shinyjenni: Fourth Doctor and Leela coming out of the TARDIS; background text reads: "excitement adventure really wild things" (really wild things)
Larklight - Philip Reeve
Wonder Woman: The Circle
Wonder Woman: Destiny Calling
The Pearl Thief - Elizabeth Wein
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet vol 1
In the Teeth of the Evidence - Dorothy L. Sayers
Black and British: A Forgotten History - David Olusoga
A Tyranny of Queens - Foz Meadows
A Cold Blooded Business - Dana Stabenow
It's A Don's Life - Mary Beard

Larklight (three stars), The Pearl Thief (five stars), In the Teeth of the Evidence (three stars), A Tyranny of Queens (five stars) )
shinyjenni: Abby and Emily from Primeval, armed and in cocktail dresses; text reads "it is defended" (it is defended)
- Wait, that was the last Primeval this season? It didn't really feel like a finale, though I don't know if that was because I didn't realise it was, or because they knew they had another season when they made it. Here are my thoughts on it: spoilers )

- I haven't flailed about Legend of the Seeker for a while, clearly that is something I need to rectify. I am up to 2x16 ("Desecrated"), which I LOVED. spoilers )

- Ooo, and while I remember, anyone who has the region 1 DVDs of the third season of Avatar: the Last Airbender: are the extras worth an extra £10? Lovefilm doesn't have that season, so I'm going to buy it instead, but the region 2 set doesn't have any extras.

- In non-tv stuff, I am reading The Nine Tailors and finding it PROFOUNDLY TERRIFYING for reasons I cannot adequately explain. D:
shinyjenni: Hermione from Harry Potter hugging her satchel; text reads "♥ books" (hermione hearts books)
Happy New Year, everyone! I will repeat what I said on twitter: may all your endeavours prosper and your beards never grow grey. ♥ This year I resolve to be a little braver, kinder and happier than I was last year, and also to clean the marzipan off my laptop's touch pad.

Here are the books I read in December! I sort of ran out of steam with writing about them, so some comments are more desultory than others.

The Graveyard Book, The Janus Conjunction, Have His Carcase, The Far Side of the World, Delusions of Gender, Parallel Lives, The Siege of Krishnapur, I Shall Wear Midnight, Fahrenheit 451, Murder Must Advertise, The Raw Shark Texts, Ash )

Total number of books read in 2010: 103, or possibly 106, or 114, depending on how you count A Dance to the Music of Time. (ETA: wait, I read the fourth About Time book this year too! That absolutely counts. So make that 104, 106 or 115 books this year. :D)

Total number of books read so far in 2011: 1. It was Geraldine MacCaughrean's The White Darkness, and I recommended it: a tough, strange, involving, moving, wonderful book.
shinyjenni: Hermione from Harry Potter hugging her satchel; text reads "♥ books" (hermione hearts books)
Five Red Herrings, The Way We Live Now, Alexandria, Whoops! Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay )

(Also this month I read Interlending and Document Supply in Britain Today edited by Jean Bradford and Jenny Brine, Building an Electronic Resource Collection: a Practical Guide by Stuart D. Lee and Frances Boyle and Managing Information Services by Roberts and Rowley. My life: so exciting.)
shinyjenni: Spaceship: the Liberator (liberator)
1.) This week on Law and Order: Whoniverse Bingo Edition - Anjli Mohindra aka Rani Chandra! Brilliant. Sadly she didn't have that many scenes, and none with Freema Agyeman, but I thought she was pretty good in the ones she did have. (And next week L&O:WBE bringeth us THE DON WARRINGTON OF RASSILON. ...wait, is next week's the last one? Noooooo!) Also making me happy this week: Una! She was fantastic. I hope our heroes try and get someone for tax fraud EVERY week. And there's a sentence I never thought I'd type.

2.) Yesterday was my afternoon off and I did NOTHING, it was brilliant. I finished To Say Nothing of the Dog (♥) and read a big chunk of Strong Poison (sheer coincidence that I read this next, nothing to do with the vast number of references to it in TSNOTD). Then I curled up and listened to The Prisoner of Peladon, which I enjoyed very much, though I cannot guarantee I heard all of the plot due to being sleepy and warm, and David Troughton having a very soothing voice.

3.) I had forgotten how much I hate setting in sleeves, and have resolved from now on only to knit sleeveless things, or top down things (like this one which I have already made). At least I had an episode of Babylon 5 to watch at the same time - 'Babylon Squared', which is a great episode. I wish I hadn't seen 'War Without End' first, which spoiled the ending somewhat, but nevertheless it is very good. I particularly liked Delenn's storyline, with spoilers )

ETA 4) Big Finish are looking for submissions for new Short Trips audios. !!!! YAY.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (leela tardis)
Newcastle is lovely at this time of year. I recommend it. Here are some photos, though chiefly they are of Alnwick, which is in Northumberland, and not Newcastle at all. We went to Alnwick Garden on Sunday, it was very lovely as the sun was shining. From there we proceeded in an orderly fashion down the road to Barter Books, where I bought three books and a poster. And then we went out for tapas in the evening, OM NOM NOM. On Sunday we took the metro to Whitley Bay and had a lovely walk down the coast (or maybe up the coast. Oh why is my geography so fail?) to Tynemouth: it was sunny and not raining and not even that cold! And there was ice cream.

Books: I finished Waverley over the weekend. It did get better, but it's not one of my favourites. After that I read a Four 'n' Leela PDA, Eye of Heaven, which wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. The plot was intriguing, but the narrative jumped around in time and skipped POVs so much that I spent a lot of time floundering around going "wait, when is this? Who is this?" Maybe I was just being particularly dense, but I found it a bit off-putting. Also, the characterisation of Four felt a bit off - some sections were first person narration from his point of view, which is a risky thing to do, and I didn't think it quite worked. I don't want it to sound like I'm trashing it, though: I did enjoy it, when I wasn't being confused, and it contained an homage to Whale Adventure by Willard Price, a book I loved wildly when I was about 11, which earned it a lot of points.

Then I moved on to Gaudy Night, which was utterly marvellous. I have a feeling I will be reading many books by Dorothy L. Sayers in the next few months. I pretty much loved everything about it: the characters (oh, Harriet!), the setting, the writing style... In the introduction Elizabeth George made the point that it's the characters who drive the plot, rather than the other way round, and I loved that about it. (Sadly my edition had quite a lot of typos: poor form, New English Library. And there was brocoli on one of the pages. I would rant about the proper treatment of library books here, but a) I've seen a lot worse and b) I was reading it in the bath at the time, and the more judgemental I was the more likely I was to drop it in.)

Things that I love about Law and Order: UK:
1. Alesha's outfits! So pretty; I want to raid her wardrobe and nick everything. Especially her boots.
2. Matt and Ronnie and their double act. Their comedy stylings are the best, but it is all great.
3. The guest characters make me happy. They have all been really good and some of them make me laugh and laugh.
3a. PAUL DARROW IN A JUDGE'S WIG. YES.
4. All the character interactions make me happy, really. To be honest the plot is usually the bit I am least interested in, which probably means I am watching it wrong.

Now, off to catch up on the friendslist!
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (leela tardis)
Newcastle is lovely at this time of year. I recommend it. Here are some photos, though chiefly they are of Alnwick, which is in Northumberland, and not Newcastle at all. We went to Alnwick Garden on Sunday, it was very lovely as the sun was shining. From there we proceeded in an orderly fashion down the road to Barter Books, where I bought three books and a poster. And then we went out for tapas in the evening, OM NOM NOM. On Sunday we took the metro to Whitley Bay and had a lovely walk down the coast (or maybe up the coast. Oh why is my geography so fail?) to Tynemouth: it was sunny and not raining and not even that cold! And there was ice cream.

Books: I finished Waverley over the weekend. It did get better, but it's not one of my favourites. After that I read a Four 'n' Leela PDA, Eye of Heaven, which wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. The plot was intriguing, but the narrative jumped around in time and skipped POVs so much that I spent a lot of time floundering around going "wait, when is this? Who is this?" Maybe I was just being particularly dense, but I found it a bit off-putting. Also, the characterisation of Four felt a bit off - some sections were first person narration from his point of view, which is a risky thing to do, and I didn't think it quite worked. I don't want it to sound like I'm trashing it, though: I did enjoy it, when I wasn't being confused, and it contained an homage to Whale Adventure by Willard Price, a book I loved wildly when I was about 11, which earned it a lot of points.

Then I moved on to Gaudy Night, which was utterly marvellous. I have a feeling I will be reading many books by Dorothy L. Sayers in the next few months. I pretty much loved everything about it: the characters (oh, Harriet!), the setting, the writing style... In the introduction Elizabeth George made the point that it's the characters who drive the plot, rather than the other way round, and I loved that about it. (Sadly my edition had quite a lot of typos: poor form, New English Library. And there was brocoli on one of the pages. I would rant about the proper treatment of library books here, but a) I've seen a lot worse and b) I was reading it in the bath at the time, and the more judgemental I was the more likely I was to drop it in.)

Things that I love about Law and Order: UK:
1. Alesha's outfits! So pretty; I want to raid her wardrobe and nick everything. Especially her boots.
2. Matt and Ronnie and their double act. Their comedy stylings are the best, but it is all great.
3. The guest characters make me happy. They have all been really good and some of them make me laugh and laugh.
3a. PAUL DARROW IN A JUDGE'S WIG. YES.
4. All the character interactions make me happy, really. To be honest the plot is usually the bit I am least interested in, which probably means I am watching it wrong.

Now, off to catch up on the friendslist!

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