Book Dragon is Reading - Aunt Dimity and the Duke by Nancy Atherton

 
Chapters 10-13 About half-way through. Still no sign of the promised ghost aunt. Beginning to think she won’t show. Meanwhile our protagonist finds the children growing on her with their quirky damage. Continues to feel like she is being fitted into a narrative she did not ask or want to be moulded to (new dresses appearing in her wardrobe, persuasion that gardening is her true passion, that sort of thing). Sometimes when I am reading this feels almost like a horror narrative. Also meanwhile,

Book Dragon is Reading - Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

 
Volume 1, Act 4: Masquerade Dance Party This is exactly the chapter I needed at this point. Promise of ongoing narrative, characters settling into themselves, Nephrite pledging to revive Jadeite… Even the recap was changed up enough, and the dossier Luna is building on the computer was cute (especially that they have indeed identified Tuxedo Mask). Basically, on a first reading I don’t have any complaints. Oh, wait, there is one! Bit of ‘glasses make you unattractive but if you take...

Book Dragon is Reading - Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

 
Act 3: Rei, Sailor Mars I was very surprised to find myself immediately drawn to Rei. I regard myself as a spiritually tone deaf sort of person and so a shrine maiden really does not seem the sort of person I would match to. It’s a bit annoying having a recap and re-introduction of Usagi at the beginning of each chapter but I suppose that is useful to do when you are writing a serialised story. I assume at some point that will become impractical to maintain and be dropped. Also we do at last...

Book Dragon is Reading - Aunt Dimity and the Duke by Nancy Atherton

 
Now up to beginning of chapter nine. Has mostly been an exercise in getting introduced to the cast of the duke’s household, who are of course nearly all charmingly eccentric. Especially, persuading our protagonist to be roped into the role of restorative gardener and out of the role of touring vacationer. This, mostly accomplished by an onslaught of British aristocratic charm and an appeal to the authority of the series-regular Pym sisters. At this point the single most obnoxious guest has been...

Forward the Foundation?

 
I know I made a post just recently about my wish that adapting sff genre works from prose to television would become commonplace, but now news is going around about one such adaptation that I'm skeptical about, the Foundation series. The Foundation stories are so much a bundled set of short stories with cast and time period changing what seems like every few thousand words, I wonder how they're going to manage any sense of continuity. At that rate I'd expect a cast turnover every couple of episodes.

Absurdly

 
Listening to an episode of The Philosopher's Zone this morning, The Sorites Paradox. I haven't listened to the whole episode yet but was struck by the guest Dominic Hyde's explanation of what a paradox is. All paradoxes are characterised by the following general set of features: that we proceed by apparently valid reasoning, that is, apparently good reasoning, from apparently true assumptions to an apparently absurd conclusion. This shed a lot of light for me, as I had previously believed that...

Currently Reading - Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

 
Act 2: Ami, Sailor Mercury I found this chapter a bit confusing to follow. I suppose it is appropriate to mention now that I am not habitually a reader of graphic fiction and perhaps do not have the reading tools to fully understand them. Especially, I tend to relatively ignore the images in favour of the text (I think of myself as a not very visual person). Think this is the first appearance of Queen Beryl? Or whatever her name turns out to actually be, as Jadeite only names himself. I do like...

Currently Reading - Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

 
Act 1: Usagi, Sailor Moon Picked this up from work a few days ago instead of shelving it. I recently watched with ami-angelwings the first episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal and the original series. The story there was surprisingly disappointing, in contrast to what I’d been hearing about the manga and about the new series compared against the old. In the old show, Usagi’s presentation seemed just enough more already heroic and engaged to be jarring and disappointing against the new. This surprised...

Recently Read - The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection

 
Has been a while now since I actually read this book and these stories. Long enough that my memory of them has faded somewhat. I meant to write up an index post with maybe some overall thoughts like this approximately at the time. But I've been busy with school and especially I've been lax in cross-posting these from Tumblr to elsewhere; I wanted to wait until I had locations to actually link to with this one. In retrospect I suppose I could have written this sometime in the past and held onto it, but I...