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC)
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I agree with your rec. They're a quick read individually, but if you read everything from "The Eyre Affair" to "First Among Sequels" to the Nursery Crime novels, it can fill a lot of time.
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From:squaringkarma
Date:December 6th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)
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Sigh. I miss AD too.

Very Tenth Doctor of you, Hiro.

Or very Original SpyDaddy since I don't know the proper context of the Doctor Who reference.

By most reports HRG? Really?
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:December 6th, 2007 06:27 am (UTC)
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I share that call of "Really?", since this is the first mention of Noah being the shooter.
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From:sterope
Date:December 6th, 2007 06:32 am (UTC)
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Okay... If Nathan and co. were in Texas and Mr. Bennett was in California (right?) can he like, teleport or something? Did that happen on a different day? I was thinking it was Bob that shot him, but I guess he was in California too. WTF. Sylar just needs to eat everyone's brains and dominate the universe. That's all I want.
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From:arie
Date:December 6th, 2007 06:44 am (UTC)
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I had the exact same thoughts about Maya and the Tenth Doctor. I actually cheered when Maya died, then felt bad for cheering that a "good guy" was killed, but I think I'm Karmic-ally okay since she didn't really die (sadly) (crap there goes my Karma, again).

I also wondered why every other time Peter happened to need one of his powers it showed up but the ONE DAMN TIME he really needed to read someone's mind (with Adam) it didn't turn up.

Nathan was definitely Mr. Bennett, I watched that sucker frame by frame after the initial shock wore off. That's definitely his silhouette.

I have NFI what the whole Micah/Monica (or heck even the whole Alejandro/Maya) thing was for except possibly it was meant to be part of a larger story that ended up not happening.

No way Nikki's dead. Seems to be a whole lot of resurrection going around lately, so I wouldn't write her off.

Chuck was all "oooOOooo" but no substance. Lester's a big fat faker. No way is Casey going to kill Chuck.

The only other big shocking thing I have comment on is for Desperate Housewives, and I think that doesn't go here, so I'll let that one be.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 6th, 2007 06:48 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I don't watch Desperate Housewives.

And of course there's no way Casey is going to kill Chuck, but it will be interesting to see how Mr. Follows His Orders is going to get around it.
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From:evilstmars
Date:December 6th, 2007 06:53 am (UTC)

Librarian Girl Sez:

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If you like nonfiction, I like to recommend "Julie & Julia", the tale of one New Yorker's attempt to emulate Julia Child and reinvent her life. It's got funny bits in. Also incredibly entertaining: "The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pick-Up Artists", by Neil Strauss, aka "Style". It's so trashy, so misanthropic yet hopeful, and so well-written.

Anything by Sean Stewart is terrific, but my favorites are "Mockingbird" and "Galveston". I've got to hunt down his latest, however, titles either 'Perfect Circle' or 'Firecracker' depending on the edition. Good fantasy, a little surreal.

For a little more surreal, my favorite author remains Jonathan Carroll. Look for 'The Land of Laughs' or 'Sleeping in Flame' for his most accessible stuff.

"Sharp Objects" by Gillian Flynn is probably the most disturbing horror novel I have read in some time. Some books are un-put-downable; this book will force you to set it aside and circle back in that can't-look-away-oh-no-make-it-stop sense. Shuddery.

The movie has hype, now read the book: "No Country for Old Men" is, if a bit artsy, an excellent and suspenseful read. I'm dying to see the movie simply on basis of how much I can tell the Coens got right about it.

Sarah Waters specializes in hot literary lesbian Victoriana. This tends to obscure her talent, because, hey. Hot literary lesbian Victoriana. 'Fingersmith' is, however, really really good. As literary goes, A.S. Byatt's "Possession" is an amazing labyrinth of poetry and literature and excitement and mystery, and probably my favorite book.

And last but certainly not least, anything Carl Hiaasen writes is laugh-out-loud funny. Ignore that bad movie with Demi Moore in it; go for "Striptease".

All of the above are significant reads; you won't zip through in two hours and be done, but none of them are so weighty you'll have to commit to long hours.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 6th, 2007 07:01 am (UTC)

Re: Librarian Girl Sez:

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Anything by Sean Stewart is terrific, but my favorites are "Mockingbird" and "Galveston". I've got to hunt down his latest, however, titles either 'Perfect Circle' or 'Firecracker' depending on the edition. Good fantasy, a little surreal.
Ooh, I have meant to read some Sean Stewart for a while, since he was head writer on The Beast.

For a little more surreal, my favorite author remains Jonathan Carroll. Look for 'The Land of Laughs' or 'Sleeping in Flame' for his most accessible stuff.
I think I actually have the former somewhere, but it looked kind of small.

"Sharp Objects" by Gillian Flynn is probably the most disturbing horror novel I have read in some time. Some books are un-put-downable; this book will force you to set it aside and circle back in that can't-look-away-oh-no-make-it-stop sense. Shuddery.
Ooh, that sounds good. Only 272 pages, though. Maybe I can do two medium-ish books. I'm trying to save space, and I'd rather have too much to read than not enough.

Thanks for the recs!
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From:missquita
Date:December 6th, 2007 06:56 am (UTC)
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—FOR GOD'S SAKE, PETER, YOU CAN FUCKING WALK THROUGH WALLS YOU FUCKING IDIOT JESUS GOD.

My thoughts (almost) exactly. I think mine was in the form of a question. Regardless, SERIOUSLY?
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From:spideychris
Date:December 6th, 2007 07:00 am (UTC)
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At the end of that episode of Dexter, I literally leaned back in my chair and was just clutching my temples in my hands, going "Ooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhh nnnnnnnnnoooooooooooo!"

I swear to God, that was the most chilling feeling I'd ever gotten from that show. And that's saying a lot.

Poor Dexter. Poor Harry.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 6th, 2007 07:02 am (UTC)
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It's a great big circle of fucked-up.
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From:gymble
Date:December 6th, 2007 07:25 am (UTC)
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As usual, I agree with you entirely on Heroes. It continually frustrates me that the list of things I don't like is beating the list of things I do.

And seriously, not killing Maya? Who served absolutely no purpose to the plot? At all? That entire storyline could have been excised right out of the show and it wouldn't have made the slightest bit of difference except that fewer people would have fallen asleep.

Is this how every plot is going to be resolved?
There's been a lot of repetition this season. I think they only had enough ideas to fill one season.

Still haven't watched Dexter. Why, why must I always be behind? Oh right. Fellowship applications.

Ooh, forgot this:
WHY THE FUCK COULDN'T THEY HAVE JUST JUMPED OFF THE FUCKING BOAT?
My thoughts exactly. But you knew that the car had to bite it. It was a silly episode. Okay, they're all silly. Sillier.

Edited at 2007-12-06 07:27 am (UTC)
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From:electricmonk
Date:December 6th, 2007 08:24 am (UTC)
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I read Rushdie's "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" a while back, and it's pretty doggone amazing.

OR "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" by Haruki Murakami. I bought it while I was traveling because it was big and I thought it would last me a while, and then I read it in about four days. You can lose yourself in that book. It's weird, but fantastic.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 6th, 2007 08:37 am (UTC)
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Oooh, right, Rushdie! I was recently recommended Midnight's Children, too.

And, whoa, Wind-Up Bird looks pretty awesome but also really heavy and deep.
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From:birdsarecalling
Date:December 6th, 2007 08:25 am (UTC)

re: books

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Have you read Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel by Susanna Clarke?

It's an alternate history set during the Napoleonic Wars. Gentleman magicians seek the revival of English Magic and get more than they bargained for, in alternate universe where boy-kings from the faerie realm are as vital to English history as Queen Elisabeth.

The author does well with her world-building, but I think what I liked best about it was that it had the tone of a contemporary history book, like The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, complete with footnotes. That kind of thing makes my happy, as a former historian.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 6th, 2007 08:41 am (UTC)

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Haaaa. I knew someone would recommend that one. It's on my list to get to eventually, but I've heard mixed reviews. I don't think it's suitable for this excursion, though, unless the library has it in paperback. And even then, it seems GIGANTICALLY LONG.

Also, I'm not entirely sure I enjoy reading contemporary history books.
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From:the_partyman
Date:December 6th, 2007 09:49 am (UTC)
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Maya continuing to live is fine by me. In fact Maya contuining to live and serving litte to no plot purpsoe whatsoever is fine by me too, so long as she doesn't stop being gorgeously cute. :)

Damn, I am shallow.

I share you pain on Peter's apparent complete forgetfullnes about how he can walk through walls. I can see how they wanted the door open so adam could get inside before Peter, and so Matt and Nathan could walk in there afterwards, but I am dissapointed they didn't put in some kind of "I can't walk through it - it must be some kind of anti-wall-walking-thorugh material!!! scene, eh?

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From:jeeperstseepers
Date:December 6th, 2007 11:58 am (UTC)
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It's so weird because most everyone had embraced a future where Doakes and Dexter teamed up to vigilante it up,

Seriously?! People seriously thought that?! I think the most likely ending is Doakes dying on his own or being killed by someone else.

all his dreidel talk was complete bullshit, which lends credence to the theory that he is in fact totally faking,

Or totally cheating those who don't know any better. But the way he offered to make latkes and then muttered to Jeff "Now we gotta find out how to make latkes" suggests that he offered to make them because he thought "Hey, here's a Jewish thing to do to keep up this 'I'm Jewish' game.'" I mean, I've never personally made latkes either, so it's not like every Jew is born knowing how to make them and his not knowing means he's not a Jew. But I wouldn't volunteer to make them for a party.

Book: MORT! Or the Johnny Maxwell trilogy. Very fun, easy reading. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, which I saw someone else rec, is very good but very, very long. And the first half is practically plotless. It's worth reading, but not as a light book for traveling with.
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From:mycenae
Date:December 7th, 2007 05:18 am (UTC)
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I took Lamb with me on a cruise. Who knows why I did this, since I should have realized that even a humorous retelling of the life of Christ was unlikely to end well. Needless to say there were tears on the Lido deck.

Excellent book, though.
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From:harper47
Date:December 6th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
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I like your dislike list. Hee!

Hmmm - as far as books, I don't think I know enough about your tastes to make an informed recommendation. I'm looking forward to reading Koontz's The Darkest Evening of the year which sounds like an improvement over some of his more formulaic books he's turned out lately and it features a dog which is something he is good at. Grafton has a new alphabet book out which is getting good reviews and James Butcher has a new book out in his Furies series. Those three are on my December list.
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From:raelee
Date:December 6th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
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So after scene after scene of Micah lovingly fondling electronics in order to make them work...he can talk to traffic lights with his mind?

I actually assumed he was using the cell phone to talk to the traffic lights.

I don't have much else to say about Heroes. I'm still liking it a lot more than everyone else (though I do agree that it's nowhere near what we got last year) but I think it's partly because I've stopped paying that much attention to it. When I do, I still get more pissed off at seeing Micah/Niki in the car, getting several scenes where clearly several hours if not an entire day has gone by, and then cutting back to Micah/Niki still not at their destination.

But back to Chuck. We learned in an earlier episode that Lester was taking bar mitzvah lessons so clearly it was his choice to become Jewish and seems to have happened recently given how much he really doesn't know. I loved that bit of continuity.

As for jumping off the boat, it's a weak excuse but maybe they didn't want to kill the bad guys who were on it? I kinda liked that the show didn't do the thing every spy show does when a missile is headed for a boat with our heroes on board. Blowing up the car and using the Casey's obsession with tracking things to do it was a nice touch.
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From:raelee
Date:December 6th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
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Oh, on the book front: I recently read Who Stole the Funny by Robby Benson and it was laugh out loud funny.

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