My Week in Books, TV and Movies 10/27/18

Last week was a down week for movies and one book took over most of my reading. This week had more movies, but once again, one book took over most of my reading for another reason.

Books: I spent a good portion of the week re-reading The Troop by Nick Cutter for my book club at work. I rarely re-read a book and now I’ve done it two months in a row for work. It really slows me down. The new book I’ve been reading, Space Opera by Catherynne M Valente has also slowed me down. I love the premise and when the author gets to writing about the actual plot I like the book. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen enough. Too much of the book is her desperately trying to be Douglas Addams. She isn’t. I’ve still got over 100 pages to go, but I think I’m done. I need to move on to better things.

TV – I don’t have anything new to report about actual shows. I’m still watching the same stuff I have been watching. I haven’t given up on any new shows yet. My big TV thing is that my DVR is already close to 50% full and the season has just begun. I have several shows my daughter wants me to save for her. Until she watches them or decides she no longer cares, I will struggle with DVR space. Basketball season starting also means more time I will be watching something other than shows on my DVR. The space issue will make me really think about which shows I really need to keep recording, Maybe it’s time to finally admit I don’t care about those last 5 episodes of Westworld I still haven’t watched.

Movies – We watched two movies this week: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Uncle Drew. I slept a lot during Jurassic World and didn’t feel the need to re-watch later. I actually really liked Uncle Drew. It’s not going to win any awards, but it’s a nice, funny sports movie and I’m a sucker for a decent sports movie. The NBA guys were better than I expected them to be.

On Deck  – The TV series reboot of Heathers is finally airing. I don’t know how I feel about it, but I will give it a try. We have Solo on DVD and at some point this weekend I need to find time alone to watch Hereditary. I have three new books to choose from. I think I will start with Lu by Jason Reynolds.

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9 Comments

  1. Hmm. I updated Firefox and now I can’t seem to like this post. So anyway, I like it.

    I’ve officially stopped watching both Magnum and Murphy Brown. I caught up to this season on The Good Place but have to catch up on this season by streaming the first four, oops, now five episodes. I hope it’s worth it.

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  2. Valente is an author with a VERY distinct style, and if you get it you get it, if you don’t you don’t (a la Cormac McCarthy). Over the past decade, she’s gotten a lot wordier (a la King), so you can definitely end up in a quagmire. I love her stuff, as in “rabid fan”, and it took me nearly a year to make it through the second Orphan’s Tales book.

    If you decide to give her another go, head back to the early days, when the books were way slimmer, and you’re getting more of a poem than a dictionary–it’s much easier to unlock the rhythm of the language in those. They’re all fantastic, but my favorite of them by the barest nose is Yume no Hon: The Book of Dreams.

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  3. I watched Heathers last night. Interesting, I think I’ll watch another episode. I do like the actors, especially the woman playing Veronica, she has many sides to her character and kind of reminds me of one of my granddaughters. I guess it was a movie first??? I’ll have to google that.

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